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Newsletter 20 July 2018

Hi everyone,
It is nearly the beginning of term 3! The weather has been wonderful for the school holidays.

Loopy Tunes: Sumner Bays Union Trust is proud to bring the preschool music and movement programme Loopy Tunes to Sumner and Redcliffs as this is the programme Siu Williams-Lemi provides. Session times and days will remain the same:
·  Tuesdays, 9.30 am: Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Puoro-raki
·  Thursdays, 9.30 am: Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street, Redcliffs.
The price is changing: It will be $2 per child. Follow the Loopy Tunes page on Facebook for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/LoopyTunesPreschoolMusic/
The Sumner sessions that Siu has taken (then named Mini Music) have been very well received, with 21 children attending on the second to last week of term and 18 children the last week of term 2.

Lyttelton Bays and the Craft Cottage and Gallery Visit: Maree has organised this outing for seniors for 20 August 2018, departing at 12.45 pm from the Sumner Hub at 57 Nayland Street. Cost is $7.50 per person, which includes afternoon tea. Bookings are essential. Please contact Maree on 376-4020.

Movie afternoon: The Leisure Seeker: Monday 23 July 2018 at 1.30 pm. Oscar winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland star in this road trip drama. An elderly couple, the husband who has dementia, decide to take a road trip along Route 66 to Disneyland in their faithful RV they call the leisure seeker. On this adventure they become inspired by the countryside and the people they meet, and have a lot of fun.
Phone Maree for bookings on 376-4020
$10.00 per ticket at Hollywood Cinemas: if you could purchase your tickets between 11 am and 1 pm on the day that would be much appreciated as there can be quite a queue.

Our Older Persons’ Worker Maree (who is a registered social worker) has a caseload of 45 seniors across the Bays area, This shows just how important her services are to our community. If you would like to donate to Sumner Bays Union Trust, please do consider it. Details can be found on our website: http://sumnerbays.org.nz/donations-grants/  (http://sumnerbays.org.nz/donations-grants/)

From the team at the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Library:
From Saturday 18 August 2018, the library will be open from 10am–4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

From the Muse: Rockers of Ages Choirs
For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practice includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Mini Mini Tutor – independent contractor position

Are you fabulous with preschool children? Do you have a great singing voice? Are you warm, confident, bubbly, and friendly and easily able to build a rapport with preschoolers and their parents/caregivers? Do you know lots of children’s action songs, including nursery rhymes? If this sounds like you, please do apply for the position of Mini Music tutor.

Please read the job description thoroughly: Mini Music Tutor job description 21 May 2018
Application form for download: application-formMM

Please apply by email to admin@sumnerbays.org.nz by Friday 8 June 2018, 1 pm. 

This is an independent contractor position of 3 hours per week, school term time only. You will be required to pay your own taxes.

Sustainability Coordinator

Do you have what it takes to coordinate this project?

NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE VIA EMAIL BY THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018.
Download the application form here.

Download Sustainability coordinator Job description here

It is a nine month fixed term contracted position.

Purpose: To increase the environmental sustainability of the communities of Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant and Heathcote Valley by:
• Enhancing and encouraging participation in community gardening/food forests and other food related initiatives.
• Reducing waste (e.g. reducing the use of plastic, community composting etc.)
• Supporting predator-free initiatives (both existing and new)
• Supporting other local environmental initiatives where appropriate
• Developing capacity within existing volunteer and TimeBanking networks to run a programme on a long term basis.
Outcomes
• Increased community participation in local food-related projects
o Food forests
o Community gardens
• Reduced waste – e.g. fewer plastic bags being used, community composting
• A reduction in predator species and pests (possums, feral cats, rabbits etc.)
• An increase in native birdlife
• An even stronger sense of community.
Approach
This will be a coordinated approach across the Eastern bays areas.
It will involve:
• Partnerships between existing projects, organisations, schools etc.
• It will include TimeBanking and volunteerism
• The development of new partnerships and collaborations
• Developing a Year of Education

This project not only promotes sustainability, it will be executed in a sustainable way. ‘A year of education’ will be run through the local TimeBank as a learning exchange empowering the community to tap into local skills knowledge and resources (a sustainable practice in its own right). The underlying objective is to create opportunities for local participation, connection, collaboration, and co-creation, using the resources available. “you have what you need if you use what you have”. This is about creating active citizenship around environmental sustainability and resilience within the Bays area (Heathcote to Taylors Mistake).

Educational topics will be based around inspiring positive change in areas such as:
• Reducing consumption and disposing of waste
• How and where to recycle
• Growing our own food
• Gardening skills – permaculture, chemical free sprays
• Eradication of predators
• Our mode of transport — alternative options
The learning events will be designed to connect residents into existing initiatives such as community gardens, fruit and vegetable swaps, food forests, predator free and local planting initiatives, etc. as well as provide the opportunity for new ideas to emerge.

Newsletter 13 February 2018

Newsletter 13 February 2018
Hi everyone,

The year is well underway and this January was the warmest on record. Today is meant to be a hot one again. We are fortunate to have an office with good air conditioning – if anyone remembers our last office – that was much harder to keep cool. There are many advantages to being in a new building.

Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinator position
Applications close on Thursday for this 15 hour per week contract position. We’re really going to miss Jules Lee, who has been a great colleague over the last year or so. She’s moving onto other work shortly, and we’re looking for her successor. All the information regarding the position has been widely circulated already; however, if you’re interested, everything you need is here: http://sumnerbays.org.nz/bridge2rocks-timebank-coordinator-position/  We are pleased that Jules will stick around as a member of the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank advisory group (AKA the Magical Council).

Mini Music is up and running again for 2018. We’re delighted to welcome Rachel Clark as our new tutor. Rachel has a background in primary school teaching as well as in running the Cowles Stadium Tumbletimes preschool gymnastics sessions. Sessions are held every Tuesday of term time in Puoro-raki, upstairs in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, and on every Thursday of term time in the Uniting Church hall on Augusta Street, Redcliffs. Both sessions begin at 9.30 am and cost $3 per child or $5 for a family.

TONIGHT there is a Council drop in consultation session for the Bays Area Skate Park project. There are four proposed sites:
26 Nayland Street (Sumner)
Old Redcliffs School site (Redcliffs)
Scott Park (Ferrymead)
Sumner Beach (near the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club)
To see the proposals in detail and give your opinions go to : https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/consultations-and-submissions/haveyoursay/show/53
Here is their invitation to a drop in session:
Come and talk to us
We would like to invite the community to attend a workshop to discuss each of these sites in more detail.  You can drop in at any time between 6 pm and 8 pm and discuss each of the proposed sites with members of the project team.
Date:                  Tuesday 13 February 2018
Time:                 6 pm to 8 pm (drop in at any time)
Location:          Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall, 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs.

The Redcliffs Residents Association advises that the Christchurch City Council has arranged to restore the footpath outside Moa Bone Cave, following a lot of representations and support for the proposal from the Residents Association and the Community Board. As the space available has been narrowed due to the rockfall remediation work, replacing the footpath will inevitably result in the loss of the previous parking spaces but in this location it is not likely to be any problem. The other consequence is the plan to move the bus stop on the other side of the road which may affect more people.

If you have an opinion on this you might like to respond to Tara’s request for feedback from the community. See her details below and a plan of the proposed works.

We are planning to install the new footpath in March 2018 and would be more than happy to meet and discuss the proposed plans with any interested parties. If you would like to discuss what is proposed please contact me and I will arrange for the Project Manager to meet with you.
A staff report will need to go to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board in relation to the relocated bus stop, and they will need to consider community feedback as part of their decision.  If you have any feedback regarding the bus stop, please contact me by 19 February 2018.  You can do this by phoning me directly on (03) 941 5938 or by email on Tara.King@ccc.govt.nz’
See the proposal plan here:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/images/9ef0946c-19c6-4c7c-afff-e2b87993fa4c.png

Our Older Persons’ Worker Maree has been with us a year, and what an exciting year it has been! With 34 clients on the books, she is making great progress supporting our local seniors. Upcoming events include a movie afternoon on Friday 23 February at Hollywood Cinemas – the movie is called Finding your feet, and begins at 1.30 pm. Buy your tickets early as there can be quite a queue on the day.

Coming up on 15 April 2018 is our inaugural Creative Art Show, being held at the Mt Pleasant Yacht Club. Maree has been organising this in partnership with Beth Moore from the Create & Connect Art & Craft group. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/b8da8886-c9f6-44e6-8e4b-5e0db8e1367d/Creative_Art_Craft_Show_Poster_SBUT_2_.pdf

For any of you who have not updated our email address by now: I have finally retired sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz so it will return an error if you send to it. Please update our email address to admin@sumnerbays.org.nz for me or maree@sumnerbays.org.nz for Maree.

Finally, don’t forget our coffee mornings. Our Tea & Talk group runs in the Sumner Library meeting room each Monday and our Coffee & Conversation group runs in the Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street in Redcliffs each Thursday. There is no cost to the session although donations are welcome to cover the cost of the refreshments. Both sessions start at 10.30 am.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Bridge2Rocks TimeBank Coordinator position

Bridge2Rocks Timebank operates under Sumner Bays Union Trust, a registered charitable Trust facilitating a range of community development initiatives that enhance social wellbeing.

TimeBanking is a community building tool weaving community to assist with the creation of well-being and connection. TimeBanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It uses time rather than money as the measurement tool. Everyone’s time is equal. Members share their skills and are given time credits for the work they do. They can use these credits to obtain the services they need. QUOTE: We have what we need if we use what we have; Dr Edgar. S. Cahn, Founder of TimeBanking. You can watch a short video from a NZ TimeBank here: http://vimeo.com/67052783

The TimeBank Coordinator is supported by a committed Advisory Group. This is a 15hr a week contract position. Work hours can be flexible and may include occasional evenings/weekends.
The coordinator, in partnership with the TimeBank Advisory Group will develop and deliver the Strategic Action Plan for 2018. The coordinator’s role is primarily to continue developing the existing Bridge2Rocks TimeBank, increasing visibility and engaging members in trading. A full Job Description can be found (HERE). TimeBanking is only limited to your imagination so your creativity will be free to explore the possibilities.

The role requires:
• An enthusiastic champion of the TimeBanking concept and values
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to a wide range of people
• A confident public speaker
• Highly computer literate
• Able to work independently and collaboratively
• Great organisational skills
• Experience in marketing/MailChimp/social media/graphic design/event management is desirable
The role covers the area from Ferrymead Bridge to Taylors Mistake (including Heathcote); ideal candidates will either live in this area or have good local knowledge and networks.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form along with a copy of your current CV and a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this role to admin@sumnerbays.org.nz
Closing date for applications is February 15th.
Application pack includes job description and application form and can be downloaded from here: B2R Job description (Job Description)
application form (Application form)

Shout out from the Sumner Community Gardens

 

We would love some help to prepare for the Sumner Garden Tour…..

Sumner Community Garden and Food Forest are proud to be a part of the Sumner Garden tour on Sunday 26th November. This is a fundraiser organised by Sumner School PTA. Tickets available from
Eventfinda
Please spread the word

COMING UP SOON
Mid week Food Forest working bee

We would really love some help sprucing up the Food Forest ready for the Sumner Garden tour and will be having a working bee there on Wednesday 22nd November from 9am until 12.30pm. Please come along if you can and help us with a bit of weeding, tidying and general beautifying! Bring gloves and a water bottle.

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. Or enter from the top of the school site through the gate on Heberden Ave where the buses turn around. Please do not drive on to the site.

Are you able to do some baking?

On the day of the Garden Tour, we would like to have some baked goodies available for our visitors to purchase. All donations of baking gratefully accepted… Baking can be dropped off at 133 Nayland St on Saturday 25th November.

 

Save the Date – Trees and Bees talk

Watch this space for more details – on 26th November at 4pm, Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd (botanist and pollination biologist) of The Trees for Bees NZ programme, will be doing a public talk at the Sumner Community Centre. Come along to learn how to plant our open spaces in a way that supports the bees. More details soon

Spread the Word…..

Tickets for the Sumner Garden tour are on sale here. Get some friends together and make a day of it.

Would you like to hear from us again?

We are updating our email database, so if you wish to continue receiving updates about food and garden events in Sumner, please head to our signup page

Of course, if you prefer to unsubscribe to emails from Sumner Community Gardens – just let us know.


For more information contact

Kathryn
Newbery
Phone number: 027 6766100


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3 November 2017 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Keep cool today! It’s forecast to be in the mid-20s today.

This is a busy time of year, with lots of events going on. Usually I would only send a newsletter out once a month or so, but there is so much happening in our communities.

Oral History Project
The second video is up on our website. http://sumnerbays.org.nz/sumner-redcliffs-oral-history-project/ This video is of Betty McKenzie’s World War 2 memories. You can find the video on YouTube by using this link: https://youtu.be/eJlnnbTVesU  Again, I’ve kept this video unlisted as it gives some control over the sharing of the video.

Bridge2Rocks TimeBank
Do you want to learn how to use Mail Chimp? Do you use it but want to learn how to use it more effectively? Got questions? Local Mt Pleasant resident and Mail Chimp Guru, Rosemary Neave, has kindly volunteered to run a tutorial. It will be held at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre, Thursday 9th November, 1.30pm – 2.30 / 3.00pm. Contact Jules at bridge2rocks@gmail.com or 027 739 1832 to register. This tutorial is free to TimeBank members but a koha is requested from non-members. I hear that the first tutorial, held on Thursday 2 November, was very successful.

Update from the Community Preparedness Project
The project kicked off with 23 residents attending Psychological First Aid training in late June. Since then we have had residents slowly but steadily signing up to christchurchgetsready database and we have a few new Street Coordinators and Area Coordinators sign up under Neighbourhood Support. Community Response Teams met for a shared learning day in September alongside CCC Civil Defence Emergency Management, Neighbourhood Support and Red Cross and feedback from this was extremely positive. We are now working through an Emergency Hub Guide, Emergency Hub kits and a community preparedness booklet for local residents, and Sumner is pulling together local schools / businesses and emergency services for some tsunami preparedness planning before their public meeting at the end of November.

Calling all singers
Do you enjoy singing Christmas Carols? Would you like to help with leading the singing at the Sumner Redcliffs Community Carols? Contact Karen Walker on karenwalker193@gmail.com.
Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols
This is being held on the grounds of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, Main Road, Sumner, on Thursday 14 December, with massed singing beginning at 6.45 pm. Bring a picnic and your singing voices. This event will feature the Sumner Silver Band and a visit from Santa!

From the Sumner Community Residents Association:
Sumner’s Neighbourhood Night – diary the date
Join locals for an outdoor meal al fresco style in the amphitheatre behind the library.  Grab a takeaway from your favourite restaurant and then dine in Sumner’s finest outdoor dining room whilst listening to music from local artists.
WHEN:  4pm-8pm, Sunday 12 November
WHERE: Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (behind the library)
COST:  just the price of a takeaway meal

Future Sumner Community Meeting – diary the date
Let us know what’s bothering you: lack of action on red zone land? Crime? Delays in roading or the Sumner Master Plan?  Email us with issues you’d like addressed and SCRA will attempt to get them answered by those in the know.  Confirmed speakers are:  CCC, Land Information NZ, Civil Defence, Neighbourhood Support, Fire Brigade, and SCRA.  Community groups are welcome to promote themselves at this event.
WHEN:   Thursday 30 November
Community Expo from 6.00pm, Public Meeting from 6.30pm – 8.00pm
WHERE:  Sumner School Hall
COST:  Gold coin donation
CONTACT: hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz or Liza on 021 815 051

Sumner / Taylors Emergency Management Group – calling for volunteers
Working with Civil Defence Emergency Management the Sumner Hub aims to create an emergency plan for the communities in Sumner and Taylors so that we can plan how to best work together during/following a natural disaster.
CONTACT: hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz

Sumner Bays Union Trust Annual General Meeting
This is being held on Wednesday 29 November at 7 pm in Puoro-raki (upstairs, nearest Wakefield Avenue side of building) at the Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols
This is being held on the grounds of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, Main Road, Sumner, on Thursday 14 December, with massed singing beginning at 6.45 pm. Bring a picnic and your singing voices. This event will feature the Sumner Silver Band and a visit from Santa!

From the Sumner RSA:
Sumner/Redcliffs RSA Coffee morning.
Tuesday 7 November from 10.30am The Village Inn, Sumner.
The Sumner/Redcliffs RSA is holding a social coffee event for all members, their friends and anybody who may have an interest in the RSA. Come along for a chat and a bit of fun. Catch up with friends and maybe make new ones. We’ll even treat you to a free muffin!

Garden Tour
Maree is arranging a Garden Tour in Kaiapoi, and a visit to the Kaiapoi Museum.
Date: Thursday 30 November
Meet at 12.45 pm at the old Sumner Police Station.
Cost: A donation towards the use of the van.
Contact Maree on maree@sumnerbays.org.nz or 376-4020 for further information.

Don’t forget our Mini Music sessions during term time:
Sumner: Tuesdays, 9.30 am, Puoro-raki (activity room 1) in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Redcliffs: Thursdays, 9.30 am, Port Hills Uniting Parish hall, 4 Augusta Street
Cost: $3 per child or $5 per family.

From the Sumner School PTA:
Gardens of Sumner tour
Be welcomed into 11 treasured gardens of Sumner and Redcliffs for coffee and cake (included in your ticket price) and support Sumner Primary School’s new library and Wellbeing Centre at the same time.  For a bit of fun you can pre order a gourmet lunch box and enjoy in a garden of your choice.

Don’t forget to bring cash as you may be tempted to buy Christmas presents and raffle tickets!   All proceeds go directly to the school.

Organised by the Sumner School PTA, this event is for adults only.

WHEN:  10am-4pm, Sunday November 26
WHERE: Brochures will be available to pick up from Sumner School Office with proof of ticket purchase prior to the event and on the day from 9.30am.
TICKETS – https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/gardens-of-sumner/christchurch
This tour includes our Sumner Community Gardens & Food Forest!

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Newsletter 27 October 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s grey today but it should improve over the weekend, and that’s great because of the events at Mt Pleasant tomorrow!

Community Preparedness Event

As we kick off into Neighbourhood Week, the NZ Fire Service are running an evacuation challenge at McCormacks Bay Reserve 11am-2pm Saturday Oct 28th to promote community preparedness. Come along, bring the family, should be fun.

Next door at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market 10-12.30pm, Neighbourhood Support will be there answering questions and signing people up to Christchurchgetsready and there will also be info available on how to prepare yourself for an emergency.

AND … The Bridge2Rocks Timebank will be there – sharing how this works & what’s happening locally… alongside great food / coffee / flowers / music etc

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE … come and check out the Art Exhibition at the Mt Pleasant Center 10am-3pm. The weather forecast is looking fine – it should be a great day.

 Oral History Project

Check out our website to see the first of the four World War II memories videos online. http://sumnerbays.org.nz/?page_id=412135 . This one features Win Collins. A direct link to the video on YouTube is this: https://youtu.be/qoW2QpImg_A . To maintain a level of control on how widely this video is viewed, it is not available via YouTube’s search function. You may, however, share the direct link.

A big thank you to the Creative Communities fund for granting us a further $1,000 to record more stories. We will be carrying out more interviews over the next few months via Cat House Films. We have already identified potential participants for this next round of interviews.

Movie afternoon:

This time the movie is No Ordinary Sheila, which is a documentary on writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retracing a long life dedicated to sharing her love of NZ’s nature and history.

Date: Monday 30 October

Time: 2 pm. Note change of time.  Ensure that you have purchased your tickets by 1 pm as the queue can get quite long.

Cost: $10.00

From the Sumner Community Residents Association:

Sumner’s Neighbourhood Night – diary the date

Join locals for an outdoor meal al fresco style in the amphitheatre behind the library.  Grab a takeaway from your favourite restaurant and then dine in Sumner’s finest outdoor dining room whilst listening to music from local artists.

WHEN:                  4pm-8pm, Sunday 12 November

WHERE:                Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (behind the library)

COST:                    just the price of a takeaway meal

Sumner Bikery – calling for volunteers

Operating out of the Sumner Hub garage volunteers can assist to get your bike back on the road – or teach you how to do it yourself!  Come down and talk cycling with like-minded enthusiasts.  All ages and abilities welcomed.

WHEN:                  Mon and Fri, 4pm-6.30pm, Sat and Sun 9am-1pm

WHERE:                Garage behind the Sumner Hub, 57 Nayland St

COST:                    donation for parts

CONTACT:           Mark via mark.wallacebell@gmail.com or 027 518 4789

Future Sumner Community Meeting – diary the date

Let us know what’s bothering you: lack of action on red zone land? Crime? Delays in roading or the Sumner Master Plan?  Email us with issues you’d like addressed and SCRA will attempt to get them answered by those in the know.  Confirmed speakers are:  CCC, Land Information NZ, Civil Defence, Neighbourhood Support, Fire Brigade, and SCRA.  Community groups are welcome to promote themselves at this event.

WHEN:                  Thursday 30 November

Community Expo from 6.00pm, Public Meeting from 6.30pm – 8.00pm

WHERE:                Sumner School Hall

COST:                    Gold coin donation

CONTACT:           hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz or Liza on 021 815 051

Sumner / Taylors Emergency Management Group – calling for volunteers

Working with Civil Defence Emergency Management the Sumner Hub aims to create an emergency plan for the communities in Sumner and Taylors so that we can plan how to best work together during/following a natural disaster.

CONTACT:           hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz

Sumner Skate and Green – update

The temporary skate ramp remains out of use at 2 Wakefield Ave.  Sumner Green and Skate are working with council to obtain resource consent to move the ramp to a new site opposite the library.  This move is an interim measure until the Bays Area Skate Project delivers a permanent skate facility within the bays area.

WHEN:                  Expected opening, December 2017

WHERE:                opposite Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Corner of Nayland St and Wakefield Ave

CONTACT:           hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz; like ‘Sumner Green and Skate Area’ on Facebook

Neighbourhood Support – calling for volunteers

Working to make our homes, streets and communities safer, more caring places to live.  Become a street coordinator and help keep Sumner/Taylors better connected and at the same time enjoy meeting your neighbours!

CONTACT:           hub@sumnerresidents.co.nz; https://neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

The Scarborough Park Playground Renewal consultation

LUCKY US! Scarborough Park playground is due an upgrade and we have been invited by council to have a say on the look and feel of the play equipment and concept plans — which includes tree removal.

If you prefer a playground which is in keeping with the surrounding environment or one which has bright primary colours then come to Scarborough Park tomorrow and talk with council staff between 10am-12pm.  There will be a sausage sizzle for the kids.

Have your say

  1. on line (below)
  2. By filling in a form at the library or Sumner Hub
  3. Directly with council staff at the park 10am-12pm, Saturday

https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/consultations-and-submissions/haveyoursay/show/51

Sumner Bays Union Trust Annual General Meeting

This is being held on Wednesday 29 November at 7 pm in Puoro-raki (upstairs, nearest Wakefield Avenue side of building) at the Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols

This is being held on the grounds of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, Main Road, Sumner, on Thursday 14 December, with massed singing beginning at 6.45 pm. Bring a picnic and your singing voices. This event will feature the Sumner Silver Band and a visit from Santa!

From the Sumner RSA:

Sumner/Redcliffs RSA Coffee morning.

Tuesday 7 November from 10.30am The Village Inn, Sumner.

The Sumner/Redcliffs RSA is holding a social coffee event for all members, their friends and anybody who may have an interest in the RSA. Come along for a chat and a bit of fun. Catch up with friends and maybe make new ones. We’ll even treat you to a free muffin!

From the Muse:

Rockers of Ages Choirs, on now

For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)

Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practise includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.

Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)

Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown

North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora

Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner

St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans

Email admin@themuse.org.nz or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 18 October 2017

Hi everyone,

The weather keeps changing, but that’s spring for you.

The move of all relevant projects to new venues, including Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (Mini Music) and Fuse Youth Centre (Tea & Talk, during school terms), has taken place. Maree and I are enjoying our new office space – the Sumner Collective, which we share with the Sumner Community Residents Association, and to a lesser extent, Sumner Theatre Group and Shoreline Youth Trust. The new centre is proving to be a great bumping space for people.

Movie afternoon:  This time the movie is No Ordinary Sheila, which is a documentary on writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retracing a long life dedicated to sharing her love of NZ’s nature and history.

Date: Monday 30 October

Time: 1.30 pm. Ensure that you have purchased your tickets by 1 pm as the queue can get quite long.

Cost: $10.00

Ferrymead Trip for seniors: This is being held on Wednesday 25 October. The community van is full, but if you are able to bring yourself, contact Maree on 376-4020 to book, and get instructions on where to meet everyone. Cost: $9.50. This includes afternoon tea.

Sumner Bays Union Trust Annual General Meeting

This is being held on Wednesday 29 November at 7 pm in Puoro-raki (upstairs, nearest Wakefield Avenue side of building) at the Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols

This is being held on the grounds of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, Main Road, Sumner, on Thursday 14 December, with massed singing beginning at 6.45 pm. Bring a picnic and your singing voices. This event will feature the Sumner Silver Band and the man in the red suit.

The Sumner Community Residents Association’s Future Sumner Public Meeting will be held on Thursday 30 November 2017 from 6 – 8:30pm in Puoro-nuku (the main hall) at Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

You may have noticed the stone construction underway on Wakefield Avenue, down from where the Sumner RSA building was located pre-quake. An RSA ANZAC Memorial in honour of our fallen is being constructed. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of next week.

 

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust

 

 

 

 

Postal address update and Linwood College Link newsletter

Hi everyone,

Sumner Bays Union Trust has changed its postal address. Anyone sending mail to us should now use:
PO Box 17517
Sumner
Christchurch 8840.

Here is the link to the September Linwood College Link newsletter:

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1b2763fdf42b/Linwood_College_LINK_Newsletter_September_2017.pdf

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes

Quick Newsletter 13 September 2017


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Hi everyone,
A couple of notices today.
A message from Redcliffs School:

Kia ora,
This Thursday 14th September at 8:45am we are going to have a commemorative photo at Redcliffs School site.
Matt Cockcroft will have his drone to take a birds eye shot and Zoe Fidler will do land based photos.
We warmly welcome any past students, parents, teachers, community members or supporters of our school to come along at 8.45am on Thursday to make the shape 110 to photograph at our wonderful school. Please just wear red, white or black to blend in.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Hei kona mai,
Rose McInerney
Principal
Redcliffs School

Advance voting is available at the Sumner Library in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, corner of Nayland Street and Wakefield Avenue at the following dates and times:
Mon 11 Sep – Fri 15 Sep 12pm – 6pm
Sat 16 Sep 10am – 1pm
Mon 18 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 6pm
We are looking for someone to lead the singing for the Sumner Redcliffs Community Carols this year. A tentative date and time is Thursday 14 December, with the massed singing starting at 6.45 pm. This person would need to be able to arrange and work a sound system (or have volunteers to do this) and liaise with the Sumner Silver Band over the weeks prior to the event.

Maree is organising outings and movie afternoons for seniors each month. for seniors
The next movie afternoon for seniors is being held at 1.30 pm on Thursday 21 September at Hollywood Cinemas. Contact Maree on maree@sumnerbays.org.nz or by mobile 027 327 4493 or landline 376-4020 for more information. The movie is Victoria and Abdul. It is important to buy tickets early on the day (from 12.30 pm) as it can be a long queue.

Ferrymead Heritage Park Nostalgia Trip for seniors: This is happening on 18 October, with transport using the Sumner Community Van, departing at 1.15 pm from the Sumner Police Station. Cost: $9.50. Contact Maree to book. Bookings are essential for this trip.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust

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Newsletter 8 September 2017

Hello everyone,

Spring is springing! It’s great to see trees in blossom, and daffodils coming out. Good not to be in the path of large hurricanes and tropical storms too – with emergencies like this on a large scale in other parts of the world, this means our community preparedness project continues to be highly relevant.

With the closure of the temporary community centre in Wiggins Street, our Tea & Talk group, which meets each Monday morning from 10.30 – 11.30 am, is moving. A big thank you to Gareth Davies, manager of Fuse Youth Centre, for welcoming our group onto their premises on Wakefield Avenue. The facility is warm and comfortable, and this will be a great place to host this group. To be clear – the group remains open to all ages regardless of the fact we will be meeting in the youth centre. During school holidays we will have to find a different location, but during term times we will be at Fuse.

Coffee & Conversation is going very well at the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall on Augusta Street. It meets at 10.30 am each Thursday and everyone is welcome. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of people attending this group since Maree McGovern started as our Older Persons’ Worker. A recent highlight was when Robin Arnold, Community Preparedness facilitator, came along to talk about emergency preparedness.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Sumner Theatre Group show, including the STG cast themselves, everyone who purchased tickets and attended the show, and Maree McGovern, Robin Arnold, Jules Lee, Jon Harcourt and Baden Melhuish who helped set up. Robin even came back the next day (a Saturday!) to finish the clean-up – thank you!

We are almost completely settled into our new premises at the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre. If you’re looking for us, we are in a room on the ground floor, just to the left of the lift doors in the foyer, with wooden double doors (which I believe came out of the old centre). A big thank you to Tomo, Kate and the other Sumner library staff for making us feel so welcome. Thank you to Paul McKeefry, Dyane Hosler, Jane Benton, Tania Hayward, and Matt Cummins for assisting us to settle into our new space. It’ll take time to get used to working in a shared office space, but it’s great to have regular contact with Liza Sparrow, Tanya Michaels and the rest of the team from the Sumner Community Residents Association in this space. We will soon have our internet connected so that we can plug our phones back in here. If you’ve been trying to get hold of us, our phone is in a cupboard awaiting the internet being connected. It has been more complicated than usual, but we’re getting there. Your best chance of contacting me right now is via email or my mobile number.

The Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is a beautiful facility and we are certainly enjoying being located here in the very heart of the village. We can see the pedestrian crossing out our office window, and below the window nearest my desk seems to be a popular place for people to tie up their dogs. If you know me well, you would understand the appeal.

Mini Music’s Sumner session has moved into the new centre, meeting upstairs in what is temporarily known as Activity Room 1. This is located at the Wakefield Avenue end of the hall, to the left as you come up the front stairs or out of the lift into level 1 (not the ground floor). This continues to run at 9.30 am each term time Tuesday.

Maree is organising outings and movie afternoons for seniors each month. The next movie afternoon is being held at 1.30 pm on Thursday 21 September at Hollywood Cinemas. Purchase your tickets early after 12.30 pm.

Contact Maree on maree@sumnerbays.org.nz or by mobile 027 327 4493 (at least until our phone is back up and running) for more information. The movie is Victoria and Abdul.

Our Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinators Jules Lee and Robin Arnold have been busy. From their newsletter:
Welcome to Autumn  … well no, of course not, it’s spring! Just wanted to ensure you were paying attention. It is often hard to engage through an e newsletter, particularly when we all have so much communication coming at as. One can but try and be inventive!  We are enjoying working out of our new space (albeit on a temporary basis), the ‘Blue Room’ in the Mt Pleasant Centre Car Park, 3 McCormacks Rd. Sharing office space with two other community organisations i.e. Community Preparedness and the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust is proving to be great for connecting and sharing of resources. The Estuary Trust have a huge pile of Field Guides that they would like to give to anyone that wants them. Called ‘Exploring an Estuary”. A fantastic resource and with spring on our shores grab the guide, pack a picnic and get the family out exploring. You can pick these up from The Blue Room on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. However, we have also a pile in the Mt Pleasant Centre as well.

PREPARING FOR EMERGENCY – AS A COMMUNITY
WHEN
: Sunday September 24th, 10am – 3pm
WHERE: Mt Pleasant School, 82 Major Hornbrook Road.
Local community response teams from Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs and Sumner are getting together to share knowledge/ information and learn from each other, as we continue to develop local community preparedness and response plans across the Bays. Is this something you would be interested in getting involved with?
We will be discussing community response activation, likely roles and responsibilities, communications, community based emergency kits, and learning more about Neighbourhood Support and how this works in emergencies.
Please contact Robin Arnold at mtpleasantresponse@gmail.com if you would be interested in attending or would like more information.

From the CANTERBURY MEN’S CENTRE: The All Right Campaign focused on Canterbury men recently. https://allright.org.nz/tools/manly-as/

From The Muse: ROCKERS OF AGES CHOIRS

For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practice includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.

Term Three: 1st August to 27th September
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email admin@themuse.org.nz or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

CIRCLE THE WORLD IN SONG – A SHAKTI FUNDRAISING Concert
In the majestic Cathedral setting of Christchurch’s first Church, take a seat and soak up the joy of Women in Harmony singing music that circles the world. Clap with us, maybe sing with us and you’ll also be making a significant contribution to benefit the families who are being supported by Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group in Christchurch.
The night promises a celebration of the energy that women bring to life and music with vibrant modern interpretations of the traditional arranged by our dynamic musical director Mary Ruston, evocative melodies, humour and imagination interspersed with solo performances from within the choir, Eileen Reid, Kristina Godfrey and Judi Smitheram who will bring their rich, authentic depth to the evening.

We would love to see you there!

Women in Harmony is a fun, dynamic community choir singing music from all over the world, remembering that community is the most important aspect. We make the best music as a group of expressive and quirky individuals making sure we’re having fun and enjoying one another’s company more than anything else.
Many of our members have dabbled in music all their lives; others have embraced singing for the first time in this choir. With our fantastic choir director Mary Ruston, the atmosphere is relaxed, SO THAT WE ENJOY SHARING our love of music through singing.

Email: women.in.harmony.nz@gmail.com
Admission $15 Concession $10   https://www.facebook.com/events/475627222816534

Finally, congratulations to Redcliffs School, which has now had its future secured, with the Christchurch City Council agreeing to sell Redcliffs Park to the Ministry of Education. Well done! It has been a battle hard fought with many challenges along the way. https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/1992

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes

Newsletter 7 July 2017

Hello everyone,

It’s certainly winter. I hope everyone is managing to keep warm. A big thank you to all those who kept things ticking along while I was away for three weeks.

Tickets on sale!

Sumner Bays Union Trust is hosting one night of the Sumner Theatre Group’s 2017 Cabaret Show. Tickets are $25 and bookings are essential. You can book a table (most have 8 – 10 seats and two have up to 12 seats) or purchase individual tickets. Our night is Friday 1 September, with the doors open from 7.15 pm, and the audience to be seated by 7.50 pm. It’s a fantastic event. Book your tickets now!!!  This year it’s a fundraiser for the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank.

Jules Lee and Robin Arnold, our intrepid Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinators (and Robin is also our community preparedness facilitator) have arranged to base themselves out the blue prefab which served as the temporary Mt Pleasant Community Centre up until the new building was built. They will be working there until December 2017. The TimeBank’s first soup night was held during June, and this was well attended.

Our Older Persons’ Worker Maree McGovern has been uncovering a much greater level of social isolation among seniors in our area than we had expected. This shows how much our work in the community is needed. On 1 June Maree and a group of seniors had a movie afternoon at Hollywood Cinemas, and it sounds like it was a lot of fun. Maree will be organizing many more of these activities over the next few months.

The Community Response & Resilience project has been making great progress, with our facilitator Robin excited about what’s happening in our communities. On Sunday 25 June a group of people from across the Sumner-Redcliffs-Taylors Mistake area attended a Psychological First Aid course run by Red Cross at the Sumner Fire Station. It sounds like it was a great opportunity to learn about how to respond in a crisis.

Kim Georgine of Cat House Films is in the final stages of producing the videos from our Oral History project which feature the stories of four women who live in Redcliffs.

We’re on the move! Today I found out that the shared community office space at the new Sumner Centre will be ready for us to move into it at the end of July. We will be located alongside other community groups in the space.

That’s all for today – remember, book your tickets for the Sumner Theatre Group show!

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Newsletter 26 May 2017

Hi everyone,

It has been a busy year so far, with lots of cool stuff happening. The temperature is also cool… keep warm.

Our Older Persons’ Project launched with our Older Persons’ Worker, Maree McGovern hitting the ground running. We’re already seeing an increase in numbers attending our coffee mornings, and Maree has arranged various social events for seniors. A highlight of April was the visit to the Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. A highlight of the trip was the Air New Zealand exhibition. Next week Maree and a group of seniors will be attending a movie afternoon at Hollywood Cinemas. A big thank you to volunteers and TimeBank members for helping out for these events.

On a concerning note, Maree is finding a much higher level of need among seniors than we had imagined. Up to forty percent of seniors who live alone are experiencing social isolation. It does prove that this project is very valuable to our community. Maree is doing an outstanding job with these seniors.

The Community Response & Resilience Project has kicked off, with Robin Arnold contracted as our Community Preparedness Coordinator for ten hours per week. Robin has been facilitating meetings with the various communities’ Community Response & Resilience teams, working towards each of the communities (Sumner (and Taylors Mistake), Redcliffs, and Mt Pleasant) having their own emergency plans. We have been working alongside Civil Defence and Red Cross on this, and in partnership with the Sumner Community Residents Association, the Redcliffs Residents Association, and the Mt Pleasant Residents Association. Thank you to the Christchurch City Council (via the Linwood-Heathcote-Central Community Board) for contributing funding for the facilitator position.

Psychological First Aid Training – Sunday 25th June
Red Cross have a limited number of places available on their 1 day psychological First Aid Training Course which can be attended for 5 Time Credits.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID
WHEN: Sunday June 25th
TIME: 9 – 4.30
VENUE: Sumner Fire Station
Contact bridge2rocks@gmail for registrations.

The Bridge2Rocks TimeBank has had a change in staffing – Robin continues as a coordinator and we welcome Jules Lee as a coordinator in the shared role. Jules played a pivotal role in the Lyttelton TimeBank from day one, and she brings a great depth of experience to the role. We have certainly scored a coup with both of our TimeBank coordinators.

Congratulations to our trust board member and Sumner Silver Band aficionado Peter Croft, who will be receiving a Community Board Community Services Award in mid-June. Peter has played a key role in keeping the Sumner Silver Band functioning as well as serving on our trust board for the past six years. He is also very active in the business community in Redcliffs as well as being a member of the Redcliffs Residents Association.

At the end of June we say farewell to Jon Harcourt who has been the treasurer of Sumner Bays Union Trust for the last eighteen months. Thank you, Jon, for all your passion, energy, and commitment to Sumner Bays Union Trust. It has been very much appreciated.

We welcome Karen Walker to the role of treasurer of Sumner Bays Union Trust. Karen has a background in the not for profit sector and also happens to be a very talented actress.

Holidays: I am overseas for much of June 2017 so if you need anything urgently, contact Deirdre Johns, our chair on 021 374 343. Maree will be available in the first half of June but away for the second half of the month. You can contact her on maree@sumnerbays.org.nz or 027 327 4493.
A big thank you to Baden Melhuish and Jennie Bridges who will be looking after the Tea & Talk and Coffee & Conversation groups respectively while both Maree and I are away.

From our neighbours in the community:
Rockers of Ages Choirs
For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practice includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email admin@themuse.org.nz or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes

 

Newsletter 28 February 2017

Hello everyone,

Summer is almost over and the year is well and truly underway. It is proving to be a busy one this year, which is exciting.

Welcome aboard to Maree McGovern who has been appointed our Older Persons’ Worker. Maree has a background in social work.  Her role is a one year position and will focus on these three areas:

  • Develop a profile and database of socially isolated individuals and begin to develop a relationship with these people. This will be done by liaising with local health professionals, clergy, and other relevant services (including Age Concern).
  • Develop strategies to engage these individuals with existing SBUT activities or otherwise those run by other organisations. This will include developing a relationship with volunteers and Bridge2Rocks TimeBank members who can assist, such as with transporting people to activities.
  • Put in place a programme which will enable other SBUT staff (Community Development Worker, Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinators) to ensure the longevity of this project utilising volunteers and Bridge2Rocks TimeBank members.

If you or your organisation are interested in being part of the project, please contact Maree on maree@sumnerbays.org.nz Maree will be located in the Sumner Community Hub at 57 Nayland Street.

Linwood College Community Partnership group: The following article was published In Saturday 25 February’s Christchurch Press: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/89086831/legacy-project-building-a-new-future-for-christchurchs-linwood-college . It is exciting to see this project bearing fruit.

Our first Oral History recording session was held on 31 January with four Redcliffs women interviewed by local film maker Kim Georgine. We’re looking forward to seeing the final edit of the videos. A big thanks to Win Collins, Bep Wolt, Betty McKenzie, and Vera McGuigan for participating. This is only the first stage of this project and I look forward to working on this further with members of the community.

Our Tea & Talk (Mondays, old Sumner School hall kitchen, 10.30 – 11.30 am) and Coffee & Conversation (Thursdays, Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street, Redcliffs, 10.30 am) groups continue to run each week. These are great opportunities for people to get out of the house and socialise with friendly locals.

From our neighbours in the community:
Mahoe-nui Bush Autumn Plant Care day – Lower site, 25th Mar 9:15am to 25th Mar 11:30am
Please join us for our autumn plant maintenance day at the Lower Site.  We will be releasing the native plants from grass and vegetation so they have the air and light to survive and to remove competition to aid their survival.

What to bring. Please wear gumboots or sturdy boots (gumboots are best if it is wet or dewy as the site is covered in long grass). Please bring a drink bottle, warm clothes, a rain jacket, sunhat, sunscreen etc. and a snack.

Equipment. Equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own gardening gloves and hedge clippers if you have them. Kids welcome, although they would need to team up with an adult.
How to get there. Drive up Evans Pass Road (behind Sumner). The Lower site is at the hairpin bend opposite Rapanui Bush. Further information. Please contact Peter Hansen on 326 6831 or mobile 021 0235 4473 or email peterandtressa@gmail.com

Rockers of Ages Choirs For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practise includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email admin@themuse.org.nz or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
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Older Persons’ Worker position

Term: 12 months                   30 hours per week

Sumner Bays Union Trust is a charitable trust undertaking community development initiatives mainly in Sumner and Redcliffs. One central aspect of our work is reducing social isolation among seniors in our community.

The project will require someone who will:

  • Engage with health professionals and other services to gauge the extent of the problem across the population of Redcliffs and Sumner and perhaps the wider bays area.
  • Develop long-term strategies to increase participation in the community by seniors, some of whom may have mobility or mental health issues which prevent them easily engaging in their community.
  • Develop capacity within existing community volunteer and TimeBanking networks, to run a programme on an ongoing basis to reduce social isolation.

The successful applicant will have experience in community development and will possess exceptional relationship building skills and verbal and written communication skills.  A full job description and project description can be found here:

Application form  Job description  Project Description

Ideally the successful applicant will live in the wider bays (Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, or Heathcote Valley) area and have links to existing community networks, although applications from further afield will be considered.

Applications should be sent to: Sumner Bays Union Trust

By email (preferred):                     admin@sumnerbays.org.nz

By post:                                            57 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch 8081

Closing Date: Friday 3 February 2017, 5 pm

Any enquiries can be made to Eddie Hayes on 376-4020 or 027 781 1348

Newsletter 1 December 2016

 Hello everyone,
The year is moving fast towards its end – and it’s been a crazy one, what with the American election, a litany of famous people dying, and, to top it off, earthquakes!  In my work it has been a very satisfying year, fortunately.

Sumner Bays Union Trust held its 8th Annual General Meeting on 16 November 2016. We said farewell to Denny Richardson who has very ably chaired the Trust board since early 2011, and elected to retire from it at this year’s AGM. We will miss Denny greatly. Deirdre Johns was elected the Trust board chair at that meeting. Jon Harcourt was re-elected treasurer unopposed, and Lydia MacKinnon, Peter Croft and Deborah Rhode were re-elected trustees. We welcomed Susan Kaschula onto the trust board for the first time. Susan has been involved in the Sumner Community Garden and Food Forest for a long time and it is good to have representation from projects on the trust board. It was great to hear from Linwood College principal Richard Edmundson at the AGM regarding the ongoing work towards a figurative and literal redevelopment of the school.

Earlier in November, we said goodbye to the wonderful Liz Kerslake who has led the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank in a voluntary and paid capacity as coordinator over the past few years. The equally wonderful Robin Arnold, who has worked as coordinator alongside Liz over the past couple of years has stepped up to take the full fourteen hours as Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinator  We heard at the AGM about the way TimeBank members rallied in the immediate wake of the Kaikōura earthquake to assist with looking after evacuees coming up Mt Pleasant following the tsunami warning. This shows just how powerful a tool a TimeBank can be. It’s more than a tool – it’s a way of creating connections between people.

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s annual Sumner Redcliffs Community Carols is next Thursday 8 December in the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club’s grounds, starting at 6.30 pm. A big thank you to Eddie Simon for being willing to lead the singing this year. As always, it features the Sumner Silver Band, and this year special guest Yulia Townsend will be performing. I have it on good authority that Santa is using a fire engine this year, too…

An undeniable fact is that Sumner Bays Union Trust relies largely on donations and grants (for which we are very grateful) from philanthropic and government sources to undertake its day to day work. Funding is becoming increasingly challenging to obtain, and this is the experience across the not for profit sector. Without this funding, Sumner Bays Union Trust would not be able to support the large number of activities that fall under its umbrella, and nor would staff like myself, Cathy (Mini Music tutor), and Robin (Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinator) be able to be retained. Would you like to donate? Sumner Bays Union Trust is always willing to accept donations from the general public (individuals, families, and businesses) and because we are a registered charity, we can provide receipts for tax purposes. Details on how to make a donation are on our website, and donations would be gratefully received.

Last but not least, some end dates for 2016:
Tuesday 13 December and Thursday 15 December are the last sessions for Mini Music in Sumner and Redcliffs respectively.
Our final Coffee & Conversation group will be held on Thursday 15 December and our final Tea & Talk group will be held on Monday 19 December.
Tea & Talk will resume on Monday 16 January and Coffee & Conversation will resume on Thursday 19 January 2017.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Newsletter 27 October 2016

Hello everyone,

It is rapidly heading towards the end of the year so there are plenty of things happening.

This Saturday 30 October the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank is hosting a Neighbourhood Week barbecue in McCormacks Bay Park.

Neighbourhood Week BBQ (1)

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 16 November at 7 pm in the old school hall kitchen on Wiggins Street, Sumner.

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s annual Sumner Redcliffs Community Carols has a new location: the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club’s grounds.

Carols2

From our neighbours at the Sumner Community Residents Association:

Sumner Sunday Market returns to the village on 6th November, 11am-3pm, with a bunch of new stalls including more food and produce! Come along, have a coffee, have some food and pick up something cool from any one of the fantastic craft stalls! The market will be on every Sunday through until April.

Clifton Hill residents and neighbourhood picnic
Meet your new neighbours and friends in our own beautiful Reserve
Sunday 6 November 2016, 12 – 2pm Brownlee Reserve, Panorama Rd
• BBQ, sausages, sauce, bread & juice provided
• Bring salad to share and own utensils
• Lolly scramble @ 2 p.m.
Any queries please ring Lena 022 6006726, or Bill 326 6411
Funding provided by Neighbourhood Week (CCC)

From our neighbours at the Redcliffs Residents Association and SCIRT:

scirt

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
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Press Release from Linwood College

LINWOOD COLLEGE

PRESS RELEASE

14 SEPTEMBER, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community engagement shows desire for Linwood College to become “local school of choice.”

Consultation with more than 1300 people in the Linwood College catchment area has found that people want to be involved in the vision for the rebuilt school and would like to see it become the school of choice for this area.

The external consultation was organised by the Bays and South Legacy Project Group in partnership with Linwood College and ran for the month of June. ‘Our school, our choice, our future’ was the theme of the consultation, which ran five community workshops, 12 outreach opportunities and an online survey.

At the same time Linwood College organised an internal consultation process that used online surveys, focus groups and information workshops to collect the views of staff, students, existing parents as well as targeted community groups and stakeholders.

Respondents said the school should nurture individual excellence, embrace diversity and encourage leadership. The vision for the building was to create a safe and healthy environment, built sustainably, that can become a space for the whole community.

Dave Turnbull, Linwood College Board of Trustees Chair says, “I believe the feedback shows there is widespread support for a re-invigorated Linwood College. Communities identify with their local schools, which frequently become the hub of the local community. This is often easier for primary schools which mostly centre on smaller geographic areas. The challenge for Linwood College is to be the secondary school of choice for young people and their families living in south east Christchurch.”

The ideas received in the consultation process have informed the educational brief that Linwood College delivered to the Ministry of Education this week. Once approved, this brief will form the basis of the new school’s development.

Linwood College principal Richard Edmundson says, “It was really pleasing to see how much good will there is in the wider community towards Linwood College.” He says the community wants the college to do well because they understand how local schools build community. “But also the practical aspect of not wanting  to spend an hour each way in the car  – driving past Linwood College to another school.”

“I was heartened at how keen the community were to give their views once it was clear that the school was listening – and listening to learn what our next steps should be,” Edmundson says.

Linda Rutland, chair of the Bays and South Legacy Project Group, says she was surprised at the low interest in the physical school buildings and future school buildings. “People were more interested in talking about leadership and school culture issues.”

The consultation process had some other surprising outcomes. Edmundson’s favourite was the  community surveying outside the Ferrymead supermarket. “One of our year 12 students was interviewing shoppers. The shopper was so impressed by her positive attitude that she offered her a babysitting job.”

The feedback will also provide guidance for the Bays & South Legacy Group on how to strengthen the relationships between the school and its community going forward.

Ministry of Education research shows that effective partnerships between schools and parents, whānau and communities can result in better outcomes for students.

The Linwood College Community Partnership Group has already been established and an action plan developed. Later this year, the Linwood College Foundation will be established to build stronger connections between Linwood College and its alumni.

Ongoing community engagement is also part of the group’s action plan.

Linda Rutland says, “We now have an exciting action plan of how we, the community, can support our local school to become a school of real choice. The school’s current lack of popular appeal is a whole of community problem and it will be solved when everyone works on it together.”

“We’ll know we’ve succeeded when we have created a school which physically expresses the values and dreams of our families,” Edmundson says.

Background

Linwood College has been serving students from Bromley to Scarborough and Lyttelton to Linwood since 1954.

Physical work on the new school buildings will begin in 2017.

“We’re lucky to have a huge diversity in our community,” Edmundson says. “We’ve got everyone from beneficiaries to millionaires. We have Filipino communities, Pākehā, Māori and Pasifika communities, and from all around the world. In our global world, this is a great opportunity to become culturally competent along with academic proficiency.”

Edmundson says that Linwood College has come through difficult times and is now ready to work with its community to better serve its needs. “It is also about all of education working together seamlessly from early childhood centres, primary, secondary and onto tertiary. We are all partners to ensure that children can have the educational pathway that best suits and excites each individual.”

Post-quake, Christchurch High Schools came together to create a vision with the idea of “a secondary community of learning”. Edmundson, then principal of Hornby High School, was one of the vision’s authors.

“The idea is to create equity and excellence for all,” Edmundson says. “This is the way to have Christchurch be the strong, healthy city that we all wish it to be. Healthy societies have their schools and communities seeing the bigger picture and working for the betterment of all and at the same time being responsive to the aspirations and needs of its immediate community.”

Rutland says, “Rebuilding the school is not just about bricks and mortar but about building enduring relationships and a sense of pride and ownership.”

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Richard Edmundson

Principal

Linwood College

en@linwoodcollege.school.nz

03 982 0100 ext 839

027 6221090

 

Newsletter 26 August 2016

Hi everyone,
It’s raining today but we’ve had some nice days lately. It is always good to see the daylight hours increasing. A sign of good dog walking weather to come…

Sumner Food Forest working bee
Just a final reminder about the working bee tomorrow… Come and join us for some weeding and path making, some general tidying and bark shovelling! We’ll be there between 1 and 4pm – come along any time.

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 1 and 4pm 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!

Don’t forget that our Coffee & Conversation group runs each Thursday morning at 10.30 am in the Uniting Church hall on Augusta Street, Redcliffs. It is an opportunity to have a cup of tea or coffee and catch up with other friendly locals. Everyone is warmly welcome.

In Sumner we have our Tea & Talk group running each Monday morning at 10.30 am in the old Sumner School hall kitchen on Wiggins Street. Like our Redcliffs group, come along and enjoy some conversation over a cup of tea or coffee.

A big thank you to law firm, Cavell Leitch, which is reviewing our draft health and safety policy on a pro bono basis.

Are you the parent/caregiver of a child or children at Sumner School? Sometime in the not too distant future we will be arranging a meeting for parents/caregivers to meet the new principal of Linwood College, Richard Edmundson. A big thank you to everyone who attended the Community Café workshops held in June to discuss secondary schooling in our area. Some really valuable information has emerged from the research, which will inform the rebuild of Linwood College as a school that meets the needs of its entire catchment area. It has been a great opportunity for the school to engage with its wider catchment area, and soon you may see more information out in the media about the data that was collected.

Are you interested in a double pass to the Canterbury vs Otago rugby game being held on Saturday 24 September at 2.35 pm? We have one to give away – well, give away is not accurate – we would love a donation in return.

Would you like to donate? Sumner Bays Union Trust is always willing to accept donations from the general public (individuals, families, and businesses) and because we are a registered charity, we can provide receipts for tax purposes.

Some notices from the community:

The Redcliffs Public Library is holding its 102nd AGM on Wednesday 31 August at 10 am at the library’s current premises at the Redcliffs Tennis Club, 75 Main Road, Redcliffs.

Thistledown Reserve Restoration Project
The ‘Estuary Trust’ (non for profit organisation)  is excited to work together this year with the City Council Park Rangers to restore this little wetland gem containing freshwater springs to its pre-Earthquake glory for both birds, fish and people to enjoy.
But we need your help! Can you spare the occasional Saturday morning?
Tasks include planting, pruning, weeding, watering and mulching.  Tools and gloves will be provided but please wear sneakers or gumboots as there are several muddy and wet areas we will be working in. For more information please email us at info@estuary.org.nz

Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Workshop
Join Odai, Abli and Ago in an exciting workshop exploring music and dance from Ghana. Participants will explore song, dance and rhythm with the opportunity to perform in the concert with Wala in the afternoon if they choose to.
Sunday 4th September 1.00pm-2.30pm
Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road.
Suggested donation: $20
For further details phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz
Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Concert!
Wala are a three piece dynamic group on tour from Ghana. Drumming, dance, percussion and soaring vocal harmonies blend to create a stunning experience for all ages. Surrounded by about twenty drums played with hands, feet and sticks, Wala bring their instruments to life as they share a fusion of traditional Ghanaian music and dance depicting the life and soul and rich heritage of their ancestors, blended with their own refreshingly contemporary and original compositions.

Sunday 4th September, 3.30pm-4.30pm
Cathedral College, 62 Ferry Road (map)
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children
Concessions available, phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
admin@sumnerbays.org.nz
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Newsletter 12 August 2016

Hi everyone,

It’s a tad chilly, isn’t it? At least we’ve had some sunny (if a little cool!) days lately. Spring is not far off now – I’ve seen some trees in blossom.

A big thank you to our funders. This time of year we see the results of the funding applications coming through, and an especially big thank you to United Way New Zealand for providing a significant boost to Bridge2Rocks TimeBank funding. To keep our wonderful coordinators Liz and Robin doing what they do so well for the TimeBank, we are always keen to get donations from the general public. They are incredibly produce on a very small number of paid hours (14 in total) and it would be wonderful to be able to increase those hours so that we can see  the TimeBank  flourish further. It hit 101 members recently, which is a significant milestone.

Thank you also to the Christchurch City Council and the Community Organisation Grants Scheme. We look forward to hearing the outcome of other funding applications in the not too distant future. Without the generosity of the abovementioned funders as well as the Rata Foundation, Lottery Community, Pub Charity, and the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation, we would not be able to carry out the work that we do in our community. Thank you to Redcliffs Developments Limited for a generous donation towards the Sumner Silver Band.

Would you like to donate? Sumner Bays Union Trust is always willing to accept donations from the general public (individuals, families, and businesses) and because we are a registered charity, we can provide receipts for tax purposes.

Some of you will be aware that the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force in April 2016. As a result, Sumner Bays Union Trust is undertaking a major overhaul of existing health and safety policies and procedures. If you are involved in an activity that runs under the aegis of Sumner Bays Union Trust, this will affect you. What this involves is largely input from you about how the activity you are involved with works and, in particular, what health and safety risks could arise.

The Trust has a duty under the Act to take all steps that are reasonably practicable to assure the health and safety of people involved in any of its activities.

It isn’t as scary as it sounds, although the legislation will be strictly enforced. Basically, if you have any concerns about health and safety matters, please tell us as soon as they arise. We will be seeking information from the various projects about health and safety issues and how they might be managed, and by law the Trust is required to actively engage with people involved on an ongoing basis. This means two way communication is vital. You tell us what risks you identify during the course of the activity you are involved with, and we’ll take note of them. We will also be asking what you are doing to manage those risks. Most of these things will hopefully fall in the ‘no brainer’ category – for example, community garden volunteers will need to ensure that power tools are used properly and responsibly. It’s not rocket science most of the time. The legislation is pretty clear that the buck stops with everyone – not just the Trust board, not just paid staff, and not just the people leading particularly projects.

Next steps: If you are involved in a project that runs under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust, please talk with those around you who are also involved and identify what health and safety issues relate to what you are doing. I’ll be starting to chase people for this sort of information soon, so the more information you can provide me so that we can develop a health and safety policy that works well for each project, the better.

The Linwood College Legacy Project has been going very well. Well done to the staff and students of Linwood College for the outreach you did out in the community over May and June – some really high quality information was collected as a result. It has been a privilege to work on this project with my colleagues in the various community organisations involved as well as with the Board of Trustees, the staff, especially Richard Edmundson, John Strong, and other staff with whom we’ve worked closely. Our project manager Sandra James has been fantastic, and the reports she has been producing are full of high quality data which will inform the work of the community/school partnership going forward. We are coming to the end of this part of the project, but a strong community partnership with the school will continue into the future. Again, immense thanks must go to the Ministry of Social Development for funding this phase of the project.

It is exciting to see the respective rebuilds of the Redcliffs Public Library and the Sumner Community Centre underway. The Mt Pleasant Community Centre looks like it will be a great facility.

Some notices from the community:

From the Sumner Community Hub:

Working Bee – Flax cage removal this Saturday 13th August 1-3 pm:

Meet on Clifton Terrace near intersection with Panorama Road / Revelation Drive.  Join the Team on Clifton Hill to remove the plastic cages from around the flax plants. The gully between Clifton and Richmond Hills is planted up with flax and they have outgrown their cages so we will be removing the cages so that their growth is not impeded. It could be a bit chilly so bring warm clothes, a jacket and a hat. Wear gumboots or sturdy footwear.

For further information please get in touch with Vanessa: 021 0255 6918, ness.green@gmail.com

The Redcliffs Public Library is holding its 102nd AGM on Wednesday 31 August at 10 am at the library’s current premises at the Redcliffs Tennis Club, 75 Main Road, Redcliffs.

From the Redcliffs Residents Association:

Redcliffs Pavilion – plans for rebuild

Could this be the best value property in town? That forlorn building hidden behind the undergrowth at the edge of Redcliffs Park is planned to be sold to the community through the Residents Association, and to be re-piled, repaired and restored to a usable condition.  The Council own the land and are responsible for the building and have agreed to put it back on its foundations and make it secure, so the community can then work together to bring it back into use. A Memorandum Of Understanding is currently being formulated to make this happen.  Any volunteers who are interested in being part of this project will be warmly welcomed and should contact the community project manager, Chris Doudney, on 03 384 2263.

Environment project in Drayton Gully Reserve

We are all getting a great sense of achievement from clearing weeds and now planting some of the original native trees which used to grow in our local area. Inevitably more native birds, lizards and insects will follow and we will monitor how quickly this happens. There is lots to do and everyone is welcome to be a part of this, our local native forest. I hope you can join us on 27th August.  FUTURE WORK DAYS — Please diary these Saturdays 2-4pm :  Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, Dec 17. If you want to volunteer any time or resources to this long-term community project, contact Dave Bryce 021363498 or email: ecosolutions@xtra.co.nz.

 

From The Muse:

Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Workshop Join Odai, Abli and Ago in an exciting workshop exploring music and dance from Ghana. Participants will explore song, dance and rhythm with the opportunity to perform in the concert with Wala in the afternoon if they choose to.

Sunday 4th September 1.00pm-2.30pm

Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road.

Suggested donation: $20

For further details phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Concert!

Wala are a three piece dynamic group on tour from Ghana. Drumming, dance, percussion and soaring vocal harmonies blend to create a stunning experience for all ages. Surrounded by about twenty drums played with hands, feet and sticks, Wala bring their instruments to life as they share a fusion of traditional Ghanaian music and dance depicting the life and soul and rich heritage of their ancestors, blended with their own refreshingly contemporary and original compositions.

Sunday 4th September, 3.30pm-4.30pm Cathedral College, 62 Ferry Road (map) Cost: $10 adults, $5 children Concessions available, phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Newsletter 24 June 2016

Hi everyone,

Winter bugs seem to be busily circulating at the moment so I hope everyone is keeping warm and looking after themselves.

TOMORROW: Come along to a free pruning workshop at the Sumner Food Forest from 1 – 3 pm, See here for more information.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Café workshop held at the Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club last week (thanks to Peter for turning up to unlock and lock the venue for me) on the subject of Linwood College and its rebuild (both literally and figuratively). You can still contribute your thoughts to the school’s future by filling out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/makeityours

Don’t forget about our Tea & Talk group on Monday mornings (10.30 – 11.30 am, Sumner old school hall kitchen, Wiggins Street) and our Coffee & Conversation group on Thursday mornings (10.30 am, Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church, Augusta Street) each week. Everyone is welcome.

Congratulations to our Trust board chair Denny Richardson and our past treasurer Bruce Reilly who will receive Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board Community Service Awards next week for their commitment to Sumner Bays Union Trust and the wider community over the years. Both are very worthy recipients.

From our neighbours, the Sumner Community Residents Association
The Last Hurrah for the Village Green, 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday 3 July, the Village Green (corner of Nayland Street and Wakefield Avenue). The village green which we know and love must make way for the rebuild of our new community facility. Bring a chair, a blanket, a beanbag, wrap up warm, and come and enjoy some free live music. Market stalls, kids entertainment, skate competition, food plus bar with mulled wine. See more here about it.

From the Muse Community Music Trust:
Rockers of Ages Choirs, For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Central, St Albans, Sumner, Kaiapoi
These groups sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony. It is a chance to have a lot of fun, and it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like, or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practise includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS. Although this group is aimed at meeting the needs of older adults, anyone is welcome to come along. Young children welcome. Four independent singing groups that come together occasionally for group performances. You can join any one, or all four!
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
For more information phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

West African Drumming with  Robert Fugah
An opportunity to learn West African Drumming working towards a performance of traditional music from Ghana. Open to people of all ages and abilities.
30th June; 7.00pm-9.00pm
Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
Bookings essential: Adults $75; Children/Low Income $40; Family $90
Concessions available, please enquire on 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Big Muse Winter Concert
Featuring all the Muse choirs: The Rockers of Ages, Open Song and A Capellago as well as the West African Drumming group with special guest Robert Fugah.
Sunday 3rd July, 2.00pm-4.30pm
Cathedral College Hall, 62 Ferry Road, Christchurch
$10; $5 low income; $20 family – includes delicious afternoon tea.
For more information phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Kodaly Training with Maree Hennessey and Megan Flint
An opportunity to immerse yourself in the Kodaly approach to teaching music in the classroom, while developing your own musicianship skills.
Friday 22nd July, 10.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 23rd July, 10.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 24th July, 10.00am-1.00pm
Christchurch School of Music, 60 Ferry Rd, Christchurch (map)
Bookings necessary: Full Fee including lunch on Friday and Saturday $430 ($410 for Friends of The Muse or Menza Members)
Further concessions available for students, recent graduates and those on a low income. Also reduced price for part time attendance. For more information phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email admin@themuse.org.nz

Finally, the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board presents:

Winter Blast!

Wednesday 6 July, 1.30 – 3.30pm at Woolston Club

An afternoon of entertainment, music, movement and refreshments starring international musician Elizabeth Braggins, Zumba Gold with Mele, and the Rockers of Ages.

Tickets must be collected from Woolston Club. Phone 389 7039. Free entry. Limited numbers.

Please note this is not a city wide event – rather it is for local older adults to enable them to find out what social recreation opportunities are available to them here. i.e. Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, Heathcote, Woolston, Linwood, Phillipstown, Bromley, Richmond, Inner City East, and Wainoni.
Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Legacy Project Consultation

Community Café Consultation TOMORROW on the rebuild of Linwood College
Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club, James Street.
Wednesday 15 June from 7 – 9 pm.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard about the future of Linwood College. 

Newsletter 3 June 2016

Hi everyone,
Winter has arrived, and I’ve had to thaw my car each day since it officially began. If you see my office door shut but my car is in the driveway, it may well be because it is too cold to keep it open. I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry.

Consultation on the rebuild of Linwood College

In the middle of last years a collective of organisations, which had already been working together, for the most part, on a Ministry of Social Development funded capacity building project, began the second phase of the project. Also MSD funded, we (the Bays & South Christchurch Collective) identified the one thing common to all organisations in our collective – that Linwood College is the only co-educational state secondary school that our children can attend as of right. As it has been undergoing a very challenging time over the past few years, we decided to offer to help the school reconnect with our Bays & South Christchurch communities. Few children have gone off to Linwood College from Sumner and Redcliffs over the past few years.

We began the project in earnest in March, contracting Sandra James to manage the project. Over the last few weeks you may have seen advertisements in local newspapers with the tag line, “A new school is coming: Make it yours.” Linwood College’s new principal, Richard Edmundson began at the beginning of 2016 and March was an appropriate time for us to begin working in partnership with the school on this project. The school will be undergoing a complete rebuild from 2017 and this is your opportunity to – as the tag line suggests – make it yours.

Key Upcoming Events

Come and meet Linwood College’s new principal Richard Edmundson outside Sumner Supervalue. Wednesday 8 June 2016, 3.15 – 5.15 pm:

Attend a community workshop being held at the Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club on Wednesday 15 June from 7 – 9 pm. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard about the future of Linwood College.

For full information about the rebuild project, visit www.linwoodcollege.school.nz/about-linwood/school-rebuild-0 Follow the project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/A-new-school-is-coming-Make-it-yours-1767341850167763/

This project is much more than the rebuild of the buildings. It is about the very future of secondary schooling in our area. Linwood College has many well-known and well regarded past students and the project team would love to see the school become our communities’ school of choice again.

Other community workshops are being held in the school’s natural catchment area – see the website for details.

Other upcoming community events

The Sumner Community Residents Association is running a series of events to celebrate Matariki, Maori New Year, in Sumner over the next few weeks:
Friday 10 June: Lantern Making Creative Workshop, 4-6 pm, Old School Hall, Wiggins Street, $10 per person. Book a place.
Saturday 11 June: Fire performance & Lamb Spit Shared Kai, 5 – 7 pm on Sumner beach near the picnic table. Attendance free. Kai $7pp, veggie option available. Wrap up warm for this down to earth community gathering. Onesies welcome! Bring a lantern.
Sunday 12 June: 3D Star Decoration Creative Workshop, 2-4 pm. Old School hall, Wiggins St. $10 pp. Book a place.
Sunday 26 June: Cultural Astronomy Tour. With a laser beam and telescope, Mary Bell offers insights into star-lore of the pre-dawn sky. Weather permitting, we hope to have a view of Matariki rising just before dawn. Meet at the row on pines on Summit Rd at the top of Richmond Hill. 5.30 – 7 am. Bring a blanket, something to sit on, a thermos, and wrap up warm. $5pp, under 18s free.
Sunday 26 June: Seed Bomb Marking Creative Workshop, 2 – 4 pm, Old School hall, Wiggins Street, $10 pp, book a place.
Book a place: events@sumnerresidents.co.nz or 020 4003 1983

I will be on leave for the week beginning 6 June (Queen’s Birthday), returning on Monday 13 June.  All our usual regular activities will continue as normal (apart from Tea & Talk because Monday is a public holiday).

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Quick Newsletter 6 May 2016

Hi everyone,

A little greyer today, but hasn’t the weather been glorious? Less glorious has been the lack of rain.
A couple of notices to bring to your attention today.
Sumner Community Gardens – Food Forest Working Bee:  Sunday 8 May 1-4pm
Bring your own gloves but all other tools will be supplied. Don’t forget rain / sun protection and your smile! The Food Forest is at the top of the van Asch school site – enter off Wakefield Ave through the main gates or, if they are closed, use the Heberden Ave entrance. For more information contact Kathryn Newbery Ph: 027 6766100
Bridge2Rocks TimeBank Information Evening Tuesday 10 May 7 – 8.30 pm, Mt Pleasant temporary Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road.
Join Liz and Robin for an informative evening exploring: What is TimeBanking? How does it work in our community? Please RSVP to bridge2rocks@gmail.com

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Newsletter 8 April 2016

Daylight savings ending has brought my thoughts closer to winter – although the weather has been lovely some days since. There are few things to let you know about today.

Sumner Food Forest Autumn working bee: This is on this Sunday 10 April from 1 – 4 pm.
‘Join us for a relaxed, social afternoon weeding and tidying up the Food Forest.
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 1 and 4 pm to join in the fun.

Don’t forget your gardening gloves, water bottle and sun/rain protection. 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! For further info call Kathryn on 0276766100’

Flyers
Sumner Bays Union Trust has recently updated its flyers. We are looking for people to deliver them into letterboxes throughout Sumner. The Redcliffs Residents Association has kindly agreed to allow us to send them out with their next newsletter. If you like to walk around Sumner and would be interested in delivering these into letterboxes, let me know. IT would be very much appreciated.

Thanks to the generosity of Pub Charity, the Sumner Silver Band is now the proud owner of three brand new tenor horns.

The 2016 edition of the Redcliffs Community Directory will hopefully be coming out in December. We are looking for businesses who would be willing to sponsor it or pay for advertising space inside the front and back covers. If you are in business, let me know if you are interested in doing so. To produce enough to put out to every single house in Redcliffs, it costs around $1,000. Last year we had grant funding via Aranui Community Trust. This year we want it to be able to pay for itself. We would be very keen to hear from potential sponsors/advertisers.

The Bridge2Rocks TimeBank is going from strength to strength because of the work of our fabulous coordinators Liz Kerslake and Robin Arnold. Coming up:
Orientations for new members: Tuesday 19 April 1 – 2 pm and 7 – 8 pm at the temporary Mt Pleasant Community Centre.
Information Evening: Wednesday 10 Mary, 7 – 8.30 pm, Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road.

From other Community groups:
The 2016 House Tour
Saturday 9 April 2016, 1 – 4.30 pm. Visit a selection of inspiring homes in Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs. Call into our pop-up café en route. For more information visit www.mtpleasant.school.nz, 3843994, office@mtpleasant.school.nz or www.mpcc.org.nz, 384-1656, coordinator@mpcc.org.nz
Ticket price: $35 self-drive or $45 shuttle service.

Celebration of the International Living History Group, the SCA
Sunday April 10th, 2-5pm, Sumner Old School Hall, 20 Wiggins St, Sumner
All craft folk are welcome to come view the 100-foot-long Bayeaux-style Tapestry which celebrates 50 years of the international living history group the SCA. The tapestry is being hosted by the local branch, the Barony of Southron Gaard, with members undertaking casual displays and demonstrations of the arts and crafts undertaken within the SCA’s 1,000 years of historic interest.
Gold coin donation appreciated. A poster can be downloaded here:
http://sg.lochac.sca.org/events/KWT/kwttimgs/AdJan2016Public.pdf

Don’t forget if you haven’t already done so, that we’re conducting a survey about the mental health of our community. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRXTWNM?c=37d9c43ed3

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Survey

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Newsletter 17 March 2016

Hello everyone,
Autumn is here and the last few days have been a little cooler. It also happens to be St Patrick’s Day, so happy St Patrick’s Day to the Irish and the Irish-at-heart among us.
This year is gradually getting busier, with various projects on the go, and new ideas waiting for funding and/or some action.

Flyers
Sumner Bays Union Trust has produced a new flyer outlining what activities are going on under its umbrella. This will be going out with the next Redcliffs Residents Association newsletter and I am looking for a way to circulate it in Sumner. A request is up on the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank website so if you are a member and would like to do some walking around Sumner, here’s your chance. If you aren’t a member of the TimeBank, it is a great way to get to know other members of the community.

Speaking of the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank, it is great having Liz Kerslake and Robin Arnold as colleagues via their shared role of TimeBank coordinators. They have managed to get more happening with the TimeBank over the last year than had ever happened in the previous three – and that is a testament to the importance of having paid coordinators where possible. They are running regular information sessions and orientations for the TimeBank. Contact Liz on bridge2rocks@gmail.com  or on 020 4003 1983 to find out more. Our thanks must go to the Rata Foundation and the Christchurch City Council’s discretionary response fund for providing some funding to ensure that Liz and Robin’s positions continue in the long term.

The Sumner-van Asch Community Gardens and Food Forest continue to have regular working bees each Tuesday morning. Contact Kathryn Newbery on kanewbery@gmail.com or 027 6766 100 for further information.

Mini Music
Our Redcliffs session is the busiest it has ever been! We had 23 children and two babies there last Thursday and today was only a little smaller. Our sessions are held in Sumner on Tuesday mornings at the old Sumner School hall kitchen (Wiggins Street) and in the Uniting Church on Augusta Street, Redcliffs, on Thursday mornings. Both sessions start at 9.30 am and are followed by morning tea and play time. The cost is $3 per child or $5 per family.

From other community organisations

The Redcliffs Public Library is holding a book sale this Saturday 19 March from 9 am to 1 pm at the original site – 91 Main Road, opposite Augusta Street.

The Women’s Centre has sent out an open letter to community organisations. They provide a range of services, including counselling services, and they are facing a funding crisis. The letter follows:

‘Dear Colleagues
You will all be aware by now of the funding crisis that we are facing.  With just 4 months of funding left we are calling on our networks to help keep our service alive.
The Women’s Centre has been supporting the women of Christchurch for the past 30 years through a range of free and low cost services.  We are a vital link in the network of support services that exist in Christchurch and in this post-earthquake environment our services are needed more than ever. 
How you can help 
We have established a Givealittle page for donations , please share this link and our plight as      as possible https://givealittle.co.nz/org/womensc
Make a short video or written testimonial of the links you have with the Women’s Centre – the importance of our organisation to your service and to the wellbeing of the Christchurch community.  This can be done simply on a mobile phone and forwarded to us.  The intention is to upload these to our Givealittle page.
If you need any further information contact Ardas (Manager) or Ariane (Centre Co-ordinator) at the Centre on 03 371 7414.
Together we can make a difference.’

Needless to say, donations to Sumner Bays Union Trust or any of the projects run under its umbrella are always welcome too.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Newsletter 29 January 2016

Happy New Year everyone,

Just a quick newsletter to cover a few things starting back soon:

Mini Music sessions start in Sumner (Tuesday 2 Feb at the old School Hall kitchen on WIggins Street) and Redcliffs (Thursday 4 Feb Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street), both at 9.30 am, next week. $3 per child or $5 for more than one child.

Coffee & Conversation (Uniting Church hall, Redcliffs, 10.30 am Thursdays) has resumed. Everyone welcome. Tea & Talk (Old School hall kitchen, Sumner, 10.30 am, Mondays) has resumed. Everyone welcome.

A big thank you to Pub Charity for donating the funds to pay for three new tenor horns for the Sumner Silver Band.

Congratulations to the Bridge2Rocks TimeBank for hitting 4,000 hours of time credits traded.

And fromour friends at the Christchurch Women’s Centre, some courses coming up:

Summer Courses starting soon at the Women’s Centre – Enrol now!
During Term 1 we are offering sessions on relationships, non-violent communication and anger management.
Non-Violent Communications – an introduction
Tuesday 16, 23 February, 1 & 8 March, 12 pm – 2 pm
Relationships: moving from conflict and pain to acceptance and joy
Tuesday 15, 22 & 29 March, 10 am – 12 pm
Anger is a Useful Emotion
Friday 1, 8 & 15 April, 10 am – 12 pm
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 Rockers of Ages Choir resumes on Wednesday 10 February at the Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner. 10 am – 12 noon.

Until next time,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Christmas 2015

Hi everyone,

School is over and summer is here! Yesterday was quite the scorcher.

Annual General Meeting
Sumner Bays Union Trust held its 6th AGM on Tuesday 24 November 2015. We farewelled Bruce Reilly as treasurer and re-elected Denny Richardson as chair. Jon Harcourt was elected treasurer and Peter Croft, Lydia MacKinnon, and Deborah Rhode were re-elected trust board members. We have a great team. Thank you to all of you for your commitment to the trust and its work.

Community Carols
Congratulations to everyone who made this such a great success. A big thank you to Eddie Simon, Peter Croft, Vickie Ward, the Sumner Silver Band, Rebekah McCullough and the Mt Pleasant Ukulele Band, Stig Eldred, Paul Groufsky of the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade and everyone else who helped. The weather was the best we’ve had for this event.

Important Dates

 Wednesday 23 December 2015, 12 noon: Sumner Bays Union Trust office closes for the holiday period.
 Wednesday 6 January 2016, 8 am: Sumner Bays Union Trust office reopens.
 Monday 11 January, 10.30 am:  Tea & Talk group resumes at the old Sumner school hall kitchen on Wiggins Street.
 Thursday 14 January, 10.30 am:  Coffee & Conversation resumes at the Uniting Church, 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs.
 Tuesday 2 February, 9.30 am: Mini Music resumes in the kitchen of the old Sumner School hall.
 Thursday 4 February, 9.30 am: Mini Music resumes in the hall at the Uniting Church, 4 Augusta Street, and Redcliffs.

From the Muse Community Music Trust:
Do you love singing? You are warmly invited to come along to the Rockers of Ages choir, who meet Wednesdays at the Sumner Bridge Club. The choir is aimed at meeting the needs of older people, but sing songs to impress your grandchildren. It is a fun, social and stimulating group where great friendships are forged and beautiful singing takes place. You don’t need to be a strong singer to join. There are no auditions and the wide range of abilities means strong singers can support those with less strong voices. Reading music is also not a criteria. We use written music and teach by ear. New members and visitors always welcome. The choir is run by The Muse Community Music Trust, who also run a singing group for people with memory loss (The Keepsake Singers) and many other activities around town.

  • ROCKERS OF AGES CHOIRS for elders and aspiring elders with Nikki Berry & Gary Easterbrook
    A chance to sing contemporary and world music in four part harmony in a welcoming, fun environment.
    Cost: Donation. (Suggested range: $2 – $10.00 per week)
    TERM ONE: 9 FEBRUARY – 13 APRIL
    Sumner – Wednesdays, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner map
    Bookings helpful.  Book Here or Phone The Muse, 0800 THEMUSE, (0800 843 687) or email us

All the best for the holiday season. Keep safe and enjoy your break,
Eddie Hayes

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!!!

Newsletter 9 September 2015

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 9 September 2015
Hello everyone,

Spring has appeared, and that means the year is rapidly heading towards its end.

Redcliffs Community Directory
The Redcliffs Community Directory, funded by Aranui Community Trust through the Neighbourhood Newsletter Grant, has been printed and will be distributed with the Redcliffs Residents’ Association’s next newsletter. Thank you to everyone who has kindly given and confirmed their group’s details and thank you to the Redcliffs Residents Association for being willing to distribute it with their newsletter. An electronic version is available at www.sumnerbays.org.nz/redcliffs-community-directory/ and this is searchable by category or alphabetical list.
This year we have limited it to the not for profit sector, with a couple of exceptions. I am very happy to discuss including local businesses, with a sponsorship or payment for advertising arrangement very much a possibility.

On a related note, the Redcliffs Residents Association have launched their new website, www.redcliffs.org.nz. It’s looking good.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols
Planning for this is underway now with the event scheduled for Thursday 10 December. Eddie Simon has agreed to lead the singing – thank you Eddie! – and the Sumner Silver Band will be providing accompaniment again this year. There may even be some ukulele players performing. Santa is sure to be a big hit too. Don’t tell the kids, but it is Stiggie Claus (AKA Stig Eldred) this year.

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s AGM is coming up on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30 pm. It will be held at the temporary Sumner Community Centre’s kitchen – the old school hall kitchen.

Don’t forget the Sumner Community Garden’s weekly Tuesday morning working sessions and the weekend sessions at the Food Forest. Contact Kathryn on 027 676 6100 for dates for the weekend sessions.

The Christchurch City Council Representation Review
Many of you are aware that the Christchurch City Council is undertaking a Representation Review. To put simply, it means that they are reviewing ward boundaries, the number of councillors, and the way in which we will be represented at council level in the future. As it stands, a couple of options for our area are on the table, and both are quite different from the existing situation. Essentially they are proposing to incorporate Sumner through to Heathcote Valley into a ward with Lyttelton. We would then share a single councillor with the whole of Banks Peninsula. It is a rather dramatic change from the current situation where we share two councillors with the rest of the Hagley-Ferrymead Ward. You can have your say by sending the Christchurch City Council a submission. Details on how to do a submission are on their website. Further information can be found at http://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/have-your-say/whats-happening-now/representative-review/ regarding the Representation Review. It is an important issue affecting all of us.

The Redcliffs Community Shed advises that their opening hours are Monday 9:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am-2:00pm, and Wednesday evening 6:00pm-9:00pm. There will be further opening hours to come.
Steve writes: “In the planning is a smart phone tech class hosted by Canterbury University. Suitable for the beginner and tech savvy. We expect this to fill quickly. You are welcome to pre-register your interest with ‘Smart Phone’ in the email subject line” to redcliffscommunityshed@gmail.com. “You will be contacted in the coming weeks with confirmed times and outline of the class.”

I was pleased to note the “Recruiting Now” and “New World Redcliffs opening late October” signs up on Redcliffs New World. It has been a long time coming.

The Ministry of Education has delayed its decision on the future of Redcliffs School until term four. In the meantime, it has agreed not to close the school until at least the beginning of 2017 if that’s the way the decision goes.

The sharp eyed will have noticed that Kidsfirst Kindergartens has asked the Christchurch City Council for permission to expand the site it uses in McCormacks Bay from the original Mt Pleasant Kindergarten’s size so it can build a much larger kindergarten to serve the area from Redcliffs through to Heathcote Valley. This is particularly disappointing for Redcliffs families.

Tea & Talk at Sumner is held every Monday morning except for public holidays from 10.30 – 11.30 am. If you know anyone who might enjoy getting out and meeting some friendly people, please let them know. It is held in the Temporary Community Centre’s kitchen on Wiggins Street (the old Sumner School hall).

Mini Music is running in Sumner on Tuesday mornings at 9.30 am in the old school hall kitchen and on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall on Augusta Street.

Coffee & Conversation continues on Thursday mornings from 10.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall.
If there are any other notices that I should have placed or could place in this newsletter, please let me know.

Congratulations to the Lyttelton Timebank on celebrating their tenth anniversary. Timebank inventor Edgar Cahn visited New Zealand and was interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ National. The interview can be found here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/201769465/edgar-cahn-time-banking

Our coordinators Liz Kerslake and Robin Arnold have been busy organising the branding and relaunch of the Bridge2Rocks Timebank.

Note that I am slowly phasing out use of sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz in favour of admin@sumnerbays.org.nz.

Farewell to Steve Marsh, Shed supervisor, who is now working directly for Redcliffs Community Shed rather than through Sumner Bays Union Trust.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
admin@sumnerbays.org.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
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Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 9 July 2015

Hello everyone, It’s truly wintry this week.

I hope you are keeping warm. Sumner Bays Union Trust was able to contract Liz Kerslake and Robin Arnold recently as Bridge2Rocks Timebank coordinators courtesy of a grant from the New Zealand Red Cross. It’s great to have both on board.

Liz writes: “We’d love to send congratulations over the hill to Margaret Jefferies and our big sister Timebank in Lyttelton for their recent success: an award from the Tindall Foundation and Governor-General in recognition of Project Lyttelton’s contribution to the community! And in other exciting news the Christchurch City Council has agreed to become a member of the Lyttelton Timebank – this is a HUGE step in the right direction, way to go Lyttelton!”

Welcome aboard for the next few weeks, Steve Marsh, who is working as Redcliffs Community Shed supervisor. Upcoming at the Shed, 99c Main Road: Kids’ Art and Craft Workshop July 13th & 20th Painting on Canvas/Mixed Media Art Come and get Creative in the School Holidays!   School Children aged 5+ When:                          Monday 13 July 2015 2 Session times:          10:30am-12:00 noon 12:30pm-2:00pm   Pre-schoolers aged 3+ When:                          Monday 20 July 2015 2 Session times:          10:30-12:00 noon 12:30pm-2:00pm Sumner-van Asch Community Garden

Don’t forget weekly sessions at Sumner community garden continue all through winter on Tuesdays from 9am to 12.30. All ages and levels of experience welcome. We follow organic principles and are a friendly bunch of folk who are all learning together. Volunteers in the garden share the harvest each week. It’s a great way to meet new friends, share ideas and eat delicious spray free garden produce!

and Food Forest:

Our next working session at the Sumner Food Forest in on Sunday July 19th 2pm to 5pm.

Regular tasks up at the food forest involve weeding, path maintenance, pruning and compost building. There’s always plenty to do if you just want to come along every now and then to get stuck in. There is also the opportunity to become involved with the forward direction of the food forest and / or take a lead in these sessions.

Whatever your availability and commitment, the Food Forest is an awesome community space and as a group we welcome new folk to come along and share knowledge and skills, make friends and have fun.

Sessions are relaxed and sociable and suitable for all ages and experiences. Bring the kids along – they usually have a ball on their scooters!

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.

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 weeding tools or spare wheelbarrows…

Sessions are happening fortnightly on a Sunday afternoon throughout Autumn. Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/SumnerCommunityGardens?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Tea & Talk at Sumner is held every Monday morning except for public holidays from 10.30 – 11.30 am. If you know anyone who might enjoy getting out and meeting some friendly people, please let them know. It is held in the Temporary Community Centre’s kitchen on Wiggins Street (the old Sumner School hall). Mini Music resumes in Sumner on Tuesday 21 July at 9.30 am in the old school hall kitchen on  and Thursday 23 July at 9.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall on Augusta Street for term three. Cost: $3 per child or $5 per family. Coffee & Conversation continues on Thursday mornings from 10.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall. Anyone and everyone welcome. Other news The Christchurch City Council’s report on coastal flooding has been released and can be found here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/Coastal_hazards_comms_report_release_memo.pdf The Redcliffs Public Library Inc. is holding its 101st annual general meeting on Wednesday 19 August at 10.30 am. A big shout out to anyone who has experience being a treasurer – the library’s current treasurer (me) is standing down at the AGM. The Redcliffs Public Library’s children’s librarians Nic and Tuula have arranged a holiday family story time. It’s 2 – 3 pm on Wednesday 15 July at the library, 75 Main Road, Redcliffs. $5 per family. Activities and stories for the children. Proceeds to the rebuild fund. From the Redcliffs Residents’ Association: Barnett Park Redcliffs….Planting Project Saturday 11th July 1-3pm You are welcome to join our group of volunteers working with Council officers – tools provided. We meet at the Park end of Bay View Rd at 1pm. A good level of fitness is required to climb the hillside. For confirmation or more details ring Dave Bryce 3849967. If there are any other notices that I should have placed or could place in this newsletter, please let me know.

Bridge2Rocks Timebank Coordinator Position advertisement

Bridge2Rocks Timebank is looking for a coordinator to help grow an innovative community initiative in an empowering environment with support from a committed steering team.

This is a flexible, part-time position for up to 10 hours per week. This could be a shared job. Work hours may include occasional evenings and weekends.

The role covers the area from Ferrymead Bridge to Taylors Mistake (including Heathcote); ideal candidates will either live in this area or have good local knowledge and networks, and be able to demonstrate how they share the underlying philosophy and values of the B2R Timebank..

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form along with a copy of your current CV and a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this role to to admin@sumnerbays.org.nz 
Closing date for applications is April 17th.

Application pack includes job description and application form and can be downloaded from here: B2RCoordinatorJobDescriptionMar15 (Job Description)

SBUT-application form 2015_B2R (Application form)

 

Redcliffs Community Shed Supervisor Position

About Us

The Redcliffs Community Shed is committed to making a significant contribution to the quality of community life. To do this, we strive to empower our people and develop relationships to ensure we deliver great service to the community, and do so in a safe, reliable and progressive way.

Sumner Bays Union Trust (the employer) is a charitable trust operating in the Sumner and Redcliffs area carrying out community development work.

 About You

To fit this role, you will know what it means to be a great leader, and love being able to problem-solve, take ownership, lead and motivate.

The Role

We wish to employ a Shed Supervisor for a period of 12 to 14 weeks from February 2015

Your employer will be the Sumner Bays Union Trust board and you will be working from the Redcliffs Community Shed.

The position calls for approximately 20 hours of work a week at variable times.

The person we seek should be familiar with working with all age groups and abilities.

The ability to promote and encourage membership of the Redcliffs Community Shed

Ideally have some knowledge of woodworking and engineering equipment.

Be fit and able as some lifting is involved.

Able to oversee arts, crafts and like groups.

Have a valid current drivers licence.

Have a first aid certificate or willingness and ability to gain this.

As you will be working with all ages and abilities you will be subject to Police clearance.

If you want to be part of the Redcliffs Community Shed team and have excellent leadership skills then we want to hear from YOU! Apply now!

Applications close on 7th January 2015

Download the Shed supervisor Job Description here: Shed supervisor Job Description

Email applications to sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz

Post applications to Sumner Bays Union Trust, 57 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch 8081

19 September 2014 SBUT Newsletter

Hi everyone,

The sun is warming up my new office nicely – it’s good to see the back of winter, although no doubt there’s still a chance of cold weather for a while.

I’m working from several locations these days and these are mentioned below.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday (all day) and Thursday afternoons: Redcliffs Clinic at 2 Augusta Street.
Tuesdays: Sumner Community Hub (the police station) on Nayland Street.
Thursday mornings: The Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Church hall on Augusta Street in Redcliffs for Mini Music and Coffee & Conversation.

As always, I’m likely to be out and about around the community at times too.

I’ve been asked to advertise the courses being run at the Women’s Centre:

Spring Courses Starting Soon at the Women’s Centre
How are you coping with the challenges of living in a city characterised by continuous change and displacement?
Whether you were resident in Christchurch during the earthquakes or have moved here subsequently, these courses will look at ways in which you can reclaim greater stability in your life.
Living with Loss: 11, 18, & 25 November
Living Mindfully: 7, 14, 21 & 28 November
The Art Therapy Experience: 15, 22 & 29 November
Living Better with Stress: 21 & 28 October
We are taking enrolments now.
For further information check out our website
www.womenscentre.co.nz or contact us on 03 371 7414

Senior Forum
This year we’re taking a different approach to bringing seniors together for an event. This year we’re running a Senior Forum where seniors can get together and talk about what they would like see happening in their communities. It is an opportunity for seniors to talk about what means most to them in their community and let us know what Sumner Bays Union Trust and other local community organisations can do to support them.

When:                  Friday 7 November 2014, 10 am – 12 pm
Location:             Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Church hall at 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs

Morning tea will be provided and every senior who lives in the area is warmly invited to attend.

Our thoughts are with Rena Dalley and family and the Redcliffs Community Shed as they grieve for Reg who passed away last week. He had a big impact on the community of Redcliffs and will be greatly missed.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
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19 September 2014 SBUT Newsletter

Hi everyone,

The sun is warming up my new office nicely – it’s good to see the back of winter, although no doubt there’s still a chance of cold weather for a while.

I’m working from several locations these days and these are mentioned below.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday (all day) and Thursday afternoons: Redcliffs Clinic at 2 Augusta Street.
Tuesdays: Sumner Community Hub (the police station) on Nayland Street.
Thursday mornings: The Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Church hall on Augusta Street in Redcliffs for Mini Music and Coffee & Conversation.

As always, I’m likely to be out and about around the community at times too.

I’ve been asked to advertise the courses being run at the Women’s Centre:

Spring Courses Starting Soon at the Women’s Centre
How are you coping with the challenges of living in a city characterised by continuous change and displacement?
Whether you were resident in Christchurch during the earthquakes or have moved here subsequently, these courses will look at ways in which you can reclaim greater stability in your life.
Living with Loss: 11, 18, & 25 November
Living Mindfully: 7, 14, 21 & 28 November
The Art Therapy Experience: 15, 22 & 29 November
Living Better with Stress: 21 & 28 October
We are taking enrolments now.
For further information check out our website
www.womenscentre.co.nz or contact us on 03 371 7414

Senior Forum
This year we’re taking a different approach to bringing seniors together for an event. This year we’re running a Senior Forum where seniors can get together and talk about what they would like see happening in their communities. It is an opportunity for seniors to talk about what means most to them in their community and let us know what Sumner Bays Union Trust and other local community organisations can do to support them.

When:                  Friday 7 November 2014, 10 am – 12 pm
Location:             Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Church hall at 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs

Morning tea will be provided and every senior who lives in the area is warmly invited to attend.

Our thoughts are with Rena Dalley and family and the Redcliffs Community Shed as they grieve for Reg who passed away last week. He had a big impact on the community of Redcliffs and will be greatly missed.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
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Move of office

Hi everyone,

This is to advise that Sumner Bays Union Trust’s office will be moving to a room at the Redcliffs Clinic (2 Augusta Street)  as of Friday this week. I will have our landline diverted to my mobile from then on. If you can’t get through on the line, I will have internet access so please email me.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
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Move of office

Hi everyone,

This is to advise that Sumner Bays Union Trust’s office will be moving to a room at the Redcliffs Clinic (2 Augusta Street)  as of Friday this week. I will have our landline diverted to my mobile from then on. If you can’t get through on the line, I will have internet access so please email me.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/
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1 September 2014 Newsletter

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 1 September 2014
Hi everyone,

Finally it is spring. I’m never sad to see winter end. Just one or two notices today.

Meet the Candidates evening: This is being held this Wednesday 3 September at 7.30 pm in the Sumner Community Centre (old Sumner School hall) on Wiggins Street.

Sumner-van Asch Urban Food Forest working bee: This is being held on Sunday 7 September from 2 pm.  The group says, “We will be transferring some bark to the site, laying some paths and sowing some ground cover crops. Enter van Asch through the gates on Wakefield Avenue and look out for us at the top of the school site towards Heberden Ave. Bring a cold plate to share as we will break for afternoon tea at some point! Bring gardening gloves, spades, shovels and a wheelbarrow if you have them. Don’t forget a water bottle and appropriate sun / rain protection. No experience needed! Families welcome…”

Police vetting: If you are volunteering for a project under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust and either handle money or work with vulnerable elderly people or children, this is a reminder that if you haven’t already filled out a police vetting form for us, it is Trust policy that you do so. I can email forms to you and you can drop them in to me at the office (or into the letterbox at 99c Main Road, clearly marked for the Trust) or you can come in and fill out a form on the spot at the office. I have a feeling there are volunteers who haven’t yet completed one of these. It will be kept completely confidential – a bit obvious I would have thought, but it’s important you know that we take confidentiality of such things seriously.
Warm regards,

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
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1 September 2014 Newsletter

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 1 September 2014
Hi everyone,

Finally it is spring. I’m never sad to see winter end. Just one or two notices today.

Meet the Candidates evening: This is being held this Wednesday 3 September at 7.30 pm in the Sumner Community Centre (old Sumner School hall) on Wiggins Street.

Sumner-van Asch Urban Food Forest working bee: This is being held on Sunday 7 September from 2 pm.  The group says, “We will be transferring some bark to the site, laying some paths and sowing some ground cover crops. Enter van Asch through the gates on Wakefield Avenue and look out for us at the top of the school site towards Heberden Ave. Bring a cold plate to share as we will break for afternoon tea at some point! Bring gardening gloves, spades, shovels and a wheelbarrow if you have them. Don’t forget a water bottle and appropriate sun / rain protection. No experience needed! Families welcome…”

Police vetting: If you are volunteering for a project under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust and either handle money or work with vulnerable elderly people or children, this is a reminder that if you haven’t already filled out a police vetting form for us, it is Trust policy that you do so. I can email forms to you and you can drop them in to me at the office (or into the letterbox at 99c Main Road, clearly marked for the Trust) or you can come in and fill out a form on the spot at the office. I have a feeling there are volunteers who haven’t yet completed one of these. It will be kept completely confidential – a bit obvious I would have thought, but it’s important you know that we take confidentiality of such things seriously.
Warm regards,

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
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Newsletter 25 June 2014

Hi everyone,

Hopefully everyone is coping with this winter so far. Long grey days can be a challenge when there are more than a couple of them in a row. There are some bright spots in the upcoming days and weeks to cheer people up.

Sumner Bays Union Trust is hosting one night of the Sumner Theatre Group’s 2014 Cabaret Show. Tickets are $25 and bookings are essential. You can book a table (most have 8 – 10 seats and two have up to 12 seats) or purchase individual tickets. Our night is Saturday 9 August, with the doors open from 7.15 pm, and the audience to be seated by 7.50 pm. It’s a fantastic event. Book your tickets now!!!  

Sumner Environment Group is hosting a Sumner Coast Care Planting Day on Sunday June 29 from 10 am – 12 noon with a free BBQ and beach games following it. The Sumner Volunteer Awareness & Fire Station Open Day is being held on Sunday 29 June from 2 – 4 pm at the Fire Station. A range of local groups are taking part in this, including Sumner-van Asch Community Garden and the Bridge2Rocks Timebank for which Sumner Bays Union Trust has the privilege of being the umbrella organisation.

The Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board are presenting their Winter Blast. This is an afternoon of entertainment, music and refreshments for seniors starring world class entertainer Chris Powley and Skye Broberg’s Circus Spectacular Show. It’s on Thursday 3 July 1.30 – 3.30 pm at the Woolston Club on Hargood Street and bookings are essential – free admission. Ma Bell & Guests are holding a Cabaret La Vie on Saturday 12 July at 7.30 pm – bookings are essential and the doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available from Morgan & Page (Redcliffs) and Chrissie’s Label Clothing (Sumner).

The Shed’s opening hours have been extended to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am – 3 pm. The Shed’s Men’s Night is running every Wednesday night from 7 – 9.30 pm. The group is making rapid progress on the dinghy and looking for other projects to start once the dinghy is finished.

Everyone who is responsible for making purchases for projects under the auspices of Sumner Bays Union Trust – the end of our financial year is 30 June so if you have any receipts or invoices to give me, now is the time to send them my way.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Newsletter 25 June 2014

Hi everyone,

Hopefully everyone is coping with this winter so far. Long grey days can be a challenge when there are more than a couple of them in a row. There are some bright spots in the upcoming days and weeks to cheer people up.

Sumner Bays Union Trust is hosting one night of the Sumner Theatre Group’s 2014 Cabaret Show. Tickets are $25 and bookings are essential. You can book a table (most have 8 – 10 seats and two have up to 12 seats) or purchase individual tickets. Our night is Saturday 9 August, with the doors open from 7.15 pm, and the audience to be seated by 7.50 pm. It’s a fantastic event. Book your tickets now!!!  

Sumner Environment Group is hosting a Sumner Coast Care Planting Day on Sunday June 29 from 10 am – 12 noon with a free BBQ and beach games following it. The Sumner Volunteer Awareness & Fire Station Open Day is being held on Sunday 29 June from 2 – 4 pm at the Fire Station. A range of local groups are taking part in this, including Sumner-van Asch Community Garden and the Bridge2Rocks Timebank for which Sumner Bays Union Trust has the privilege of being the umbrella organisation.

The Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board are presenting their Winter Blast. This is an afternoon of entertainment, music and refreshments for seniors starring world class entertainer Chris Powley and Skye Broberg’s Circus Spectacular Show. It’s on Thursday 3 July 1.30 – 3.30 pm at the Woolston Club on Hargood Street and bookings are essential – free admission. Ma Bell & Guests are holding a Cabaret La Vie on Saturday 12 July at 7.30 pm – bookings are essential and the doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available from Morgan & Page (Redcliffs) and Chrissie’s Label Clothing (Sumner).

The Shed’s opening hours have been extended to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am – 3 pm. The Shed’s Men’s Night is running every Wednesday night from 7 – 9.30 pm. The group is making rapid progress on the dinghy and looking for other projects to start once the dinghy is finished.

Everyone who is responsible for making purchases for projects under the auspices of Sumner Bays Union Trust – the end of our financial year is 30 June so if you have any receipts or invoices to give me, now is the time to send them my way.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

21 March 2014

Hi everyone,

Good to see the sun again today and yesterday. There are one or two things to bring to your attention this week.

Public Meeting Saturday 5 April at 1 pm at the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall

This meeting is to introduce people to the Redcliffs Community Garden which is located behind the Uniting Church on Augusta Street.

 

Create ‘n Connect Art and Craft group welcomes you to come along on Thursdays 930 to 12 at St Andrews, 148 Main Rd, Redcliffs, to enjoy company and creativity with plenty of inspiration! Call Beth for more info on 9422288 or 022-678-1252.

Redcliffs Shed AGM

The Redcliffs Shed committee’s annual general meeting is being held on Thursday 27 March at 7.30 pm in the Shed at 99c Main Road.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

14 March 2014

Hi everyone,

People seem to be battening down the hatches, as it were, in preparation for Cyclone Lusi. I can only hope that Metservice is making it sound worse than it actually will be.  Last week was a challenge for many people locally and in wider Christchurch.

Redcliffs Community Garden

With a shift of people out of the area post-quake, the numbers involved in the Redcliffs Community Garden are not as high as they could be. Warren and family have been doing a sterling job over the last couple of years of looking after the garden; I’d love to see more people involved. It is located behind the Uniting Church on Augusta Street and you can walk around the building (via the right hand side) to get to the back where the garden is located. I’m wondering if there would be interest in having a get together down there one Saturday in the next few weeks?

Bridge2Rocks Timebank

I made a mistake in my last newsletter – the Wednesday afternoon orientation sessions are not every week.  Upcoming orientation sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday 19th March 1-2pm
  • Monday 24th March 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 2nd April 1-2pm
  • Monday 7th April 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 16th April 1-2pm
  • Wednesday 30th April 1-2pm
  • Monday 12th May 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 21st May 1-2pm

 

Coffee & Conversation

I was wondering if anyone might be interested in regularly volunteering (on a rostered basis) to run this group. I’m looking at ways to ensure that every project is sustainable in the long term in terms of volunteers as well as funding. Let me know if you are interested. Coffee & Conversation runs every Thursday from 10.30 am – 12 pm at the Redcliffs Uniting Church on Augusta Street.

 

Emergency Preparedness – Cyclone Lusi

This email has come out of the Neighbourhood Support System via council. Thanks to Deirdre Johns for passing it on:

 

Reporting flooding, slips, rock falls, welfare issues etc

For this weekend’s forecast weather event an email address has been set up in the Emergency Operations Centre so that you can report any of the above.

Please include in your message:

  • The street name
  • Your name and contact phone numbers (landline and mobile)
  • The issues of concern, ie,
  • If Welfare- (how many people are affected)
  • If Flooding- (approximate depth of water, whether street or private property is involved)
  • If Slips- (whether the roads are partially or fully blocked, homes threatened, nearest intersection or where between intersections)
  • If Rock Falls- (danger to lives and property????)

Send emails to the address below:

eoc.planningintel@ccc.govt.nz

 

Please don’t assume that someone else has sent a message. More information is better than less. If you have family/friends who are affected but cannot send the information please send it on their behalf.                               

If the situation involves serious or immediate threat to life you will need to ring 111 as you would do normally.

 

Finally, Neville Martin has passed this information on to me from the Sumner-Redcliffs Anglican Parish.

Garage sale at St Andrews Church, 148 Main Road, Redcliffs, this Saturday 15 March. Items on sale include a lot of crockery, some other kitchen items, a few heaters, books, and a variety of other goods. Starts at 10am.

 

Keep dry and keep safe,

Eddie Hayes

21 February 2014 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I’m hoping summer will return soon – it’s quite foggy here!

There are a number of events coming up in the next few weeks, including some brand new classes at the Redcliffs Shed.

Tomorrow, Saturday 22 February: 12.30 – 1.30 pm: a River of Flowers event will be held at the Christchurch Yacht Club Car Park, Moncks Bay, to mark three years since the 22 February earthquake. More information can be found at http://www.healthychristchurch.org.nz/priority-areas/wellbeing-and-community-resilience/river-of-flowers/site-list.aspx and our local contact is Jo Hooker, johooker@watchdog.nullnet or 944 0788

Monday 24 February

9 am: A reminder to Shed committee members that there is a committee meeting.

10 am ‘Catch Up Cuppa’ in the Shed every Monday.

10 am – 3 pm: Redcliffs Shed Workshop open with Dave Kennedy supervising. Most weeks.

10.30 – 11.30 am Tea & Talk runs at the Sumner Community Centre (old school hall kitchen, Wiggins Street). Every Monday except public holidays.

Tuesday 25 February:

9.30 am: Mini Music for pre-schoolers/toddlers and their parents/caregivers at the Sumner Community Centre kitchen on Wiggins Street. $3 per child or $5 per family. Every Tuesday during school term time.

9 am – 12 pm: Regular working bee in the Sumner-van Asch Community Garden.

Wednesday 26 February

10 am – 12 pm: Craft Workshops continue at the Shed – it is jewellery making at present.  Gold coin donation. Every Wednesday

10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Rockers of Ages Choir at the Sumner Bridge Club

12 – 2 pm: Bridge2Rocks Timebank orientation sessions at the Hub, Sumner (the old police station). Drop in.

7 – 9.30 pm. The Shed’s Men’s Night recommences. More work on the dinghy, beer, and darts. All guys welcome.

Thursday 27 February

9.30 am: Mini Music for pre-schoolers/toddlers and their parents/caregivers at the Redcliffs Uniting Church. $3 per child or $5 per family. Every Thursday during school term time.

10.30 am – 12 noon: Coffee & Conversation at the Redcliffs Uniting Church. Come and enjoy some friendly company. Everyone welcome.  Every Thursday except public holidays.

7 pm: Sumner Silver Band practice at the Redcliffs Bowling Club

Saturday 1 March 2014:

2–9 pm: Estuary Fest will be held at McCormacks Bay Reserve, McCormacks Bay Reserve.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A whole range of activities.

Sunday 2 March 2014:

11 am: The Sumner-Redcliffs Anglican Parish are holding a Community All Age Worship Service featuring Tim Downs speaking and their youth band playing. Morning tea will be held after the service.

Monday 3 March 2014

10 amCatch Up Cuppa’ in the Shed

10 am – 3 pm: Shed workshops open.

10.30 – 11.30 am Tea & Talk in Sumner.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

9.30 am: Mini Music in Sumner

10 am onwards: Upholstery Workshop in the Shed. Bring your lunch. For information, contact Wendy on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400.

Wednesday 5 March:

10 am – 12 pm: Craft Workshop at the Shed

10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Rockers of Ages Choir at the Sumner Bridge Club

12 – 2 pm: Bridge2Rocks Timebank drop in session at the Hub, Sumner

Thursday 6 March:

9.30 am: Mini Music in Redcliffs.

10.30 am – 12 noon: Coffee & Conversation in Redcliffs.

7.30 – 9.30 pm: Sewing Classes start in the Shed. Contact Wendy on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400 for further information.

Fridays – Art Group commencing soon, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. Contact Wendy for details on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400.

Other Notices

A public meeting regarding the Redcliffs Community Garden is coming up soon. Date to be set.

 

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker.

21 February 2014 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I’m hoping summer will return soon – it’s quite foggy here!

There are a number of events coming up in the next few weeks, including some brand new classes at the Redcliffs Shed.

Tomorrow, Saturday 22 February: 12.30 – 1.30 pm: a River of Flowers event will be held at the Christchurch Yacht Club Car Park, Moncks Bay, to mark three years since the 22 February earthquake. More information can be found at http://www.healthychristchurch.org.nz/priority-areas/wellbeing-and-community-resilience/river-of-flowers/site-list.aspx and our local contact is Jo Hooker, johooker@watchdog.nullnet or 944 0788

Monday 24 February

9 am: A reminder to Shed committee members that there is a committee meeting.

10 am ‘Catch Up Cuppa’ in the Shed every Monday.

10 am – 3 pm: Redcliffs Shed Workshop open with Dave Kennedy supervising. Most weeks.

10.30 – 11.30 am Tea & Talk runs at the Sumner Community Centre (old school hall kitchen, Wiggins Street). Every Monday except public holidays.

Tuesday 25 February:

9.30 am: Mini Music for pre-schoolers/toddlers and their parents/caregivers at the Sumner Community Centre kitchen on Wiggins Street. $3 per child or $5 per family. Every Tuesday during school term time.

9 am – 12 pm: Regular working bee in the Sumner-van Asch Community Garden.

Wednesday 26 February

10 am – 12 pm: Craft Workshops continue at the Shed – it is jewellery making at present.  Gold coin donation. Every Wednesday

10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Rockers of Ages Choir at the Sumner Bridge Club

12 – 2 pm: Bridge2Rocks Timebank orientation sessions at the Hub, Sumner (the old police station). Drop in.

7 – 9.30 pm. The Shed’s Men’s Night recommences. More work on the dinghy, beer, and darts. All guys welcome.

Thursday 27 February

9.30 am: Mini Music for pre-schoolers/toddlers and their parents/caregivers at the Redcliffs Uniting Church. $3 per child or $5 per family. Every Thursday during school term time.

10.30 am – 12 noon: Coffee & Conversation at the Redcliffs Uniting Church. Come and enjoy some friendly company. Everyone welcome.  Every Thursday except public holidays.

7 pm: Sumner Silver Band practice at the Redcliffs Bowling Club

Saturday 1 March 2014:

2–9 pm: Estuary Fest will be held at McCormacks Bay Reserve, McCormacks Bay Reserve.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A whole range of activities.

Sunday 2 March 2014:

11 am: The Sumner-Redcliffs Anglican Parish are holding a Community All Age Worship Service featuring Tim Downs speaking and their youth band playing. Morning tea will be held after the service.

Monday 3 March 2014

10 amCatch Up Cuppa’ in the Shed

10 am – 3 pm: Shed workshops open.

10.30 – 11.30 am Tea & Talk in Sumner.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

9.30 am: Mini Music in Sumner

10 am onwards: Upholstery Workshop in the Shed. Bring your lunch. For information, contact Wendy on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400.

Wednesday 5 March:

10 am – 12 pm: Craft Workshop at the Shed

10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Rockers of Ages Choir at the Sumner Bridge Club

12 – 2 pm: Bridge2Rocks Timebank drop in session at the Hub, Sumner

Thursday 6 March:

9.30 am: Mini Music in Redcliffs.

10.30 am – 12 noon: Coffee & Conversation in Redcliffs.

7.30 – 9.30 pm: Sewing Classes start in the Shed. Contact Wendy on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400 for further information.

Fridays – Art Group commencing soon, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. Contact Wendy for details on 021 032 20614 or 376-6400.

Other Notices

A public meeting regarding the Redcliffs Community Garden is coming up soon. Date to be set.

 

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker.

5 February 2014 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

It’s already February and the year is well on its way. There are some changes in locations for projects this year as the Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs premises is back up and running. It looks great there too!

Sumner Bays Union Trust and the Bridge2Rocks Timebank have formally agreed to work in partnership and a memorandum of understanding between the two groups is in the process of being signed. This is a great project and Liz and the management committee are doing a great job getting it up and running. The concept is simple – time is the currency which is traded and everyone’s time is equal. You might do an hour’s gardening for someone, and bank an hour in the Timebank, which you can use to buy someone else’s time. Not everyone uses their Timebank credits and you can choose to give your credits to the Community Chest which enables people who are unable to accrue time credits to receive assistance. The Lyttelton Timebank is a very good example of a well organised, successful and very active Timebank.

Sumner Tea & Talk is going to offer regular guest speakers in 2014. My thanks to the volunteers who run this programme on a rostered basis. I really appreciate the work they put in. If anyone knows of someone who might enjoy the opportunity to come out on a Monday morning, 10.30 – 11.30 am to the Sumner Community Centre (Old school hall, Wiggins Street) and have a cup of tea or coffee with a friendly group of people, let them know it is on. We can arrange someone to pick up people who wish to attend.

Redcliffs Community Shed’s workshops reopen on Monday 10 February from 10 am – 3 pm under the experienced supervision of Dave Kennedy.

The Shed’s Arts & Crafts workshops recommence on Wednesday 12 February from 10 am – 12 pm

I haven’t got a firm date for the Men’s Night’s recommencement yet. Contact Bruce Reilly bruce.reilly@xtra.co.nz or Neville Dell  384-8440 or nevdell@xtra.co.nz to find out.

Mini Music resumed last week at Sumner in the Sumner Community Centre’s kitchen. The Redcliffs session of Mini Music will be relocating to the Redcliffs Union Church hall (note – the hall not the church itself this time) as of Thursday 13 February, 9.30 am.

Redcliffs Coffee & Conversation will relocate to the Redcliffs Union Church hall next Thursday 13 February, 10.30 am – 12 noon and will operate from there for the rest of year (excluding public holidays and roughly 3 weeks over Christmas).

The Redcliffs Public Library has given the OK Corral Scooter Park permission to relocate to the old library site at 91 Main Road. Reg Dalley is looking for someone to seal the front of the site for this purpose. If you can assist us by sealing it or paying for it to be sealed, please let Reg or I know. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we can reopen the extremely popular scooter park. The Library is willing to allow the Scooter Park to remain on site until construction is underway and then it will be reviewed.

Pencil in Thursday 11 December 2014 for the next Community Carols. The Senior Expo’s 2014 date is to be confirmed.

The Rockers of Ages Choir welcomes more singers. They meet on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at the Sumner Bridge Club.

Regards,
Eddie

5 February 2014 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

It’s already February and the year is well on its way. There are some changes in locations for projects this year as the Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs premises is back up and running. It looks great there too!

Sumner Bays Union Trust and the Bridge2Rocks Timebank have formally agreed to work in partnership and a memorandum of understanding between the two groups is in the process of being signed. This is a great project and Liz and the management committee are doing a great job getting it up and running. The concept is simple – time is the currency which is traded and everyone’s time is equal. You might do an hour’s gardening for someone, and bank an hour in the Timebank, which you can use to buy someone else’s time. Not everyone uses their Timebank credits and you can choose to give your credits to the Community Chest which enables people who are unable to accrue time credits to receive assistance. The Lyttelton Timebank is a very good example of a well organised, successful and very active Timebank.

Sumner Tea & Talk is going to offer regular guest speakers in 2014. My thanks to the volunteers who run this programme on a rostered basis. I really appreciate the work they put in. If anyone knows of someone who might enjoy the opportunity to come out on a Monday morning, 10.30 – 11.30 am to the Sumner Community Centre (Old school hall, Wiggins Street) and have a cup of tea or coffee with a friendly group of people, let them know it is on. We can arrange someone to pick up people who wish to attend.

Redcliffs Community Shed’s workshops reopen on Monday 10 February from 10 am – 3 pm under the experienced supervision of Dave Kennedy.

The Shed’s Arts & Crafts workshops recommence on Wednesday 12 February from 10 am – 12 pm

I haven’t got a firm date for the Men’s Night’s recommencement yet. Contact Bruce Reilly bruce.reilly@xtra.co.nz or Neville Dell  384-8440 or nevdell@xtra.co.nz to find out.

Mini Music resumed last week at Sumner in the Sumner Community Centre’s kitchen. The Redcliffs session of Mini Music will be relocating to the Redcliffs Union Church hall (note – the hall not the church itself this time) as of Thursday 13 February, 9.30 am.

Redcliffs Coffee & Conversation will relocate to the Redcliffs Union Church hall next Thursday 13 February, 10.30 am – 12 noon and will operate from there for the rest of year (excluding public holidays and roughly 3 weeks over Christmas).

The Redcliffs Public Library has given the OK Corral Scooter Park permission to relocate to the old library site at 91 Main Road. Reg Dalley is looking for someone to seal the front of the site for this purpose. If you can assist us by sealing it or paying for it to be sealed, please let Reg or I know. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we can reopen the extremely popular scooter park. The Library is willing to allow the Scooter Park to remain on site until construction is underway and then it will be reviewed.

Pencil in Thursday 11 December 2014 for the next Community Carols. The Senior Expo’s 2014 date is to be confirmed.

The Rockers of Ages Choir welcomes more singers. They meet on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at the Sumner Bridge Club.

Regards,
Eddie

SBUT Newsletter 27 November 2013

Hi everyone,

It’s a busy time of year so I will get right to it.

Sumner Bays Union Trust held its fifth annual general meeting on 13 November 2013. Denny Richardson was re-elected unopposed as chair, Bruce Reilly was re-elected unopposed as treasurer. Malcolm Moore, Peter Croft, Lydia MacKinnon and Vicki Hyde were re-elected as board members. We said good bye to Mary Moore who stepped down from the board after three years or more of service. We welcomed Rev. Neil Keesing (minister, Port Hills Uniting Parish) onto the board. Thank you very much Mary for your wisdom and support over the last three years; it has been very much appreciated.

From the Sumner Community Residents Association: The Great Sumner Picnic is this Sunday 1 December at St Leonard’s Square, 12 – 4 pm. Food and gift stalls, bouncy castle, tug of war, agility circuit, donkey rides, water slide, teddy bear picnic, face painting, lolly scramble and much more. Featuring music by the Sumner Silver Band, Izzy Miller Bell, AfterShock, Shayna King, and Shag Rock. Bring a rug and picnic, catch up with neighbours and meet new ones.

The Senior Expo was held on Friday 8 November at the Sumner Uniting Church complex. Thank you very much to everyone who held displays at the event. The later time (12.30 – 2.30 pm) seemed to be problematic as visitor numbers were low this year. It should be noted, however, that some of the people holding displays were quite pleased with the networking they were able to undertake during the course of the afternoon. If anyone has any ideas/expertise in marketing events, please let me know. While I did market this event in multiple ways (paid advertisement in Bay Harbour News, Sumner Community newsletter, posters, sign on Main Road, this newsletter and the Sumner Bays Union Trust website), perhaps there are other avenues that would be more effective and I am open to suggestions.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols is being held on Thursday 12 December 2013 at Sumner School. Entry is off Dryden Street near Sumner Kindergarten. The massed singing commences at an earlier time of 6.30 pm and there will be a community barbecue operating from 6 pm. The award winning Sumner Silver Band, Sumner School Choir, and the Christchurch School of Music’s Primary School Outreach Concert Band (Redcliffs School students) will be performing.

The Art in Space exhibition commences in the Redcliffs Shed at 99c Main Road on Friday 29 November 2013. Previous exhibitions have been well attended and the quality of work has been high.

End of Year Break Ups

Mini Music finishes in Sumner on the Tuesday prior to school breaking up and in Redcliffs on the Thursday prior.

The final Coffee & Conversation for the year will be held on Thursday 19 December.

The final Tea & Talk for the year will be held on Monday 16 December.

The Sumner Bays Union Trust office will close at 3 pm on Friday 20 December 2013.

New Year

The office of Sumner Bays Union Trust will reopen at 8 am on Monday 13 January 2014

Tea & Talk will resume on Monday 13 January 2014

Coffee & Conversation will resume on Thursday 16 January.

Mini Music will resume on the first Tuesday and the first Thursday following the beginning of the first school term.

I’ll put out another email newsletter prior to Christmas.

Warm regards,

Eddie

SBUT Newsletter October 2013

Hi everyone,
There’s quite a lot happening at the moment.
The ‘A Way with Wood’ woodwork
exhibition is on in Redcliffs Community Shed until October 29. It features work by Dave, Teresa, and Glen, and is well worth attending. It’s on whenever the Shed is open.

Next week another exhibition opens – Impressions on Silk, featuring paintings on silk by Beth Moore, Dianne Watson, Suzanne Gough and Maureen Harris. Opening night is Friday November 1, 6.30 pm – 9 pm. Open Saturday November 2, 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday November 3 12 – 4 pm. Viewing is also available when the Shed is open.
The Senior Expo is being held on Friday 8 November at the Sumner Union Church complex on the corner of Nayland and Hardwicke Streets from 12.30 – 2.30 pm.

The Bridge2rocks Timebank formally came under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust last week. Welcome aboard 🙂

Community Carols is on Thursday 12 December from 6 pm in the grounds of Sumner School. It will
feature the Sumner Silver Band and Sumner School Choir.

A note – the OK Corral currently does not have a site. It is most definitely not on the Redcliffs Tennis Club courts. I understand that at least one family turned up there over the weekend thinking it was there. Plans are afoot for a new location – watch this space.

And finally, an invitation to the 5th Annual General Meeting of Sumner Bays Union Trust. It is being held on Wednesday 13 November 2013 in the Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road.
Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust
99c Main Road
Redcliffs
Christchurch 8081
(03) 376-4020
027 781 1348
www.sumnerbays.org.nz
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SBUT Newsletter October 2013

Hi everyone,
There’s quite a lot happening at the moment.
The ‘A Way with Wood’ woodwork
exhibition is on in Redcliffs Community Shed until October 29. It features work by Dave, Teresa, and Glen, and is well worth attending. It’s on whenever the Shed is open.

Next week another exhibition opens – Impressions on Silk, featuring paintings on silk by Beth Moore, Dianne Watson, Suzanne Gough and Maureen Harris. Opening night is Friday November 1, 6.30 pm – 9 pm. Open Saturday November 2, 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday November 3 12 – 4 pm. Viewing is also available when the Shed is open.
The Senior Expo is being held on Friday 8 November at the Sumner Union Church complex on the corner of Nayland and Hardwicke Streets from 12.30 – 2.30 pm.

The Bridge2rocks Timebank formally came under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust last week. Welcome aboard 🙂

Community Carols is on Thursday 12 December from 6 pm in the grounds of Sumner School. It will
feature the Sumner Silver Band and Sumner School Choir.

A note – the OK Corral currently does not have a site. It is most definitely not on the Redcliffs Tennis Club courts. I understand that at least one family turned up there over the weekend thinking it was there. Plans are afoot for a new location – watch this space.

And finally, an invitation to the 5th Annual General Meeting of Sumner Bays Union Trust. It is being held on Wednesday 13 November 2013 in the Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road.
Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust
99c Main Road
Redcliffs
Christchurch 8081
(03) 376-4020
027 781 1348
www.sumnerbays.org.nz
www.facebook.com/sumnerbays
Subscribe to our RSS feed: http://www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed/

Temporary Closure & Relocation of the OK Corral Scooter Park

It’s with mixed feelings that I write to tell you that the OK Corral is closing temporarily until a new site is confirmed. Foodstuffs has given Reg and Rena notice that the OK Corral will need to find a new home as of next week. The reason – they’re beginning to rebuild New World! Exciting news!

We hope to have a new site confirmed soon – a possible site is in the pipeline 🙂 I can’t tell you much more than that. Hopefully it won’t be long before it is sorted out. A big thank you to Reg and Rena, Dave, Rebecca from Foodstuffs, council staff, and all the people who have made the OK Corral possible so far.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed for RSS feed

News and Coming Up Soon

Hello everyone,
There’s plenty coming up over the next couple of months, so here goes…
School holidays: The Redcliffs Community Shed workshops will be open for kids and their parents/caregivers to come and do some carpentry on Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 October. Neville will be on duty as supervisor and it should be a lot of fun. We’re open 10 am – 3 pm those days.

Craft programme – we’ve been talking about running a couple of craft mornings for kids in the second week of the school holidays, on Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 mornings. If anyone is interested in organising these, we’ve got a small amount of money to buy resources.
Meet the Candidates It’s probably your last chance to meet the community board candidates for the local body elections tomorrow:

For Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant & Heathcote Residents Your chance to meet the Local Body Candidates COMMUNITY BOARD – Wednesday 25th September, 7.30pm Meetings will be held at Redcliffs Bowling Club, 11 James St, Redcliffs

Rockers of Ages Choir Term time Wednesdays from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm in the Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner. New members very welcome.
Senior Expo is happening on Friday 8 November, 12.30 – 2.30 pm at the Sumner Union Church complex. I’m still looking for a group to run the tea and coffee table – consider it a chance to raise some funds through donations for refreshments.
The Artist’s Way Julia Holden is facilitating this course on Monday evenings – $20 per session and sessions run each Monday evening until 25 November,  7 pm – 9 pm, at the Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road.
The Shed’s Men’s Night This is happening every second Wednesday evening from 7 – 9.30 pm and the next night is this Wednesday 25 September. The dinghy is looking great! Come and help build the dinghy, have a beer, play darts or table tennis, or just have a yarn.
Photography Exhibition Redcliffs resident Noeline Brokenshire and her granddaughter Isabella are holding a photographic exhibition. Its opening is this Friday 27 September 5 – 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons this weekend will be open for viewing.
If you are an artist and would like to have a display in Redcliffs Community Shed, contact Wendy on 376-6400.
From the Christchurch City Council:

Spring into Walking

Free holiday fun with the kids and a few mates or stride out on your own – The Breeze Walking Festival is on from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October and you are invited to choose from 30 free group walks.  Go on a hikoi from marae to marae, ride the gondola as part of the Bridle Path walk, check out the inner city and Botanic Gardens, go on a food trail, explore the wetlands or venture out to Boulder Bay and beyond.  There is plenty to choose from and we hope there is at least one walk that has your name on it!

The festival opens on Saturday 28 September at Halswell Quarry with special guest Libby from The Block, music, food stalls and a range of fun and breath taking walks.  To pick a walk or two that suits you, go to www.walkingfestival.co.nz or pick up a brochure from your Library or CCC Service Centre.  Every walk you do also puts you in the draw for spot prizes.

Plus tell us about your favourite Canterbury walk at www.facebook.com/allrightnz to win a Walking Festival T-shirt. The 10 best walks will be made into a funky All Right? poster that includes your contribution as part of its design.

Apologies if I have accidentally omitted something I promised to put in this newsletter!
Warm regards, Eddie Hayes Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust (03) 376-4020 sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz www.sumnerbays.org.nz/ www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/ www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed for RSS feed

News and Coming Up Soon

Hello everyone,
There’s plenty coming up over the next couple of months, so here goes…
School holidays: The Redcliffs Community Shed workshops will be open for kids and their parents/caregivers to come and do some carpentry on Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 October. Neville will be on duty as supervisor and it should be a lot of fun. We’re open 10 am – 3 pm those days.

Craft programme – we’ve been talking about running a couple of craft mornings for kids in the second week of the school holidays, on Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 mornings. If anyone is interested in organising these, we’ve got a small amount of money to buy resources.
Meet the Candidates It’s probably your last chance to meet the community board candidates for the local body elections tomorrow:

For Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant & Heathcote Residents Your chance to meet the Local Body Candidates COMMUNITY BOARD – Wednesday 25th September, 7.30pm Meetings will be held at Redcliffs Bowling Club, 11 James St, Redcliffs

Rockers of Ages Choir Term time Wednesdays from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm in the Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner. New members very welcome.
Senior Expo is happening on Friday 8 November, 12.30 – 2.30 pm at the Sumner Union Church complex. I’m still looking for a group to run the tea and coffee table – consider it a chance to raise some funds through donations for refreshments.
The Artist’s Way Julia Holden is facilitating this course on Monday evenings – $20 per session and sessions run each Monday evening until 25 November,  7 pm – 9 pm, at the Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road.
The Shed’s Men’s Night This is happening every second Wednesday evening from 7 – 9.30 pm and the next night is this Wednesday 25 September. The dinghy is looking great! Come and help build the dinghy, have a beer, play darts or table tennis, or just have a yarn.
Photography Exhibition Redcliffs resident Noeline Brokenshire and her granddaughter Isabella are holding a photographic exhibition. Its opening is this Friday 27 September 5 – 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons this weekend will be open for viewing.
If you are an artist and would like to have a display in Redcliffs Community Shed, contact Wendy on 376-6400.
From the Christchurch City Council:

Spring into Walking

Free holiday fun with the kids and a few mates or stride out on your own – The Breeze Walking Festival is on from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October and you are invited to choose from 30 free group walks.  Go on a hikoi from marae to marae, ride the gondola as part of the Bridle Path walk, check out the inner city and Botanic Gardens, go on a food trail, explore the wetlands or venture out to Boulder Bay and beyond.  There is plenty to choose from and we hope there is at least one walk that has your name on it!

The festival opens on Saturday 28 September at Halswell Quarry with special guest Libby from The Block, music, food stalls and a range of fun and breath taking walks.  To pick a walk or two that suits you, go to www.walkingfestival.co.nz or pick up a brochure from your Library or CCC Service Centre.  Every walk you do also puts you in the draw for spot prizes.

Plus tell us about your favourite Canterbury walk at www.facebook.com/allrightnz to win a Walking Festival T-shirt. The 10 best walks will be made into a funky All Right? poster that includes your contribution as part of its design.

Apologies if I have accidentally omitted something I promised to put in this newsletter!
Warm regards, Eddie Hayes Community Development Worker
Sumner Bays Union Trust (03) 376-4020 sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz www.sumnerbays.org.nz/ www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/ www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed for RSS feed

Coming Up Soon

Coming up soon

Hello everyone,

There’s a few things coming up over the next few weeks and months to tell you about.

A Food Forest workshop is being facilitated by permaculture design expert Robina McCurdy at the Sumner-van Asch Community Garden on Tuesday 10 September from 8.45 am to 12 noon. Morning tea will be provided. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/Invitationto_Food_Forest_workshop_1.pdf Full details in the linked flyer. This is a great opportunity to learn about food forests. Van Asch Deaf Education Centre has kindly allowed us to use some land for a food forest. RSVP to Bailey Peryman, pbperyman@gmail.com or phone 326-6927.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson is coming to visit Coffee & Conversation next week, Thursday 12 September, 10.30 am at Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A Senior Chef course is coming up in Sumner for anyone living in the Port Hills area. The 8 week course will be held every Wednesday from 9am – 1pm from the 16th October to 11th December at the Sumner School New Hall kitchens. The course will be run by Karen Aitken for approximately 10 people. The free 8 week cooking course, for the 65 years and older, aims to improve your skills, confidence and motivation. Receive a free cook book with all recipes scaled for one or two people. Enjoy learning about menu planning, food labelling and nutritional requirements for your age group. At the end each session sit down together for a social lunch. For more information go to www.seniorchef.co.nz.
To register your interest please contact Colette Doughty on 021 1132884 or through the Sumner Community Hub on 326 7817.
http://www.sumnercommunity.co.nz/Calendar/Free-Senior-Chef-Course

Regular workshop hours are now happening at the Redcliffs Community Shed on Tuesdays 10 am – 3 pm and Thursdays 10 am – 3 pm. To ensure the safety of people using the workshops, we’re on the lookout for a few more experienced carpenters/mechanics/engineers or DIYers who know how to use the machinery we’ve got here who we can call upon to be Shed supervisors on a rostered basis. If you are interested, please let me know.

Regular Craft Workshops are now on in the arts & crafts room at the Shed. Wendy R and Wendy D are facilitating these. 10 am – 12 pm on Wednesdays, until the end of November.

Local Redcliffs artist Julia Holden is bringing to us an art course called The Artist’s Way. It will be held on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, commencing on Monday 9 September and running for 12 weeks in the Redcliffs Community Shed. The cost is $150 for all 12 weeks or $20 per session.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/Artist_Way_Flyer1.pdf
Our annual Senior Expo is being held on Friday 8 November from 12.30 – 2.30 pm at the Sumner Union Church complex. This event offers community groups, businesses, and agencies an opportunity to show local seniors what activities or services they have to offer. I am looking for one group to run a refreshments stand – you may like to use this as a fundraiser (I’m thinking gold coin donations for cups of tea or coffee, maybe, but I’m open to ideas). If your group would like to have a table at the event, please let me know. Several groups have already booked in – great stuff, folks!

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at the Redcliffs Community Shed.

Our annual Community Carols will be held on Thursday 12 December 2013 on the grounds of Sumner School.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust

Coming Up Soon

Coming up soon

Hello everyone,

There’s a few things coming up over the next few weeks and months to tell you about.

A Food Forest workshop is being facilitated by permaculture design expert Robina McCurdy at the Sumner-van Asch Community Garden on Tuesday 10 September from 8.45 am to 12 noon. Morning tea will be provided. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/Invitationto_Food_Forest_workshop_1.pdf Full details in the linked flyer. This is a great opportunity to learn about food forests. Van Asch Deaf Education Centre has kindly allowed us to use some land for a food forest. RSVP to Bailey Peryman, pbperyman@gmail.com or phone 326-6927.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson is coming to visit Coffee & Conversation next week, Thursday 12 September, 10.30 am at Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A Senior Chef course is coming up in Sumner for anyone living in the Port Hills area. The 8 week course will be held every Wednesday from 9am – 1pm from the 16th October to 11th December at the Sumner School New Hall kitchens. The course will be run by Karen Aitken for approximately 10 people. The free 8 week cooking course, for the 65 years and older, aims to improve your skills, confidence and motivation. Receive a free cook book with all recipes scaled for one or two people. Enjoy learning about menu planning, food labelling and nutritional requirements for your age group. At the end each session sit down together for a social lunch. For more information go to www.seniorchef.co.nz.
To register your interest please contact Colette Doughty on 021 1132884 or through the Sumner Community Hub on 326 7817.
http://www.sumnercommunity.co.nz/Calendar/Free-Senior-Chef-Course

Regular workshop hours are now happening at the Redcliffs Community Shed on Tuesdays 10 am – 3 pm and Thursdays 10 am – 3 pm. To ensure the safety of people using the workshops, we’re on the lookout for a few more experienced carpenters/mechanics/engineers or DIYers who know how to use the machinery we’ve got here who we can call upon to be Shed supervisors on a rostered basis. If you are interested, please let me know.

Regular Craft Workshops are now on in the arts & crafts room at the Shed. Wendy R and Wendy D are facilitating these. 10 am – 12 pm on Wednesdays, until the end of November.

Local Redcliffs artist Julia Holden is bringing to us an art course called The Artist’s Way. It will be held on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, commencing on Monday 9 September and running for 12 weeks in the Redcliffs Community Shed. The cost is $150 for all 12 weeks or $20 per session.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/646327c1d69038d30b8038d07/files/Artist_Way_Flyer1.pdf
Our annual Senior Expo is being held on Friday 8 November from 12.30 – 2.30 pm at the Sumner Union Church complex. This event offers community groups, businesses, and agencies an opportunity to show local seniors what activities or services they have to offer. I am looking for one group to run a refreshments stand – you may like to use this as a fundraiser (I’m thinking gold coin donations for cups of tea or coffee, maybe, but I’m open to ideas). If your group would like to have a table at the event, please let me know. Several groups have already booked in – great stuff, folks!

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at the Redcliffs Community Shed.

Our annual Community Carols will be held on Thursday 12 December 2013 on the grounds of Sumner School.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust

SBUT Newsletter 30 August 2013

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 30 August 2013

Hello everyone,

It’s nearly spring and we’ve got quite a few things coming up.

Craft Workshops start in Redcliffs Community Shed next Wednesday 4 September, 10 am – 12 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. They will run each week until the end of November.
September: Collage Crafts
October: Other crafts
November: Christmas Crafts
Thanks to Wendy Rendle for organising these.

The Men’s Group is running every second Wednesday evening in the Shed. The dinghy is really beginning to come along! Come and work on the dinghy, or play darts or table tennis, or have a beer. Next session is Wednesday 11 September.

We said farewell to Beth Cohen yesterday who has taken Mini Music during 2013. Thanks Beth! We’ll be welcoming Cathy White back from maternity leave. Sessions remain in Sumner at the old school hall (temporary community centre) kitchen on Tuesdays at 9.30 am and in Redcliffs at the Redcliffs Public Library (the tennis club building) at 75 Main Road on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am. Many thanks to the library and tennis club for hosting us.

The Senior Expo is coming up on Friday 8 November from 12.30pm – 2.30 pm in the Sumner Union Church facilities. Any community group or agency or service which would like to hold a display at this event please get in touch with me to book your table.

The Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols will be held on Thursday 12 December in the Sumner School grounds.

Redcliffs Community Shed has workshop open hours from 10 am – 3 pm Tuesdays and Thursday. Please feel free to come along and catch up – maybe even do something practical in the workshops.

The Mother Hubbard’s Creative Co-op is meeting most Friday mornings from about 10 am in the arts & crafts room at Redcliffs Community Shed. Everyone welcome.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed for RSS feed

SBUT Newsletter 30 August 2013

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 30 August 2013

Hello everyone,

It’s nearly spring and we’ve got quite a few things coming up.

Craft Workshops start in Redcliffs Community Shed next Wednesday 4 September, 10 am – 12 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. They will run each week until the end of November.
September: Collage Crafts
October: Other crafts
November: Christmas Crafts
Thanks to Wendy Rendle for organising these.

The Men’s Group is running every second Wednesday evening in the Shed. The dinghy is really beginning to come along! Come and work on the dinghy, or play darts or table tennis, or have a beer. Next session is Wednesday 11 September.

We said farewell to Beth Cohen yesterday who has taken Mini Music during 2013. Thanks Beth! We’ll be welcoming Cathy White back from maternity leave. Sessions remain in Sumner at the old school hall (temporary community centre) kitchen on Tuesdays at 9.30 am and in Redcliffs at the Redcliffs Public Library (the tennis club building) at 75 Main Road on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am. Many thanks to the library and tennis club for hosting us.

The Senior Expo is coming up on Friday 8 November from 12.30pm – 2.30 pm in the Sumner Union Church facilities. Any community group or agency or service which would like to hold a display at this event please get in touch with me to book your table.

The Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols will be held on Thursday 12 December in the Sumner School grounds.

Redcliffs Community Shed has workshop open hours from 10 am – 3 pm Tuesdays and Thursday. Please feel free to come along and catch up – maybe even do something practical in the workshops.

The Mother Hubbard’s Creative Co-op is meeting most Friday mornings from about 10 am in the arts & crafts room at Redcliffs Community Shed. Everyone welcome.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
sumnerbays@xnet.co.nz
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/
www.facebook.com/sumnerbays/
www.sumnerbays.org.nz/feed for RSS feed

Newsletter July 25 2013

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 25 July 2013

Hello everyone,

It is strange that we’re not the ones on the shaky ground at present. It has been a while since I’ve written a newsletter so there are a few things to update.

Redcliffs Community Shed has official workshop opening hours now. You can come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm, and a supervisor should be there. You are welcome to drop in at other times to visit. I may be here – I am in the office 8 am – 3 pm roughly, although I am out and about in the community some of the time, so it may pay to ring me first.

A massive THANK YOU to Russell Irving and Ferrymead Rotary for suggesting that we apply for funds for the Redcliffs Community Shed’s new flyer from the Rotary Neighbourhood Project Fund. The fund generously donated us $500 for their production. The flyers will be heading out into letterboxes around the community shortly.

Mini Music will resume for term three next week. There are no changes to the Sumner venue – we are using the temporary community centre kitchen on Tuesday mornings at 9.30 am – and we will be using the Redcliffs Tennis Club building where the Redcliffs Public Library is currently located on Thursday mornings. Thank you very much to the Tennis Club and the Library for hosting us. We hope to return to the Redcliffs Uniting Church when the earthquake repairs there are completed – there is no time frame set for this as yet.

The Sumner Silver Band is rehearsing in the Redcliffs Bowling Club on Thursday evenings.

Regular arts and crafts workshops are being held in the Redcliffs Community Shed arts & crafts room on alternate Wednesday evenings. Two card-making workshops have been run recently as well as a floral art workshop. Big thanks to Wendy Rendle for all her work organising these and to Wendy Dillon for teaching the card-making workshops.

Sumner Tea & Talk continues to run in the temporary community centre (old school hall building) on Wiggins Street each Monday morning from 10.30 – 11.30 am.  It is an enjoyable morning – thank you to Lydia, Baden, Therese, Brenda, and Karen for volunteering. We need more volunteers so if you are interested, please let me know. It’s pretty relaxed and can be a lot of fun. If you know of someone who might enjoy some conversation and morning tea, please do bring them along.

The Wednesday Men’s Group is up and running and going very well, with an average of eight blokes each session. It runs every second Wednesday evening – and there was a session last night. At the moment the guys are building a stitch-and-tape dinghy as well as some friendly darts matches and table tennis. Did I forget to mention Bruce Reilly’s homebrew? There’s homebrew as well, and sometimes even beer bread thanks to Neville Dell.

Lately you may have seen some paintings up on the walls of the Shed’s arts & crafts room. About every fortnight Wendy Rendle is organising an art display of local people’s artworks. So far Dorothy Curtis and Bill Beere have held art displays. Each artist has a two-hour opening on a Friday night and then may leave their art on site for a fortnight if they would like to do so. It has definitely brought the space alive and many people have admired it.

From the Christchurch City Council:

“Main Road to Shag Rock road closure.

Main Road to Sumner at Shag Rock Reserve will be closed overnight for up to five nights between 10.30pm and 5.30am starting Sunday 28 July.

The closure is needed to allow shipping containers to be shifted back so that new cycleways can be installed. A detour will be in place up Evans Pass Road, Summit Road and through to Mount Pleasant during the closures

The temporary Ferrymead Bridge resurfacing

The temporary Ferrymead Bridge will be resurfaced to reduce noise and be easier on vehicles. A stop/go traffic system is planned to start on Sunday 28 July at 8pm.

Christchurch City Council contractors will be installing an additional layer of timber running planks on both of the temporary bridges. The timber planks will have a chip seal coating. These planks will be screwed to the existing timber deck by hand, so to install the planks and surfacing safely, the works will be undertaken at night, one bridge at a time. “

The next council facilitated Ferrymead Forum will be held at Mt Pleasant School on Monday 29 July at 6.30 pm. There will be speakers from Mt Pleasant School/Friday Night on the Hill (Martin Anderson), the Sumner Master Plan (Miranda Charles – CCC) and the Main Road Causeway repairs (SCIRT/Fulton & Hogan).

Has anyone else spotted the notification from New World Redcliffs as part of the Sale of Liquor Act licencing requirements up on the fence of the New World site? That looks like they are making progress – and then there is the article on the front page of Bay Harbour News. Promising!

I will be on annual leave for one week beginning 5 August so I will be unavailable for any work related matters that week. Hope the fine weather continues!

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

 

Winter Blast Transport

Sumner Senior Citizen’s group has a bus running to the Winter Blast Concert on Wednesday 26 June for those seniors who are keen to go. Be there by 12.30 pm, outside the Redcliffs Union Church on Augusta Street.

Coming up shortly

Monday 17 June:

10.30 – 11.30 am. Sumner Tea & Talk, old school hall kitchen on Wiggins Street. We’re looking for more volunteers to support this project, including picking up or dropping off of a group from Edith Cavell Rest Home & Hospital.

Tuesday 18 June:

Mini Music, Sumner session, old school hall kitchen, Wiggins Street.

Wednesday 19 June:

Rockers of Ages Choir, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at the Sumner Union Church

Card-making Workshop, 11 am – 1 pm, Redcliffs Community Shed, 99c Main Road. Bring your own lunch; gold coin donation.

Games Afternoon: 1 – 3 pm, Redcliffs Community Shed

Thursday 20 June:

Mini Music, Redcliffs session, 9.30 am, Redcliffs Tennis Club building

Coffee & Conversation: 10.30 – 12 noon, Redcliffs Community Shed

Friday 21 June:

Art Exhibition 5 – 7 pm, Redcliffs Community Shed

 

 

 

Men’s Night

Our inaugural Men’s Night went very well on Wednesday 12 June. We kicked a few ideas around and decided that we’re going to meet fortnightly. Next meeting: Wednesday 26 June, 7 – 9.30 pm, and for those who would like to, we’ll be building a stitch-and-tape (?) boat. Plus there will be supper and great fun.

New Newsletter format

Hello everyone,

My apologies in advance if you receive a very long email this week including newsletters you have seen before. This is because I am working on a new website-driven newsletter format which will send new posts from the SBUT website each week at 3 pm on a Friday. It will send the latest 5 posts. For those of you who are tech-savvy, it is utilising MailChimp, linking it to the posts here at www.sumnerbays.org.nz via our RSS feed. It was surprisingly simple to set up. Our website, kindly developed by Sumner local Paul Bolger, uses WordPress, and parts of it I’ve set up as blog style although the front page is always static.

If anyone has information they would like to put in our newsletter, please let me know well before 3 pm on Friday. I’ve set it to be once a week in the hope that it isn’t too often but is enough to capture any new information I’ve put up during the week. If I’ve posted nothing, there won’t be a newsletter that week.

Again, please bear with me while I get this up and running.

Thanks,
Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust