GREETINGS! As always there is a lot going on in our Community, so much we would like to participate in. The rain continues to fall and parts of the country are in drought!! It was very sad to learn of the tragic deaths of two French Canadians in Fiordland National Park, some comments pointing out the differences between the wilderness of New Zealand and Canada. Some of the crashes in the Tour de France indicated that cycling too has its dangers. The morale of the country was intact after the All Blacks’ win over South Africa – albeit by a narrow margin as always – and the Silver Ferns showed that they are capable of good things, justifying changes made by the coach. Soon our gardens will be heralding the spring and we will once again have the fragrance of spring flowers to enjoy. Speaking of which, do you take time at church to look at the lovely floral arrangements created for our pleasure by the ladies who give of their time and their talent – what would life be like without flowers??
FUNERALS – Sadly we bade farewell to dear Mary Arblaster at St. Aidan’s on 13 July. Mary was a lifelong resident of Northcote and St. Aidan’s Church. She will be missed by us all.
Margaret’s brother, Bruce Robertson, died last week, another lifelong resident of Northcote, and Margaret gave his eulogy. Our sympathy to Margaret and Malcolm and Bruce’s family at this sad time.
HEALTH – It was good to see Don B back at church, walking well, as he recovers from hip surgery. We send good wishes to Bruce H who is now home recuperating from surgery at North Shore Hospital. Our thoughts will be with Bev A as she prepares for hip surgery at North Shore, early August.
BIRTHDAYS We have a very special birthday on 26 August when our dear Muriel (Northbridge) turns 100! According to my brilliant mathematical brain, that means she was born in 1915 – that’s a long time ago! HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, MURIEL. We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sheila, Mary and Annalie Sieberhagen. Have a happy day.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – Special congratulations to Margaret and Malcolm as they celebrate 60 years of married bliss. Well done folks – trust celebrations are under way. Have a wonderful time. Nan and Kerr are also celebrating over in Scotland – a big one for them next year!
CAFE CHURCH with a difference saw the Pilgrim Productions performing an interesting play entitled “Us and Them” which showed us how we put up barriers in our lives towards people and things that are different. It gave us something to think about.
JAZZ CONCERT It seemed that Band and audience enjoyed the afternoon on 25th – the Joymakers said that they had enjoyed playing for us and we certainly had a good time and heard some quality New Orleans Jazz. Roxy’s participation was appreciated, as was the labour of love of the ladies who made and served our usual first class afternoon tea. To all who helped to get the show on the road (from about 2 months ago) a big THANK YOU. You helped to entertain a lot of people who went home happy from their afternoon at St. Aidan’s. We raised over $1,900 – just four more tickets and we would have been over $2,000.
OUT AND ABOUT We hope Fleur and Alf have enjoyed their holiday and come back refreshed.
Mary had a pleasant holiday in July – she travelled to Melbourne to visit son Philip and Emma and family on the occasion of Philip’s 40th birthday. After a couple of relaxing weeks in Melbourne, Mary travelled to Sydney for a few days with a friend, before returning home.
Pat and Colin have had a couple of weeks in Wanaka, enjoying that lovely part of the country, during which Colin hoped to get some skiing and they both looked forward to some serious walking in the area.
Grace enjoyed two special occasions in July – she had a weekend in Wellington with her daughter, celebrating Grace’s birthday, during which they had lovely time together delving into their family history. Later in the month, she was invited to the Kumeu kindergarten celebration of Matariki, as the guest of her little granddaughter.
I wonder if you managed to attend the ‘TARTAN TATTOO’ at North Shore Events Centre in July. It was a Community event sponsored by Kaipatiki Board, was free, and was well attended and enjoyed. It has been performed many times before, but this was my first time at this event. The precision was excellent – on the stroke of 2pm, there was a roll of drums, the black curtain at the end of the arena was drawn, and out marched (at least) six teams of pipers and drummers, each team in its own coloured tartan. It was a wonderful moment for all who love the pipes and marching bands. During the afternoon we were treated to beautiful highland dancing, Scottish country dancing and a women’s marching team. There was a group called ‘Fusion’ Band whose style was to ‘jazz up’ the pipes, which may have appealed to the younger folk, but not so much to this traditionalist! I shall certainly watch for the performance of the bands next year.
We look forward to our evening on 9 Aug to discuss Baptism, over soup and bread, and all the other exciting events in our calendar. PLEASE remember to put your name on the TEA ROSTER.
ENTHUSIASM MOVES THE WORLD (Arthur J. Balfour)
MAKE BIG PLANS AND AIM HIGH IN HOPE AND WORK (Daniel H. Burnham)
Go well and safely, Edith.