Dates for October 2015

Sunday 4 10am Kids n All – Church/Communion
Monday 5 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Tuesday 6 5pm NO Yoga
Tuesday 6 7pm Come to Quiet
Wednesday 7 7pm Kids Friendly Team
Friday 9   Movie Night
Sunday 11 10am Quiet Service and AGM
Tuesday 13 5pm Yoga
Tuesday 13 7.30pm Finance Team meeting
Saturday 17 9am Big Spring Clean
Sunday 18 9.30am Café Service International/Cultural
Tuesday 20 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 21 7pm Church Council Meeting
Friday 23   Friday Fun Night – Christmas Theme
Sunday 25 10am Communion
Tuesday 27 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 28 2pm Renewal Team
Saturday 31 6.30pm Dinner Club
Sunday 1 10am Kids n All – Christian Saints
Monday 2 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Tuesday 3 5pm Yoga
Tuesday 3 7pm Come to Quiet
Wednesday 4 7pm Kids Friendly Team


9am – 12pm

Help make St Aidans sparkle

Put your name down for a spring cleaning job

A list of jobs to be done is on the notice board

Below are a few of them.


  • Trim hedges
  • Trim car park edges
  • Weed & clean up gardens
  • Clean windows


(upstairs & downstairs)

  • Clean windows
  • Cobweb removal
  • Clean all window sills

Please bring your own tools/cleaning gear if possible

If you want to do something in particular please

contact David Hansen 021 938 002


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Duty Rosters – October 2015


  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
Oct 4 Liz & Lynda Rachel & Gerald Jet Cleaning Isabel
Oct 11 Helene/Grace Andre & Colin Dalia Anne W
Oct 18 Robin B Isabel & John Jet Cleaning Anne W
Oct 25 Nan Bev & Edith Bruce & Betty Robin
Nov 1 Mary Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Robin


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Notices – October 2015


An invitation to learn more about the prophet Muhammad and the religion of Islam from:

St Andrew’s Presbyterian and

All Saints Anglican Church, Birkenhead


What: A series of four studies – details below

Why: To encourage a more informed, sympathetic, and honest view of Muhammad and Islam than that created by today’s extremists.

When: Thursdays, 7.30 pm to 8.30pm at dates below, supper to follow.

Where: St Andrew’s Presbyterian and All Saints Anglican Church.

(both are at the top end of Hinemoa St, on opposite sides of the road).

Speakers: Laurie Wesley, for Sessions 1 to 3.

Speaker to be confirmed, for Session 4.

Both have spent considerable time working among Muslims.


1. Life and Times of the Prophet Muhammad 8 October St Andrew’s
2. The Qur’an and the Early History of Islam 15 October All Saints
3. History of Islam and Today’s Situation 29 October St Andrew’s
4. Topic to be confirmed 5 November All Saints


All are welcome to attend, and to invite friends.


Dinner Club

The next date is 31 October – 6.30pm at a local restaurant. Book your seat with Rachel.



Grins & Snickers

I was in the ‘Six Item Express’ lane at the supermarket, quietly fuming.

Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries.

Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart and asked sweetly, “So – which six items would you like to buy?”
Wouldn’t it be great if that happened more often?




The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would “hate” to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.




Women and cats will do as they please;

and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

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Greetings from the USA – October 2015

Thanks again for the newsletter; always a treat to read of the comings-and-goings of St.Aidan’s folks.

The very full and meaningful schedule of events and activities is quite impressive.

Especially appreciated Alf’s statements on social justice issues; “Good on you!”

Over here we are finally seeing (and feeling) our summer season winding down; Arizona always has its hot summer weather; but after 45 years in this state, we are accustomed to it.

School has started at all levels; and our family now has one grandson in elementary, one in middle school (8th grade); one in 3rd year of high school; and one starting college.

Our daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Justin, have retired from their work in education, Jen as a high school counselor–30 years in the same school; and Justin as a principal.

Our son, Doug, who with wife Katie and sons Keegan and Logan, came to NZ when we were there in 2007, is into his third year as publisher of a magazine that features the food culture of Southern Arizona; anyone can look it up online, “Edible Baja Arizona”.

Our love to all our family on the Shore.

Jean and John


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Westra’s Wanderings 2014-15 October 2015

Departed Auckland 9/8/2014.

Spent the night in Seoul, South Korea. Arrived Paris the next day.

Spent three days in Paris, relaxing and visiting old haunts.

Flew to Toulouse, and thence by train to Carcassonne.

Arrived at “our” chateau (originally built in 1180 CE) at Raissac sur Lampy on August 13. While at the chateau we did a lot of essential work, but also explored much of southern France: Albi, Lourdes, Avignon, the Pont du Gard, Nimes, Orange, Arles, Nice, Monaco, Bouzigues (oysters!), Sete, Agde, Saintes Marie de la Mer, the Camargue (with its black bulls and white horses)–part of the Rhone Delta, Lyons, the Dordogne area, Bordeaux. We also visited Andorra and Barcelona.

Late January 2015 we returned to NZ for several weeks for our younger son Peter’s wedding in Queenstown on February 7. (Rinny conducted the wedding ceremony.)

We again travelled via Seoul, where we spent the night and the best part of a day.

We returned to France via Barcelona and Bilbao. We spent a week in Spanish Basque country, staying in San Sebastian and experiencing how wild the Bay of Biscay can be. Thence via French Basque country –Biarritz, Bayonne, etc—and thence back by train to Carcassonne and the chateau.

On April 6 (Easter Monday) we left the chateau and travelled to Orleans, and spent the next week exploring the Loire Valley with its lovely chateaux while staying in a small village called St. Denis de L’Hotel.

Then we flew from Paris to Budapest, where we spent three very enjoyable days.

From there we joined a river cruise down the Lower Danube. This took us through southern Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. We spent five days in Bucharest, and went on day trips to Transylvania (Dracula!!) and the Black Sea at the port of Constanta.

This was followed by a very long train journey across central Europe to Munich. We spent a night there, and then moved on to Freiburg, from where we explored the very beautiful Schwarzwald (Black Forest), and even went to the source of the Danube at Donauesching.

Thence to relatives in the Netherlands for a few days, and from there to England (Newcastle on Tyne). There we hired a car and met friends in various parts of England. Three lovely days in the Lake District, several days in Chester, the Salisbury Plains and Old Sarum, and visits to Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens in Kent, as well as a visit to the Bodleian Library in in Oxford.

Then back to Nijkerk in the Netherlands, where we house sat for three weeks for relatives who were visiting Canada.

This was followed by a flight to Washington DC where we spent a very interesting week. (We had to cancel our coffee appointment with Barack and Michelle because we were too busy ??!!).

From there we travelled via Shenandoah National Park to Virginia, where we stayed in Williamsburg. While there we visited Jamestown (the first English settlement) and other historic sites.

Then a flight from Newport News to Fort Myers in Florida. We spent two weeks in a very hot Florida, living in a small apartment (summer is the off-season and therefore cheaper than usual in Florida) and making visits to elderly relatives.

This was followed by our flying to Des Moines in Iowa, where the two-yearly reunion of the German side of Barbara’s family (the Wahl family, who arrived in USA in the mid-1860s) was held.

When that was over we flew via Las Vegas to Oakland, California and visited with relatives.

Then on July 16 we flew from San Francisco to Auckland. And once back here we went to Queenstown for three weeks–our sons and their wives and our grandson live there–and then arrived back in Auckland on August 8 when our tenants left.

After some 29 flights in total, it’s taking us a while to settle in here again.

Rinny and Barbara


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