St. Aidan’s Meandering – Sept 2012

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St. Aidan’s Meandering – Sept 2012

Greetings – The Olympics have come and gone and what an exciting time it was.  Great to see the world’s top athletes in action and specially good to see our N.Z. athletes up there.  It was both exciting to see them succeed and emotional to see our flag flying while the medals were presented.  Special camaraderie amongst the winners was good to see, especially for Drysdale after his courageous performance.

But our little golfer must surely take the cake – again – at this time.  Lydia Ko amazed us all by winning the Canadian Open  at 15 – the youngest ever.  Pinehurst school is very proud of their talented student.

Our local netball club champs finished on an exciting note and now move on to the inter provincial competitions.


Sadly, we farewelled dear Joyce Colclough whose funeral service was held at St. Aidans on 20 August.

Our thoughts are with the folk going through difficult times – Brenda B as she recovers from surgery;   Betty and Mary coping with ongoing treatment.

We think of Liz & David in France and Robin as she travels with friends in Europe.

Messy Church was a happy night in August  and the Friday Fun Night on 31st was lots of fun.  There’s no doubt that coffee tastes good at Rise and Shine on the third Sunday at 8.30am.  We enjoyed hearing from Ellen Reid (15) at the 10am service about her experience travelling to Fiji with a group from church.


BIRTHDAYS –  Muriel J had a happy day with family on her 97th in August.

Now we say Happy Birthday to Robin B, Christine H, Colin R and Bev A in September – celebrate and enjoy folks.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY congrats to Dianne & Trevor F.



Happily Edith enjoyed her weekend at Scandrett’s Regional Park (bunk was fine) though the serious walking was curtailed by stormy weather. Matakana market (with its whitebait fritters and little Jazz band) was attractive, also Leigh and Goat Island.  The newly completed University building is impressive and affords students the opportunity to live in for short periods while doing scientific research.  The ‘baches’ at Scandrett’s are on the beach, are well equipped and comfortable and may be rented through Regional Parks.

She later spent a weekend at Mt. Maunganui, at a Rotary caravan rally, staying with a friend in her holiday home and participating in the rally. There was an interesting visit on the Saturday to Kiwi Bus Company – a huge production unit building buses from kitsets from the U.K. They turn out 4 buses per week – some for Auckland.  The bus that took us round Tauranga had been brought from Milford Sound, was specially built for viewing with raised and angled seats, as well as ceiling windows – that way, everyone could see everything !

Nan and Kerr travelled to Boston where Kerr attended a conference and Nan enjoyed exploring the historic city and walking in the beautiful parks in sunny weather.  They first enjoyed a few days in San Francisco – a vibrant, exciting city which seemed familiar because it has featured in so many books and movies.  They enjoyed the diverse groups of people and amazing variety of architecture,  the cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf with its old style fishing boats and seafood restaurants.  After the conference they stayed in Andover with friends and had some amazing drives and walks in the beautiful New England countryside north of Boston.


Bruce and Betty enjoyed their fly/cruise 10 days in Tahiti and round the Society Islands which they found a wonderfully warm and interesting experience.  Three days in the tropical paradise of Papeete and seven days cruising and visiting the Society Islands aboard the Luxury 20,000 tonne ship, Paul Gauguin, where every want and need was catered for – no expectation of tipping or extra cost, other than shore excursions of your choice.  Betty particularly enjoyed meeting diverse groups of people.

It was a great break to recharge worn batteries in a warm atmosphere, surrounded on board and ashore by a picture postcard setting.


Liz and David are settled in their ‘home’ in the south of France – it has been great coming back, many things being familiar and settling in relatively easy.  Very hot  – 40+ on some days – too hot for Liz.  Fortunately the pool is well used.  With cooler mornings walks before breakfast are a regular thing.  So lovely walking beside harvested fields, past  fields of sunflowers awaiting harvest and between fields of vines laden with red or white grapes.  Virtually no traffic and always a cheerful “bonjour” from walkers or runners.  Always pleased to have news from St. A’s – if you want to catch up with Liz & David  go to


Back in Kiwiland Pat & Colin sampled glorious mountain views on their trip to Wanaka recently.  Colin had some excellent skiing while Pat walked on the tracks round the Lake.  When the weather was not suitable for skiing they would drive further afield to other walking tracks – one was from Albert Town along the Clyde River to the Wanaka Lake Outlet – another along the hilly lakeside at remote West Wanaka.  Staying at the Altamont Lodge, they had fun watching the Olympics with a sociable group.  (Aren’t there some lovely spots for us to visit!)


A little bit of family news – Joan tells us that her son Prof. Hamish Spencer (Zoology) has been selected as the new Director of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted at Massey University.  He replaces current director Professor Charles Daugherty, of Victoria University in August.  (Congrats to Hamish from us all).


At time of writing, we look forward to Fathers’ Day at Kids n All and hope that you have all invited someone to come to the ‘FLORAL AFFAIR’ on SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2PM.  There will be flowers and music to enjoy AS WELL AS High Tea !!




Go well and safely ….