St Aidan’s Meanderings – October 2013

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – October 2013

Greetings – Whew! What a time we have had – so much going on.  What an amazing spectacle to see those magnificent sailing machines in the America’s Cup flying over the waters of San Francisco. Our Team was so strong and skilful – we were so proud of them – we felt the pain of losing the final race, after sailing impeccably, and being the virtual winners for so long.  It was interesting that there was only one American in the crew of Oracle USA and that their boat speed was due to N.Z. expertise pushing it along.  We look forward to welcoming back the Team publicly after a thrilling regatta from which we have almost recovered!!   The small boat sailors (49ers – male and female) have done well at the World Champs in Barcelona as have our ‘special’ athletes in the swimming.

Our St Aidan’s Floral Affair was a resounding success, both as a fund raiser and a happy social occasion. Thanks to the floral artists who celebrated “Spring” with their lovely arrangements; the organisers and performers at the ‘world class’ concert;  the hostesses and providers of food – right up to standard; the girls who assisted with food distribution.  It was a good show – our friends went home happy.

Friday Fun Night continues to be an enjoyable night for the children – thanks to a combined effort. If you would like to provide food or materials for this outreach, give Robin a call.

Also, is there someone who would like to be involved in the reading programme for 5-6 yr olds at Northcote Primary?  Please contact Edith (418-2620).

We are pleased to see Colin back to normal after his skiing accident; Bev A has recovered from surgery on her hand; Anne G. still must rest her leg as much as possible to complete the healing. She is looking forward to being able to get about, especially now the sun is beginning to shine.

The Colvens are coping with a few medical problems at present – we wish you well, Jimi.

It was good to welcome the folk who have come to join us in the Community of St Aidans at the service in September.  Welcome aboard folks – nice to have you with us.

THE ANNUAL MEETING was not well attended at the end of September but there was good discussion on some important matters.

BIRTHDAYS   We have a number of folk celebrating their birthday this month – Kimberley; Graeme; Rob and Lee in Oz; Pat; Yvonne.  Happy birthday.

Two of our ladies have a special occasion in October – Mary A turns 90 and Margaret S turns 92 !!!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday to you both.

OUT AND ABOUT – Val W.  Enjoyed an interesting experience when she accompanied her grandson’s Auckland Grammar Under 15 hockey team to their Hamilton tournament.  Val learned a little of what is involved in feeding and seeing to the needs of a group of teenage boys away from home.

She was also fortunate to join ‘Ship and Shore’ on their excursion to the Wearable Arts Festival in Wellington, travelling by coach to National Park (staying at the Chateau), then train to Wellington and back to Auckland by Air.  Like most people who attend, Val was WOW’d by the whole experience!!

Edith had an unexpected ‘treat’ when she attended the All Blacks/South Africa Test at Eden Park in September. First time on the ‘hallowed ground’ since the World Cup, “being there” in the crowd was almost as much fun as the game itself – some interesting behaviour , especially as the seats were directly below the glass pavilion of the S.A. coach!!   There was some good running Rugby but the tough S.A. style of play was much as remembered from the past.

The Operatunity concerts are always good, but the audience was treated to a special feast at the concert of “The Greatest Song Ever Written”.  People had submitted their favourite during the year and the singers had compiled a programme of 26 of the most popular – over a wide range – quite a job.  The quartet consisted of two sopranos, one baritone and one tenor, all accomplished singers.  They gave a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluja” as the finale – perhaps it was the most popular.  The choice was from the whole of N.Z. as their concerts are performed from Invercargill to Whangarei.

Lynda’s and Andrea’s daughters, Alex and Emily, were proud to be part of the Northcote Intermediate Girls’ Hockey team who won their winter hockey championship.

Our Jeanne has been running again – she tackled the Hamilton half marathon and followed it a week later by the Melbourne Marathon – wow!  The Melbourne trip was all the sweeter as she was able to spend time with son Jacques who is at university there.  What a great way to spend the school holidays.  Good luck Jeanne.

Remember if you are walking in the parks over the holidays to keep an eye out for the newly hatched babies – four beautiful grey signets were seen at Chelsea, hitching a ride on mother’s back – very cute.

Have you thought about inviting a family member, friend or neighbour along to Cafe Church?


The game of life is the game of boomerangs.

            our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later,

            with astounding accuracy

Florence Scovel Shinn

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