Ku-ring-gai Edition Of Monopoly – Photo Competition Winners

We recently had the great pleasure of announcing the winners of our Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly Photo Competition. After a month on exhibition at the Gallery at St Ives Shopping Village, and a tough job for our judges, including professional photographer Nicholas Fines of Fine Photography – we were thrilled to be able to announce the winners at a presentation evening on the 4th of April.

 1st prize was awarded to 17-year-old Kieran Payne. Kieran entered a spectacular shot of Bobbin Head Marina taken by drone from 80 meters above the ground.

Judges noted: A great use of an increasingly popular technology to capture this unique view of a well-known Ku-ring-gai landmark. I enjoy the way the texture of the boats on the smooth water is reflected in the pattern of the clouds.

2nd Prize was awarded to 13-year-old Jett Harcourt who submitted a shot taken on the bush tracks at Mimosa Park.

Judges noted: This is a clever way of illustrating the Ku-ring-gai communities love for getting out and about on some of our much-loved walking tracks. Great use of a unique perspective.

3rd Prize was awarded to Zach Pattinson, aged 12. Zach entered a photo of the Sphinx Memorial at North Turramurra.

Judges noted: Of the numerous entries featuring this unusual memorial, this made the best use of perspective and light.

The photo competition was a great way to get the community involved in the Monopoly project. We were overwhelmed by the number of amazing photos submitted and recognise that we have some very talented young photographers in our community.

About the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly

Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane, or sitting with friends and family for a competitive game of Monopoly?

This year you will have the chance to purchase a very limited edition version of an old favourite with our very own Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly being produced. Featuring iconic locations from within Ku-ring-gai, customised tokens, and Community Chest and Chance cards. Our local edition will be available for pre-order in July and will be officially launched on 22 September – just in time for Christmas gifts.

The best part about the release of this localised game board – 100% of all profits from the sale of the game will go to community groups and causes directly assisting the Ku-ring-gai community.

 

Our major beneficiaries are:

  • Lifeline Harbour to Hawksbury
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
  • St Lucy’s School
  • KYDS Youth Development Service

 

Thank you to our major sponsors:

  • Woolworths
  • St Ives Shopping Village
  • Burns and Burns Real Estate
  • Northside Dental and Implant Centre
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Turramurra & Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank

Staff Grants Presentation 2018

Another inspiring Staff Grants evening was held during March at our Lindfield Community Bank branch.

Community spirit is always alive and present at these events where everyone comes together to share stories of their challenges and successes in supporting our local community. It is overwhelming to hear about the generosity and willingness of people to help others that is found within our local community organisations.

Staff member, Ibrahim Bilen, awarded his staff grant to the St Ives Football Club, and St Ives Football Club member, Damien Erich’s response is a prime example of this spirit of generosity.

“St Ives Football Club tragically lost a senior player during a soccer match three years ago due to cardiac arrest, as a team, a club and community we were all shocked by this. Since this tragic event we have worked hard to raise funds to purchase defibrillators to safeguard our senior teams, our home playing grounds and anyone attending matches on these grounds.

Unfortunately, and extremely fortunate for a player, we had a second incident early last year when one of the machines had to be used to save a second players life. This endorsed and validated the reason why we need to raise funds for these machines and at the same time lobby other clubs to do the same.

 As a club we have been able to provide all of our senior teams with machines and we are now in the process of identifying and helping other clubs obtain defibrillators of their own where they otherwise would not have the resources to do so. The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches grant will go towards buying one more machine which will be installed in the local area for the benefit of another club, so that they can cover other senior matches.”

Hearing stories such as this reinforces why we work so hard to fulfil our bank’s charter of giving back to the community.  Since we launched our first Community Bank branch in Turramurra 14 years ago, we are proud to have given back over $1.7 million to the local community.

Another appreciative recipient at the Staff Grants evening was the Hornsby Rural Fire Brigade. Rob Green from the Hornsby RFS had nothing but praise for the Staff Grants program and his dealings with Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches –

“Our recent purchases for Hornsby RFS, including automatic roller doors for when we are responding a call out have only been possible due to grants and donations, therefore community donations such as that from the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are very important to us”

 Rob continued- “The Community Bank branches have provided the perfect contrast to the appalling service we received from our previous bank – as Treasurer I can’t think how they could have treated us better!” 

Programs such as our Staff Grants are why the team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are passionate about their work. And, of course, we would not be able to continue this amazing work within the community if it wasn’t for the customers who bank with us.

We like to think when you hear stories about how we differ from the ‘other banks’ you might ask yourself, much as Steve Hopwood of ‘Hornsby Connect’, another grant recipient, did: “I’m asking myself why aren’t we banking with the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank.”

So please spread the word about the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank so we can continue to give back to the community while providing the best services possible to our customers.

Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly.

Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane, or sitting with friends and family for a competitive game of Monopoly?

This year you will have the chance to purchase a very limited edition version of an old favourite with our very own Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly. Featuring iconic locations from within Ku-ring-gai, customised tokens, and community chest and chance cards.

The best part about the release of this localised board game – 100% of all profits from the sale of the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly will go to community groups and causes directly assisting the Ku-ring-gai community.

Our major beneficiaries are:

  • Lifeline Harbour to Hawksbury
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
  • St Lucy’s School
  • KYDS Youth Development Service

Photography Competition

During February we will be running a photography competition to source the best photographs that capture the essence of beautiful Ku-ring-gai.

The best photo(s) as judged by our panel of experts will feature front and centre on the game board, and all of the runners-up will be exhibited in The Gallery @ St Ives Shopping Village from 19th March until 2nd April.

Prizes:

  • First Place: Best photo will be featured on the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly board, plus the winner will receive $300 cash plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.
  • Second Place: $100 St Ives Shopping Village gift card plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.
  • Third Place:  $50 St Ives Shopping Village gift card plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.

 

Further Competition Details:

The competition is open to all photographers up to 18 years of age.

The competition opens on  1st February and closes on 5th March, 2018.

Each individual can enter up to two images only.

Please visit the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly website, complete the entry details and upload your photograph (s) of no more than 2mb in size.

All finalists will be contacted by email and/or phone and will be required to supply a high-resolution version of the chosen photograph for display purposes.

Finalists will have their images displayed in The Gallery @ St Ives Shopping Village between 19th March and 2nd April, and will receive social media exposure via Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank’s Facebook page and Community Newsletter.

All photos entered must be original, and copyright owned by the entrant.

All entrants grant those involved with the competition the right to utilise the photographs in marketing and other materials related to the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly project.

The winners will be announced on 2nd April 2018.

 

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

 If you know a budding photographer within your community, please reach out and encourage them to enter this wonderful community project that will not only highlight and reward their talents, but importantly provide much-needed funds to vital community groups.

This community project would not be possible without the support of our major sponsors: St Ives Shopping Village, Woolworths, and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank.

For further information regarding the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly project or information about becoming a sponsor – please contact Sharon Franke: Sharon.franke@bendigoadelaide.com.au

 

2018 Community Grants Program

We are pleased to announce the details of the upcoming 2018 Community Grants Program, which will open on February 26.

Under this program local Charities and Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for a Community Grant from Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches for upcoming projects, programs or equipment.

The Community Grants Program is now in its 10th year and has provided in excess of $350,000 in grants across a large number of community groups in that time.  This program not only helps individual groups reach their goals but has a lasting effect on the strength of the Ku-ring-gai community as a whole.

 

Karen Hickmott – President of the P&C at Cromehurst School commented on the program: “The Community Grants program enabled us to complete an important project quickly and see results that will be long-lastinfor our community.  The program is exceptionally well run and the information night was a great way to learn more about the process as well as network with other community organisations.  We would like to sincerely thank the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches for undertaking this program, for continuing to support the Cromehurst community so wholeheartedly and would recommend participation to any community organisation requiring financial assistance”

 

Cromehurst School was one of eight deserving Not-for-profit organisations that were awarded grants in 2016 under the program. The $5000 grant Cromehurst received was used to kick-start fundraising for the senior students new playground equipment.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter also received funding under the program in both 2015 and 2016. Funding was used to purchase office equipment and run an in-house employment program for homeless women.

In 2016, a total of $26,206 was granted to the eight deserving community groups, taking the amount to over $350,000 since the program began.

Giving back to the local community is a vital part of the Community Bank’s® philosophy and is a fulfilling part of the job for management and staff.

If you work with a local Not-for-profit organisation or charity or know someone who does, please encourage them to attend our information evening to learn more about this rewarding program.

Community Grants Information Evening:

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Time:  6.30pm for 7pm

Where:  Turramurra Bowling Club, 181 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

RSVP:  Turramurra 9488 9496 or Lindfield 9416 6337

turramurra@bendigoadelaide.com.au

At the information evening, we will discuss how to apply for a grant as well as hear from past grant recipients. You will be inspired by some amazing stories of wonderful organisations within our great community. Light refreshments will be served.

 

We hope to see you on the 20th February!

 

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Market

Created BY locals FOR locals!

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Garden
Located in the beautiful Karuah Park, in the heart of Turramurra Village, you’ll find a hive of activity every Wednesday morning.

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet market has something for everyone and features fresh fruit & veg, meat, seafood, cheese, gourmet goods and sweet treats to tempt your palate, and weekly activities for the kids like jumping castles and face painting.

With a great vibe and unique range of specialty products and lifestyle stalls, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re visiting a cool inner city location. Yet with level access, plentiful street parking and the shade of the trees in Karuah Park, you get that same inner city market experience – but much closer to home.

Customers rave about the quality of produce and ease of shopping at the markets –

“Turramurra produce market on a Wednesday has become essential for me. The quality of fruit, veg, meat, seafood and gourmet delicacies is amazing! I do my weekly shop there and am always delighted,” commented Belinda Clarke.

If you’re in the area next Wednesday, bring your reusable shopping bag and stop by for delicious coffee while you browse the stalls.

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Market

Each Wednesday from 8am-1pm

Karuah Park, corner of Eastern Road

Turramurra

Contact: Jacqui Ph: 0414 456 302. E: Jacqui@thatgreatmarket.com.au

Their Beautiful Game

We all know someone who plays football (soccer). Whether it’s a Saturday morning activity to keep the kids moving and socialising or more competitively in the higher grades – most of us know someone close who plays the game. Now take a moment to think about how quickly young feet grow… this usually means a new pair of boots every year to accommodate those growing feet. A lot of times the boots are in near new condition, having only hit the field once a week for a season. What becomes of the unwanted boots each year?

Their Beautiful Game is a Not-for-profit organisation that supports football programs for those living in hardship. Organising collections of near new boots, goalie gloves, balls and other essential equipment, their work focuses on providing underprivileged and marginalised communities with access to the things they need to be able to enjoy football.

First established in 2009, the idea for Their Beautiful Game was developed by Dave Oswell, a teacher from The Scots College, who travelled to Ghana teaching football at schools and clubs. On his return to Australia, Dave realised that a lot more could be done to assist schools and clubs in impoverished areas and help give them a focus outside of their disadvantaged situations. From here the foundations of Their Beautiful Game started.

Since 2009, thousands of boots, hundreds of balls, dozens of team kits and stacks of training equipment has been collected and donated to Indigenous communities in remote parts of Australia, as well as to homeless and refugee football teams in urban Sydney, along with supporting footballers as far afield as the favelas of Brazil, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia and Thailand.

This remarkable organisation provides access to sport and creates a platform upon which to alleviate the effects of poverty, helping to ensure that everyone – regardless of sex, ethnicity or ability – enjoys and benefits from their right to play!

The idea and method of donation is simple; we all have soccer boots or sneakers that we no longer require, (probably sitting at the back of your garage or wardrobe somewhere!) By donating these items to Their Beautiful Game you open up the opportunity for people in remote impoverished areas to utilise this equipment and play sport. Their Beautiful Game also collects monetary donations to help support the logistical costs of collection, shipping and transportation – This can be done directly via their website.

Always on the lookout for charities and organisations that need support, the staff at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches have swung into action, calling upon their relationships with local football clubs and their resources within the branch to organise a donation drive for Their Beautiful Game.  Not only will the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches be collecting on behalf of Their Beautiful Game, they will fund the transport and distribution to ensure the equipment finds the right home and helps a community in need.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Bendigo Bank plays an integral role in helping us achieve our objectives – ensuring that we can get the equipment we collect to the communities who need them and put them to good use in their football programs.” – David Oswell, Founder Their Beautiful Game                                                                           

Donation Drive details: Bring your near new boots, goalie gloves or balls to either Turramurra or Lindfield branch and leave in the collection bin provided. You can also leave your donations at any of the following participating community football clubs: West Pymble Football Club, Kissing Point Football Club, St Ives Football Club, Lindfield Football Club, Turramurra United Football Club.

Donations open until April 30.

 

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Studio ARTES

A community organisation deserving of the spotlight this month is Studio ARTES.

Studio ARTES is an independent, not-for-profit creative arts service providing opportunity for people living with disability to express their true potential though creative activities, life skills and recreational activities.

Having helped more than 2000 members realise their potential over the past 17 years, Studio ARTES is now shining after what has been a challenging couple of years. Suffering a major fire at their main premises back in April 2016 it has been a long road to rebuild the new premises and fit it out with the specialist equipment and facilities that are required to operate as a leading creative arts service provider.

The brand new purpose-built facility at 33 Jersey Street would not have been possible without major fundraising events like the upcoming Ride a day in my wheels or the local community, who generously donated to help rebuild.

Organisations such as the Turramurra & Lindfield Community Bank branches, Hornsby Council, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Westfield Hornsby, along with local schools, clubs such as Hornsby RSL, local politicians, and local charities have all helped to keep Studio ARTES running.

Fundraising events such as the annual Ride a day in my wheels, bring further community awareness of the service Studio ARTES provide along with awareness and understanding of the daily struggles that people living with disability face. The event invites people to look at life from a wheelchair-user’s perspective and challenge themselves to complete a list of physical and mental tasks, whilst in a wheelchair.

 

Now in its 7th year, the major fundraising event takes place in the Hornsby Shopping Mall in partnership with Westfield Hornsby and Hornsby Council. You can come along to support studio ARTES and take a ride for yourself on the 9th of December. You can also enjoy performances by some of the Studio ARTES members who have been busy rehearsing for the big day to show the public just how amazing they can be.

If you can’t make it along to Ride a day in my wheels on the 9th of December, you can help Studio ARTES by donating new art supplies at either the Turramurra or Lindfield Community Bank branches. Collections of art supplies will be running throughout November and December.

Watch this great video outlining the opportunities available to members at Studio ARTES.

https://youtu.be/c8iaFR5ojr0

Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter – Apron Project

Were you aware that so far in 2017 the police have handled 153,000 calls relating to domestic violence? Or that there is one death every single week from the same issue?

63% of the clients attending the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter are escaping from domestic violence. The Shelter has housed over 200 women since opening its doors in 2015, yet sadly they have had to turn away approximately 500 more. The cost to house these women, provide health services, education assistance and employment assistance costs this charity $1000 a week. This lifesaving organisation relies heavily on community assistance and the support of businesses like the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to save more lives and help these women get back on their feet.

Sallianne McClelland, President of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter knew she couldn’t just stand by and watch the statistics rise. “In 2015 after we had a series of deaths relating to domestic violence, I knew I had to do something profound and different.”

With her background in international Event Management and the creation of one of the US leading mixed media retreats, Sallianne came up with the idea of the Apron Project. Calling upon some of her art friends, she asked them if they would make an apron for her to sell. Without hesitation, artists from around the globe began embroidering, beading and painting to create bespoke aprons which would go up for auction and raise vital funds for the Women’s Shelter.

“I chose an apron because for me it was a symbol of home, of family and in essence of safety” commented Sallianne.

 The Apron Project now in its third year has raised $30,000 via aprons donated by over 60 artists worldwide, ranging from the famous Ken Done to a young 13-year old Emma Lockery. The project attracts global attention and vital support from local MP’s and the community who all bid to purchase a one of kind apron that in turn saves lives. More than just raising money – the Apron Project brings awareness to other shelters within the NSW network who are all working to support women in need of crisis accommodation and various levels of support.

Our very own Sharon Franke, Community Development Manager at Turramurra & Lindfield Community Bank branches along with Toni McDermott director of KFSL, couldn’t resist the opportunity to purchase an apron and support such an amazing cause. Such an incredible and rewarding service deserves the support of community members and businesses alike. (Not to mention the bonus of owning an apron designed by an inspiring artist)

“We need our community to walk beside us and our greatest need is money.  No amount is too small and we are incredibly grateful for the support of the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank community who play a significant role in ensuring our Shelter is a home and that all the women who come through the doors are provided with all they need to make change in their life.” commented Sallianne.

To support the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter – donate here.  And don’t forget to follow them on their Facebook page to keep updated on the Apron Project in 2018 – you might just purchase yourself a fancy new apron!

 

No.38 Café & Catering

Conveniently located opposite the train station in the leafy streets of Normanhurst sits the locally owned, awardwinning café No.38. Known as a home away from home for many –  this upbeat, friendly café is worthy of the attention it receives.

Upon stepping inside this trendy hidden gem, it’s easy to see why No.38 has been affectionately named the crown jewel of the North Shore. With a menu to make your mouth water, insanely good Single Origin coffee being served and wait staff who offer a casual yet personalised service, it’s obvious that someone with a wealth of experience and knowledge is behind this successful business.

Owner and operator Shiva Frost held a successful career in high-end catering and restaurants in both Australia and the UK before she decided to open her business amongst the community she loves. Whilst the café takes up most of Shiva’s attention, her true passion and talent lies within the catering side of the business. Shiva is known for her entertaining flair and for producing high quality food on brief. Clients who have had the privilege of sampling No. 38 Catering can’t speak highly enough of the quality and service provided.

“We had some catering done this weekend by the crew at Number 38, and it was brilliant. The food was tailored to our needs, inventive and delicious and beautifully presented. Number 38 is highly recommended for all your catering needs!”- Amanda.W

For our valued readers No.38 Café & Catering is extending an offer to sample their catering service: Simply book any catering for a date between January-March 2018 before the end of December and receive 10% off the total bill. Get organised and book your event now!

No.38 Café & Catering can be found online here. Or call: (02) 9489 2330