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:

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

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

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

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

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