4 November 2015 newsletter

Hi everyone,
The year is fast heading towards its end, and there are many things happening in our community. Despite some cloudy weather today and yesterday, spring is truly here, and that’s always something I enjoy.

Invitation to the Annual General Meeting of Sumner Bays Union Trust
It’s that time again – Sumner Bays Union Trust’s AGM is being held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30 pm in the old Sumner School hall’s kitchen on Wiggins Street. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this meeting. We will be farewelling our current treasurer Bruce Reilly who has done a sterling (and very supportive) job in the role since 2011 and welcoming onto the board Jon Harcourt as our new treasurer.

Sumner Food Forest Working Bee
The team are holding a working bee this Sunday 8 November. They write:
“We’ll be up at the Food Forest again this Sunday for a big weeding and tidying session. We’ve got some globe artichokes to plant as well as lots of lovely companion plants to keep the bees happy. There’s lots to do, so we’d love a helping hand!

To find us, enter van Asch School via the main gates on Wakefield Ave and follow the driveway up to the top of the school site. If the gates are closed please enter from Heberden Ave and head to the upper most area of the van Asch site. Come along any time between 2 and 5pm to join in the fun.

Don’t forget your gardening gloves, water bottle and sun / rain protection. We do have a range of tools to use but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Food Forest working bee sessions are always relaxed and sociable and are suitable for all ages and experiences. Bring the kids along – they usually have a ball whether they are joining in on the gardening or playing on their scooters!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SumnerCommunityGardens) for updates and cancellations in the event of bad weather.”

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols
This great event is being held on Thursday 10 December at 6.30 pm on the Sumner Village Green. Eddie Simon is leading the singing (thanks Eddie!) and will feature the Sumner Silver Band and the Umphers – the Mt Pleasant Ukulele group. Bring your tea and come and enjoy some carol singing. I’ve even heard that a man with a long beard might turn up. Great event for all ages. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year!

Oral History Project
We’re in the early stages of developing an oral history project for Sumner and Redcliffs. We have a generation of people who were both adults during World War 2 and during the earthquakes. As these people are in their 80s and 90s, time is of the essence, so we’re going to work on recording as many of these stories as we can while these wonderful people are still with us. If you know of a suitable candidate for this project, please let me know. We will ensure that appropriate steps are taken so that the process is as clear and ethical as possible, including obtaining written consent from participants.

Bridge2Rock TimeBank
Liz and Robin are very busy building momentum in this project and I would like to thank them for their commitment and passion to the project. I attended an information session the other evening and was impressed by the number of people who turned up to learn more about the TimeBank. A recent highlight was the visit to Christchurch of TimeBank concept Edgar Cahn in time for the Lyttelton TimeBank’s 10th birthday.
TimeBanking is much more than exchanging time credits for doing work for other people. It’s about connecting with many different people in your local community. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the people in your community, and over the last few months the number of TimeBank hours that have been completed has averaged at about 3,000 per month. That’s pretty impressive for what is still a small number of members. If you would like to join the TimeBank, make contact on bridge2rocks@gmail.com or phone Liz on 020 4003 1983

End of Year dates
Mini Music Sumner breakup: Tuesday 15 December, 9.30 am
Mini Music Redcliffs breakup: Thursday 17 December, 9.30 am
Coffee & Conversation: Thursday 17 December, 10.30 am
Tea & Talk: Monday 21 December, 10.30 am
Office closes: Wednesday 23 December, 3 pm
Beginning of Year dates
Office reopens: Thursday 7 January, 8 am.
Coffee & Conversation: Thursday 14 January, 10.30 am at the Uniting Church hall on Augusta Street, Redcliffs
Tea & Talk: Monday 18 January, 10. 30 am at the Old Sumner School hall kitchen on Wiggins Street
Mini Music: This resumes when school goes back at the Old Sumner School Hall kitchen on Wiggins Street on Tuesdays and at the Uniting Church hall on Augusta Street at Redcliffs on Thursdays, both at 9.30 am.
Some notices from our networks:
Spring Courses starting soon at the Women’s Centre – Three new courses and one old favourite.
During Term 4 we are offering sessions on anger management, self-esteem, a free small group quit smoking programme, as well as the ever popular course on relationships.
Anger is a Useful Emotion – 6, 13 & 20 November
Self Esteem – 9, 16 & 23 November
Quit Smoking – Option 1: 27 October, 3 & 10 November. Option 2: 17, 24 November & 1 December
Relationships: moving from conflict and pain to acceptance and joy – 3, 10 & 17 November
We are taking enrolments now.
For more information go to:
www.womenscentre.co.nz
Or contact us on 03 371 7414 or 022 105 5308

The Sumner Market has resumed for the summer
It is on each Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm at the corner of Marriner Street and the Esplanade

From the Sumner Community Residents Association Newsletter:
Conservation Week: “It’s such an asset to have so many beautiful natural and historical landmarks on our doorstep.
Conservation Week is a perfect time to honour what we have, and bring awareness to the work that goes into conserving it. If you’d like to have a hand in maintaining this beautiful corner of the planet we call home, then there are some local groups who would love your help for an hour or two. Here’s a selection of opportunities to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in:
Sumner Dune Mulching Session – 7th Nov, 11am, meet on the dunes by the picnic table near the Surf Club. Contact Vanessa – 021 02556918.
McCormacks Bay Wetland restoration – 8th Nov 10-12pm Join in with the planting from 10am – 12 noon followed by BBQ sausages until 12.30pm. Meet at corner McCormacks Bay Road and Maffeys Road.
Weedbusting at Evans Pass – 21st Nov 9.30-12pm, Meet at Evans Pass car park. Contact Peter – 326 6831, 021 0235 4473
Mahoe-nui Bush Plant Care Day – 28th Nov 1-3pm, head up Evans Pass Road, this lower site is at the hairpin bend opposite Rapanui Bush. Contact Peter
These are ongoing projects with regular working bees throughout the year.”
The Great Sumner Picnic returns on 28th Feb, 1-5pm St. Leonard’s Square.
“Plans are already well underway to bring Sumner a free fun-packed afternoon in celebration of what an awesome community we have.
As well as the usual stage which will be hosting performances from our local talent, there will be giant games, pedalmania, spring-free trampolines, face painting, pony rides, food vendors, community stalls, and a few surprises!
This year the Picnic marks the beginning of Seaweek celebrations – there will be prizes for the best sea-themed fancy dress creations…. any little mermaids or giant squids out there? ALL ages welcome to join in the fun. The Picnic wouldn’t work without the support of volunteers – if you’d like to get involved, either in preparations or on the day, please contact Liz on events@sumnerresidents.co.nz – an hour goes a long way. Mark the date in your diary, pack up a picnic, and come and chill with us on the square.”

Via the SCRA from the Christchurch Coastal Pathway:
Coastal Pathway Supporters!!! We are thrilled that The Press are sponsoring the Christchurch Coastal Pathway as one of the charities in The Press Summer Starter Fun Run on Sunday 29th November. We would love to have your support. Register for the Fun Run/Walk and support the Coastal Pathway. Dogs, scooters and prams all welcome. Choose 10k or 4k. All you need to do is nominate the Christchurch Coastal Pathway when you enter and wear something green on the day. It’s only $25 to enter, and FREE for under 13yrs! When you nominate the Coastal Pathway, $3 of your entry goes to the project. Follow the Press training guide at summerstarter.co.nz/training-guide. Tell your friends. SPREAD THE WORD AND JOIN US IN GREEN!!!