5th July 2019   Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,
Hornsby Council tree strategy,
Trust Autumn Walk 23rd June,
History Group Book Launch,
Opening Day, Sporting facilities,
Police Reports.
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Message from the President
There is always something on in Beecroft or Cheltenham and last weekend was no exception.  On Saturday the Beecroft History Group launched their latest publication on James Blackwood and on Sunday our sporting community teamed up with Hornsby Council to officially open the new facilities at Cheltenham Oval.  There are more details below, where I have taken the liberty to provide my own observations. 
Hornsby Council’s tree planting strategy, instigated by our Mayor Philip Ruddock, is progressing well.  This is the first time I have mentioned the strategy in the Trust’s eNews, mainly because the strategy initially focused on parklands north of Beecroft where there was an opportunity by Council to make an immediate impact.  The tree planting strategy will provide benefits for our community in the future, adding value to our real estate but also improving the biodiversity in our natural environment.  I, and no doubt you  too, want to see our suburb become a better place to live.  Over thirty years I have observed significant loss of fauna in our suburbs, such as a variety of birdlife and lizards.  This loss adversely impacts on the suburbs’ ecology and over time our own wellbeing, so I ask you to support Hornsby Council’s Tree strategy.  More details below. 

Ross Walker OAM
25,000 Trees by 2020 – Hornsby Council’s tree strategy
Many residents will be aware that the Mayor of Hornsby, Hon Philip Ruddock, initiated a tree planting strategy this year.  It has been an ambitious task that has stretched Hornsby Council’s internal resources.  Trees come in all shapes and sizes and they need to be replaced regularly due to age, disease, size or the fact that they simply grow in the wrong place.  The strategy includes all types of trees and all locations, whether in public reserves, in streets or in your own yard.  The Trust supports the strategy, with conservation being one of the aims of the Trust’s constitution.  For more information CLICK HERE 
This year National Tree Day falls on Sunday 28th July, with National Tree Day for Schools on Friday 26th.  Council has teamed up with Beecroft Public School’s environmental group to plant trees in Lyne Road Reserve at Cheltenham on the Friday 26th July between 12 noon and 1pm. 
On the actual Sunday 28th July, Council has chosen Fagan Park at Galston to celebrate the day.  This event will be from 10am till 1pm
So Beecroft doesn’t miss out, Council will, with the support of the Trust, be holding our own tree planting day at Observatory Hill from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday 4th August.
All these events are open to the public, so you are welcome to attend and get involved if you so wish.     
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Annual Autumn Walk – held on Sunday 23rd June 2019
The Trust held its annual ‘autumn’ walk in winter last Sunday.  The weather was kind to us, providing a perfect window of dry weather.  A comfortably sized group of thirty attended, learning about the bushland reserve that many of us regularly walk through.  The walk went as far as Burns Road South where we compared the bush regeneration on Council’s road reserve with the weed infestation blanketing Devlin’s Creek.  The difference is dramatic.  While afternoon tea was being served at the new netball courts after the walk, Rod Best, the chair of the Beecroft History Group, talked about Sir Garfield Barwick’s former property that was demolished when the M2 motorway was constructed. 
Details of the next Spring walk will be provided in early August.  It will be held in association with the National Trust property, Ahimsa in Day Road Cheltenham.

The Beecroft Cheltenham History Group Book Launch – held on Saturday 29th June 2019.
WW1 Letters of James Blackwood: A Beecroft Son at war and at peace.
The launch was held in the Beecroft Presbyterian Church, where James Blackwood's name appears on both the Honour Rolls. 
At age 19 James ceased law studies at Sydney University to join the AIF and fought in France where he died in December 1916 from wounds.  The book is a collection of letters written by James to his family during this time as a way of showing the impact of war on the Beecroft Cheltenham community.   
Formalities were handled by the Chair of the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group, Rod Best, with Hornsby Council represented by the Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock. 
Julian Leeser, the Federal Member for Berowra, and former Member for Epping Andrew Tink AM both spoke about the book.  Morning tea was served afterwards in the adjoining church hall where the book could be purchased.  The letters and accompanying introductory notes p
rovide an insight into our local society in Beecroft during the First World War.  For anyone interested in the history of Beecroft and Cheltenham this book is good reading.  The book can be purchased through the History Group’s website at or at the Beecroft Newsagency.  The RRP is only $20.00.  If outside of 2119 postcode, then postage and packaging is $10.00.

Cheltenham Oval Sporting Facilities Official Opening – held on Sunday 30th June 2019
This event highlighted the strength of our local community.  Fully supported by Hornsby Council, over 200 people of all ages participated in the festivities.  It was particularly pleasing to have our elected members from the three levels of government attending, but also mixing with the residents.  Julian Leeser MP, Member for Berowra, Dominic Perrottet MP, NSW Treasurer and Member for Epping, Damien Tudehope MLC, Minister for Finance and Small Business, the Mayor of Hornsby Hon. Philip Ruddock, plus Councillors Emma Heyde and Joe Nicita mingled with the residents. 

This event was initiated by the Beecroft Soccer, Beecroft Netball and Beecroft Cricket clubs and full credit must go to their respective committees for making this such a memorable day.  The Trust and Beecroft Rotary also attended, both recognising the significance of the event by promoting the event. 

This is what makes our community strong.
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.
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - June 23rd
Annual Memberships for 2019 became due at the
Annual General Meeting 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. Currently we have over 1040 email addresses, up from 900 two months ago.  We encourage residents who receive the eNews to tell their neighbours and friends.  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 had an unwritten policy to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.
Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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