October saw the opening of the revamped Beecroft Gardens by our Mayor Mr Philip Ruddock. Located next to the train station in Wongala Crescent, the new layout, with sloping footpaths and lawn terraces, has revitalised the popular garden area. Credit should go to Hornsby Council and their dedicated staff who liaised closely with local residents in bringing this project into fruition. The gardens serve a vital community role, both visually and physically, linking the train station and shopping precinct, with its adjoining children’s playground, to the heritage listed community hall located in the Village Green.

It is pleasing to see the Beecroft and District Garden Club take an interest in the gardens by adopting some of plant beds. The Garden Club is also assisting in the maintenance of the planter boxes positioned on the Hannah Street footpath in front of the shops. Council has also repaired and painted all the seating in Hannah street. This is all about developing a sense of ownership and pride in our village, that makes our community stronger.

The focal point of the Beecroft Gardens are the war memorials. I understand it is the first time that all the Beecroft war memorials have been placed together, in a circular arrangement positioned off the street. This includes the Boer War memorial. The layout of the gardens allows any commemorative service to be carried out without the necessity of the police closing off Wongala Crescent.

The Remembrance Day service, held on Sunday the 11th of November at 11 am, attracted arguably the largest crowd of local residents for many years for such a service at Beecroft. The service was promoted at short notice through social media such as Facebook and enews bulletins. It was organised by John Wakefield from Hornsby Lions, who arranged for the Member for Epping Mr Damien Tudehope to be the guest speaker. Many organisations attended, including Hornsby Shire Council, represented by Councillor Michael Hutchence. But what caught my attention was the strong representation from all the youth groups and local schools, lining up to lay their wreaths at the foot of the memorials. After the service morning tea was provided in the Community Hall across the road.

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