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

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
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

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
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