Eskbank House and Museum wins Blue Star Sustainability Cultural Heritage Award

Eskbank House has just been announced as the state winner of the Cultural Heritage Section of the Blue Star Sustainability Cultural Heritage Awards for fostering community cultural heritage in the Lithgow area.

Eskbank House was nominated by Lithgow Tidy Towns for the Award with the announcement made at Gloucester on Saturday 7 November 2015.

“Congratulations to the team at Eskbank House on this award,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “Council staff and volunteers have put in so much work to provide the community with unique and interesting events so it is marvellous to see this acknowledged by Keep New South Wales Beautiful – the sponsors of the award. We all look forward to the new events and exhibitions Eskbank House has planned for next year.”

During 2014/15 Eskbank House conducted a coordinated and multidisciplinary program of cultural public events for the community. The program was developed to make the most of the historic Eskbank House and its beautiful grounds and aimed to attract a wide range of people to the museum. The program included art exhibitions, workshops, performances and themed events. Stand out events for the year included The Zombie Fashion Parade, Roaring 20s Garden Party and Eskbank Steampunk.

Special thanks is due to the Eskbank House team of staff and volunteers, Council’s outdoor garden staff who keep the Eskbank House grounds looking so beautiful and the community for the support they give to Eskbank House.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Eskbank House Team Members Jenny Fuller Wendy Hawkes and Zoe Coughlan (2)

Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999

Marvellous moustache

Movember Celebration at Eskbank House

The community, especially those growing a moustache for Movember, are invited to celebrate International Men’s Day at Eskbank House and Museum on 19 November for a BBQ, competitions and the opening of the 2015 International Men’s Day Exhibition.

“Movember is about helping the men in our communities to live happier, healthier and longer lives,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “So grow those moustaches, help raise funds for the Movember Foundation and come and celebrate with us all at Eskbank House.”

For the past three years, local men have showcased their creativity by holding an exhibition as part of International Men’s Day. This year they have decided to widen their net to include fundraising for Movember.  A BBQ will be held in the grounds of Eskbank House from 4.00 to 6.00pm on Thursday 19 November 2015 with all Movemberees and the community invited to come and celebrate. There will be prizes for the best real moustache, best fake moustache (women feel free to join in this one) and loudest shirt. The International Men’s Day Exhibition will also be officially opened. For more information on the event call Wendy Hawkes on 6354 9999.

The Movember Foundation raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues with a current focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity in men. During Movember men are encouraged to start clean shaven on 1 November, grow and groom their moustache for 30 days and use their furry facial creations to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues. If you would like to be Movemberee visit their website https://au.movember.com/

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

 

Marvellous moustache

Contact:
Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Native Bees to star at Eskbank House Pollinator Week Workshop

Learn why pollinators are important, how they affect food security and biodiversity and how we can support them, at the inaugural Pollinator Week Workshop at Eskbank House on Sunday 15 November 2015.

“This initiative provides the perfect opportunity for the community to learn more about the important role that bees play in our environment and how we can look after them,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

The Pollinator Week Workshop is part of a larger “Bee Aware of Your Native Bees” project run by Western Sydney University in partnership with Eskbank House over the past two years. Many local groups and businesses will also support the workshop including Lithgow Community Garden, Lithgow Garden Club, Portland Scouts, Lithgow Men’s Shed, Bunnings, Lithgow Living History and Good Earth Landscape and Nursery Supplies.

Workshops will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the grounds of Eskbank House. During the workshops the community will be invited to take part in a variety of activities such as building a bee hotel, planting a pollinator friendly garden, catching and identifying pollinators using insect nets, jars, magnifying glasses, communication devices and cameras and making seed-balls.

There will also be a Citizen Science activity conducting a “wild pollinator count”. The wild pollinator count is an ongoing project, which started in 2014, and collects valuable data on our nation’s important pollinators – see (wildpollinatorcount.com).

Participants are invited to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Eskbank gardens. Most activities will be on going throughout the day and there is no need to book, but be aware… that Bee Hotel Sessions and Catch – a – Bug Sessions will take place at 10.00 and 11.00 am and then 1.00 and 2.00 pm, so time your visit to catch one each of these. There is no charge for the day.

This program supports Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2026, and further supports environmental protection and community partnership targets enhancing our natural environment.

Catching Native Bees

 

Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259