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.
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!
*Update. A wonderful woman called Bettina has volunteered her services. What a lovely community we live in. f
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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 https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/christmas-charity/
Blue Mountains City Council have just updated their popular Directory, the 2019 Guide to Services and Activities for Families.
The 2019 edition includes changes to accessing services to support families with disabilities. Get your copy here:https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/guide-for-families
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.
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 https://filmfreeway.com/BlueShorts 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