Newsletter 28 February 2017

Hello everyone,

Summer is almost over and the year is well and truly underway. It is proving to be a busy one this year, which is exciting.

Welcome aboard to Maree McGovern who has been appointed our Older Persons’ Worker. Maree has a background in social work.  Her role is a one year position and will focus on these three areas:

  • Develop a profile and database of socially isolated individuals and begin to develop a relationship with these people. This will be done by liaising with local health professionals, clergy, and other relevant services (including Age Concern).
  • Develop strategies to engage these individuals with existing SBUT activities or otherwise those run by other organisations. This will include developing a relationship with volunteers and Bridge2Rocks TimeBank members who can assist, such as with transporting people to activities.
  • Put in place a programme which will enable other SBUT staff (Community Development Worker, Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinators) to ensure the longevity of this project utilising volunteers and Bridge2Rocks TimeBank members.

If you or your organisation are interested in being part of the project, please contact Maree on Maree will be located in the Sumner Community Hub at 57 Nayland Street.

Linwood College Community Partnership group: The following article was published In Saturday 25 February’s Christchurch Press: . It is exciting to see this project bearing fruit.

Our first Oral History recording session was held on 31 January with four Redcliffs women interviewed by local film maker Kim Georgine. We’re looking forward to seeing the final edit of the videos. A big thanks to Win Collins, Bep Wolt, Betty McKenzie, and Vera McGuigan for participating. This is only the first stage of this project and I look forward to working on this further with members of the community.

Our Tea & Talk (Mondays, old Sumner School hall kitchen, 10.30 – 11.30 am) and Coffee & Conversation (Thursdays, Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street, Redcliffs, 10.30 am) groups continue to run each week. These are great opportunities for people to get out of the house and socialise with friendly locals.

From our neighbours in the community:
Mahoe-nui Bush Autumn Plant Care day – Lower site, 25th Mar 9:15am to 25th Mar 11:30am
Please join us for our autumn plant maintenance day at the Lower Site.  We will be releasing the native plants from grass and vegetation so they have the air and light to survive and to remove competition to aid their survival.

What to bring. Please wear gumboots or sturdy boots (gumboots are best if it is wet or dewy as the site is covered in long grass). Please bring a drink bottle, warm clothes, a rain jacket, sunhat, sunscreen etc. and a snack.

Equipment. Equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own gardening gloves and hedge clippers if you have them. Kids welcome, although they would need to team up with an adult.
How to get there. Drive up Evans Pass Road (behind Sumner). The Lower site is at the hairpin bend opposite Rapanui Bush. Further information. Please contact Peter Hansen on 326 6831 or mobile 021 0235 4473 or email

Rockers of Ages Choirs For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, 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.
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
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