Monday, 3 February 2014

Warrington Playcentre

by Jackie Hughes

 

We finished 2013 on a high with a very successful visit from the Education Review Office. The ERO is the body that assesses the educational quality and content offered at places of learning. They confirmed our belief that we have a Playcentre which offers valuable educational experiences to our children by giving us the official stamp and some very kind words of praise. We were delighted and are dedicated to keeping up the standard of education alongside the other lovely aspects that make up our philosophy at Playcentre: to provide a fun and safe learning environment, to place value in the outdoor environment, to support the community from whanau to organisation level, and to respect and accept all persons.

Thank you to everybody who so generously supported our raffle in December. The winning tickets have been drawn and were numbers 7, 342 and 309. The winners have been notified and should be enjoying their prizes.

Our Christmas party was great fun. Thank you to those friends of the Playcentre who came along to join us. We will be starting back for Term 1 on Wednesday, 5 February. We are very welcoming of new people, so if you would like to come along and join in we would love to see you on a Wednesday and Friday, 9:15am-12:15pm.

 

Warrington Hall

by Lyn Hastie

 

Having a birthday, wedding or family get-together? Whatever you may be celebrating the Warrington Hall may be the perfect place for your function. The outside area is perfect to sit and talk or a great background for photos. There's plenty of space, tables, chairs and a very well-equipped kitchen. There is matching crockery, cutlery, and glasses for 60, as well as plenty of serving tools. There's a full-size stove, microwave, pie warmer, fridge/freezer and Zip water heater.

Want to know more or have a look around? Please call Ruth 482 2849, Lyn 482 2896 or Rowena (to book) 482 2667. We welcome back our regular users – ballet, tae kwon do and indoor bowls.

Waitati Arts and Music Festival

by Katie Peppercorn & Tania Turei

 

Light sculptures, performance art and project graffiti are great additions to this year's Waitati Music and Arts Festival. The public are invited to get creative, as invited artists exhibit and facilitate various art projects thanks to the Dunedin City Council's Creative Communities Grant Scheme.

Help build a three-metre high, 3D, LED pyramid tree light sculpture with Makerspace.  Create your own piece at the stencil and graffiti workshop with artist Aroha Novak, and be amazed at the 'one square metre' exhibit – five performance artists in five square metres! Anteroom...what will they do?

A separate dance music DJ area (mini-rave!) is also included this year for those who just love electronic music. Get your Glitch-D&B-hip-hop-trance-house-breaks fix here.

Live Music is featured on the main stage from 11am – 11pm, provided by Honeybone (rock), Skulldubbery (roots music), King Leo (jazz funk), Oleh (reggae/dubstep/blues), Jayden TJ (10-year-old star! Reggae), Superglue (soul/blues), The Peoples (Celtic-Pacific), Tahu & the Takahes, Delicat, Mirrium; and DJ Bent Copa will be maintaining the vibe between bands.

Food, ice cream and coffee will be available on site and the children will have fun in the Kidzone with bubbles, toy-library toys, and the incredibly crafty Captain Cornflake (Space FM) and crew. A soccer pitch, skate park, tennis court and play park are also there to enjoy.

Bring umbrellas and gum boots; do not let the weather put you off. Hopefully we will need sunscreen and hats.  Children must be supervised at all times, and please leave dogs at home. Cost is only $10 per adult (kids free). Please check out our web site waitatimusicfest.com for more information and awesome photos from previous years.

Bland Park, Almond Street, Waitati. Saturday 15 February 2014. 11:00am-11:00pm

The Battle of Waitati

by Mandy Mayhem

During the early afternoon of New Year's Eve 2013 there was a magnificent three-act battle in the coastal township of Waitati. This was a joint production between the McGillicuddy organisation and the Waitati Militia based on the Waitati Militia attacking a castle defended by the Clan McGillicuddies.

Act 1Break down in diplomacy

A disgruntled Pirate Queen marched along Almond Street with the Waitati Militia Band.

Dressed as Boudicca and flanked by her beautiful daughters (as per a previously unperformed script of the Militia's), they were accompanied by angry hordes of 50 or so natives beating upon their shields including the new Aunt Fanny's Sewing Circle (southern-most group). The street scene was surrounded by spectators and a very able troop of tea ladies at the ready.

There was a trade of insults between the Waitati Militia and the castle owners, witnessed by the watchful eyes of many grey gargoyles in the castellation. The Oamaru Harbourside Brownies First Aid Division A and E (aggravate and exacerbate) were on standby.

The assembled mass then dedicated the scene to the memory and honour of their founder Captain Peter Smith aka Eschericia von Coli, who passed away just days earlier.

A choreographed verbal poetry assault ensued with a medley of Charlotte the Harlot, Eskimo Nell (favourites of the captain) and other specially written pieces to bash their ears and the innocent public! The militia then performed a 'tango advance' rapid-fire, unison relay of dancers, hand jiving and doing 'mash potato' on the side. The heavy artillery was rolled out, cannons fired and two mighty catapults were used to shoot soft projectiles at the gargoyles.

At this point the Lord and Lady of the Castle had flogged their poor servant liberally until his wails magically activated the statues to life. The human slingshot, our secret weapon, gave them a sight for sore eyes, then a charge of ropes, ladders and grappling hooks unleashed themselves upon the walls. Much confused and vigorous attacking followed by great clouds of dust and barbaric yawps! Gargoyles descended and fighters engaged.

A secret mission, Team Labyrinth, blasted through a side gate with cannon fire and gained access to the enclave. They gallantly rushed into the unknown, a short enclosed corridor that led them straight into a trap! At the end of the alley all they found was the meter box and an overhead concentration of slime. The gargoyles were waiting in the parapets directly above them. They bid a quick retreat and a timely one at that.

Act 2 - Peace keeping

Tea bell rings and all fighting ceases. An attempt by United Nations accompanied by tea ladies to defuse the situation.

Tim Shadbolt (Mayor of Invercargill) umpire of the match and leader of United Nations Independent State of Waitati Division accompanied by the glorious, delightful and  efficient tea ladies (serving tea and biscuits to the troops, wearing frocks and aprons) rolled out the hot drinks and baking. Some convivialities were exchanged over a nice cuppa.    

Act 3 - More Battling, Scaling of Castle walls and invasion

A mighty siege engine built by Gerry Thompson was manhandled into position through neighbourly access to the castle walls. Lowering its drawbridge above the 'Paul Smith Gateway', the Mayhem Battalion was able to gain entry to the grounds. Surprisingly, once the fighters touched down within the castle walls they found they were operating on gargoyle time ... slow motion!

Full combat continued for some time and one of the Queen's beautiful daughters was taken hostage by the enemy. A warrior champion also managed to invade the castle turret and secure the clan flag from the roof top.

Exhausted by the hot sun, the two parties finally reached a negotiation point and a treaty was formed by way of a 'marriage'. The Pirate Queen agreed for Sarah her daughter to marry the Castle's most loyal subject. And they all lived happily ever after – until the next time.

For those who have any concerns we 'fight' united in mutual camaraderie. Essentially, unarmed combat in accordance with the Melbourne University Arms Limitation Agreement 1972, Alf's Imperial Army (no wood, no metal). One gains membership to the Waitati Militia by giving service in battle.

The aim was to do our best to seize the castle! It was a very successful day enjoyed by all. In all, the battle sequence lasted two hours which was quite a feat in itself. An evening of feasting and music followed at a grand Militia Ball at the local hall.

Special thanks to George Terry for his earthmoving assistance in preparation for the event.



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Opinion: Waitati's paper roads and low-carbon routes

by Mike Fay

Most of you will know that some of the roads set out around Waitati and elsewhere by the early surveyors have received little or no development. These undeveloped roads have been called 'paper roads' but are just as much legal roads as George Street in Dunedin and have the same right of public access. For many years these 'roads' just sat there quietly, often 'the quieter the better' for some land-owners who ignored the legal obligation to mark and provide means of access – a piece of law-breaking that was largely ignored by the bodies responsible for upholding laws, particularly local councils. This behaviour became institutionalised to such an extent that the right to deny entry was believed by some to be law, and land-owners were amazed when this was legally challenged and shown not to be the case.  Conversely, and much to their credit, some local land-owners had provided walking tracks across their property that can be used by all of us.

Mopanui Road officially runs all the way from Blueskin Road to link up with Whites Road at the top of the headland, and was in good repair until some time in the 1980s. Today the southern part of the road is in good condition, but it would require a bulldozer to cover the northern part from the north east corner of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary to Whites Road. What appears to have happened is that a deer fence was put in along the western side of the road (long before the present owners' tenure) and the detritus from this operation was heaped on the road. Over the years since this was done there has been significant scrub growth, including a pine tree of almost a metre in circumference, but there is single-file walking access hard against the deer fence. From the end of the deer fence the road surface is flat but completely obstructed by old-man gorse. The owners of the adjacent land, David and Liz Sumpter, have provided a route marked with ribbon to bypass this impassable section of Mopanui Road, so it is possible for able people to walk all the way through and down to Waitati.

Waitati is lucky to have some good low-carbon links already. There are two paths by the river: a short continuation of Quayle Street to the west, and a longer one to the east that is still under construction.  Unfortunately there are others where public access would be difficult, if not impossible. Further afield there are paper roads over the northern flank of Mihiwaka (one of these would be a bit damp underfoot as it runs through the Port Chalmers reservoir) and on the seaward slope of Mopanui towards Osborne. These paper roads and low-carbon links provide more than just leisure opportunities, however. They also offer a utilitarian purpose through safe and practical routes for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders within and between settlements. And most importantly, they have the potential to provide emergency access, in the event of a failure of our other transport 'lifelines' as was the case in the 2006 floods when Waitati was cut into three isolated zones. Perhaps the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board should make the reinstatement of all our paper roads a strategic priority over the next 10 years.

Waikouaiti Community Board

 

by Gerard Collings, Chairperson

 

Happy New Year to you all. I trust the festive season was relatively uneventful and that you had the opportunity to recharge your batteries so that you are refreshed and ready for any challenges the new year may bring.

A reminder to all that the Dunedin City Council (DCC) will have their regular Blueskin clean-up days on the weekend 8 and 9 February from 10am to 5pm on each day. As usual, the skips will be located at the Warrington Reserve behind the playground by the big pine trees. Further information about charges and the type of waste accepted are available through the DCC website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/events/garden-and-environment/community-cleanup-days/warrington-community-clean-up-day

The DCC have started this year’s annual plan process and are currently considering the draft annual plan for public consultation.  At this stage the council expect to issue the 2015/16 Draft Annual Plan for public consultation at the beginning of March with submissions scheduled to close in April.  The specific details of how the DCC will consult are yet to be finalised; I will advise of the details in the March issue of Blueskin News, however I strongly urge you all to take the time to make yourself familiar with the plan’s contents and participate in the consultation process. Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the council office and through the DCC website http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board’s next meeting is at 5:30pm on 29 January 2014 in the East Otago Events Centre. Our following meeting will be at 5:30pm on 5 March in the Waitati Hall. Agendas are generally available from the DCC on-line three days before the meeting through the link below. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the board’s public forum, however those wishing to do so need to advise Wendy Collard, our Governance Support Officer (ph 474 3374), before 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.  

Remember you can view the board’s meeting agendas, reports and minutes at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin libraries or through the DCC’s website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-minutes. Members of the board are only too happy to hear (by phone or email) from members of the community about any issues within our area.

 

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Thank you from the Smith family

by Lucy Broughton and the Smith family

 

We would like to personally thank you for the care and love you provided to Pete both before and after his passing. The fact that you provided many ongoing meals to him since his illness was diagnosed demonstrated incredible community support. After his death we felt well supported by you all, and took comfort in you sharing your grief with us.

Thank you to those who assisted with cleaning Pete's castle. This applies both to when he initially came home from hospital after his diagnosis, and when he was returned home after his death. It was lovely for family to be welcomed at his home by his close friends. Thank you also to those who volunteered to stay the night with Pete during the time he lay at rest in his home.

We appreciated all your ideas and contributions to his funeral. In particular we would like to thank the Waitati Militia, McGillicuddy clan and Met and Warwick for adapting the battle to be a fitting memorial to Pete, and allowing family to be involved at such short notice. The battle could not have been a more perfect send-off for Pete; this was very special to us, but also very sad in that he was not able to participate (well, in this life anyway). We also loved the gesture of the Waitati Militia leading Pete down the street to the hall for his funeral service.

Thank you also for those who assisted with the funeral service including people who cleaned the hall before and after the service, those who set up the photographs, organised music, and to those who catered for the funeral and helped in the kitchen (what a feast!). The many tributes given by close friends at the funeral consisted of a mixture of great humour and interesting facts about Pete, and fond and loving memories were shared. Thank you to those who spoke.

Thank you to those who assisted transporting Pete to and from the battle, to and from his funeral, and then finally to the crematorium. He was transported in great style!

Finally, a big thank you to Mandy Mayhem who, in very trying circumstances, presented Pete in an honest and caring manner at such short notice. You all helped to send off Pete in style, thank you. It was a true state funeral (state of Waitati), and the family is deeply indebted to you.  What an amazing community you have.

 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

by Sue Hensley
The recent prolonged wet weather has left the forest looking very healthy and the tracks a little water damaged but nothing too serious. The Conservation Manager Elton, however, has had a thoroughly interrupted festive season with water gates not closing properly or being jammed with vegetation after rain events and setting off alarms via the duty cell phone, which then have to be investigated and remedied. There are three field staff who normally share the burden of the 24/7 duty phone, but this year Elton offered to take the phone for a full two weeks little realising what the weather had in store for him.
It may have been the failure of one of these gates to close that led to the escape of a tuatara and yet another call out for Elton. An eagle-eyed couple walking up the stream track to the fence couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a tuatara scuttle off into the grass in front of them. Using the old Girl Guide method, they constructed an arrow with stones to indicate where it was last seen and then contacted reception who contacted Elton who managed to catch it pretty much where it had been described to be. She's a very lucky tuatara to have been spotted by humans, as cats, stoats and rats would have found her an easy meal.
Young birds and family groups are plentiful at this time of year – bellbirds, tui, riflemen and fernbirds particularly. The re-introductions, too, seem to be doing well with 141 robins fledged this season and 15 saddlebacks, which is a hopeful start to building a core population in Orokonui.
For other news and activities visit
www.orokonui.org.nz or Facebook. Cafe and Visitor Centre are open daily.

Obituary Pete Smith

by Amanda Morrison

 

On 28 December 2013 Peter Maxwell Forbes Smith lost his last battle. Unknown to many of his friends he had been quite sick for most of the year, fighting cancer. He was 73 years old and had been living in Waitati for the past 40 years.

Pete was born in Wellington on 1 April 1940 to Forbes Smith and Kathleen Muriel née Goodenough. He had one sibling, a younger sister, the late Pam Maloney. Pete attended Newtown Primary School, South Wellington Intermediate and then Rongotai College. He left there in 1956 having gained school certificate.

Pete worked at various jobs including in parks and reserves, waterside work and quality control at Red Band Brewery in Wellington (surely every man's dream job!). In 1960 he was appointed sole technician in the Botany Department of Otago University. Pete made the move south and over the next eight years worked and studied at the university. He achieved BSc (Hons) 1st Class in botany and in 1969 went on to Teachers' College in Christchurch. He then worked for two years as a science teacher and two years lecturing in plant science at Lincoln University.

Over the years he was also employed as an alpine guide, scientist at the Bluff aluminium smelter (as a spectrometer operator), consultant biologist, some work for a Canadian timber company and was self-employed as a drainage contractor. He founded two companies: the Escherichia Coli Drainage Company and Waitati Green Ltd. The work done by these companies was quite diverse and included a management plan for Maraweka Station, the development of a moveable rugby field for the Auckland Superdome, a catalogue of 'interesting and valuable trees' in Dunedin city for the DCC Planning Department and a study for Silverpeaks County on the possibility of controlling gorse by oversowing with the seed of timber-producing species. This led to an ongoing (15-year) study of European ash as a possible timber crop in East Otago.

The bulk of Pete's working life and interest lay in the broad field of land management and applied biology. The income he generated from this allowed him to spend time overseas chiefly looking into forest die-back phenomena in the northern temperate zone. Based at the Forestry School, University of Gottingen and later at the University of Freiburg in Germany, this lead to some advisory work in Korea and occasional lecturing on the subject in New Zealand.

Pete also found time to build his home, an energy-efficient (solar) house in Waitati which took him two years in the late 1970s. His hobbies included expedition-type mountaineering (from age 16), sailing, gardening, music (classical and jazz), history, masonry and the military.

Mountaineering was his great passion and Pete was very fond of the Mount Aspiring area and maintained a long time relationship with her. He had many other loves in his life and the product of these are his beautiful daughter Lucy and son, the late Paul Smith. Pete is the proud grandfather of Willow (daughter of Paul) and also Rose, Sophie and baby Emily (Lucy's daughters.)

Pete was a unique character, a very interesting, well-travelled and well-educated man. He was also somewhat of a hermit, known best by those close to him. This tribute touches only a little on the many facets of his personality. Perhaps Pete's greatest claim to fame is as founder of the infamous Waitati Militia. Forty years ago in the spring/summer of 1972 Pete created a lasting and unusual legacy.

It was the hey-day of the Waitati Yacht Club, a group of senior students and staff of Otago University and Lincoln College who made recreational use of Blueskin Bay. A major concern of the times was the Vietnam War and many were active in anti-war efforts. The Wellington Returned Services Association chose to support the stance on the war taken by the National government of the day. Plans were made to disrupt the Anzac Day parade in Dunedin with rotten eggs, flour bombs and the like. A week before Anzac Day the Otago RSA publicly disassociated themselves from pro-war sentiments eminating from Wellington. Of course, the protest was then abandoned and a decision was made to have a trial battle amongst themselves with the ammunition assembled. This proved to be successful and enjoyable and so they became the Waitati Militia in name and intent.

Over the next few years there was much discussion over what the militia would develop into. One side was buffoonery and another was a paramilitary organisation which could be useful in times of need. In a parallel evolution Alf's Imperial Army had established itself in Melbourne around the same time. The Wizard of Christchurch brought this with him to New Zealand, setting up a detachment of the ALF in Christchurch. Many of their interesting ideas were adopted and the ALFs made excellent allies but the Waitati Militia insisted on retaining its independence.

This eventually led to the incorporation of the Independent State of Waitati into the International Council of Independent States in November 1991. If you would like to know more details of the many battles and activities of the Waitati Militia check the local history section of the Blueskin Bay Library. We are very fortunate that Pete made all his correspondence files available, and also The Waitati Militia: An abbreviated historical outline of the first twenty years (the content of which is where this information is abridged from). It makes for a very interesting and amusing read that dispels any myths surrounding the history of this organisation.

In the words of Captain Smith, 'The Waitati Militia is a vehicle for the promotion of buffoonery and it can be whatever its current members (i.e. The buffoons of Waitati) want it to be.' Additional information is also in the Blueskin Days book, and for recent battle footage from the Otago Daily Times you can look up 'Waitati Battle' on YouTube. (As a general rule, the Waitati Militia does not exist on the internet and is a thriving and well-kept secret.)



New Gallery Exhibition

by Charles Barrington

 

An exhibition of works by Margaret Halcrow opens at Gallery on Blueskin on 1 February. The paintings, in watercolour and acrylics, feature landscapes and nature studies. Special handmade frames complement the works. The exhibition runs until 16 February. Gallery on Blueskin is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Recently relocated from Canterbury, Margaret comes from a long career in graphics, fashion illustrating, stamp design and painting, and hopes to continue depicting environmental studies in her new locality.

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust

by Niki Bould

 

Happy New Year to everyone!  We, at the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT), are kicking off the new year with some exciting funding news.  Firstly, we must thank the Hikurangi Foundation for their continued support of our Blueskin Wind Cluster project (see Scott's article for more details).

Secondly, we have received support from the Lottery Grants Board research fund which has enabled us to partner with Ahika Consulting and the Otago Polytechnic to further our work on climate change planning that originated with the Dunedin City Council last year.  We will be focusing on the Blueskin food system, and talking to many members of our community who grow their own produce, either for personal or commercial use.

Thirdly, Bendigo Valley Foundation has provided $1500 in support of our project to put six solar panels up on the roof of the BRCT office in order to generate electricity.  Six panels are more than enough for our wee office, so all the additional power we generate will go straight to Waitati School. The primary reason for this renewable electricity generation system, however, is to provide an educational tool for students and a demonstration model for members of the Blueskin community.  Students can learn about renewable energy and energy monitoring, and others will be able to see the efficiency of solar panels in our local climate (hmm, how are solar panels fairing this summer?). We will be able to reliably report our energy monitoring research to all and answer questions about the advantages and disadvantages of solar systems.  So bring on the sun!

We have had some changes in our trustees this year.  We have welcomed the news that Katie Parker will stay with us until our AGM (around the end of May) because we have had to say goodbye to one of our newest trustees, Katherine Dixon, as she heads overseas.  BRCT wishes Katherine and her family all the best for their adventure and we look forward to their return.



Bond Street Bridge Throwdown

by Sam Prebble

 

You’ve heard of a hoe-down, but Waitati is organising something a little different – a throwdown.

On Waitangi Day, 6 February, folk songs, storytelling, stomping feet, whiskey, a wedding and a party will be part of a late afternoon throwdown. Feature act Bond Street Bridge will team up with the Broken Heartbreakers and the Bitter Years, as part of their summer throwdown tour during which they are raising the roof from Invercargill to Baylys Beach.

The past year has seen Bond Street Bridge perform over 100 shows on the road, playing at fancy places like arts festivals, museums, art galleries, opera houses and theatres all over the country. They have performed their unique show ‘The Explorers Club: Antarctica’ to packed houses and critical acclaim across the length and breadth of New Zealand, circling the country twice and winning the award for Best Music at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe Festival awards.

Expect the devil, expect jealous gods and queens of the underworld, maimed seadogs and lost loves, the darkness at the edge of town and the light of a spiteful moon, vocal harmonies, stomping feet and jangling guitars as Bond Street Bridge reveal the work they have been writing on the road over the course of their 2013 travels.

Hosting the event will be the Pirate Queen, Mandy Mayhem, at her pirate HQ, 28 Brown Street, Waitati, from 4:00pm. Bring food for feasting and cash to throw at the bands.

Blueskin Garden Club

by Lyn Hastie

The Blueskin Garden Club is about to meet again. In December a large group of us met at the Warrington Hall for our Christmas bring-and-share meal and garden walks. A delicious feast was enjoyed by all. Despite the rain, the evening was warm and we enjoyed wandering around the big block to visit the gardens of some of our members. Thank you to Lyne, Naomi and Sean, Anne and Mike, and Wendy and Alan for having us visit your gardens. Members all brought along contributions for the food bank for which Presbyterian Support were most grateful.

Our February meeting will see us all at the Blueskin Wholesale Nursery. Mark has offered to show us around and talk about what goes on at the 'coal face' where the nursery originally was. Thanks Mark for giving your time once again. We will have a short meeting afterwards and members are asked to bring along their own cup. Tea and coffee will be supplied by the club. Please arrive at the nursery by 6:55 pm to start on time at 7:00.

Our 'Spud in a Bag' competition, which was started last year has not been well supported this year. We thought we'd do it again as last year's entrants seemed very keen to take part and go for the $ prizes. The Blueskin Nursery have the bags and spuds on sale for $5.00. The spuds will not be available for too much longer so if you still wish to have a go then rush along and get yours. Grow it and bring along to Blueskin-on-Show Day, Sunday 13 April.

We are looking forward to Show Day again and will repeat what we did last year. Flowers, fruit and veges, eggs, pickles etc – so get growing! We will also do the very popular scarecrow-making, so save up the old clothes and bring along on the day. There will also be a Teddy Bear Competition – open to all ages (that is teddies and people). More information in next month's news.

If you would like to join the club come along on 13 February or phone Daphne 482 2428 or Lyn 482 2896. Happy gardening to you all for 2014.



Blueskin Community Market

The Blueskin Community Market, formerly held at Warrington School, has moved to the grounds of Gallery on Blueskin and the adjacent lane. It is still held on the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, from 11am until 1pm, with free stalls available. For further information phone 027 781 1799 or 027 214 8294.



Blueskin Bay Library

by Louise Booth

Welcome to 2014; we have events suitable for all age groups planned for February.

Our story times will now take place on Thursday afternoons, 2:00-2:30pm. Have fun with your child, and enjoy half an hour of stories and rhymes, both old and new. Suitable for pre-school children and their care-givers.

The Summer Reading Programme prize-giving is on Saturday 8 February, 12-1pm. All children who have participated in the programme and brought back their booklets will receive a prize, and there will be live entertainment.

Our next Blueskin Book Share will be held on Friday 28 February at 10:30am. Join us for a chat over morning tea about what you are currently reading.

Janet de Wagt will be running another rug-making workshop on Saturday 22 February, 10:30am-12:30pm. Janet, who has worked on community art projects all over the world, is creating a three-dimensional rug artwork for Blueskin Bay Library, and invites you to join in with strip preparation, plaiting or sewing.

Finally, local resident and author Peter Matheson will talk about his book Argula von Grumbach (1492-1554/7): a woman of her time on Thursday 27 February, 5:30-7:00pm at the Blueskin Bay Library. Peter will have a few copies of his book to sell and there will be drinks and nibbles provided. Watch this space, more details soon!