Notices – November 2019

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Notices – November 2019

Art Tutor Required
The Thursday morning water colour painting group which
started seven years ago has had to disband due to the
death of our much loved and talented tutor Margaret Baillie.
We tried to carry on, but without her guidance and
stimulation things weren’t the same.
We need another tutor. If anyone could help us we’d be
very grateful. Beginners are made welcome. Contact : Anne
White ph 4822430
Report on Tree Restoration in Northcote
From John Railton
On Saturday September 14, I went to St Peters
St ,Northcote where a planting of trees and grasses was
organized by Community Matters Group and Forest and
Bird North Shore. There were about 20 volunteers and we
planted 400 trees and grasses in about three hours.
Community Matters says helping with this restoration is
one way we could assist a local group called Sacred Tree
Planters, birthed from Matthew Fox’s lectures and
teachings. Matthew Fox co-founded the Order of the
Sacred Earth. I have his book with the same title if anyone
would like to borrow it.
“There are no unsacred places;/ there are only sacred
places / and desecrated places”Wendell Berry
www.staidansnorthcote.org.nz November 2019 Page!8 of 16
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Christmas Gifts for de Paul House
Over many years the Community of St Aidans and Iona Close Trust have
believed that the de Paul House is a very worthy charity. These are some of the
ways in which de Paul House helps needy families.
Accommodation for families
Free playgroup for children 0-5 years
Advocacy when dealing with different agencies: WINZ, Housing NZ, etc
Budgeting
Parenting Skills
Furniture, clothing, linen
Family Support Service
Homework Centre for resident children
This year there have been 8 new houses added, 456 calls for help to the end of
August, 284 volunteer hours given monthly*.
For a number of years our congregation has donated Christmas gifts for the
children living in or cared for by de Paul House, Onewa Road, Northcote. Sad to
say the need continues to grow. The society is now providing homes and care
for 40 families and 88 children*.
This Year de Paul House has suggested to us that we may like to assist by
giving Christmas goodies. The following are special treats which these
families do not usually have:
Chocolate or fancy Biscuits, sweets, chocolates, potato chips.
Mince pies and Christmas cake are not popular.
If you prefer to give toys they are always accepted gladly. All gifts of treats or
toys need to be at St Aidans by Sunday 3 December please.
*These figures are taken from the de Paul House latest newsletter.
Pat Reid
www.staidansnorthcote.

FOOD BANK
Contributions brought to the weekly Sunday services are
taken to the Salvation Army depot 430 Glenfield Road.
This month the food bank is stocking up on all regular pantry items
ahead of the holiday rush but would also appreciate special treat foods
to include in the Christmas parcels e.g. tinned fruit,reduced cream,
fancy biscuits.
NB
Fresh fruit or vegetables e.g. potatoes, carrots, onions delivered to the
depot Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings from 9.30 am would be
appreciated too.

DINNER CLUB
The date this month will be Saturday evening 23
November.
For the venue contact Dale, on 428 3793 or
adalekerr@gmail.com .