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Berowra Woodchop Festival 2018

The Berowra Woodchop Festival is back again in 2018 bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday 12 August 2018 in the Berowra Village Tavern carpark and surrounding grounds from 10am to 5pm.

Now in its 24th year, Woodchop is an old style “fair” attracting over 4,000 people to enjoy market stalls, amusement rides, food, live music and a world class round of the NSW Axemen competition. All proceeds raised are returned to the community via Apex service programs including donations to many local charitable causes.

It promises to be a great day out, so come along and enjoy the festivities!

Stall Applications

We are now taking applications from stallholders. If you wish to run a stall at Woodchop, please download and return the Woodchop 2018 – Stall Application Form. Stalls are $90 for a standard stall and $160 for a food stall, with an additional $20 if you require power. Stall spaces are 3m x 3m in size. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

Raffle Donations

Every year the Apex club runs a raffle at Woodchop to raise money for Apex service programs in the community, as well as for community groups including the local Scouts and the Rural Fire Service.

We are seeking a range of prizes suitable for a major raffle prize, minor raffle prizes and a large number of small items for the chocolate wheel. All prize donors are recognised through thank-you boards displayed in high-traffic areas as well as at raffle ticket booths.

Businesses contributing major prizes valued at over $500 will be given the opportunity to display signage around the raffle area during Woodchop, and will be promoted in the lead-up to the event via online/social media, and throughout the day in PA announcements. We are also seeking headline prizes of value $1000 or more – please contact us directly if interested.

Any (new) item you choose to generously donate would be warmly welcomed and we would be happy to pick up it up – just send us an email at woodchop@berowraapex.org.au and we’ll take care of the rest.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with Woodchop and your support of the local community.

Apex Blues Mobile Hits the Road to Raise Money for the Starlight Foundation

The Berowra Apex Blues Brothers hit the road in their “Blues Mobile” earlier this year, driving across NSW and South Australia in the annual Trek4Kids rally to support the Starlight Foundation. Thanks to the kind donations of the sponsors and the general public, the team was able to raise thousands of dollars for this very worthy charity.

The Trek4Kidz is a week-long event, exploring different regional areas of the Australian countryside by car. Since its inception, the Trek has visited more than 400 towns, 45 schools and raised over $1,600,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The team of Ruard Gerritson, Nathan Gilbert, Keith Roscarel and Brad Waters had a blast and only broke down a few times. See photos of their adventure below.

 

Berowra Apex would not be able to help Starlight without the support of Trek Sponsors including Berowra Car Care, Berowra Village Tavern, Nobby Kitchens and Francesca Parrino.

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Francesca

Silver Sponsors

 

Santa Sleigh in Berowra 2017

Santa’s sleigh will be visiting Berowra again this year. You can see his route and track his movements live on the Apex Santa tracker.

Santa will make three runs through the streets, giving everyone a chance to see him.

  • Friday 8th December 6pm – Barnetts and other areas west of Berowra Waters Road finishing at Crossroads Reserve, with a special stop at Berowra Public School Christmas carols! Christmas trees will also be on sale at Crossroads Reserve.
  • Thursday 14th December 5pm – Turner, Woodcourt, Wideview, Lonsdale, Hillcrest and Alan Road. Join Santa at Warrina Oval from 6pm for photos, BBQ and jumping castle.
  • Thursday 21st December 5pm – Gully Rd and Berowra. Join Santa at Berowra Oval from 6pm for photos, BBQ and jumping castle.

Come and join in the fun!

 

Santa Sleigh poster - Berowra 2017

Apex Christmas Trees 2017

The Berowra Apex club will be selling Christmas trees again this year. Trees will be available at Crossroads Reserve (behind Bambino’s Too restaurant) on:

  • Friday 8th December from about 3pm onwards
  • Saturday 9th December from 7am until 2pm or sold out

There will be a variety of trees available ranging from 6-8 feet and starting from $60. Get in early for the best selection, especially if you want one of the larger trees.

All money raised is returned to the community trhough various Apex initiatives.

 

Christmas Trees poster - Berowra 2017

 

Social Golf 2017

The punters gathered bleary eyed but bushy tailed in the wee hours of the morning for what promised to be a top day of divot digging on the golf course. An uneventful trip to the course saw us in the pro shop soon after, only to be informed by the staff that our booking had been inexplicably cancelled. A few tense moments ensued as our stand-in social secretary skillfully negotiated the delicately poised situation, but eventually the situation was resolved in our favour and the team saddled up.

The championship was fiercely contested, with some absolute pearlers mixed in with plenty of ball-finding and divots. Shot of the day goes to Taxi, for skimming the ball across the lake to land it safely on the far shore.

Pretty soon the beer express piloted by Ru and Larry was liberally dispersing libations. By that stage everyone had generated quite a thirst and the standard of golf declined even further as the cans were consumed.

Much fun was had by all, until the day took a sombre turn when an attempt was made to stop a golf cart in full flight with Yoda’s 1 wood,  promptly snapping it in two. A memorial service was held later that day. Not all was bad news for our Jedi master birthday boy though, as he won the Berowra Apex Annual Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Golfing, which is no doubt sitting in his pool room as we speak.

After a delicious burger at the club house we piled into the bus, the return trip decidedly rowdier than the outbound one. All in all a most excellent day out.

Berowra Apex Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Past and present members of the Berowra Apex Club, including several of the original founding members, recently gathered to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary. Members and their partners enjoyed a party at Berowra RSL, with newer members learning a bit about the club’s traditions and history, while previous members caught up on recent activities. The club’s first president Graham Hulbert, and current president Matt Francis, were both present and spoke passionately about the club’s past, present and future.

The first Berowra Apex meeting was held in 1976, and in December 1977 it became a fully fledged club. Since then, Apex has had a proud history serving the Berowra community. In the early days service activities such as cleaning up the seven barbecue areas on Berowra Waters Road leading down to the ferry and doing repairs and mowing for elderly residents were common. Fund raising events such as Azalea plant sales and cash-a-can helped generate funds for various community initiatives. These days it’s the Woodchop, Movie Under the Stars, Santa Sleigh, Christmas tree sales, and much more.

Berowra Apex is proud of what has been accomplished in the last 40 years, and looks forward to continuing the legacy into the future. Anyone who is interested in giving something back to the community is encouraged to consider joining – visit berowraapex.org.au for more information.