12th August 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,
BCCT eNews,
National Tree Day,
Results on the Survey on Beecroft Road Traffic Management,
Issues Raised with Hornsby Shire Council following our Survey,
Civic Trust's Spring Walk,
Correspondence from the General Manager, Steven Head HSC,
Beecroft Bush Dance,
Beecroft Tennis Club Open Day,
Beecroft Orchestra,
Your Civic Trust,
Epping Civic Trust,
Local JP,
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter,
Hornsby Council News Bulletin,
City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
It was both sad and a milestone to hear that Sparks Shoes will be closing after over 90 years of trading and 4 generations here in Beecroft. A history of this retail outlet can be found on the History Group website CLICK HERE. My wife Louise, inquired as to whether their shoe measurement sizes had been kept from when she was a girl – but she was informed that regrettably they had not been kept from the last millennium! The family have made (and continue to make) a significant contribution to our community and will be greatly missed.
By way of local news, I went in a personal capacity to two local events in the last month. The first was to a meeting about the Voice, held by Beecroft Yes 23 in the Community Centre. There were three speakers, namely, Dr Shireen Morris (a constitutional lawyer), Noel Pearson and Julian Leeser (the Federal representative for Berowra). The meeting was well attended and the speakers spoke fluently and knowledgeably. It was subsequently reported in The Guardian. Julian Leeser made mention of the comparison between the roles of The Voice and that of the Civic Trust as well as the voting history of postcode 2119 in the 1967 Referendum. Two of the Aboriginal advocates in 1967 had a connection with our suburbs. The histories of the connections of Margaret Tucker and Bill Onus are on the History Group website.  For Bill Onus CLICK HERE.  For Margaret Tucker CLICK HERE and scroll down.
The second event was the induction of Rev Paul Harris as the Minister of Beecroft Presbyterian Church. While it felt strange to be welcoming Paul who has already been the minister for the last 5 years, the ceremony represented a milestone in his ministry from being appointed by the regional Presbytery to being supported by the local church congregation.
On Saturday, 12 August, the Historic Houses Association organised a heritage walk in Cheltenham. It was pleasing to see that the walk was fully booked, with a waiting list. The tour leader was supplied by our History Group. The group ended with coffee and a slice at Molly’s Pavilion. Next year there might be a second walk in Beecroft.  If you are interested in a walk, then the Spring Walk of the Civic Trust is on August 27 and is advertised elsewhere in this eNews.
Talking of walking, Louise, our dog and I had pleasure in walking along one of the new footpaths installed by Parramatta City Council in Beecroft. It is also great that the broken plumbing from the Beecroft Railway Station (on the Sutherland Road, eastern, side) has been repaired. The removal of fluids and stench is much appreciated.
We have also heard back from Heritage NSW that our submission for a Blue Plaque on Marie Byles property, Ahimsa in Cheltenham, was unsuccessful. This did not surprise us as we thought that it would be very unlikely that one postcode would receive Blue Plaques in successive years – when so few are honoured in this way. The plaque commemorating Mark Lidwill on the gate post on Beecroft Road that used to lead into his former home and surgery (But now Arden School) is still looking proud on the post. Lidwill invented, while living and working in Beecroft, the world’s first heart pacemaker that had been used on a human and his story is on the History Group website CLICK HERE.   
As readers will be aware the Civic Trust continues to advocate on a range of topics including M2 Noise, traffic on Beecroft Road, improvements to the Village Green, the appointment of private certifiers and the preservation of Byles Creek bushland. Two recent letters from Hornsby Shire Council, containing very helpful information on some of these topics are to be found in this eNews. The Civic Trust always welcomes the views of fellow residents on topics for advocacy.

Roderick Best PSM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews
The Trust publishes this monthly eNews newsletter.  If you would like to receive this newsletter on a regular basis, please CLICK HERE to subscribe to the eNews.
National Tree Day at Beecroft Village Green
Hornsby Shire Council held its annual National Tree Day at the Beecroft Village Green this year. A broad variety of indigenous plants ranging from native grasses to small trees, sourced from Council’s nursery, were planted adjacent to the train line. Traditionally held on the last Sunday in July, our local community was well represented by our scouts, Rotary and local families.  The event was organised by Council’s nursery staff with support from our councillors.

                                                                      Photos courtesy of HSC
Results on the Survey on Beecroft Road Traffic Management
We asked:
Do you want the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust to advocate for the installation of a Red Light and Speed Camera to be installed on the corner of Beecroft and Hannah Streets?
83% of eNews Voted YES
of eNews readers Voted NO
Issues Raised with Hornsby Shire Council following our Survey
The Civic Trust has written to Hornsby Shire Council informing them of the results of our survey and also requesting an update on Traffic management for traffic entering Beecroft Road and the increase in trucks using Copeland Road to avoid North Connect tolls.
Council's reply can be viewed CLICK HERE
Civic Trust's Spring Walk
The Civic Trust's next walk will be the Spring walk.  The walk is planned for the 27th of August.
Please note this in your diaries.  We will be providing more details in our August edition of the eNews.

                                               2023 Autumn walk
Correspondence from the General Manager, Steven Head HSC
At the Trust's Annual General Meeting in October 2022 several questions were put to the General Manager.
Mr Steven Head's reply is now available CLICK HERE.
Beecroft Bush Dance
The last Bush Dance was a huge success, the next one is planned for September.

Beecroft Tennis Club Open Day

Sunday 10 September, 11am to 3pm Celebrating 125 years of tennis at Beecroft.
Unleash your tennis talent, all welcome.
    Social tennis,
    Try real grass courts,
    Free coaching 11am - 1pm,
    Exhibition doubles match 2pm,
    Kids' activities, face painting,
Lunch: BBQ, sliders, kebabs, hot dogs.
Entry: Free to all comers.
Venue: Beecroft Lawn Tennis Club, Cnr Beecroft Rd & The Crescent, Beecroft.
For more information visit the club's web site: CLICK HERE

Beecroft Orchestra’s Concert 3 for 2023 on Sunday 17th September at 2:30pm
Cheltenham Girls High School new Performance Hall, The Promenade, Cheltenham 2119

Conductor-Joanna Drimatis
Assistant Conductor-Paige Gullifer
Antonin Dvorak-Symphony No6, Op 60
Emilie Mayer-Faust-Overture
Antonin Dvorak-Serenade for Winds, Opus 44
This year, the orchestra initiated a Young Conductors’ Program. The response to this has been astonishing and 4 young conductors were selected to assist and learn from the orchestra’s Conductor, Dr Joanna Drimatis - one in each musical term. Funds for this program come from tax deductible donations to the orchestra’s Gift Fund which is accessible through the Beecroft Orchestra Website. CLICK HERE
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust
The Trust has for many years fought and lobbied to protect our suburbs.
If you value your Trust and appreciate the work the Trust does to preserve the amenity and heritage of our two suburbs, please consider renewing your financial membership.
This can be done on-line at  Without your valued support, the Trust will cease to exist.

Epping Civic Trust

The next Epping Civic Trust meeting will be on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30 pm.
The venue for the meeting will be the hall for the Churches of Christ Bridge St Epping.
Anyone wishing to hear from Jerome Laxale would be very welcome.
To read the Epping Civic Trust's August news letter CLICK HERE.
Local Justice of the Peace
Timothy Abrams, a Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust committee member, has generously offered his services as a Justice of the Peace for any residents requiring this service.
Tim can be contacted on Mob 0417 662 405

Dr. Penelope Crossley has also generously offered her services.  Penelope is a practising solicitor and is happy to witness documents pro bono for 2119 residents if Tim is unavailable. Penelope can be contacted on 0449 232 474.
Julian Leeser MP.  Latest Newsletter
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. 

Hornsby Shire Council's August News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's August News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area for both Hornsby and Parramatta Shire Councils.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.

Other objections and correspondence with council can be viewed CLICK HERE
Latest Police Reports

CLICK HERE for the latest reports.  Just a reminder that these reports are regularly provided by the Ryde Police Area Command which includes the entire suburbs of Beecroft & Cheltenham. 
Annual Memberships for 2023 became due in March...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.
CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. We already send the eNews to many of our residents.  We encourage residents who receive the eNews to tell their neighbours and friends and suggest they too subscribe.  The eNews letter is available to all who subscribe.  Trust Membership is not a requirement. 
The eNews archives are available HERE.  To subscribe to the eNews: CLICK HERE.The Trust has always sought to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.
Kind regards,
Rod Best

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