St Aidans Meanderings – September 2013

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St Aidans Meanderings – September 2013

GREETINGS  –  What exciting times we have had for the sports buffs.  Not only did Lauren Boyle go on to win more swimming medals and our ‘special’ athletes bring home numerous medals, but our amazing 16 yr old wonder golfer, Lydia Ko, defended her Canadian Open title in Edmonton with a clear win.  Whatever our opinion of the Americas Cup, Dean Barker has excelled as Skipper of Team NZ in winning the Louis Vuitton Cup.  One can’t help admiring Skipper and crew for learning to handle the magnificent  monster on the water – a far cry from the sailing they learned as youngsters. The big test is yet to come.  Watch this space.  Good to have the Bledisloe Cup in safe keeping once again.
Have you spotted our ‘dare devil Grannie’ in the ads leading up to ‘NZ’s Got Talent’?
What a great night the children had at Friday Fun Night in August when they had the chance to make something for Father’s Day.  A big thank you to all who contributed.  Numbers are growing (34 registered in August) which creates the need to register beforehand, so that provision can be made and more people are able to help.
Our Speaker Series in August (Don Brash and Diane Robertson) were well attended with lively participation by all.
It is with sadness that we note the passing of two of our old friends at St. Aidans – Connie Mathews and Jean Harvey. Our sympathy to the families of these dear ladies in their loss.
Our thoughts and good wishes are with Sheila at Northbridge, recovering from hospitalisation; with Anne recovering at home from surgery; with Don recovering from surgery, doing well at home and having a nice break withfamily for a weekend.  Don expressed his gratitude to all who have assisted in his recovery.  Edith is pleased to be back to normal after repeat surgery and recovery from a benign tumour on her arm.  Much more comfortable now without those stitches !
BIRTHDAYS  – We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY  in September to Robin, Colin and Bev.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY congrats to Trevor & Diane  –  Be sure to celebrate folks.
ST PAULS   It was a sad day on Sunday 11 August when people gathered for the last service at St. Pauls in Devonport and the de-commissioning of the church.  There were many past pupils and members present to say farewell  to the church that had been an important part of their lives – Sunday School, Bible Class, marriage, baptism – for so long.  Matters had been resolved, the organ was to be dismantled and storedand the new owners would make the building available for weddings and funerals.  Everything appeared to be in good order, especially the lovely wooden pews (which are actually comfortable).  It was nice for folk from St. Aidans that Alf gave the sermon.
It is good to have Liz and David back on the Team – hopefully brimming with ideas – home from their wonderful experience in the French Chateau and travelling in Europe.  What a great opportunity to attend Rotary World Convention in Portugal.
Happily Alf and Fleur arrived back safely and really enjoyed their visit to Queenstown .
Early August Edith attended a Rotary Caravan Rally at Whangateau (between Matakana and Leigh). As the cottages in the camp were taken, she and her friend stayed in a lovely (luxurious) B & B over-looking the harbour.  Although it would have been fun to be in a caravan, they were quietly happy to be cosy in their satin trimmed sheets when the winds blew at over 100kph and the campers were warned to ‘batten down’ !!  Always a pleasant area to spend a few days, lots to do.
The North Harbour Men’s Probus Club celebrated their 30th anniversary recently with a delightful luncheon, preceded by a tour of the winery at Soljan’s in Kumeu.  Andre presided at the occasion, ably supported by Helene who presented the ladies and guests with a shoulder spray, made by our Robin.  A nice touch.  Yet another occasion of reminiscing enjoyed particularly by the long standing members.
If you have visited Eden Garden lately (August/September) you would have been delighted by the show of spring flowers and shrubs.  First, approaching from Omana Ave, the street was lined with breathtaking dark pink Thai cherry trees  in full bloom, with a carpet of fallen blossom .  On entering the garden, the magnolias took my eye –  one with the largest flower of the coloured blooms I have ever seen, in a deep red.  At ground level was a mass of perfect purple tulips, standing straight – so pretty.   A taste of what was to come in ‘Tulip Weekend’ at the end of August.  What a lot of pleasure that garden, created out of stone, has given to flower lovers and to the vocal tui present in large numbers.
The fragrance of freesias wafting through the window and the sight of many newborn lambs out in the Clevedon countryside tell us that spring is here to enjoy.
We look forward to our FLORAL AFFAIR on 14 September to celebrate spring.
Margaret and Malcolm are off to Wellington for a few days for the presentation of Margaret’s Queen’s Service Medal at Government House.  What a happy occasion!  They will be accompanied by three of their children and will stay at the Mercure Hotel. Again, Margaret, we all say CONGRATULATIONS – have a wonderful time and enjoy a touch of VIP treatment.  You have earned it.
REMEMBER CAFE CHURCH on the third Sunday of the month – it’s a good opportunity to introduce family and friends to our ‘informal’ service – and there is no better occasion than sharing a meal.
A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
‘There’s always something for which to be thankful’     Charles Dickens
‘In everything give thanks’     1 Thessalonians 5:18
GO WELL AND SAFELY….
Edith