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French Bred – Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath , Sunday March 24

In their first concert series for 2019, string trio Three Piece Suite will present a celebration of French music at Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday March 24th at 4pm with a diverse selection of French born, bred and adopted composers.

 Drawing on 500 years of music, Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello will evoke the French salon, cathedral, countryside and even a touch of Casablanca with works and arrangements for string trio by Pleyel, Pierne, Debussy, Cras and Francaix. All with that style, wit and je ne sais quois that exemplifies the Gallic. The date will also mark the trio’s 6th anniversary of performances in Blackheath.

Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at $30 for adults, $5 for children. The concert will last for about 75 minutes and afterwards you can join the musicians in the hall for a magnifique afternoon tea. Vive la France!

Venue: Blackheath Presbyterian Church, 123 Wentworth St, Blackheath

Date & Time: Sunday 24th March at 4pm

Tickets: Adult $30, Child $5



Phone: 0418 11 33 09

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Dear friends,

Our emergency food pantry is running low. Do you have any long life milk, cereal (particularly weetbix), pasta, or tinned goods that you could donate to help the people in our community who are struggling to feed themselves and their family? Donations gratefully received at our offices on Gardiner Crescent. Thank you.

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Congratulations to our wonderful Mina Howard – finalist at the Zest Awards for her contribution to the community as a Volunteer.

Carers Support Group EOI.

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Dear friends,

BANC is looking to start up a carers support group here in our meeting room on Wednesdays. We are looking for expressions of interest from potential participants, and also for a core group of people who would like to run it. It can either be a formal or informal get together, and we have resources for both types. If this is something you would like to attend, or would like to have a say in how it’s run, please contact 4787 7770 and leave a message for Jade.

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Dear friends,

A volunteer opportunity has opened up at our digital literacy service, Cyber_Shed. The Cyber_Shed introduces over-50s novices to the internet one-to-one, with a focus on social media. Cyber_Shed educates & equips people to stay connected with far-flung family, participate in the broader community & stay safe online. Cyber_Shed relies on volunteers to help with the tutoring of students, and as we have currently lost one of our long-standing tutors, a position has opened up. Please contact Jade on 47877770 if this interests you!

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*Update. A wonderful woman called Bettina has volunteered her services. What a lovely community we live in. f

Dear friends,

The Blackheath District Horticultural Society turns 100 in 2020 and one of their members is writing out the history of the society by hand. Is there any lovely soul out there who would be interested in volunteering their typing skills to convert her handwritten pages to a word document? If yes, please call and leave a message for Jade at BANC on 47877770. Thank you.

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Tickets are selling fast for this wonderful fundraiser for upgrades to the Blackheath Community Hall. Book now and come along to support your local community asset!

Tickets are selling fast for this wonderful fundraiser for upgrades to the Blackheath Community Hall. Book now and come along to support your local community asset!

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Dear friends, 
A lovely lady rang us here at BANC to ask if we could put out a request for any expressions of interest in a Blackheath sewing circle with a focus on connection and networking. It would be held here at the centre and everyone would be welcome, knitters, quilters, sewing types etc. It would be by gold coin donation, just to cover the room hire cost. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy doing, please call Margaret on 47876049

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Dear friends,

BANC will be closed from Monday the 24th of December and reopens on Wednesday the 2nd of January. We wish you a safe and happy Christmas and want to take this opportunity to remind you that you don’t have to be alone on Christmas day. Head up to the Kinship at Christmas lunch held here at the community hall, corner of Great Western Highway and Gardiner crescent. All are welcome, and it’s a fun filled day of beautiful food and friendly faces. See you in the new year!

Stop-Motion Animation Workshops

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The children of Mount Victoria had a wonderful time creating stop-motion animation movies recently. Under the tutelage of the fabulously talented animator, Norman Yeend, the children made movies about snowmen and train crashes, with a bit of good old fashioned toilet humour thrown in.

If you’d like your child to attend our next workshop on January 12th, 10am til 12 noon at the Blackheath Community Centre, please call Jo on 0438 099 081. This workshop is suggested for children aged 7-12 and bookings are essential. 

Did you know we were one of the lucky recipients of the @SydneyWater community grants program? With Sydney Water’s support we’ve been able to implement this years festival and workshops. #sydneywater#communitygrants

Share The Dignity

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Dear friends,

We here at BANC are a collection point for ‘Share the Dignity’ bags of sanitary items and personal care products for women. If you know of a woman in need of these items, please let them know. For more information on this charity, go to

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Hi all, we are currently experiencing difficulties with our phones, so please call 0413130320 instead of our landline, until we can sort this out. Thank you.

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Blue Shorts Film Festival 2019

Blue Shorts is a short film festival held in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Just for local residents, Blue Shorts celebrates Blue Mountains stories and storytellers and is a celebration of local creativity and community. Filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to submit short films – from young and emerging filmmakers to the many pros we have in the area. We are looking for short films 7 minutes and under in any genre and style (*films in 12 years and under category need to be 2 mins or less*). We are ready to take your entries now! The closing date is 22 March 2019.

The festival screenings will be held on 4-May 2019 at the beautiful Mount Vic Flicks with an awards presentation after the screenings.

**NOTE** this festival is not listed publicly on the FilmFreeway so cannot be found by searching the FilmFreeway listings. Once you have created your project and uploaded your film, please go to in order to submit your entry to Blue Shorts.

Blue Shorts is brought to you in partnership with Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Mount Vic Flicks and Local Film Makers with support this year from Sydney Water. We will be running an animation workshop on the theme of water for children and young people ages 8-14 in the upcoming weeks. Contact 0438 099 081 for more information.

Awards & Prizes

Best Film Best Film with Water Theme (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*) Best Youth Film (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*)

Best Youth Film (Aged 13-18) People’s Choice Award x 2 Best Family Made Movie Best Comedy Best Story Best Animation Best Music Video Best Documentary Best Dramatic Film Best Cinematography Best Sound Best Edit Best Special Effects

We’ve been nominated!

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Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre has been nominated for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards, if you’d like to vote for us, click here  and fill in the relevant fields. Thank you! 

Three Piece Suite Concert

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Variations on a Theme – Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath.

Sunday September 9th.

In their final concert series for 2018, string trio Three Piece Suite will present a true variety performance at the Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday September 9th at 4pm– all the works by diverse composers are connected with Theme and Variations form. Covering  a wide range of musical periods and styles ,  Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello will explore this perennially popular form with  an eclectic mix of  works by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Dohnanyi, Klein and more. The varied moods will mean you’ll  laugh, you’ll cry and everything in between – our infinite variety will never stale!

Some things will remain the same; the cosy acoustics of the church will delight and you can stay after  the concert for a delicious afternoon tea in the hall. Remember variety is the spice of life! Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at $25 for adults, $5 for children.

Venue: Blackheath Presbyterian Church, Wentworth St, Blackheath

Date & Time: Sunday  9th September at 4pm

Tickets: Adult $25, Child $5



Phone: 0418113309

New! Frozen Meals at BANC.

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Did you know we know have frozen vegetarian meals here at BANC? This is a new community project, created in response to increasing food insecurity being felt by local people. We are partnering with The Victory Cafe, Junction 142 Food Recovery, and BANC volunteers to provide nutritious meals to our community for a gold coin donation. Please share this information with your networks.

Junction 142

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“In partnership with the Uniting Church the ‘Junction 142’ project at 142 Katoomba Street now has a renovated laundry and bathroom available for use. It is incredibly difficult to function in society without access to these facilities so they are filling an important need. On top of this, we can also provide free clothing from our Op Shop to prepare people for job interviews and appointments with real estate agents.

In the past year we have provided more than 6000 free meals and food parcels as well as rescuing around 20,000 kilos of surplus food from going to landfill.

We deal with homelessness every day. Often it can be locals who just haven’t been able to make the rent or mortgage payments. Director Rosa Del Ponte says “We deal with ordinary people who struggle to manage sky rocketing housing costs. It just takes a run of bad luck and anyone can end up homeless. One partner loses a job and the other gets sick and then in a matter of months they are on the streets. We have even helped a family of five who were living in a tent in the bush”.

The Soul Kitchen also helps the Sydney homeless who are riding the trains at night to stay safe and warm. Rosa explains “They hop off at Katoomba and come to us for a meal or to have a shower and launder their clothes”.”

For more information, please click HERE

Tax Help Volunteers Needed for 2019

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Would you like to help people in need in your community to navigate the Tax system at Tax time? You don’t need any special experience to be a Tax Help volunteer. Tax Help volunteers come from all areas of the community with a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. If you can spare a few hours each week between July and October, you can help.
The ATO will introduce you to myGovExternal Link and myTax and show you how to prepare and lodge tax returns online.
The ATO will reimburse you for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel and phone calls.
You can become a Tax Help volunteer if you:
*are at least 18 years old
*have lived in Australia permanently for the last two years
*can use a computer or mobile device
*meet the requirements of a pre-engagement check (which includes a police records check)
*can complete training, online and in person.
Tax Help volunteers train between March and June each year.
Training is self-paced and online so you will need access to a computer and the internet.
An ATO community liaison officer will oversee and guide you through the training and support you once you begin delivering Tax Help in your community.
If you are interested in becoming a Tax Help volunteer next year and would like more information, email your name, phone number, suburb and state of where you live to

Request for Food Donations

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Hi all, we here at BANC are looking for extra food donations as the cold sets in. We are finding more families are coming in looking for emergency food relief, and we don’t always have enough. Donations of dried, tinned and other non-perishable items are gratefully accepted. Thank you so much.

Thank You Knitwits!

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This morning at BANC we received an extremely generous donation of over $1,400 from The Blackheath Knitwits group! We are so incredibly grateful as this donation will assist us to continue helping the local community. We would like to take this opportunity to promote what these wonderful people do.

The Blackheath Knitwits are a knitting group that meets in the Invanhoe pub dining room area every Tuesday at 2pm. There they knit various items for community services and charity groups like Katoombas Thrive Family Support services, ‘Wrapped With Love’, Junction 142 and Soul Kitchen. If you’d like to join in, head on down and meet new friends while knitting for some great causes.

Donations of knitted 25cm/10 inch squares, yarn, or completed rugs are also happily collected.

Phone Yvonne 4787 5392 or Dot on 47877610

Thanks again to the Knitwits!

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The month ahead looks like a lot of fun as the sister towns of Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath in the Upper Blue Mountains exhibit a healthy dose of sister rivalry to compete to be the ‘best-dressed’ town for the inaugural 4 Sisters Yulefest – a joyous mid-winter celebration!

The Blackheath sister has already started to rebel and has no interest in being the ‘prettiest’ … true to her name BLACKheath, she’s the cool, dark and daring sister and her businesses are celebrating Blackheath’s DARK side … which is why Blackheath is a good place to go stargazing in winter! But check them out … they’ve created a ‘red light district’ to look at the issue of light pollution on wildlife, and are daring customers to go#ToplessInJuly as they tackle the plastic pollution problem of single-use plastic ‘tops’ on cups.

Check her out and check out all the other sisters as the month unfolds … they each have very different personalities!

Blue Fringe Arts 2018

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Blue Fringe Literature Award entries are now open.

Entries are due by 5pm 14th September 2018.

Open for people with a lived experience of mental illness.

For more information and entry form go here.

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Come and meet a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) at BANC Community Access.

This one to one consultation is an opportunity to bring your questions to an LAC.

The LAC can assist you with the following:

* Provide you with information regarding the NDIS,

* Help you understand your NDIS funded plan,

* Help you identify the next steps to take on your NDIS journey,

* Connect you with your local community,

* Help identify what supports are available in the community if you do not have a NDIS plan.

Location: 110 Wentworth Street Blackheath

Date: Wednesday 25th July 2018

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30pm

If you would like more information please call 4723 9444, for general questions you can also call BANC Community Access on 47875684

Please book should you require AUSLAN or language interpreting services so we can make arrangements to suit your needs.

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The 1st Blackheath Scout Group has been part of the community of the Upper Blue Mountains for 100 years. They provide boys and girls, young and old with lots of fun, challenging experiences, skills development and motivation to do their best and prepare them for an active and rewarding life.

Each section has its own trained Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Scout Leaders come from all walks of life, from parents of Scouts, to childhood Scouts, to people with no Scouting experience at all.

Volunteer Opportunity

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Hello lovely friends. We are hoping to add to our wonderful team of volunteers here at BANC. Currently we have a Wednesday afternoon available. If you would like to come and be a part of our service, meet new people and connect with your larger community, please drop-in or call us on 47877770. Please share with your friends. Thanks in advance :


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Final Reminder! 👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋

Have you started filming your short for the festival yet?
Applications are accepted from people whose film is either made on location between Lapstone and Lithgow, or if the film maker/s reside between the same areas.
Film entry lengths are restricted by category as follows 
General: 7 mins or less
Youth(13-18): 7 mins or less
Youth(under 13): 2 mins or less

Entries are being accepted online at

The closing date and time is 5pm on March 31st 2018.
Finalists’ films will be shown at Mount Vic Flicks on Sat 19th May 2018

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Are you sad that the Winter Magic Festival is being postponed this year? There’s still something fun to do on that weekend here in Blackheath!

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Vacation activities for April 2018 School Holidays!



Art Workshop

Come and make art with local artist Niki Martignago.

Monday 16th April                            10.00 am – 11.30am        



Bollywood to Brazil HIP HOP WORKSHOP

Tuesday 24th April                           10.00 am – 11.00 am



Indoor Archery with FitKids Australia

Thursday 26th April                          9.30 am – 11.30 am



Location –                   Community Halls, Blackheath, CNR Gardiners Cres and the Highway

Cost –                            $10 per child (accompanying parent/ carer is free of charge)

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited, Call BANC on 4787 7770

Parents/ Carers MUST stay on the premises for the duration of the workshop

Bring own morning/ afternoon tea.

For further information contact Jo on 0438 099 081





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New! JP service at BANC.

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre now has the services of a NSW JP.
Current Availability – Thursdays 9.30am to 4pm. No need to call – just come in to BANC with your documents.
Other times may be available by prior arrangement. Please call 4787 7770 to leave your name and number and our JP will get back to you.

Volunteer Opportunity

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We are currently offering volunteer position/s at our Blackheath Out Of School Hours (BOOSH) service! This position is for one hour between 3pm and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and also has the possibility of turning into paid work. If you love kids and would like the chance to join our wonderful team, please call Jade on 47877770 to discuss.

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Sadia is a human rights activist working in the field of sexual violence as a consultant on honour-based violence, forced marriage and FGM. Based in the UK, she has a focus on black minority ethnic women. Sadia organised a hugely successful event titled ‘Let’s Talk Honour’ in October 2016, which was held at Gloucester University. She also launched Critical Sisters, a forum to debate, discuss and challenge anti-feminist norms, including religious norms. She talks about the importance of speaking out against religious fundamentalism and Islamist narratives regarding blasphemy and apostasy laws and other matters, insisting on the right to criticise some aspects of religion, despite the fact that views such as hers are often labelled as unacceptable, Islamophobic or offensive, and people can even be – and are – killed for such criticism.

Sadia won the IKWRO Special Recognition: Activist of the Year 2017, and is a spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

There is no charge for this talk but please rsvp by 5 Feb, as seating is limited.

RSVP by 5 Feb: Gaby Grammeno – or 4751 9715.


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Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre is now a provider of Water Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS) vouchers

PAS vouchers can help you if you are having difficulty paying your Sydney Water bill. This scheme assists people experiencing financial hardship by providing vouchers or a credit to a water account.

Before you seek assistance:

If you are having trouble paying your bill you should speak to your water company first.

Water suppliers may be able to suggest a payment arrangement to assist you manage your bills.

If you are unable to make an acceptable payment arrangement with your supplier, contact Jade on 47877770 to make an appointment to discuss your eligibility for PAS vouchers.

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From the Ettin Con website:

Board Games

Modern games have come a long way since monopoly or snakes & ladders. Bring your favourite board game along to share, or even try something different from our library of public games.

Roleplaying Games

More than just Dungeons  Dragons! Explore a number of genres or systems with us! Register a table to run a game , or just a seat or two to play at one of our RPG sessions. We even have our own fantasy world to which you can contribute!

Card Games

Magic? Uno? Card Wars? Netrunner? Dominion? Bring your deck, shuffle into your seat, and deal us in!

Video Games

We haven’t forgotten you screen-heads. Enjoy our consoles together or bring your portable device with some multiplayer games!

For more information and to buy tickets:

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Dear Friends,

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre is now reopened and we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

Closing Times.

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Dear friends.
BANC will be closed on the 18th and 19th of December for an electrical switchboard upgrade. we will then be closed on the 25th of December until the 2nd of January for the Christmas holidays.

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The new Vaction Care program for Blackheath out of School Hours (BOOSH) is ready for bookings. Excursions to the gardens at Mount Tomah and Lazer Skirmish at Penrith will be popular, so book early to avoid disappointment. These holidays BOOSH is introducing an exciting new incursion in the form of a 9D Cinema experience which is sure to enthrall the children, so don’t miss out!

Three Piece Suite

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Mountains regular “Three Piece Suite” returns to Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday 15th October at 4pm.

The trio of Rachel Westwood (violin), Valmai Coggins (viola) and Deborah Coogan (cello) are in their fifth year of performance in Blackheath, continuing to provide the highest quality chamber music to appreciative mountain audiences.

To share the magic, the string trio celebrates the return of guest flautist James Fortune with an all-Mozart program. While sometimes rumoured to have disliked the flute, Mozart wrote his Flute Quartet in A major K 298 as a humorous and affectionate tribute to his friends. The mighty Divertimento in E flat major K 563 is the first significant piece ever written for string trio. Finally, enjoy some of the most popular tunes from the opera “The Magic Flute”, arranged in 1793 by Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried for flute and strings.

Since the last performance in March, cellist and music teacher Deborah Coogan has moved residence to beautiful Blackheath. Although she maintains a part-time presence in Sydney, the charms of mountain life have finally won her over.

After the concert, meet and mingle with the musicians over afternoon tea in the church hall.

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Hello lovely friends. We are hoping to add to our wonderful team of volunteers here at BANC. Currently we have Tuesday afternoons from 1pm til 4-30pm and Wednesday mornings from 9:30am until 1pm, free (hours are flexible). We highly value our volunteers and all the hard work they do to keep BANC humming along smoothly! Please drop-in or call us on 47877770 if you’d like to apply. Thanks in advance.


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Toolo, the Blue Mountains Tool Library, a not for profit, artist run initiative and has everything from 3 x 3 metre marquees, PA systems and microphones, drills, sanders, lawn mower, whipper snipper, 3d printer, sewing machines, digital camera equipment, camping cookers and bbq’s. We’re a library of things, your ideal home from everything you have ever needed to buy for the occasional use. Members subscribe for a yearly period for less than $2- per week and the library is open from 9am-1pm on Saturdays and by appt. at 8 Froma Crt ( on Froma Lane next to the cultural centre) email:

Our goals are to provide a sustainable collection of resources and equipment, house it all under one roof, and for us to pay our rent, electricity, internet, service maintain equipment, buy equipment, insurance, testing and tagging, we need people to get behind the project! Join us today!

Make the Celtic Connection – Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath

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tps-media-photoIn their final concert series for 2016, the musicians of string trio Three Piece Suite invite you to explore with them music of the Celtic Nations – Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.

From those rich and distinct musical heritages of folk and art music, the trio will present a fascinating blend of composers old and new, at the Presbyterian Church in Wentworth Street, Blackheath on Sunday 30th October at 4pm.

Enjoy arrangements of Welsh and Scottish songs by Beethoven and Haydn, string trios by Irish composers Ernest Moeran and Swan Hennessy and our own Margaret Sutherland. A special feature will be the Australian premiere of a recent work by Edinburgh based Julian Wagstaff and as usual a familiar encore will delight.

From the plaintive and heartfelt, to the toe-tapping and stirring, Celtic Connections will appeal to your inner Celt! Feel free to wear green, tartan or byo leek. The musicians, Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello, look forward to sharing the experience. Sláinte!

Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at $20 for adults, $5 for children.

Venue: Presbyterian Church, Wentworth St, Blackheath

Date & Time: Sunday 30th October at 4pm

Tickets: Adult $20, Child $5



Phone: 0418436727