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.

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  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 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
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