Blue Mountains community news – Along the Highway

Former Winmalee High School student Andrew Peterson with NSW Governor David Hurley.
Former Winmalee High School student Andrew Peterson with NSW Governor David Hurley.


Andrew Peterson, a HSC graduate of Winmalee High 2017, was the sole recipient from his year to obtain the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Mr Peterson completed all five award components including a skill, physical recreation, service/volunteering, adventurous journey and a residential project to qualify for the award. His gold adventurous award was achieved when he sailed from Sydney to Brisbane over eight days on a four hourly rotational shift basis.


Police Remembrance Day will be celebrated at Blackheath Uniting Church at 3pm on Saturday, September 29. The service is held to honour those police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. All are welcome, including serving and retired police, members of all other churches and interested members of the public.


Springwood Community Garden is holding a worm farm workshop to help residents learn how to set up and maintain a worm farm with expert Emmanuela, also known as Manu, who is a permaculture specialist.

The event is on Sunday, September 30 at 11am and is free for members or $10 non-members. The garden is located at 168 Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood (next to St Columba's gates).


Get bushfire ready by learning how to download and use bushfire apps. A class run by the Catholic Care office at the Springwood drop-in centre (next to Blooms) is beind held on Thursdays from 1pm during October. Call 4751 4956 to book.


The next meeting of the Probus Club of the Upper Blue Mountains will be held at Lawson Bowling Club on Friday, October 5. Guest speaker will be Associate Professor Rhett Butler who is Foundation Chairman of SkyJuice. He is also Chair of the Research Advisory Committee at National Centre of Excellence for Desalination (NCEDA). He has developed a unique water purification system that led to the formation of Skyjuice, an organisation that uses Australian technology to provide world-class safe water to remote, low-income communities. He will speak about water sustainability. Inquiries to Mike Honey on 4757 3660.


A seminar introducing the ancient healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, will be held at Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, Woodford on Saturday, September 29. Jin Shin Jyutsu was revived in the early 20th century in Japan and taken to America in the early 1950s when it was first introduced to the western world. It is sometimes described as acupuncture without needles and can assist the body in healing after surgery. At this seminar people will be given some simple applications to practice at home to maintain their well-being and/or to improve their health. It will be presented by John Sheehan and Sonia Paterson, both certified practitioners of the art.  The seminar will run from 10am-3pm, cost is  $45. Bookings essential by September 22. For further information contact Donna on 4758 7360 or email

Julian Leatherdale

Julian Leatherdale


A creative writing workshop with author Julian Leatherdale will be held on Saturday, September 22 at Katoomba Library, from 10am-3pm. Don’t miss this chance to meet with and learn writing techniques from the acclaimed author of Palace of Tears and the 2018 follow-up The Opal Dragonfly. The workshop will focus on creating character, looking at plausibility, motivation, dialogue and voice. So if you need expert inspiration for a writing project then book into this all-day workshop for just $25 at any library branch. Bookings are essential and places are limited. Ages 16 and over.


The extraordinary story of the Shakers of North America will be revealed at the September lecture of the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society. John Ericson will explore their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived before examining samples of their wonderful buildings and furniture. The lecture will be held on Friday, September 21 from 1.30pm at the School of Arts, Wentworth Falls.  Visitors are most welcome and the cost is $30 which includes refreshments. Details: 4784 2070 or 4757 4889.


Nepean Hospital is holding a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony from 10am on Monday, October 15 at Level 3, West Block. For more details call 4734 1072 or visit


Springwood Hospital Auxiliary was the fund-raising force in the community campaign for the 32-bed hospital which opened just over 40 years ago. The auxiliary continues to support the little public hospital and its enduring reputation for excellence in nursing care. The garden setting in 1.6 hectares on Springwood's north side also includes a greatly appreciated palliative care unit which opened in 1998 with community fund-raising support. With a membership of 41, the auxiliary meets at 9.45am every fourth Tuesday in the matron's cottage in the grounds in Huntley Grange Road. The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 25 and everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a cuppa afterwards.


The first meeting in term 4 of the Widows Circle will be held at Mount Riverview on Monday, October 15 at 3pm. To join, call Mimi on 0431 682 137 or email


A plant and garage sale will be held from 9am-noon on Tuesday, September 25 in the grounds of the Springwood Presbyterian Church at 160 Macquarie Road, Springwood. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of items to go into shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Come along to get some bargains on bric-a-brac, plants, fabric, craft  items, books, candles, cakes/slices/biscuits, jams and pickles. This Springwood group will not be having a normal sewing and craft  meeting on this day. If any members are available to help set up, sell and pack away, volunteers will be starting at 8am. Members are also reminded to bring their items for sale along on the day.


The Church of United Spiritualism of Australia at Lawson is holding a service on Sunday, September 23 at the Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New Street, Lawson, from 3.30-5pm. All welcome. For further information call Nadja on 0439 453 430.


The Blue Mountains Bridge Club meets on the first floor of the Spires Gallery at the top of Leura Mall. Afternoon sessions are 12.45pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Evening session is 6.30pm every Monday. The club holds lessons for beginners and improvers. For information visit  or contact Pamela Reeves on 0478 220 748

Results: 7.9.18: N/S 1st Arthur Leslie and Mary Harrison, 2nd John Barber and June Drake. E/W 1st Mary Muldoon and Tresham Rendel, 2nd Lesley and Keith Moorhead.

8.9.18: 1st  Kelela Allen and Susan Capp, 2nd Pamela Reeves and Maggie Lewandowski, 3rd Alan Moule and Lorraine Newson.

10.9.18: 1st  Keith Jebb and Jane Tyrell, 2nd Mary Harrison and Bill Murdoch, 3rd Gayle Calvert & Steve English.

11.9.18: N/S 1st Pat Cook and Tresham Rendel,  2nd Keith Jebb and Mary Kennedy. E/W 1st Neil and Christine Cramer, 2nd Gayle Calvert and Steve English.

13.9.18: N/S 1st Mary Muldoon and Pamela Reeve, 2nd Mary Harrison and Tresham Rendel. E/W 1st Neil and Christine Cramer, 2nd Millie Robinson and Carole O'Connor.


Play Bridge in a friendly, relaxed environment with Glenbrook Bridge Club, which is located at St Finbar's  Glenbrook Catholic Church Hall, 46 Levy Street Glenbrook, on Wednesday evenings at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, Thursday afternoons at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start and on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. Players of any age and ability are most welcome and lessons are provided for beginners.  Another series of lessons will be held later this year.  For further information contact Kerrie on 4753 6048 or 0458 536044.

Results 12.9.18: N/S- 1st Peter Lameks and Bob Birch, 2nd Lindsay Scandrett and Gerard Balkin, 3rd Dennis Raymond and Ernie Newman. E/W- 1st Peter McBride and Mary Thompson, 2nd Thi Pham and Lynda Atkin, 3rd Anna Olszewski and Frank Fitzpatrick.

13.9.18: N/S- 1st Alec Gillespie and Ernie Newman, 2nd Penelope Fell and Shirley Hesketh, 3rd Kelela Allen and Susan Capp. E/W- 1st Tammy Schwarz and Alan Schwarz, 2nd Doug Escott and Cath Gordon, 3rd Mike Steel and Lynda Atkin.


Springwood Bridge Club plays on Monday and Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings, at Lewin Lodge, Lewin Street, Springwood. Visitors and new players are always welcome.  Next round of beginner lessons start in October 2018. For information about lessons and/or playing at the club, contact Lee on 0411 825 578.

Results: 6.9.18: 1st - Peter Crew and Kathleen Lynch, 2nd - Anne-Marie Clifton & Janet Rannard.

8.9.18: 1st - Tammy and Alan Schwarz, 2nd - Thi Pham and Ted McCulloch, equal 3rd - Lee Andrews and Sheela Sahasrabuddhe, Kitty Fowler and Pat Chamberlain.

10.9.18:  Equal 1st - Alan and Tammy Schwarz, Kerry and Christine Bartlett, 3rd - Dennis Raymond and Ernie Newman.


A climate change fundraiser gig will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 2-5pm at Kindlehill School, Lake Street, Wentworth Falls. Free tickets if people switch to fossil free super at Featured will be Low Carbon Living Expo, Hands Heart and Feet, Arichele Dancers, Ghawazi Caravan, Samba Trombada, Paco Peasants. For  more information visit


Blue Mountains Lantern Club's next meeting will be held at the Springwood Sports Club on Thursday, September 20 starting at 11am. The club has exciting new fundraising ventures coming up. Come along to the meetings and enjoy being part of an enthusiastic group raising money for The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. For more details call Diane on 0409 662 344.


Springwood Community Art Centre is calling on past and current members to help prepare for 2019 – its 50th anniversary year. Do you have classroom tales, memories, photos? Painters and textile artists of the Mid-Mountains, please email the volunteers at the art centre with any images, stories or other memorabilia to share:


If you’ve been meaning to get your affairs in order but never find the time, NSW Trustee & Guardian is making it easier for locals with a Plan Ahead Day at Katoomba Court House, 5-7 Civic Place, Katoomba on Thursday, September 20. A Plan Ahead Day enables people to make or update their Will or Power of Attorney documents with expert help from NSW Trustee & Guardian. Life doesn’t always stay the same and planning ahead involves thinking about how your affairs would be managed and how you wish to be looked after if your circumstances changed.  This includes deciding what should happen to your loved ones if you are no longer around to take care of them. The team from NSW Trustee & Guardian can answer all your questions and is experienced in writing Wills for people with a range of different family circumstances. Bookings are essential on 1300 723 037 or online at


Blue Mountains Branch of the National Trust is conducting a bus trip to view significant landmarks in the Hawkesbury that inspired renowned artists like Arthur Streeton on Saturday, September 22. Other highlights include visits to the Purple Moon Art Gallery and the Hawkesbury Art Gallery. Cost of $40 members and $45 non-members includes bus pick-up and return from Glenbrook, morning tea and a delicious lunch as well as expert site guides. For bookings contact Enid on 4754 1244 or Liz on 0420 288 978.


Blue Mountains Library has a new online story reading service. Story Box Library has hundreds of videos featuring great children's picture books creatively transformed into an exciting visual experience with some even read by their authors. Experience Pig the Pug read by Aaron Blabey, Hickory Dickory Dash from Jay Laga'aia and a host of other favourites from Bird and Bear to Maudie and Bear and Billie B Brown. Story Box is on the website in the Kids Library eResources for Kids area. You will need to be a library member. Details: