Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Blueskin Playcentre (Waitati) News

Kia ora Tatou, greetings to every one

We are enjoying the nice weather at Playcentre. There has been plenty
of water play with some interesting cooking experiments that go with
that. The sand pit is also seeing lots of action. It's nice to be
able to have sessions with all the doors open to outdoors. Hopefully
this can continue for a bit longer.

There has been some sorting in the Playcentre garden. The children
worked hard with Michelle to get our garden ready for new plants.
Once the garden patch was cleared we planned a trip to the Blueskin
Nursery. The children enjoyed picking out vegetables and we were
gifted some beautiful flowers by the nursery. The centre now has some
great colours throughout the playground. We also had a nice shared
tea at the Café. Thank you all for a great visit.

The centre picked another sunny day for a walk to the tallest tree.
The children worked hard to step through the tall grass. We all
stopped for a nice picnic on the path. We didn't manage to reach the
tree (too far) but fun was had by all. It was a special walk and we
were able to hear the river next to the path. We are hoping to get
out to the beach while the weather is still nice.

Some of the mums with babies managed a nice walk together during a
Thursday session. The older children were dropped off at Playcentre
and they were off for a walk around Waitati. We are hoping to
continue this when possible. Anyone interested can join us. You can
give the centre a call to find out if there is a walk planned.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tat and Albert! They are going to be big 5 year olds
and will both be at Waitati School by the end of March. We will miss
you both at Playcentre. We look forward to your visits back to
Playcentre with your new class.

Playcentre is a wonderful place to gain new friends and retouch with
old ones. Parents are supported with their child's learning and can
develop their involvement through Playcentre training. Feel free to
stop by for a cup of tea and see what we are all about.

We're open on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 12:00
noon. We cater for children aged from birth right up to 6 years of
age, their parents and caregivers. Come and get to know other parents
with young children in the community. For information you can give
our co-presidents a call: Mandy, 482 2752 or Tracey, 482 1406. Our
Centre ph 027 427 1727, during session times.


by Frances Baeumer

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Saturday, 24 February 2007

Public Notice: Warrington School Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are invited for the election of Parent Representatives to
the Warrington School Board of Trustees.
A nomination form and a copy of this notice will be posted to all
eligible voters.
Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.
Nominations close at noon on 15th March 2007 and may be accompanied by
a candidate's statement.
The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed
during normal school hours.
There will also be a list of candidates' names, as they come to hand,
for inspection at the school.
The poll closes at Noon on 29th March 2007.

Chris Skellett
Returning Officer

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Waitete Bush Regeneration News

200 more natives were planted early December and are doing well as are
the previous plantings. Thank you so much to those who came and helped
and stayed to finish after we were unexpectedly called away.

We have two more work days coming up on Saturday 10 March and Sunday
18 March starting from 10am. If evenings during the week are a better
time for you give us a call.

We will be working on weeding close to plants, some more plants to put
in and some grass cutting. Entry is via the river end of Bland Park,
through private property. (Please stay between markers and river).
Everyone is most welcome but no dogs please. If you'd like to know
more about this project please phone us: 482-2338.

Lynley and Frank O'Neill


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Thursday, 22 February 2007

Warrington Taekwondo Club

We train at the Warrington Memorial Hall, Station Road, Warrington on
Mondays and Wednesdays 6.00-7.30pm.

Taekwondo is the Korean Martial Art of Self Defense – and more!

Its origins date back as far as 2000 years ago in Korea. Known under
various names in the past it has gradually developed into the modern
art of Taekwondo.

Taekwondo, if directly translated into English, means "the art of
striking with the fists and feet". But it actually means more; the
word "art" is a poor translation of the Korean word "do"; it's meaning
is closer to "philosophy" or "way of life".

Today Taekwondo is an effective modern system of self defense and a
popular full-contact sport. Taekwondo is constantly adapting to meet
the demands of the day while still maintaining its traditional aspects
of self-respect, self-control and self-confidence. Practicing
Taekwondo is also an ideal way to gain better fitness, flexibility,
strength and co-ordination.

TRAINING IN TAEKWONDO

It takes most people between three and four years to reach Black Belt.

Grading (belt promotion examination) is held every four months for
colour belt members. There are 10 colour belt grades from beginner to
Black Belt.

Classes begin with warm-up and stretching exercises, followed by
practice in blocking and striking hand techniques, kicking techniques,
self defense training and free-sparring. Almost anyone can learn
Taekwondo from the ages of 5-7 years on.

RULES AND ETIQUITTE

The learning and practice of Taekwondo requires a responsible
attitude. Taekwondo is a full-contact Martial Art and all members of
our club must abide by the rules set down for the safety and benefit
of all. Upon joining the Warrington Taekwondo club you will be given a
copy of our rules. A student will also learn that there are certain
etiquettes which are observed in Taekwondo. Respect for one's
Instructor, fellow students, and most importantly, respect for oneself
and others will enable the student to develop. Etiquette is shown by
example of proper conduct, and is associated with the personality and
character building of the individual.

TAEKWONDO UNION OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED T.U.N.Z.

The T.U.N.Z. is one of the largest Taekwondo bodies in New Zealand
with clubs throughout the country. It operates under a Management
Committee of duly elected regional delegates each representing the
instructors, students and clubs in their region. All gradings are
conducted by appointed 4th Dan Black Belt Examiners. The T.U.N.Z.
regularly organises and participates in regional, national and
international tournaments as well as inviting internationally renowned
Master Instructors to New Zealand to conduct specialised seminars for
students of all ranks around the country. The T.U.N.Z. practices the
W.T.F. style of Taekwondo and welcomes non-political affiliations with
other Taekwondo bodies. Practitioners from all styles of Taekwondo are
welcome to train at any T.U.N.Z. club.

For further information Contact Tim 482-2690.

Tim Bain

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The sound of tree felling has been heard and the sight of a bulldozer working on an incredibly steep slope has been seen recently near Waitati. It seemed as if the Ecosanctuary fence had failed to stop at its boundary and was creeping closer to the village. This is in fact correct. Thanks to the amazing generosity of an adjacent landowner the ecosanctuary has increased in area by 57 ha. This is a significant addition as size IS important when dealing with animals and their territories.

Another 2 kms of fencing will be required and the completion date is now expected to be late March. Then the pest eradication will begin.

The huhu grubs collected late last year were gratefully received by the mother kaka. As a result all four chicks have successfully fledged. Meanwhile, the remains of the felled pines within the ecosanctuary will provide good huhu grub habitat for a future supply of this most favoured kaka food.

For further information see our box at the Blueskin Bay Library. Thanks to Louise and her team for keeping this up to date, including a folder of newspaper articles. For volunteer info contact Elton on 027 333 7675 or elton @ orokonui.org.nz. We also have a website: www.orokonui.org.nz .

Sue Hensley

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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club news

Our Garage Sale will be held on March 31st at the Blueskin A&P Sale at
Bland Park, Waitati. Any donations of quality goods would be much
appreciated - to arrange for collection or storage of goods please
phone Jane on 4822662. Goods may be left at the Ground on either the
Friday evening or Saturday morning of the sale.

Proceeds of this sale will be applied to the building extension to the
clubrooms to provide an improved club and community event venue.

Your support of this worthwhile community event is appreciated.

Jane Hailes


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Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Blueskin A & P Society Fair, Clearing Sale and Family Fun Day, 31 March

The Blueskin A & P Society is having their next Fair and Fun Day on
Saturday 31 March 2007, so please mark your diaries now. We look
forward to seeing you there. Watch this space, the flyer for the show
is coming soon and lots of fun things are planned.

The popular Clearing Sale will also be held and the A & P Society is
calling for items for the Sale.

Please contact George Terry (4822-721) or Mark Brown (482 2011) for
more details about the Clearing Sale.

Contact Louise at the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444 for more
details for the Family Fun Day.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Blueskin Bay Library news

Kia ora. We have lots to tell you about this month. Our calendar is
bristling with events, such as the children's prize giving, a book
launch, and the A&P fun day. Activities such as book clubs and story
time get under way again, and new programmes are planned, a men's
wellness series, and a poetry study course for Lent. We have a new
artist featuring as our Artist of the Month.

Prizegiving

The children's summer reading programme always culminates in a
prizegiving where the children who have achieved their reading goal
receive a prize donated by the University Book Shop. At the beginning
of summer each child sets a goal for his or her holiday reading. Most
achieve this and many exceed it by a long way. This year Nick Prosser
has kindly agreed to be our speaker and to present the prizes on March
9 at 7pm in the Waitati hall. Please keep this time free.

Story Time

This will be every Friday at 10.30am in the library. Bring your small
ones, curl up on a beanbag and listen to stories from the best of our
picture book collection. The first session will be Feb 23.

Book Clubs

Warrington Children's Book Club begins on Feb 27. Meet Helen at 3.15
to 4.30 pm at the school and be ready to hear about all of the
wonderful books Warrington children have been reading. Refreshments
provided.

Waitati Children's Book Club starts on March 2, in the committee room
of the Waitati hall, 4pm till 5pm. Unfortunately Sabina is unable to
continue the great work she has done in previous years with this
enthusiastic group, and so Carolyn will try to fill her shoes. Not
easy. Refreshments provided as usual.

Adult book club meeting times have yet to be decided. Any
preferences? Evenings? Afternoons? What feedback can you give us so
that we can attract as many as possible of our local readers?

Book Launch

Most of you will be aware that our local history book 'Blueskin Days'
will be launched in the Waitati Hall on March 4, at 6pm. As well as
speakers and refreshments, there will be the opportunity for you to
buy the book! If you can't be there, order forms are held at Blueskin
Bay library and at Blueskin General Store. Please note that it will
not be available in bookshops. Interest has been huge, especially
from people who live here, once lived here, or had ancestors who lived
here, so move fast and don't miss out.

Men's Wellness Series.

Mike is working on the planning of this programme and would appreciate
your thoughts. He would like it to be relevant to men from teenage to
senior years. Topics he has planned so far include: fitness, the
changes and issues of puberty, retirement issues, and issues to do
with aging. He would like to invite speakers with expertise in the
areas covered. What feedback can you give us? Are these topics
interesting? Can you suggest others?

Finding God Among the Poets

This is a study series for Lent organised jointly by St Barnabas
Church and the Blueskin Bay Library. People of all persuasions and
points of view are invited to attend the five weekly sessions. You
will be asked to share your thoughts about poems by Andrew Motion,
Anne Sexton, R.S. Thomas, John Berryman, and NZ poets from the
anthology 'Spirit in a Strange Land'. See Louise at the library for
more details. The sessions will be held on Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15,
22, 29, in the Library 7.30-9.00pm. Please let Roger (472 7402) or
Louise know if you'd like to take part.

Artist of the Month

Every month we feature the work of a local artist on our library wall
behind the desk. This month our artist is Jacob Feenstra. His work
is available for sale. Come and admire.

Congratulations to Carolyn

The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand
Book List 2007 have 40 children's books published in 2006. Carolyn's
book 'The Unquiet' is included in the Junior Fiction category. Carolyn
we are so proud of you!

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Helen and Mike

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Feature: Hard times for Penguins by Derek Onley

Penguins are like fish; they are at home at sea. Home to many people
is the place where your family is, where children are raised. Not so
to a penguin. Family life on land is a chore. Laying eggs, sitting on
them for weeks on end, feeding chicks for a month or so in a place
where there is nothing to eat yet is full of things that will eat you
given half a chance, a place that is far to sunny and hot for comfort
(even in Dunedin) and where you have to stand up and waddle and jump
around in a manner that invokes gales of laughter from those humans is
not where it's at for a penguin. Though at least during that nesting
season they do get to share the workload with a partner and a couple
of days on land is followed by a spell zipping around in the cool
refreshing ocean. Family life is not to hard compared with what many
penguins are going through at this time of year.

In late summer and autumn you may find penguins standing around in odd
places on the beaches and rocks looking decidedly dishevelled and dozy
amongst a mound of discarded downy feathers. They are not ill but are
going through the annual renewal of their feathers, the moult.
Penguins rely to a large extent upon their thick tough cover of
feathers for water proofing and insulation in the cool sea so they
cannot swim around and feed whilst moulting and have to do so ashore,
a place where there is nothing to eat yet is full of things
etc................... Penguins prepare for moult in much the same way
as Godwits prepare to fly to Alaska by laying in stores of fat as
fuel. When penguins come ashore to moult they are about one-third fat
but all of it is gone by the time the feathers are renewed. In years
of poor food supply birds can have problems laying down enough fuel to
last through the moult and some starve. Others will be killed by over
heating, some by stoats and dogs. Even hedgehogs have been known to
bale up Yellow-eyed Penguins. Its a hard time for a penguin.

Locally the species you are most likely to find moulting are Little
Blue Penguins, Yellow-eyed Penguins or one of the crested penguins
(most likely Fiordland Crested). Blue Penguins tend to moult in holes
in rocks, rabbit burrows or in the wooden nest boxes that have been
built in several places around the seashore so are relatively safe but
the larger two penguins just come ashore and stand dejectedly around .
They have been seen in recent years just above high tide on the cliffs
to the north of Warrington, in the dunes on Warrington spit and under
the pine trees near the car park at Doctors Point beach. If you do
find a penguin it is fine to look at it for a while, photograph it
even, but please do not disturb it or get to close and keep dogs well
away. If it is in a relatively safe place, up a cliff or in a small
cave maybe, far from where most walkers and dogs go then it is best
left alone. At Ocean beach a penguin recently moulted safely in a
children's playhouse. If however it has decided to dice with death,
in, for example the Doctors Point carpark, then please do not try and
help by moving it but ring up the Dept of Conservation (03 4770677)
and they will come along and transfer it to a safer beach.

by Derek Onley


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Monday, 19 February 2007

East Otago Community Health Trust to offer mini checkups

The East Otago Community Health Trust was established in 2003 as a
means of ensuring ongoing general medical practitioner services in
the area from Hampden to Blueskin. The following are some of the
achievements of the Trust over the last three years

- bought the Medical Centre building at Palmerston

- recruited a second doctor for the area

- replaced older equipment, purchased new equipment

- made improvements to the Waikouaiti, Hampden and Warrington clinics

The Trust now wishes to offer you the opportunity to have a mini
health check for a fraction of the cost of going to your GP! With this
in mind it hopes to have a "Well Adult Health Check" stand at the
Blueskin Show on 31 March. With your consent and a gold coin donation,
we will check your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight and body
mass index, etc. Come along and see if you are healthy.

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Waitati Film Society announces 2007 programme

All welcome to join us at Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.
Waitati Film Society membership $55 - for at least 29 nights of entertainment!
Drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant
environment with convivial company.
Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info.

Tuesday March 6
A FISH CALLED WANDA UK 1988
Monty Python humour (John Cleese, Michael Palin) spoofing the
inhibited, sexually repressed formality of an English barrister,
clashes with the feisty do-anything-to-get-results American thief
Wanda Gerschwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis). The storyline is novel but more
importantly it gives the actors - including Kevin Kline and Patricia
Hayes - the liberty to give of their best. 108m

Tuesday March 20
DAZED AND CONFUSED USA 1993
Some of those who were teens in the 70's recall it as an age of
pot-drenched rock 'n' roll. This unsentimental re-creation of the era
follows 20 kids on the last day and night of high school. To the
background of a classic rock score, the kids do what kids do in their
last days of having little responsibility or thought for the future.
103m

Tuesday April 3
SOLO NZ 1977
For such a small country it's amazing how many roadie movies have been
made here. This is an early version setting the trend for the likes
of Goodbye Pork Pie. Good heartland drama with some dodgy hitchhikers
thrown in. 97m

Tuesday April 17
ATANARJUAT Canada 2001
A true Inuit production - written in their language, filmed by a
largely native crew who shot it in the haunting light near the North
Pole. It tells a 1000-year old saga of two brothers whose lives
illustrate the dangers in such a harsh, demanding environment of
putting personal wants ahead of the good of the whole community.
160m

Tuesday May 1
MARIA FULL OF GRACE USA/Colombia 2003
Feeling trapped in her life as a manual worker in a rose plantation in
Colombia, young Maria takes the only option, the dangerous world of
heroin smuggling to the USA. Although strong-willed and rebellious,
Maria has made a choice that takes her into a horrifying culture that
has complete control over her life. 101m

Tuesday May 15
THE 400 BLOWS Fr 1959
This amazing film stands in the forefront of the French New Wave era.
Spanning a 20-year period, it is an account of the harsh
uncompromising environment of the youth who becomes the man. Openly
autobiographical, writer/director François Truffaut's 12 year old
alter ego, Antoine, is largely left to his own devices so gets into
trouble at school, runs away and is finally confined as a delinquent
in a centre for juveniles. The story is non-judgemental; the man is
seen as a product of a world not of his own making. 99m

Tuesday May 29
GOOD BYE, LENIN! Germ 2003
German re-unification in 1989, with all its upheaval, has rarely been
the subject for the cinema. Its treatment in this film is playful yet
poignant. Alex has a fervently communist mother who is in a coma. He
transforms her bedroom into a pre-Perestroika time capsule to keep
reality at bay for when she recovers. Wolfgang Becker's clever film
basically explores the social and political challenges faced by East
Germans of that era. 121m

Tuesday June 5
SYLVIA NZ 1985
Sylvia Ashton-Warner evolved her own teaching style based on the
emotional and personal life of each child. Her results were truly
amazing. Eleanor David portrays Sylvia's artistry, nervousness and
countless gifts. The film was criticised for overemphasis on Sylvia's
romantic relationship with a school inspector and for what was seen as
a lack of insight into Maori-Pakeha relationships as well as showing
little understanding of the background of the children themselves.
100m

Tuesday June 12
JULES AND JIM Fr 1962
A typically French ménage-à-trois story, this one set in the era
leading up to WW1. The close friendship between Jules, a shy German,
and Jim a suave Parisian, survives their meeting the flighty Catherine
(Jeanne Moreau). Despite her having his child, Jules neither leaves
nor even gets angry with Catherine's affair with Jim - he simply
cannot bear being away from either her or his friend. Rated by some
as François Truffaut's greatest film. 99m

Tuesday June 19
KING OF THE HILL USA 1993
During the Great Depression of the early 1930's, Aaron becomes a
streetwise kid after his sick mother is hospitalised and salesman Dad
takes to the road. Everyone is destitute so there are few
opportunities for Aaron's survival and life soon moves from bad to
desperate. 108m

Tuesday June 26
THE THIRD KIND Czech 1968
George re-kindles an old friendship with Jamila but just when things
are warming he picks up the much younger hitchhiker Eva and becomes
infatuated with her, though frustrated by her youthful lack of focus.
Prague in the late sixties is re-created as a swinging place. 101m

Tuesday July 3
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS UK/Ireland 2002
The Irish Catholic church, sanctioned by the Government, decreed
unmarried mothers as in moral danger (no mention of their boyfriends)
and for 150 years sent them to the Magdalene Laundries for their
protection and punishment. With nuns acting as virtual jailers,
generations of girls endured slave labour and were deprived of their
freedom and contact with family and society, some, for all of their
lives. This film dramatisation follows the fates of three such women.
114m

Tuesday July 11
HOUSE ON 92ND STREET USA 1945
Head of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover himself introduces this film
confirming that the Bureau provided files used to construct a tale of
Nazi spies who provided their German masters with details of the
development of an atomic bomb in USA. Novel for its time, the
presentation is as a documentary thriller with voice-over narration,
newsreel shots, use of actual FBI agents as actors and meticulous
attention to detail. 88m

Tuesday July 18
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET USA 1953
Skip McCoy, a petty crook driven solely by greed, steals a wallet
containing a highly secret microfilm. In the seedy underworld of New
York with its shadowy world of federal agents and communist spies,
neither of whom can persuade Skip to part with the film by either
appealing to his sense of patriotism or offering what he sees as
insufficient money. The story is reminiscent of McCarthyism in its
strong anti-communist theme. 80m

Tuesday July 24
STOLEN KISSES Fr 1968
After his success with The 400 Blows François Truffaut followed with
this continued story of his alter ego Antoine, now 20 and discharged
from the army, making his somewhat wayward progress through life.
Assisting a hapless private detective meet a hitch he falls for a
client's wife. 90m


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Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Warrington Indoor Bowls Club

2007 takes Warrington Indoor bowls Club to its 50th Jubilee and plans
are afoot to celebrate this.

There is to be a Jubilee Fours Tournament, held in the Karitane Hall
at 1.30pm on 28 April 07. This event will be open to registered and
non registered players, however there will be a $5.00 per player entry
fee. If you wish to bring a team of four (whether they have played at
Warrington or not) then do so, or if you wish to enter individually
and leave us to put you into a team, then please advise us, along with
the position you would prefer to play in.

We intend having a social afternoon/evening on 19 May in the
Warrington Hall. This will provide the opportunity to catch up with
other past member and roll a bowl or two as inclination dictates! We
would love to hear from as many past players as possible, so they can
be advised of the plans and have the opportunity of joining in the
celebrations. If you are a past club member, or know of the
whereabouts of past members please contact Cliff or Ruth Porteous, ph
03 4822849 or Peter Russell P O Box 146 Warrington, ph 03 4822059

by Ruth Porteus

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Blueskin bloke offers Yoga course

Local Yoga instructor Leigh Chamberlain (esq) is starting a course of
Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga classes at Waitati Hall for 6 weeks.

Leigh explained that Vinyasa Yoga is a close relative of Astanga Yoga
in which he has had extensive classical training. "With Dynamic
Vinyasa a wider variety of postures are introduced," he said.

The course is open to people of all levels of yoga experience,
full-course or casual, and
will take place at the Waitati Hall, Harvey St, Waitati on Wednesdays
6:00-7:30pm, starting February 21st. For more information/booking call
Leigh on 021 0231 2733 or 482 1773.

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Monday, 12 February 2007

Vinyasa Yoga class for Waitati

Local Yoga instructor Leigh Chamberlain is starting a course of
Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga classes at Waitati Hall for 6 weeks.

Leigh explained that Vinyasa Yoga is a close relative of Astanga Yoga
in which she has had extensive classical training. "With Dynamic
Vinyasa a wider variety of postures are introduced," she said.

The course is open to people of all levels of yoga experience. and
will take place at the Waitati Hall, Harvey St, Waitati on Wednesdays
6:00-7:30pm, starting February 21st. For more information/booking call
Leigh on 021 0231 2733 or 482 1773.

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Sunday, 11 February 2007

Lenten Studies at Waitati - "Finding God Among the Poets"

A course of Lenten Studies - "Finding God Among the Poets" - will be
held at Waitati over the next several weeks. "Everyone is welcome to
join us," said one of the organisers, Louise Sherriff of St Barnabas
Church, Warrington.

Lent is a 40-day season of Christian contemplation and preparation
before the commemorations of Jesus's Passion and Resurrection at
Easter.

There will be five weekly sessions, with participants meeting in a
group at the Blueskin Bay Library, Harvey St, Waitati. Participants
will be given a small number of poems to ponder a week in advance of
the session.

Full details of the Lenten Studies course are available on the St
Barnabas Church website, http://st-barnabas.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Amnesty International Monthly Meeting - 1st Wednesday every month @ 5.30pm at the Blueskin Bay Library

Amnesty International Monthly Meeting - 1st Wednesday every month @ 5.30pm at the Blueskin Bay Library.

Everyone welcome.

Contact Louise at the library for more details.


Thursday, 1 February 2007

Blueskin A & P Clearing Sale and Family Fun Day

Blueskin A & P Clearing Sale and Family Fun Day will be held on 31 March 2007 at Bland Park, Waitati.
Mark your diaries now and see what you can sell at the clearing sale.
For more details ring Mark Brown 4822-833 or George Terry 4822-721