Notices – May 2013

Electronic Informer

The Informer is now available electronically – you can catch up with the news either from the St Aidans website – – or we can email a .pdf version.  If you would like a copy dropped into your email inbox – please tell Ralph –


A Mothers Day Treat

“A Mother as Lovely as You” is a concert for Mother’s Day by The Graduate Choir NZ, one of New Zealand’s premier choirs, with special guest star Dame Malvina Major.This uplifting concert will be followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea.

2:30pm Sunday 12 May

St Benedict’s Catholic Church, Newton, Free parking available

Further details


St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Birkenhead

Film Fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Centre, for the Physically Disabled, in Jogja, Indonesia


A wonderfully, heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave).

Sunday 26 May at the Bridgeway at 6pm

Tickets: $16 each – available TODAY from:-

Barbara Wesley, Phone 4809123 or

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Duty Rosters – May 2013

  Elder Duty Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
May 5 Pat Colin and Avis Edith Isabel
May 12 Robin B John and Isabel Val Robin
May 19 Rosemarie Val and Cam Helene & Jeanne Robin
May 26 Bruce Betty and Jimmi Betty Margaret
June 2 Nan Bev and Robin B Margaret Margaret


Future Dates of events at St Aidans – for your Diary

Saturday July 6th 2pm Heaven Bent Gospel Choir
Sunday August 11th 6.30pm Speaker Series Week 1
Sunday August 18th 6.30pm Speaker Series Week 2
Saturday September 14 2pm A Floral Affair


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Dates for May 2013

Sunday 5th 10am Kids N All Service
Monday 6th 10am Drop Inn Morning with Residents of Shoal Bay Villa and Regency
Tuesday 7nd 7pm Come to Quiet, Alf’s Office
Friday 10th   Messy Church
Sunday 12th 10am Quiet Service led by Alf
Wednesday 15th 7pm Church Council, Lindisfarne Lounge
Friday 17th 12.15pm Roast Meet, Lindisfarne Lounge
Sunday 19st 9.30am Café Church (Pentecost)
Friday 24th 6.15pm Friday Fun Nights
Sunday 26th 10am Communion Service
Sunday 2nd 10am Kids N All Service
Tuesday 4th 7pm Come to Quiet, Alf’s Office

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Foreign Correspondence – May 2013

News from France

Bonjour nos amis,

Several years ago while holidaying in the Emerald Isles, our B&B host told us as we left for another day’s exploring that we would see “terty shades of green”. And so we did and again we are seeing many shades of green as the countryside around us leafs up. Spring is certainly the most amazing season of change. The weather blows hot and cold but the foliage just keeps getting more and more lush….and green. It’s not just the trees. The wheat in the fields is growing taller, still vibrant green with shimmering waves when the wind blows and they ‘talk’ when you walk along the edge of the fields.

April has seen us busy with visits from friends and family. We no sooner returned from our visit to the Dordogne region, which was everything we expected. and more to have the Chateau full again. We took this opportunity to travel further afield with my brother and sister-in-law. As we are reasonably close to Spain we had an overnight trip to Cadequés on the Costa Brava. This is a lovely village on the coast just over the border from France. It is in a National Park so not overly developed. It’s main claim to fame is that it was home to Salvador Dali for over 30 years. His home, which is as he left it following the death of Gala his wife, is amazing, bizarre, fascinating ….The studio has his unfinished paintings and his palette left untouched. It was a little insight into the life of a unique artist.

We also had another ‘road trip’ east to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, the Carmargue and Aigues-Morte. All great places to visit, to see history and to experience natural beauty. Highlights were probably the Pont du Gard – another feat of Roman engineering and the Palais des Papes (The Palace of the Popes) in Avignon. The wealth and the power of the Papacy….incredible! We also danced ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’!

A great time away and even more special when sharing the experience with people you love.

Now we are back to ‘nous deux’ and busy preparing the Chateau for the coming of summer. Outdoor furniture to be painted, the swimming pool to get ready, flowers to go in the garden etc.

However we have one more adventure before we leave this amazing place in June. We are following in the footsteps of Pat and Colin and will start walking the Camino, le chemin de St Jacques, the St James Walk, at the end of April. We will be doing the section from St Jean Pied de Porte to Burgos (leave you to find it on Google or in your atlas). We have been ‘training’ and I hope we will be able to relate a little of what we experience in the next newsletter.

Until then,

Meillieures salutations

Liz and David


News from Sedona, Arizona (USA)

Hello “all of our NZ family”.

News comes from Sedona, Arizona; now the home of John and Jean Biggers, who visited us as interim and substitute minister at St. Aidan’s on two occasions, for nine months in 1982-3, and for four months in 2007 (when Rinny Westra was on a study leave).

They were living in Tucson, Arizona, when they made their journeys to the North Shore, but decided to make the move Sedona in 2011. After just four days in their Sedona home in October, 2011, their home sustained severe damage by fire. Fortunately they were in Tucson at the time. The restoration took several months to complete, and now the home is virtually a totally new place.

While the restoration was being done they had temporary housing in an area nearby, called Oak Creek Village. During this time, Rinny and Barbara visited John and Jean, and one of the highlights of their visit was to go on a “jeep tour” (at times the vehicle almost was ‘standing straight up’) among the beautiful red rocks of that area, considered by many as one of America’s most beautiful spots.

It is a very active tourist destination, and the unusual mountain backdrops have been used in numerous movies.  John and Jean are active in their local church, called Church of the Red Rocks, a congregation of the United Church of Christ. This denomination was known in the past as the Congregational Church, which is considered as the modern extension of the Pilgrims who left England for America in the 1600s. John and Jean do keep up to date with St. Aidan’s, with frequent correspondence from some of our members, and in a note to accompany this newsletter they said, “We will never forget the visits to St. Aidan’s; our friendships and many wonderful experiences with all you will be among our fondest memories – ever!”

John and Jean

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St Aidans Meanderings – May 2013

Greetings – As our wonderful summer recedes the beautiful roses are fading and the salvia have gone to seed, but the dwarf beans, planted in the March rain, are thriving – now ready to eat and  delicious.  Feijoas were smaller this year but so sweet, and we are told there will be a bumper wine harvest – the grapes are big and full of sugar!

The family in London are looking forward to spring being a little warmer – it was not easy going back from holiday in N.Z. to temps of -4deg, specially as they passed through Sydney on the way and had 45deg !!  There seem to be changes afoot in our sportsworld – different teams are winning which makes the competition more interesting.  Amazing Lydia Ko continues to enjoy her golf and provide us with excitement.

We send good wishes to Audrey Walton who is home at Northbridge from North Shore Hospital, awaiting further tests.

BIRTHDAYS – We seem to have no May ‘babies’ celebrating this month, but Gerald and Kay celebrate their WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in May.

Another happy month for Friday Fun Nights – the idea of serving the meal downstairs and having activities upstairs was a good one. The children look forward to it.  And it would seem that our ‘Cafe Church’ has well and truly caught on – for all ages!

As always St. Aidans was well represented at the Northcote Anzac Service and the favourable weather was enjoyed as well by the large crowd who attended Takapuna service. The Maori and TV3 channels did a great job of presenting the Dawn Service at the Museum where the poppy red flood lighting on the building made a memorable picture.  As in recent years, there were even more young people attending services all over the country. It is interesting to note that it is now permissible for descendants to wear the medals belonging to their grandfathers/great grandfathers.  Our Communion service on the Sunday following Anzac Day was particularly memorable as our readings and reflection brought together love and remembrance.

Lake House in Fred Thomas Drive was the setting for the Outdoor Wood Sculpture Exhibition. Imagine being presented with a log of wood to carve into something artistic.  The weather was uncooperative during the early stages of the carving but the sculptors managed to produce interesting results – some bold – some intricate – but to the uninitiated, all amazing.

Nan and Kerr have settled into their new Birkenhead home – contact details of phone and email remain unchanged.

Jeanne’s son Jacques is back in Melbourne for his 6th year in Medicine and Vicki is back at Waikato for her 5th year in International Business Management.  Remembering them when they first came to Northcote, it is hard to realise how far they have progressed (and grown up).  As for Jeanne, it is congrats again from us all on the occasion of her graduation ceremony at the Bruce Mason Centre at the end of April when she received her B.Ed. degree.  And as is her way – she ran the Rotorua Marathon early May.  Wonderful!

Again – how time flies – Fleur and Alf’s grandson Luka (5) has already completed his first term at school and has started soccer on Saturdays!  Luka came to his first Friday Fun Night and thoroughly enjoyed it – especially the table tennis!!  Go Luka !

Edith F enjoyed a visit to No. 2 grand daughter Melissa, about 70kms NW of Sydney, in April, during which she experienced yet again the “hugeness” of Australia. Being in a rural area necessitated long motor journeys to go anywhere really. Thankfully, Annie the cow was ‘dry’ so I did not have to show my lack of skill in milking, but they thought nothing of driving 45 mins to buy a pail of raw milk from another producer.  To collect the ride-on mower from the repairer meant taking the ute a similar distance in another direction.  But it was fun to pick raspberries from the garden, as well as a mango and huge pumpkins all growing in their garden.  Brilliantly coloured king parrots, along with laughing kookaburras filled the large trees near the house with occasional flocks of cockatoos flying by.  A stroll took us into a neighbour’s orchard with 4,000 peach trees that he was just beginning to prune!  Before flying home I stayed with N.Z. friends in their apartment at Rushcutters’ Bay where the Sydney-Hobart race starts, and wandered for a while through Sydney Botanical Gardens where there are the largest Moreton Bay Fig Trees I have ever seen – yes, even bigger than Devonport’s!  Sydney’s Harbour is so lovely – so much to see and enjoy.  Pleasant memories – I knew I was home when I awoke to the magical song of several tui in the trees just outside the window.

Have you marked your calendar with coming events:

Sat, 6 July 2 pm, fund raising concert by the Heaven Bent Gospel Choir, at St. Aidans

Sun 11 & 18 August, 6.30pm Speaker Series at St. Aidans

Sat 14 September, 2.00 pm A Floral Affair at St. Aidans





Henri-Frederic Amiel



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