Cathie’s Column: Twilight Jazz at Eryldene House

COME and enjoy Twilight Jazz this Sunday March 11 at Eryldene Historic House & Garden, 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon from 5pm to 8pm.

Take in the sunset in the beautiful garden at Eryldene whilst enjoying the wonderful sounds of The Moods.

Bring a picnic, drinks and a rug or folding chair. Playing from a repertoire drawn from traditional jazz, swing and jive through to well-loved classics from the songbooks of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Purchase homemade cake, tea and coffee from the Garden Cafe; order gourmet rolls before March 8 to complement your picnic.

Entry $30 Eryldene / National Trust / Historic Houses Association members & students under 25; $35 non-members; $15 child (6yrs-15yrs) or $85 family. Gate opens at 4pm.

Bookings recommended 9498 2271.




Pairs Championship for Ivy and Shirley

EXPERIENCED Ivy Hitchens and Shirley Leabeater (pictured above) recently captured the North Ryde RSL Women’s Bowling Club Pairs Championship with a victory over Pat Saunders and Joyce Thorpe in the final.


Lane Cove Music Jazz Evening

Lane Cove Music present a delightful Jazz Evening next Tuesday March 13 in Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove – behind Post Office – at 8pm.

Concert features jazz trumpeter Billy Burton (trumpet & flugelhorn) with his band and guest vocalists Gregg Arthur, Virna Sanzone, Johnny Nicol (guitar & vocal), Peter Locke (keyboard); Craig Scott (bass) and James McCaffrey (drums).

Subscribe to six 2018 concerts: cost $70 per head. Individual concerts $25 per head and payable at door. School children admitted FREE. Inquiries Christine Butters 9428 4287 or Rosalie Lucas 9427 4651


Steel for Now Exhibition

Caroline Duffy and Ellenore Griffith present an exhibition of contemporary steel sculptures next month at Gallery Lane Cove (Upper level 164 Longueville Road Lane Cove).

Exhibition to be opened by Sculpture of the Sea winner David Horton with artists on Wednesday March 7 from 6pm to 8pm and continues until March 28. Open Monday to Fridays from 10am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2.30pm.

Free Artists talk on Saturday March 24 from 11am. Inquiries 9428 4898.


Monte Dwyer at Probus

Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am.

Guest speaker at April 3 meeting is Monte Dwyer – former Today Show and ABC weatherman turned freelance journalist, author, videographer, singer and songwriter now travelling the country in search of Australian stories.

May 1 speaker is retired Mounted Police Commissioner Don Eyb. Inquiries 9817-5434.


Learn to play Bridge 

LOOKING for an inexpensive way to keep mentally fit, have fun and make friends? Hunters Hill Bridge Club have organised Beginner bridge lessons commencing Thursday March 8 for six weeks at the Bridge Club in

Henley Community Centre, Crown Street, Henley from  1pm to 3.15pm.

Cost $120 for six lessons includes workbook and light refreshments.

Bridge is a great social game with opportunities to play locally and also to travel.

Annual events such as bridge congress, bridge tours and even cruises to destinations both in Australia and overseas offer opportunities for all standard of players.

Carol Sheldrake is an ABF accredited bridge teacher and will guide you through understanding the basics of bridge.

To register contact Carol Sheldrake by email: [email protected] or phone 0438 619 780.


My Kids Market

My Kids Market Lane Cove will be held this Sunday March 11 at St Ignatius College, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview from 9am to 12 noon.

The market is run by mums for mums and provides local families and businesses the opportunity to come together in one great event.

It is filled with local stallholders selling their family’s gently used baby and kids goods that they no longer need and small businesses wanting to reach out to their local target market.

Families can declutter their home and earn some extra cash by recycling items instead of adding them to landfill. Shoppers will enjoy huge savings when buying quality pre-loved items at a fraction of the cost of buying  new.

Everything families need can be bought and sold at My Kids Market NSW including baby and kids clothing, shoes, toys, books, prams, bikes, cots, highchairs, rockers and other nursery items.

Inquiries Jennifer 0410 481 633.


Ryde Probus 20th Birthday lunch

Ryde City Combined Probus Club celebrates its 20th Birthday on Monday March 19 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

The AGM will be held in the Club auditorium at 10.30am, involving the election of a new committee members, followed by the 20th Birthday Luncheon starting at 12.30pm in the Ryedale and Denistone Rooms.\


Epping Probus seeks members

Epping & District Probus Club is a social club for retired or semi-retired men and are seeking persons interested in membership.

The Club meets on the second Monday each month in Epping Presbyterian Church hall from 10am to 12 noon and runs regular social activities including speakers, musical afternoons, movie attendances, outings, walks, coffee morning teas, theatre performances and tours.

Visitors are encouraged to attend a meeting and consider membership.

Ladies are welcome to attend as visitors. Inquiries president Colin Jones 9871-2933 or secretary Ross Beattie 9871-1838.

Cheese, wine & music at Carisbrook Enjoy all the cheese and  wine you wish and chill out for an afternoon of wonderful music from Delta Jazz on Sunday March 18 at historic Carisbrook Home’s charming courtyard from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Carisbrook – located at 334 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove – will be open to guests as well.

Cost $25 per head all inclusive.

All proceeds go to the Lane Cove Historical Society for the continued upkeep of this precious house.\

To book your seat:

For more information visit:


Meadowbank West Ryde Progress AGM

Meadowbank West Ryde Progress Association will hold its AGM on Monday March 19 at West Ryde Hotel, 1021 Victoria Road, West Ryde at 6.30pm.

All welcome Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm Third annual Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill this Sunday March 11 celebrating Parramatta’s Indigenous heritage and its fascinating story of country.

This family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local  Darug people known as the Burramattagal who have gathered for thousands of years during eel season to feast, trade and share their culture.

Elizabeth Farm will come alive with a full program of music and song along with traditional and contemporary activities from 10am to 4pm offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this hugely historical property.

Visitors can share stories of the Parramatta River, learn Darug language in sessions throughout the day from Murru Mittigar’s cultural leaders, Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright and enjoy the ever popular Boomerang
painting inspired by themes from the Eel Totem. Step inside the colonial homestead and learn more  about the connections between the original owners of Elizabeth Farm, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and the local Indigenous people with curator Dr Scott Hill.

A complimentary return shuttle bus service to and from Elizabeth Farm, provided by Sydney Bus Museum, is available from Parramatta Station and Parramatta Wharf.

Entry is FREE. Information:


VIEW Club luncheon

Pennant Hills VIEW Club meets for lunch on second Tuesday each month at Pennant Hills Golf Club at 11am.

Guest speaker at March 13 meeting is Nim Gholkar, who is author of Diary of an Immigrant Bride. On Tuesday March 27 the group will meet for a picnic at Lake Parramatta.Visitors and new members welcome. Inquiries
Margaret 9873 2402.


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting March 12 at Eastwood Shopping Centre from 6pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting March 20. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498. 

WEST RYDE: Inquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting March 7. Inquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.