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Your Community News Issue 23

Red Cockatoo Goes Nationwide

The not for profit Blue Mountains Aboriginal Arts company; Red Cockatoo has just added “Award Winning” to its list of achievements. Having just won the Blue Mountains ARTS Business Advantage Award, Red Cockatoo has also just received the go ahead from ABC Stores Australia to stock their cards in 20 of their stores nationwide. Red Cockatoo Australia started in 2007 when Tracey Allen started assisting local Blue Mountains Aboriginal artists in achieving their goals around creating artworks for the public. “It has been such an exciting time for us all and I think being a social enterprise has finally paid off. People are recognising that this is more than just an eco gift card...purchasing our cards means you care about the environment and you are willing to invest into Aboriginal people, their communi-

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Local Business Awards Winners

At a gala awards night held at the Fairmont Resort on 22 October, the winners of the 2010 BMBA Awards were announced. Our local area was well represented and The Echo was a finalist in the Integral Enery Community Contribution Award. A list of local winners is included on page 10.

The Echo launches new editions

ties and paying respect to their cultural and personal stories”. See page 10

Who was St Hilda?

St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Katoomba was established in November 125 years ago. See page 3

The Echo now has two other community editions. The Bullaburra to Linden mid mountains edition is being launched this month. The former Emu & Leonay Gazette has an extended distribution and is now The Echo (Emu Plains to Blaxland). This may be a sign for the recent suggestion that Emu Plains should be included within the Blue Mountains City Council area!

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Wild Blue Mountains

NATIVE PLANT NURSERY We are open for sale of tube stock & rescued plants Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

Clairvaux Community Centre 14 Oak Street Katoomba

Tel 4782 6233

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Community Groups Community Health Centre 4782 8201 Katoomba Neighbourhood 4782 1117 Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre 4787 7770 The Salvation Army - Community Services 4782 9251 - Rehabilitation Centre 4782 7392 Breastfeeding Association 4782 9474 Blue Mtns Bushcare 4780 5528 Blue Mtns Cancer Help 4782 4866 Katoomba Girl Guides 4739 1772 Katoomba Men’s Shed 4782 7438 Rotary (Upper Blue) 4787 1857 W. Falls Lions Club 4782 6801 Leura/Katoomba Probus 4782 1672 Central Blue Probus 4757 4695 Toastmasters 4784 1349 Alliance for Sustainable Wellbeing 4784 1349 Blue Mtns Lapidary Club 4759 2440 Blue Mts Teen Homeschool Group 4784 2337 Wentworth Falls RSL Sub Branch 4757-3163 Blue Mountains Cohousing 0424490554 Sports Clubs Katoomba Swimming Club 4782 2292 Cricket Club 0402 167 136 Blackheath Tennis 4787 7779 Katoomba Tennis (keys from the Handystore) Juniors Competition 4782 2303 Wentworth FallsTennis 4784 1044 (keys from the Falls Food Hall) Junior Rugby League 0432 219 564 Table Tennis 4782 3174 Blue Mountains District Darts 4784 1583

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Licenced Heartmoves Trainer & Personal Trainer Low to moderate exercise class for the chronically ill and older adults St Bonaventure’s Church Hall Railway Pde, Leura Mon 9am and Wed 2pm Relaxed and happy atmosphere Phone Jeanette

0439 518 468 Register your email for notification when the new issue is online. Advertising policy: Priority is given to businesses conected to local residents. An editorial focus on a local business may be included if space permits, at the Editor’s discretion. Community news: The District Gazette welcomes the following information (published free of charge): community news and events, local achievements, births, deaths, obituaries, weddings, engagements, anniversaries & birthdays. Articles of interest will be accepted at the Editor’s discretion. Articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editor. Letters to the Editor may be printed and edited as necessary. Names must be submitted but can be withheld from publication at the writer’s request. Every effort is made to print correct information but no responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions.

November 2010


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WOMEN STANDING STRONG: Life and Relationships

4 week, 2 hours per week self development/psychodrama group for women. Katoomba on Tuesday evening or Saturday. Commencing 20th November. $40 for 4 group sessions. Very experienced group facilitator (25+years) Call 4782 3138 or 0410 561 032 for details Katherine M Howard

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FELLOWSHIP “SET your affections on things above (eternal), not on earthly things (which pass away).” Col. 3:2

If you want friendly fellowship and good, plain Bible teaching with un-modern worship style, Katoomba Baptist Church, Waratah St (opp Coles) 10am Sundays Ph 4758 8674 2

St Hilda’s Church

St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Katoomba was established 125 years ago, in November 1885. The first Minister at St Hilda’s was reverend Edward Symons, who also established St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Blackheath, a year before in 1884. It is worth noting that both Churches were named after influential Christians who lived in the Northumbria area of England in the 7th Century - Hilda being the Abbess of Whitby, while Aidan was the Bishop of Northumbria. The other link between the names of the two Churches is that both Hilda and Aidan came from Celtic Christian backgrounds. At St Hilda’s, this Celtic background is still reflected in the Celtic cross which stands at the apex of the Church’s roof. In 1885, St Hilda’s Church was a weatherboard building, built slightly further down the hill, and horizontal to the road. That building’s posi-

tion is now the location of the current Church Hall; and Anglicare Counselling Offices. The current brick Church was constructed in 1914, and dedicated in 1915. The Bell Tower was built in the 1930’s. Incidentally, in 1914, the St Hilda’s Minister’s name was Reverend Godson, which seems an appropriate name for a Clergyman! But perhaps more significantly, it should be noted that the 1914 Foundation Stone Tablet reads “For Mine House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people. Isaiah 56.7”- for that is what St Hilda’s is, a Church where everyone is welcome to attend. During her life, Hilda was a great promoter of the arts, discovering and encouraging the work of an early English poet called Caedom. She was also known as a woman who not only gave counsel to Nobles, Bishops, Monks and the like, but also shared the Gospel with local farmers and their families. While Hilda died many years ago, (on 17th November 680), the Katoomba Church named after her, en-

You are welcome at St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations St Hilda’s Anglican Church Katoomba is celebrating 125 years of caring for our community. Come and join us at one of the following activities: Rejoice in Song Sunday 14th November 1.30-4.00pm A journey down through the ages singing some of the great Christian songs of the last 125 years St Hilda’s Anniversary Day Guest Service & Luncheon Sunday 21st November 10am Special Guest Bishop Ivan Lee, all welcome but tickets required for luncheon Phone 47821608 or deavours to continue her legacy - sharing Christ’s message of love for all; desiring to be a compassionate participant in the lives of local people; promoting a wide variety of local and international musical performances, etc - and wanting to do these things for many years to come.

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November 2010


The Rhododendron Retreat Opens Its Doors

Follow the pathways winding beneath enticing deciduous trees, canopies of beeches, colour co-ordinated trimmed azaleas, banks of rhododendrons, pots of water plants, stone steps and walls leading down to several garden rooms screened by camellias.

13th and Sunday 14th November from 10.00am till 4.30pm each day. The studio is only open twice a year during the Open Garden Scheme. This is a unique opportunity to view and purchase Susan’s prints, photographs and paintings. Susan will be raising funds for the Open Garden Scheme and Fragile X. Fragile X is the most commonly inherited cause of intellectual disability and cognitive impairment world wide, affecting 1 in 3600 males and 1 in 6000 females. Directions: Off Govetts Leap Road, fourth on right into Boreas Street, left turn to 4 Brentwood Avenue, Blackheath. Enquiries to Susan McLeod on 0439 631 860.

Acclaimed Choir To Visit Leura

Nestled in this wonderful garden landscape, cared for by gardener Phil Livanes, is the studio of mountains artist Susan McLeod. Both the garden and Susan’s studio will be open to the public on Saturday

On Sunday 28 November at 7.00pm the internationally acclaimed choir The Cathedral Singers will once again feature at the annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service at St Alban’s Anglican Church, 137A Megalong Street, Leura. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend this inspirational service. Music featured in the service will include Palestrina Matin Responsory; Mendelssohn Veni Domine; Ord Adam lay ybounden; Ison Behold a rose; Cantiones/Woodward Gabriel’s Message and Trad/RVWilliams The Truth from above. In 2011 the choir will once again tour the United Kingdom. Their commitments now include (in order) Westminster Cathedral London, St John’s College and Great St Mary’s Cam-

bridge; Ely, Peterborough, St Edmundsbury and Ripon Cathedrals, York Minster, Southwark Cathedral and conclude with Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The opportunity to join them at the service in Leura on 28th November should not be missed.

Campbell Rhodondendron Gardens

While we’ve all shivered this spring, the chilly weather has had at least one benefit - it has extended the flowering season at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath. These unique gardens combine the beauty of thousands of exotics, particularly rhododendrons and azaleas, with natural Australian bush. There is 18.5 hectares of riotous colour - many of the plants are still in bud, ready to emerge. The gardens were established 40 years ago by a group of enthusiastic volunteers and they continue to be maintained entirely by unpaid members of the Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW. They are open all day every day, with vehicle access from 9am-4pm only. Come up and marvel at the mixture of gum trees and sumptuous spring blooms. The gardens are in Bacchante Street, Blackheath, a pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the railway station. Or turn off the highway at the sign on Sturt Street. Entry is by gold coin donation which helps with the upkeep of the garden. or phone 4787 5558.

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Precious Brooch Lost

Julie lost her brooch in Leura on 9 October and has asked for help. She says, “I drove from Sydney to Leura as part of a choir which was asked to sing at the Garden Festival. We had a wonderful day visiting the Gardens and sang to a small but appreciative audience at the Fairmont Resort. It was partway through the day that I realised I had lost my brooch – a gold and pearl bird – which had been my Dad’s gift to my Mum on her 70th birthday in 1991. I retraced my steps to each of the gardens but with no luck. I have left my name with the organisers and the police.” If you can help please phone Julie on 0413 119 105.

Online Appointments at Medical Centre

The Blackheath Family Medical Centre is now taking appointments online visit: www.balancehealthclinic. The Blackheath Family Medical Centre is adopting progressive technologies to assist patients and we have introduced online bookings. This will enable the Blackheath community

to make an appointment any time of the day or night with any of our doctors during clinic hours. We are open on Mondays until 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and on Saturday mornings. To make an appointment phone 4787 8225 or on-line. For more information on the Blue Mountains GP Super Clinic please phone 1300 854 340.

International Day of people with a Disability

practical session for the group in a local café. ‘Ideas for Practical Support from Parents & Carers’ is for parents and carers of a person living with a disability. This workshop will explore practical strategies to support people with a disability to understand the issues being experienced around the development of friendships & relationships. Support will be provided for person with a disability if required. Liz Dore has over 20 years experience working with people with disability and support people. See

Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre is presenting 2 FREE workshops. ‘Exploring Friendships & Relationships for People with a Disability’ is for people with a disability aged over 18 This workshop At Pilates Life mat classes you will learn to take control of will explore how to: your body with the proven Pilates Method exercises and form and develop the latest Posture and Flexibility based stretches. meaningful friend• Foundation Courses for beginners ships, conduct • Continuing Classes for experienced students healthy relation• Back Into Action Classes ships, break the ice and organise (Ideal for rehabilitation, post natal, returning to exercise, dates, enhance inongoing physical issues). timate relationships Private lessons available for fitness and or rehabilitation. and will include a 1300 2 Pilates • Mobile 0408979458 •

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TV Winners

BESTBUY Pharmacy Leura had a giveaway in September, with a 42” LCD TV as the prize. The lucky winner was Brenda Harbutt of Wentworth Falls.

secure lighting, and Murals such as the Butterfly Walk. Second to bees, butterflies are important for pollination in our food sources, and are also a good indicator of our environmental health. However, some Butterflies are becoming quite rare as their natural habitats shrink. How many Butterflies can be seen fluttering in Davies Lane? Come and see.

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Butterfly Walk

The community of Katoomba have installed a “Butterfly Walk” in Davies Lane Katoomba. These beautiful butterflies, painted by artist Birgitte Hansen, are free standing and are attached to the walls to improve the look of this laneway. Katoomba has many laneways and the plan is to improve each with

Very Fashion Katoomba is very fashionably proud to announce that the prize winning entry to rename the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) goes to Gina McClintock’s “Glamorous Frocking Couture”. Helen Mountford owner of Very Fashion at 55-57 Waratah Street, Katoomba said it was a very difficult decision to make as there were many many fabulous entries. A close second, was Les Gully’s “God’s Feathery Chaps” and Toni Hutchinson’s “Giant Frock Collection”. Gina McClintock’s prize was a $100 shopping voucher at Very Fashion Katoomba.

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BUSHCARE in LEURA and WENTWORTH FALLS Local residents all across the mountains work together to help their local bushland. If you are a practical, down to earth person wanting to make a difference join one of the monthly groups.

There are 20 groups to choose from in Leura and Wentworth Falls

Bushcare offers training, exercise, education, friendship, and fun for children and adults. Monday 8th November Sublime Point, Leura (2nd Monday of the month) 9:00 –12:00 Tuesday 9th November Wentworth Falls Lake (2nd Tuesday of the month) 3:00 - 5:00 Friday 12th November Leura Cascades (2nd Friday of the month) 9:30 – 12:30 at Peter Carrol Field carpark Saturday 13th November Valley Of The Waters (NPWS) (1st Saturday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Wednesday 17th November Everglades Landcare (3rd Wednesday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Thursday 18th November Leura School Landcare (3rd Thursday of the month) 3:00 - 5:00 Friday 19th November Hester Creek Landcare, Leura (3rd Friday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday 20th November Jamison Creek Wentworth Falls (3rd Saturday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday 20th November Water Nymphs Dell Wentworth Falls (3rd Saturday of the month) 2:00 – 5:00 Saturday 20th November Wentworth Falls Lake (3rd Saturday of the month) 1:00 – 4:00 Wednesday 24th November Marmion Swamp Nth Leura (4th Wednesday of the month) 2:00 – 5:00 Thursday 25th November Central Park Wentworth Falls (4th Thursday of the month) 9:00 – 11:00 Saturday 27th November Govett St Leura (4th Saturday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday 27th November Rawson Parade Landcare Leura (4th Sat of the month) 9:30 – 12:30 Saturday 27th November Pitt Park Wentworth Falls (4th Saturday of the month) 2:00 – 5:00 Sunday 28th November Franki Creek, Nth Wentworth Falls (4th Sunday of the month) 1:30 - 4:00 Brahma Kumaris Landcare Mt Hay Rd Leura (1st Friday of the month) 9:30 – 12:30 Friday 3rd December Tree Fern Gully Leura (1st Saturday of the month) meet on Lindeman Rd 9:00 –12:00 Saturday 4th December Lone Pine Leura (1st Saturday of the month) 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday 4th December Jamieson Street Wentworth Falls (1st Saturday of the month) 1:30-4:30 Saturday 4th December

For more information call the Bushcare Section of Blue Mountains City Council on 4780 5528 or visit

November 2010


Jewish Filmmaker Wins Christian Award For Film on Afghanistan

Katoomba documentary filmmaker Gary Caganoff’s latest film on Afghanistan has been honoured with a Human Rights award from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), and SIGNIS (the World Catholic Association of Communication) in Brussels. Unanimous in their decision, the award has been given to the documentary 'The Garden at the End of the World', produced and directed by Caganoff, for its rare sensitivity in the portrayal of human rights issues of ordinary people. Philip Lee, Deputy Director of Programmes for WACC commented, “While there are now many feature length films on Afghanistan, it is much rarer to find a sensitively crafted documentary that shows ordinary people trying to rebuild their lives and those of others. WACC works to promote communication for social justice and the right to communicate and SIGNIS aims to promote a culture of peace. As such, the programmes and projects we support take a rights-based approach.”

The Garden at the End of the World is a confronting documentary on Afghanistan illustrating the tragic consequences of war and the widespread hunger, homelessness and lawlessness that it causes. The film portrays the lives of the hardest hit, the widows and orphans, who number in tens of thousands and follows two Australian women: humanitarian, Mahboba Rawi (OAM), an Afghan refugee and internationally recognised permaculturalist Rosemary Morrow, a Quaker, who both offer alternatives to the ‘reconstruction’ efforts that have not worked. Through these two remarkable women, Caganoff elicits stories and images of Afghanistan rarely seen before. Neither sentimental nor sensational the film is remarkable, reaching into the depths and complexities of war torn Afghanistan. Excited by the award, Caganoff (who describes himself in the film as “Jewish with Buddhist tendencies”) explains, “The film is not religious, nor is it political. It manages to fly under the radar of both and focus on basic human rights issues that aren’t being addressed by either. Rosemary, Mahboba and Mahboba’s Uncle Haji,

who also features in the film, are true heroes. They work with passion and humility to help the Afghani women and children re-build their lives. This award is a wonderful recognition of their inspiring work.” The production of The Garden at the End of the World was mainly funded by Caganoff, an independent filmmaker of 20 years, with the support of Screen Australia, The Documentary Foundation Australia and generous private donations.

Positive Living Aged Care Award

Anita Villa in Katoomba has won the 2010 NSW Positive Living in Aged Care Award. The aged care facility received the award in recognition of its successful project to reduce the risk of mental health conditions for residents with special needs. The Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) Barbara Perry announced the award at a recent seminar on positive mental health for older people at Luna Park. Anita Villa provides innovative care and services and accommodates many residents with special needs.



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KNC and International Day for People with a Disability

 Thursday 25th November 6.30 - 8.30pm At Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre KNC is a hub of community for Katoomba area: It provides information and referral creates and supports opportunities builds connections in the community and provides a range of services for people of all ages and backgrounds. Come along and find out more!


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The Power of Thinking

Locked within each individual is the potential to do magnificent things. We can realise our dreams, and over come problems. It all starts with the mind, and the thoughts that we produce from it. The mind is the most powerful thing in the universe because it thinks, but we can’t see it because it is not physical, but we know it exists - it creates and it produces what we think. We can lock ourselves in or set ourselves free just by the power of thought. We become what we think our thoughts actually become things and create our own personal reality. Now there is a little bit more to it than just thinking, but it is the starting point, it all begins with thought. Our brain which is just flesh is an organ of the physical body through


which our thoughts bring about a process of communication using chemical and electrical signals, but the mind is very much part of the whole of the body because our thoughts and emotions also work directly on the body and through the body, this thought energy is even more far reaching, and

Mind over Matter, The way to create a better life; it all starts with the thinking. can be likened to an electromagnetic field produced by the flow of electricity in a coil of wire, or likened to the circular ripples seen in a pool of water when a small pebble is dropped into it; OR the sowing of seeds in a garden. James Warrington-Mercer, Clinical Hypnotherapist 4782 5557 or 0414 860 420

The Ladies Probus Club of the Upper Blue Mountains met at the Leura Golf Club on 20 October to hear Scott Williams speak on “Stars, Planets & Galaxies”. His presentation was aided by videos of the stars and the solar system. The birth development and final phases of stars proved enlightening to the members and provoked many intelligent and knowledgeable questions which Scott handled with great expertise. Some of the events planned for 2011 include: • April 8 - Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Cruise • February 23 - “Dr Zhivago” at the Lyric Theatre • March 9 - “Turns” - Reg Livermore’s show at the Seymour Centre. To enquire about the Club please ring Mrs Diana Tonner 4784 1304.


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Leura C.W.A.

Leura C.W.A. held their General Annual Meeting on Monday, 11th October which was chaired by Mrs. Shirley Merrett, Secretary for the Blue Mountains Area. The positions for this year are: Kerry Owers, President, Margaret Muirhead, Sectary and Rosemary French, Treasurer. We are looking forward to an interesting year. The country of study this year is Iceland. At our last meeting we heard a very interesting talk by two members of N.S.W. Rural Fire Service who gave us useful information on how to be prepared in the case of fire. They answered our questions and gave us leaflets and good advice including to LEAVE THE KEY IN THE LOCK OF THE DOOR. As they said “When your home is full of smoke you cannot see the key. Everyone is welcome each Monday from 9.30a.m. for a cup of tea at 10a.m. Phone 4757 4639 or 4782 5975 for any information.

Red Cockatoo Goes Nationwide

Continued from page 1 Tracey has worked closely with ANTaR and Reconciliation Australia to support the gift card projects and she currently works with 4 communities, Blue Mountains, Papunya Tjupi


Julie Newbury

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Arts N.T., Warringarri Aborginal Arts W.A. and Kolumburu Aboriginal artists in the East Kimberley. . Christmas Cards 2010 - the highly sought after Aboriginal Environmentally Friendly Christmas cards by red Cockatoo Australia have now been released for sale. Christmas orders can be done on the website or by emailing :

Blue Mountains Business Advantage Awards Local Winners

Continued from page 1 • Century 21 Wentworth Falls won the Harry Hammon Business of the Year Award and Business Services category. • iKOU received the Retail & Shopping and Telstra Employer of the Year awards together with highly commended in the Environmental Business Practices section. • Red Cockatoo Australia - Entertainment and the Arts award • Lily’s Pad Cafe & Takeaway - Restaurants, Cafes & Catering award • Spa Sublime won the Commonwealth Bank Customer Service and Beauty, Health & Fitness awards • Bygone Beautys won the Integral Energy Community Contribution and People’s

Choice awards • Blue Mountains National Park, NPWS won Tourism Business of the Year • Kellie Gracey from Euphoria Hair & Beauty was Employee of the Year • Ken Shaw Fire Protection & First Aid Supplies received highly commended in the Environmental Business Practices category • Old Leura Dairy received highly commended in the Blue Mountains Gazette Innovation award • Eloura Industries - Blue Mountains Disability Services received highly commended in the Blue Mountains Gazette Innovation award Congratulations on your success.

Open Hearth Program

Open Hearth is a parish outreach project from the Uniting Church providing a free meal and fellowship for people in the mountains community. Many of those who come live alone and are often isolated. It gives an opportunity for sharing and mutual support over a meal. People who attend come from very diverse backgrounds. Some are very needy and some are homeless. The common theme is caring and sharing. Lunch is provided each Tuesday from 11am and an evening meal on the last Friday of each month from 5pm-7pm at the Katoomba Uniting Church.




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November 2010



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162 Main St, Katoomba

Piano & Keyboard Lessons

Friendly & inspiring atmosphere • Contemporary method • Musicianship & Composition Classes • Beginners & adults • All styles • Exams available

Early Childhood Classes

Developmentally appropriate music & movement programme • Newborn to 7 yrs • Singing & Instruments • Gift Certificates Available •

Phone 4757 1476

MUSIC TUITION - PIANO Quality Piano Musicianship Tuition

Adults and Adult Beginners welcome

Julie Adam DSCM, ARCM, LRAM, A.Mus.A. Leura 4782 7394


Sada Thai Restaurant

Authentic Pure Thai Cuisine Takeaway lunch special $9.90 from 11.30am-2.30pm Tues-Sun Open 7 days • Eat in or Takeaway

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Email: November 2010


Community Noticeboard Special Events November 13/14 Rhodedendron Retreat Open Garden and Susan Mcleod’s Art studio. Blackheath. See page 4 15 November Book launch ‘How a man lived in three centuries - The complete guide to Natural Health’ by Roger French, Director of the Natural Health Society of Australia at Hazelbrook Bowling Club 7pm. Details 4758 6263 19 November KOOLISM - Hotel Gearin, Katoomba Sensorial’10:Experimentation in expression. 20 November The Fuchsia Club of NSW Inc. Springwood Sports Club at 83 Macquarie Road Springwood from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Hundreds of named Fuchsias for sale. Pots and Baskets ready for hanging available at wholesale prices.

27 November ‘Between the Wars c1919-1939’ 12:30 pm Everglades House and Garden, 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura. Travel from when it was shocking to see the mere glimpse of a stocking to the Ragtime jazz world of the flapper era. Actual clothing items displayed. Lunch included $40 per person. Bookings essential ph: 4784 1938, 27 November Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre - two FREE workshops on Exploring Friendships & Relationships for People with a Disability . See page 8 27 November The Cathedral Singers at the annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service at St Alban’s Anglican Church, 137A Megalong Street, Leura 7pm. See page 4

December 1 – 7 An exhibition of vibrant art works to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. Come and celebrate ability! Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, 98 Lurline St, Katoomba 10am – 5pm each day. Opening & morning tea 11am 1/12; Wine and cheese 2 – 4pm 4/12. Everyone is welcome to all events. 47841118

4 December Rotary Carols on the lawn See page 3 11 December Everglades Christmas Stall in Leura Mall. Wonderful home cooked Christmas cakes, puddings etc. An ideal place to buy presents.

Monthly Events Sunday November 14 Poetry at the Pub, Blackburn’s Family Hotel, Katoomba Ph 4782 6623

Wednesday November 10 10am Leura Literary Society. Contact Marie: 4782 7382

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Wentworth Falls Country Club

Radio Plays at the Mountain Heritage. Ph 4782 2155 for bookings Saturday December 4- 1pm Board Games at Edison’s Lab. 0402 773 000 Friday December 10 Leura/Katoomba Probus Club Katoomba Golf Club 47821672

Weekly Events Mondays CWA Leura every Monday at 9.30am Insight meditation. Sitting and walking meditation at a Buddhist Centre in Medlow Bath 7pm 4788 1024 or 4782 3040 Tuesdays 7.15-9.30pm Blackheath Phoenix Choir - love good music, love to sing it, meets Uniting Church Hall Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath Small fees, no auditions. Contact 47877149 Katoomba Chorus Choir - 10 to 11:30 Escape From the House! Rock The Town! Katoomba Uniting Church, 4782-1117 to book

Thursday November 11 - 9.45am -12noon Wentworth Falls Garden Club - 4757 2638

Wednesdays Meditation classes 6-7pm at Ananda Marga Centre 19 Lovel St. Katoomba

Tuesday November 16 - 9.45am Leura Home Garden Club 4784 2679

Buddhist Teaching Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Tuesday November 16 -1pm Blackheath CWA Tuesday November 16 Wentworth Falls Lions Club Dinner 4782 6801 Wednesday November 17 Ladies Probus Club of the Upper Blue Mountains at the Leura Golf Club. 10am Wednesday November 24 Katoomba View Club Luncheon Meeting at Wentworth Falls Country Club. 4757 1859 Sunday November 28 - 2.30pm

Bush & Colonial dancing at WF School of Arts 7-9pm $5 0412 786 988 Blue Mountains District Dart Night Ph: 47841583 for details. Saturdays Drawing classes at Leura Golf Club 10am -12 noon. Call John 0416 271 964

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WENTWORTH FALLS COUNTRY CLUB Telephone Club 4757 1202 • Pro Shop 4757 1899 • Restaurant 4757 3330 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls

Every week in the Restaurant Monday to Friday

Saturday 13 November – Drag for Dollars (fundraiser for AIDS Trust Australia) featuring Marcia Mystique – 8:30pm Saturday 20 November - Trivia Challenge with cash prizes

Lunch Special $10pp

Wednesday 17 November - Rotary Careflight Charity Golf Day

Wednesday Dinner

Saturday 18 December - Christmas Family Disco - Free Entry

Kids Eat Free *conditions apply Thursday Special

Parmigiana Dinner

Every Wednesday from 24 November - Ham and Turkey Raffles - 7.30pm Friday 31 December - New Years Eve Family Fireworks on the Fairways

$12pp ($10 members) Friday

Friday Night Carvery

$21pp ($18.50 members) (Bookings essential)

November 2010


Echo Blackheath  

Community newspaper for Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Katoomba, Leura & Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia