27th November 2017   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Twilight Christmas, Mikey the Owl,
Christmas Carols and Plympton Sh
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President’s comment
This is always a busy time of the year. You will notice there are three events listed for next Thursday 30th November. Personally, I think supporting the Beecroft shop owners should be a priority. The shop owners are really trying to make their Twilight Christmas a success.
If you happen to read this week’s Northern District Times or last week’s Hornsby Advocate, you would have seen an article about the loss of trees in Hornsby Shire.  I am pictured with Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock.  A nice photograph. The article, however, written by reporter Jake McCallum, is based on my speaking in support of a Mayoral Motion at the last Council Meeting.  I am incorrectly referred to in the article as a representative of the Beecroft Cheltenham Alliance.  The article should have referred to me as being President of the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, consistent with what I said at the Council meeting. This was also the case with Trish Brown who is on the Trust committee and President of the Byles Creek Valley Union Inc.  The Alliance, by the way, was not represented at the Council Meeting. Unfortunately Jake McCallum did not check the article’s accuracy with me prior to publication.  So, once again, don’t believe everything you read in the paper!
Ross Walker
Mikey the Powerful Owlet is Back With His Second Photo Book
Georgia Cameron and Michael Bianchino are publishing another book on Mikey the powerful Owlet. The book will be available for sale for $30 at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft from Thursday 30th November. Like the first book, this second book is published by the local community group, the Byles Creek Valley Union Inc. It is a not-for-profit project that will donate $5 from each copy sold to Sydney Wildlife, a registered charity licensed by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.  Georgia and Michael have arranged a display in the Beecroft Place community window as well.  The book will make an ideal Christmas book.
In store only – The Children’s Bookshop 6 Hannah Street Beecroft $30
Online with express postage – $40
               Georgia Cameron and Michael Bianchino in front of the community window at Beecroft Place
                                                 photo courtesy Michael Bianchino

Georgia and Michael's complete press release can be viewed HERE
Twilight Christmas in Beecroft

The local shop keepers have put a lot of work into making this event happen. Activities, starting from 5pm, will be spread throughout the shopping centre and will include Santa, a jazz band, a flautist, a magic elf and face painting to mention only a few. Many of the shops will have their own special activities, such as pyjama story time at the bookshop and a BBQ at the butcher shop. So please come down and support your local community by joining in the festivities.
Hornsby Shire Council Community Forum for North Epping Residents
 Hornsby Council will be holding a community forum on Thursday 30th November commencing 6.30 pm, at the North Epping Bowling and Community Club, 132 Boundary Rd North Epping.  The Public Forum is advertised for North Epping residents only, but residents living outside of North Epping who are interested in local issues, are also welcome to attend.  Hornsby Councillors will be in attendance.
Talk on the new biodiversity laws
A reminder that the Total Environment Centre will be holding a public meeting to discuss the new biodiversity laws and just how these will impact on our specific part of Sydney. There is a list of excellent speakers. Join your neighbours and friends to hear what we can do together to stop the loss.
The meeting will be at the Cheltenham Recreation Club, 60-74 The Crescent Cheltenham, 6pm for 6.30 start on the 30th November.
REGISTER HERE – Bookings essential.
Entry is by donation at the door.
Beecroft Presbyterian Carol Service
The Beecroft Presbyterian Church is having a special Christmas Carol Service on Saturday 23rd December, just before Christmas. It will start at 7:00 pm and finish about 8:30pm. The Carols will held in the Presbyterian church hall, 6 Welham St, Beecroft.  Bring the family and come sing your favourite carols and hear the Christmas story. 
Website: (will be set up shortly). 
For more info: Contact the church office 9876-2478 or
Proposed new Car Park at Plympton Rd Shops Carlingford
Three Trust committee members met with Parramatta Councillor Donna Davis, Parramatta Council Officers and Simon Greville, the owner of the North Carlingford Pharmacy, on Friday 17th November to discuss the proposed new layout of the car park.  The existing parking bays need widening and in order to retain the same number of parking bays the entry to the car park will be relocated to allow a larger car park. Landscaping will be upgraded as part of the reconstruction. A small number of residents suggested a public toilet but, after discussions with various stakeholders, Parramatta Council decided a public toilet could not be justified. Council hopes to seek tenders early in the new year and have the project completed by May 2018. Extract of plan showing car park layout is below.
Police Report
With Christmas upon us, residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham need to be vigilant and on the alert to what is happening in their neighbourhood. Below is an extract from the Police on crime reported in the Ryde Local Area Command, which includes Beecroft and Cheltenham.
“Different groups are coming from elsewhere into the more affluent LAC areas of Ryde, North Shore and Rouse Hill as evidenced by reports of armed robberies, B&Es, carjacking etc from these LACs. Two groups have committed B&Es in businesses and stealing from shops in Eastwood. Arrests in Meadowbank  and shop lifting operations with police working closely with Loss Prevention Officers has had an obvious impact on the stats for the LAC.”
The Beecroft Community is Saddened To Witness the Destruction of
"Rivington" a Once Grand Old Home in Fearnley Park

These picture can be seen in high resolution HERE
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At this stage, the Trust will continue to distribute the printed bulletin as not everyone uses the internet.  
We are continuing to looking for volunteers who like walking and who may be able to distribute approximately 100 Bulletins a couple of times per year, as this is all done by kind members of our community. If you are able to help out, even as an occasional fill in person, please contact
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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