Dates for May 2015

Sunday 3rd 10am Kids N All – Mothers’ Day
Monday 4th 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Tuesday 5th 5pm Yoga
Tuesday 5th 7pm Come to Quiet Lindisfarne Lounge
Wednesday 6th 7pm Kids Friendly Team meeting
Sunday 10th 10am Quiet Service
Tuesday 12th 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 13th 7.30pm Finance Team
Saturday 16th 6.30pm Dinner Club
Sunday 17th 9.30am Café Church – Who are we?
Tuesday 19th 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 20th 7pm Church Council Meeting
Friday 22nd FFN Craft Evening
Sunday 24th 10am Communion Service; baptism of Dalia Sharrock and Congregational meeting.
Sunday 24th 6pm Travelogue
Tuesday 26th 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 27th d Renewal Team meeting
Sunday 31st 10am Youth Service
Monday 1st Queen’s Birthday
Tuesday 2nd 5pm Yoga
Tuesday 2nd 7pm Come to Quiet
Wednesday 3rd 7pm Kids Friendly Team meeting

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Duty Rosters – May 2015


  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
May 3 Margaret Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Isabel
May 10 Robin Bev & Edith Betty Margaret
May 17 Liz Isabel & Robin Jet Cleaning Anne & Margaret
May 24 Bruce Betty & Jimi Dalia Robin
May 31 Rosemarie Rachel & Robin Jet Cleaning Robin
June 7 Mary Margaret Isabel

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Notices – May 2015

Dinner Club

The next date is 16 May – 6.30pm at a local restaurant where we can share good food and conversation. Book your seat with Rosemarie or Andrea.


Sunday 24 May 6.00pm @ 11 Kaihu St, Northcote.

Dalia & Gerald will share on their trip to Ethiopia, Egypt, Jordan and Israel

Please bring a contribution for a shared meal

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Musings of an old soldier – May 2015

I have finally accepted that I am a member of a dwindling group of WW2 veterans. I am unhappy when articles or newspaper reports use the term “War Heroes”. I am no hero – I won no medals for bravery, I wasn’t mentioned in dispatches.

As a humble cog in a vast machine, I patched up guys, picked up crashed pilots, looked after ill people, tried to help someone shivering with malaria.

We have completed activities for ANZAC Day. The time has long gone when expressions of patriotism or jingoism were common. In reality, soldiers of many nations weren’t fighting for Australia, Britain, NZ – they were fighting for survival at ANZAC Cove.

A common phrase is used: ‘They gave their lives for King, country, flag etc’ – they didn’t give, they had it taken away.

In some strange way, ANZAC Day represents a defeat, a retreat – not a glorious victory.

As one ANZAC solider said, referring to his fallen comrades “I hope they don’t hear us marching back to the beaches”!

The whole earth is the memorial to the fallen. Monuments may arise and tablets be set up to them, but on far-off shores there is an abiding monument that no pen or chisel has traced. It is graven not in stone or brass but on the living hearts of humanity.

A Greek, named Pericles, about 450BC, gave a message to the people of Athens, consoling them about those slain in battle. “wherefore, I will not condole with the parents and relatives of the dead, I will rather bid them – lift up their hearts”.


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St Aidan’s Meanderings – May 2015

Greetings. We are having some changeable weather – fairly typical of this time of year – but must consider ourselves fortunate when we see some of the disasters happening in other parts of the world – the hopelessness in Nepal and serious loss of life – the storms across the Tasman. Our “Indian Summer” seems to be short lived this year   but we have lots to look forward to in the coming months.

It was with sadness that we farewelled Don Mathieson in April, with a service conducted by his son in law. Our loving thoughts are with dear Yvonne as she adjusts to life without Don and our sympathy is with their family. Our thoughts are with Nan in the U.K. as she mourns the loss of her sister Fiona.   Connie has not been well over in Korea where she and Ben have been helping to care for Ben’s mother. Anne Glenny would be pleased to hear from friends at Green Valley Lodge, where she is now in the rest home. Her home phone number is now available at the Lodge (419-1086)

Anzac Day was commemorated widely throughout New Zealand and Australia, from the large city gatherings to the smallest rural community, as well as in London. It was noticeable that young people took leading roles in the services and the talent, both orally and musically was quite amazing. The Head Girl and Head Boy from Selwyn College gave the address at Orakei R.S.A. service, both speaking about family members who had served in World Wars. They had fought in France and Belgium and in Italy. The young people spoke well and were a credit to their College. At the Takapuna community morning service the guest speaker was from Westlake Girls’ High School. She had won the Gallipoli Speech Competition and gave a powerful address based on the hardship faced by nurses in W.W.1. At Takapuna Grammar Memorial Library service in the evening, a riveting address by a present pupil about his great grandfather’s experiences as recorded in his letters, was given by Yvonne’s grandson, Sam. St Aidans was well represented at the Northcote Community service where Alf took the service and Robin made a beautiful wreath which was laid by Edmund and Barbora.

Our communion Service on 26 April also commemorated ANZAC, and was made extremely interesting by historical references to some of the soldiers and citizens involved with the Gallipoli landings.

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES We don’t seem to have any in our records for May. Perhaps there is someone we have missed – ?


It would seem that the South Island Ravers’ Club has gained some new members. Margaret and Malcolm had a most enjoyable tour with the Pukekohe Travel Club. They flew from Auckland to Wellington, then on to a comprehensive tour of the South, which included the Trans Alpine rail trip – snow was right down to the railway line – and later the Taieri Gorge from Dunedin. One of the memorable journeys was way into the bush to find Lake Mahinapua (sp?) which owes its fame not only to the Cheese advertisement, but its beauty. Each night on the tour there was a competition held – M & M won it for the ‘longest married’ couple on the trip – congrats M & M.

David and Liz recently spent 5 weeks exploring the South Island. Apart from enjoying the wide open spaces with plenty of sheep and few people, they had a week of 4WD driving over the High Country stations. Narrow, unsealed tracks, together with river crossings, provided moments out of one’s comfort zone, but the views were extraordinary and at the end of each day there were hosts with amazing meals and comfortable lodgings for the night. They also spent 4 days cycling the Otago Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch – total 150 kms! For Liz, who only got back on to a bike 6 weeks earlier after 50 years absence, there were many moments out of her comfort zone, but the sense of achievement was enormous (and the rear end soon came right!) There is now a ‘places to return to’ Bucket List. David commented “we have travelled widely and lived in different countries, but this trip equalled the best of any travel we have done”.

Edith Cruising……….. Only my second ‘modern day’ cruise, but both times I have been amazed at the number of Americans, Canadians, Brits, and Europeans who were prepared to fly 20/30 hours to either Auckland or Sydney to begin the South Pacific cruise that would take them into Milford Sound. They had planned for years in careful detail for this trip of a lifetime – beginning in Sydney, on to Melbourne and Hobart, then across to Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound (this time in bright sunshine). They loved the ports of call – Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Napier, and Tauranga. They were surprised that there were 2 days at sea from Hobart to Milford, thinking that they would always be in sight of land. A quaint custom of the Holland/ America Line was to serve hot, thick Dutch pea soup to guests on deck as the ship cruised in the crisp air of the Sounds. Somehow, we felt proud that all these people wanted to come all this way to see our lovely country – they agreed with us it was a ‘magic’ experience sailing into the Sounds. We marvelled at the beautiful sunsets on the cruise and even saw the sunrise (twice!!) And after leaving Tauranga on the last night of our wonderful holiday, couldn’t resist spending time on deck – the full moon shone on the water as we approached the open sea, watching the Pilot launch speeding alongside us. Next we saw the Pilot descending his rope ladder, flick the ladder off, on to the deck of his launch and he was whisked away – back to Tauranga – another ship safely out of the Harbour. I marvel at the ability/skill of the Captain and his crew in sailing that beautiful huge vessel across the seas, in and out of each port, sometimes with little room to spare, and the apparent smoothness with which the whole ship is managed, to the delight and comfort of a large number of people.

There is no doubt it is a great holiday – plenty of activity – great entertainment – excellent food whenever you wanted it – lots of fun and fresh air – good service – good company – must start saving up for next year —-!!



No matter what has happened in the past, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment- – – And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new – – Right Sometimes it’s the small decisions that can change your life forever……..

Go well and safely,       Edith.

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