Newsletter 11 August 2020

Kia ora koutou, 

Spring seems to be just around the corner although I had to clear ice off my windscreen to come out to Sumner this morning. 

Sumner Food Forest: Come along and join the Food Forest team on Saturday 15th August 2020, for a winter working bee to continue with some of our seasonal tasks in the Food Forest. We will be tidying and weeding as well as planting some currants and getting ready for spring. All tools provided, no experience necessary. This is a great opportunity to join the development of one of Christchurch’s first public food forests and to learn from the very interesting and knowledgeable Niki Jones. All ages welcome. Don’t forget to bring a drink bottle, sunscreen / wet weather gear and your gardening gloves (Also some available to borrow).

The food forest is in the grounds of van Asch Deaf Education Centre. It is at the highest point on this site behind the hedge at the Wakefield end of Heberden Ave and can be accessed on foot via the gate by the bus stop. Contact Niki Jones if you need further details: 0274653476. Keep an eye on the Sumner Community Gardens Facebook page for updates in case of bad weather.

Our Friday 7 August Happy Hour was a great success with 30 people attending, ranging in age from 41 to 97. Kevin Hay talked about his work tracing and conserving heritage apricot trees. Thank you Kevin. Our next Happy Hour is Friday 4 September, 4-6 pm 

From the Redcliffs Residents’ Association: The Coastal Pathway Group has been working on continuing native planting along the pathway and the long awaited improvements along Beachville Esplanade are now starting to happen, beginning with the memorial seat. Their proposals are to start with planting around the Orion box and the new bench seat, using a mix of native plants suitable for the area, which would be low growing so as not to get in the way of views of the estuary from the road and houses. This would improve biodiversity in the area too. We are also seeking donations for more plants and for seats and picnic tables, and will be looking for volunteers for the first planting bee, planned for Saturday 5th September.

From Matuku Takotako: Sumner Library via SCRA: Every Sunday the Library team at Matuku Takotako are running Connect and Learn sessions. These sessions are aimed at Seniors and are providing a space to learn at your own pace and a chance to socialise and meet new friends. They will assist you in navigating a wide range of library resources. Feel free to bring your own device. 
11.30 am – 12.30 pm 
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

From Sumner Community Residents’ Association (SCRA): Our new Creative Space at the Sumner Hub is up and running thanks to the energy and donations of local volunteers.  We are using the room for art workshops, plant powered body and home care workshops and spaces for our seniors to host pot luck lunch socialising.  We would love to encourage the community to use the variety of spaces we have available – including a clay room with a working pottery wheel – for any creative projects or classes that you would like to host.
The rooms and equipment can be rented at reasonable rates designed to encourage community creativity and connectivity!
If you would like to enquire about rates or availability pop in to the hub any weekday 10am – 12pm or email Charlie. 

Thanks as always, 
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader