Newsletter 19 December 2019

Hi everyone, 

Just a couple of things to share today. 

Tomorrow is the last session we have of Coffee & Conversation for the year. In addition to the Christmas breakup treats we’ll have, we have two guests: It’s hard to call both of them speakers, however…

Stella McQueen
Stella is a freshwater ecologist and she has written a couple of books: The New Zealand Native Freshwater Aquarium and Photographic Guide to Freshwater Fishes of New ZealandStella has a semi regular spot on RNZ National’s Nights with Bryan Crump programme talking about native fish. 

Dondalei, or Donny as she’s known to her friends, is an 8 month old black & white cat. She lives with Stella in Stella’s campervan and travels around the countryside with her. Donny goes for walks at least twice a day, and mostly off leash. Her favourite pastimes are sleeping, climbing, and pouncing on things. She’s not averse to being patted – within limits. Recent adventures include falling into a pond in the fernery at Mona Vale, and chasing big dogs. 

Office Closure
Our office will be closed from about 10 am tomorrow Friday 20 December and will reopen at 8am on Monday 13 January 2020. 

Loopy Tunes returns on TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY. I muddled up the dates in my last newsletter. It is definitely not Monday 10 February. Sessions are 9.30 in Puoro-raki, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre and 10.30 in the Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs. 

Learning Exchange
Sumner Bays Union Trust has contracted Eve Wingerath as
 Learning Exchange Coordinator. Watch this space in the New Year!

Thank you to everyone who helped or participated in the Community Carols on Thursday 12 December. It was a great success. 
Big thanks must go to:

  •  Peter Croft (organising the Sumner Silver Band, getting the signage updated and put up and taken down, bringing the seats for the band to the event)
  •  Rosemary Neave for being MC
  • Dane Bell for getting us permission from the Sumner Village Mall body corporate, helping with the posters, acquiring and setting up the picket fences, coordinating the location of the band and where to get electricity for the sound system.
  •  Sumner Silver Band, conducted by Ray Blampied
  •  Rev. John Fox, Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Parish curate
  •  Cassie Lee and Kathleen for being elves – handing out the songbooks, herding the children etc. 
  •  Charlie Hudson and Liza Sparrow from the Sumner Community Hub and SCRA for allowing us to borrow the sound system, arranging the elves, and advertising the event
  • Paul Bolger for collecting, setting up, testing, and packing away the sound system. 
  •  Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade for providing Santa’s Sleigh and Rudolph (i.e. fire engine and driver)
  •  Aaron, Gen, Kate and others from the local businesses for setting up the Grotto and generally helping out. 
  •  Waikura (Linwood-Central-Heathcote) Community Board for funding the event. 

Thank you everyone, and have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Community Development Team Leader
Sumner Bays Union Trust