St Aidan’s Meanderings – November 2013

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

St Aidan’s Meanderings – November 2013


Greetings -  After an interesting season Rugby enthusiasts may now rest awhile and return to their regular sleeping hours!  The A.Bs came through, with a warning from the Wallabies that they are on a comeback.  How exciting for Scott Dixon to be the World Motor Racing Champion.  It is to be hoped that Irene Van Dyke will be acknowledged for her contribution to N.Z. netball, as she winds down her playing career.  Wasn’t it exciting for Eleanor Catton  to be awarded the Man Booker literature prize – and she only 28 years old.  A picture of her Creative Writing Class at Manukau  showed how excited they were for her. Now we hear that Lydia Ko is turning professional – what a career she will have. 


Friday 25 October was quite a day on the Harbour, with the start of the Classic Labour Weekend  race to Russell in the morning and the arrival of the Tall Ships in the afternoon – 8 ships, with 600 crew.  Many folk took the opportunity to visit the ships over Labour Weekend 

There is much anxiety for the folk in N.S.W. who are fighting the bush fires – many of us have family members there and are keeping in close touch.  A N.Z. contingent is preparing to offer help, as have firemen from all over the world.  It is to be hoped that the massive fires raging will eventually be contained and controlled. 


FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS  – As always the children had a good time, making a start on Christmas decorations/gifts. Congratulations and thanks to the Team for a wonderful job. CAFE CHURCH – Several new friends joined us in October and seemed to enjoy the informal  service as well as learning something about and celebrating difference.  It is good to have folk joining our Community from different countries, cultures and walks of life, providing us with the chance to enjoy diversity.   

We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY  this month to Betty Roberts and Jean Biggers in the U.S.A. and it is congratulations to Gerald and Dalia on their WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. 


NAN INKSON  is finding that a dislocated shoulder is very restricting, as well as painful.  We hope it is not too long, Nan, before your shoulder responds to t.l.c. and you are able to take up your activities again. Nan and Kerr have recently returned from overseas. They spent a few days with friends in Singapore, then stayed with daughter Eileen in London in wonderfully warm weather. By making the Scottish Highlands their base they were able to visit relations and friends in that area and visited people in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  They then enjoyed the picture book scenery of the Cotswolds with mostly good weather and the beginnings of autumn colours on the trees, bright berries and great food and lovely people.  All in all, a very enjoyable trip. 


Edith travelled with friends to Dargaville for a weekend of Jazz – a feast of music by some excellent musicians.  During a tiki tour of the area, there were some beautifully maintained old homes, some equally attractive Art Deco houses and in the town was discovered a jeweller/china shop with a wonderful display of new china and chrystal from top line manufacturers e.g. Spode, Moorcroft, and

Irish chrystal .  A veritable treasure trove tucked away in Dargaville which was found to be a clean and tidy attractive small town.  Of course a bag of kumara was a must to bring home. 

OUR PEOPLE OUT THERE – Marie, Emily and Alex went on a school camp with Northcote Intermediate to the Marine Education and Resource Centre (MERC) at Long Bay. Jamie’s band, the North Shore Youth Brass Band, won the youth section of the Auckland Brass Band Competition. (James plays the bass trombone)  Those who live in Northbridge Retirement Village will be able to hear the band when they perform their Christmas concert at the village on the afternoon of  15 December. 


David Hansen is now the Commodore of the Auckland Fleet of  the I.Y.F.R (International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians) and Regional Commodore South Pacific. And David is also in training to become Assistant to the District Governor  of District 9910 next year. Congratulations, David, and all good wishes for the future. 

Ralph and Rosemarie have been away to Australia  and  Andre and Helene have been to Australia to visit family. Edith recently had the pleasure of taking some Australian friends to the Zoo, at their request.  They had seen the Zoo programme on their TV before leaving for their Canadian tour and decided they would like to visit on their way home.  It is such a pleasant place to visit, especially if you can arrange to have a volunteer guide, and specially if you get to see the baby giraffe. 

Bruce and Betty are off to the South Island in November for 2 weeks, using up their airpoint dollars, to Queenstown and driving to Milford Sound for the first time since just after their marriage some 50 odd years ago.  You couldn’t have chosen a nicer place, folks.  Enjoy. 


POSTSCRIPT Apologies for a couple of errors in last month’s INFORMER: Reported that AGM was NOT well attended. Checked draft which said WAS WELL ATTENDED – gremlins must have got in there somewhere.


News item re Northcote Intermed. Hockey team should have read:” Lynda’s and Andrea’s daughters Alex & Emily”.  Sorry folks!