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Events, workshops and groups

At BANC we believe a successful community is one that supports the social, cultural and creative life of its people. Join the fun by taking part! Scroll down to see current and future activities, and regular support and social groups. Or click the button above to view photos and community feedback from recent events

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Exciting news! BANC has obtained funding for a Creative, Community, Wellbeing and Resilience Hub. Activities are on until mid-2023 in Blackheath and surrounds. Current Hub events are listed below. Note that current health regulations will apply to all. These projects are implemented through joint Commonwealth/ State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements via the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

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Events Calendar

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Every month we update this handy calendar of all BANC’s upcoming events, workshops and activities. It’s an easy way to peruse all the exciting options. When you’ve decided, just come back, look up the listings below that you are interested in and book. Download a copy for reference or request to go on our circulation list here.

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Fridays at 125

Fridays at 125
FREE
Join your community for a relaxed and enjoyable evening of music, games, and free wood-fired pizza. A great way to make new friends and wind down from the week. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Come solo or bring the family. Thanks to Vinnies for the financial support allowing us to hold this event.
5pm-7pm First Friday of the month
125 Wentworth St
Blackheath
NO BOOKINGS NECESSARY – JUST TURN UP!

Writing

‘The Inklings’ Writing workshop
New series
with James Gering
FREE

Your genre, your take: lyrics, poetry, fiction,
non-fiction.

NEW Series of ten workshops
Blackheath Hub, 125 Wentworth St
Blackheath
Bookings:   Ph: 0472622977

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Blue Shorts Film Festival
FREE

Now in its 6th fabulous year, this event is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Even if this is your first ever go at making a video, we’d love to see it and show it on the big screen. Keep an eye out on this page for workshops that might help you get there. A big thanks to Mt Vic Flicks, which will be hosting the festival in November.

Key dates and information

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Bright ideas to save on household energy bills
An Adaptation to Climate Change Community Workshop
FREE

Climate risk expert Winton Evers from the Sunshine Project has conducted more than 300 audits to reduce household energy costs.Join him to learn simple, easy ways to keep your electricity and gas bills down Understand your bills: Bring a copy of your gas and electricity bill and Winton will help you decipher it!Learn to calculate the costs per hour of heating and other appliances and whether a solar system is a good option for you.
Blackheath Hub
Presbyterian Church
125 Wentworth St, Blackheath

July 23, 2022 12.30pm-2.30pm OR August 17, 1.30-3.30pm

To book, click HERE.

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Permaculture Planting
for the Blue Mountains
FREE

Whether you’re on a large or small property, an owner or a renter, this
workshop will help make your garden thrive.

Led by the director of local business Bush Permaculture, it is tailored for the Blue Mountains climate and landscape.
Location TBA
Choose from August 6 OR August 7 10am-noon.

Email or call Jade: 4787 7770

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Shared Reading Group
FREE

Sharing stories is one of humanity’s oldest and most profound traditions. This group is a great way to experience great stories and meaningful conversations.

At the Shared Reading Group you can choose to read a story aloud, join the discussion or just sit in silence, listen and enjoy a cup of tea. No pressure!

The group begins on July 28th 2022 and will run for nine weeks.
Meetings are from 10am-noon on Thursdays at the Blackheath Hub, 125 Wentworth St Blackheath,
For more information or to book:
0468 346 834
Bookings essential:  Jo – 0438 099 081

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Are You Ready ?

The Blue Mountains is one of the world’s most fire-prone areas. To help ensure everyone is well-prepared, BANC and the RFS are offering free community engagement seminars for all Upper Mountains residents. All seminars are at 125 Wentworth St, Blackheath and go from 10am to noon. Bookings: 0438 099 081

Preparing a Fire Plan
Sat 13 Aug
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Property Protection
Sat 10 Sept
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Buzzing Bees play-workshop
FREE

A playful, interactive workshop utilising games,
nature exploration, original songs and art-making
to foster curiosity and learn about the diversity
and ecological needs of bees and other insects.
For youngsters 0 to 5 years and their caregivers.
Facilitator Amelie Ecology is an ecologist, educator,
and musician based in Blackheath who loves to connect
young people with local ecology.

Saturday, September 17
10am- 11 30am

Location TBD
BOOKINGS:
Email or call Jade: 4787 7770

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Creating native BEE-friendly gardens!
FREE

An interactive and fun introduction to the diversity of native
bees, where they live, and what flowers they feed on. Then together
we’ll design gardens to support people and pollinators!
For youngsters 5-12 years and their caregivers
Saturday, September 17
1pm-2.30pm
For more information or to book:
Email or call Jade: 4787 7770

Darug songlines
Tickets $10, children FREE  
Join Darug woman Jacinta Tobin for a workshop that gives honour to song with its power and potential. This is not song for song’s sake, this is song for Country’s sake. The aim is to assist in bring a better understanding of Country and connection, how is this related to music and where to from here together. You will have the opportunity to participate in Darug song.  
11am – 1pm Saturday 27 August 2022
Phillips Hall, Gardner Crescent, Blackheath

Book here for Tickets 
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Re-kindling Connection
FREE

In these difficult times, many of us are looking for a deeper connection to our inner selves, the people around us and the land we live on.

This workshop delves into those deep fundamental issues.
Bookings: 0458 910 469


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Family Art workshops

FREE
Children under 12 and their parents are invited to express their creativity together in a joyful and messy art workshop. Materials and inspiration are both provided by facilitator Hannah. Book in now!

The third Saturday of each month
Noon-1.30pm
The Blackheath Hub
Presbyterian Hall, 125 Wentworth St, Blackheath.
Bookings essential: 0404 288 487 Text only.

Creativity

Go with the Flow art therapy group

FREE
Come and connect with others through creativity. Creativity can assist with managing depression, anxiety, and other related issues. No artistic skills required. Note that this is not a drop-in group and bookings are essential
Location: 125 Wentworth St, Blackheath
Day: Every Monday (during school term times)
Time: 10.15 am-12.30 pm
The Blackheath Hub
Presbyterian Hall, 125 Wentworth St, Blackheath.
Bookings essential. Waiting list currently in operation

Contact Sue Wildman 0438 830 390
DURING OFFICE HOURS ONLY (M-F: 9-5)

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Art Play on Wednesday
Art Play on Saturday

FREE
You’re invited to join Lindena Robb for a series of fun, creative and social art workshops. No experience is needed and all materials are provided. There are two separate options:

Art Play on Wednesday happens every Wednesday during school term times, commencing February 2nd and runs from
10am – 12 noon

Art Play on Saturday happens on the first Saturday of each month starting 5th March 2022 and runs from 10am – 12 noon
Bookings essential: Contact Lindena Robb for more information and to register on 0410 310 205

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Lemon Twist Lesbian Mountains Meetup
FREE
Join in the fun and meet new people at this monthly Saturday social gathering at the Hub

Times: 2pm-4pm
Dates for 2022: Jan 22nd Feb 26th Mar 20th Apr 30th May 28th June 25th July 30th Aug 20th Sept 24th Oct 29th Nov 26th Dec 17th 
No bookings needed. Call 4787 7770 for more info.

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Blue Shorts is back!
FREE
This festival of short films by local residents will be back in full force in November 2022. When Covid restrictions allow, we’ll be re-screening our fantastic 2020 entrants to get you in the creative mood. Keep an eye on this page for details.

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coming soon

In addition to our regular programs, and our Video on how to download the Fires Near Me app, we’ll soon be announcing dates for tutorials such as how to download your COVID-19 vax certificate and (for those who like a large-key device), how to drive an Easy-Tel phone. Watch this space.

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Blackheath Choir Festival

Date: 26 – 28 August 2022

Blackheath Choir Festival is a showcase of excellence for choirs located in the upper Blue Mountains.

More: www.blackheathchoirfestival.org


Regular events and social groups

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Heathens Choir

Wednesdays, 2-4pm during school terms
Location: Phillips Hall
Cost: $75 per 10-week term
Blackheath’s celebrated community choir welcomes novices, experienced singers and even people who think they can’t sing! If you like music join in the fun. We perform at concerts, festivals and community events
More info: Christine Wheeler,
0408 276 436