Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter August 2012

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Hello everyone,

Spring feels like it is nearly here. Daffodils are starting to come
out, and people are beginning to talk about spring planting.

It’s been a busy couple of months so my last newsletter was quite a
while ago. There have been many things happening in that time.
I have recently updated my newsletter email list so my apologies if you
had already unsubscribed from this list.

Redcliffs Community Shed

The Redcliffs Community Shed’s repairs are well and truly heading
towards completion under the supervision of Reg Dalley, our shed
coordinator. An enthusiastic group of people are making great headway
and it looks like it will be able to open in the not too distant
future. The arts and crafts area is just about complete. Aside from
some liquefaction silt blocking the sewer, the building is looking
great. It was really good for the Shed to host the Canterbury Men’s
Shed Hub group meeting in mid-July. Reg is the first point of contact
for any materials going on or off the site as well as organising visits
to the shed. We held our first official steering committee meeting in
late July and Reg was elected chair of the group. He’s willing to field
any enquiries about the shed. A formal Memorandum of Understanding is
now in place between the Redcliffs Community Shed and Sumner Bays Union
Trust. All funding and fundraising must go through the Trust so please
make contact with me on (03) 376-4020 if you would like to assist.
Email Reg on [3] or phone 384-3830.

Rockers of Ages Choir

has been meeting in the Redcliffs Union Church on Augusta Street over
the winter. This choir is directed by Nikki Berry and Gary Easterbrook
of The Muse Community Music Trust, and based on what I have been able
to hear from my office, it sounds good. The combined Rockers of Ages
Choirs (Sumner, Aranui and St Albans) performed a ‘flash mob’ at the
Palms Mall in Shirley during the most recent school holidays, and
judging by the video on YouTube, it went really well.

The Local Food Project including Van Asch Community Garden has
continued to produce food during the winter season. I’ve visited the
community garden a couple of times and have been impressed with the
number of people involved and their commitment to the project. The
Local Food Project held a Local Food Resilience workshop last week.

The Redcliffs Craft Group continues to meet every Thursday afternoon at
1 Bayview Road. Tutor Win is very talented and there is a keen group of
women attending each time. Win won a community board community service
award during June – congratulations!

This year we have a group of five third year geography students from
the University of Canterbury undertaking some research on Redcliffs as
part of their Geog 309 course. Glen, Tom, Marcus, Reagan and Andreas
will be conducting a mini census of Redcliffs. Please do assist them
with this research – it will help us find out what has happened to the
local population since the earthquakes.

Sumner Tea & Talk

has started with a lovely bunch of volunteers supporting it. If you
know seniors who might enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and some
company on a Monday morning in Sumner, please let them know. It is held
at the Old School Hall on Wiggins Street, in the kitchen, from 10.30 –
11.30 am each Monday.

Redcliffs Coffee & Conversation

continues each Thursday morning, 10.30 am – 12 pm at the Redcliffs
Union Church on Augusta Street.

Mini Music

is as busy as ever in both Sumner (Tuesdays, 9.30 am, Old School Hall
kitchen, Wiggins Street) and Redcliffs (Redcliffs Union Church, 9.30
am, Thursdays). It’s a great opportunity for pre-schoolers and their
parents/caregivers to join in some singing and dancing led by tutor
Cathy White.

Sumner Bays Union Trust is assisting the Redcliffs Public Library Inc.
with their rebuild project in terms of allowing me to give them some
time. Please see the following community notice:

‘Help Volunteer Library Rebuild

The only community library still operating in eastern Christchurch
needs help to raise funds to rebuild its demolished Council-built
facility. Redcliffs Library has been operating since 1914, and the
volunteers have continued the service after the February quake in a
variety of temporary venues. The library can lease its original site
back from Council, but needs to raise $200,000 for a suitable
replacement building so it can celebrate its centenary.

Any offers of funds or assistance can be made to Eddie Hayes (03)

A Sing Your Heart Out Concert featuring singer/songwriter June Burney
will held in Sumner on Sunday 9 September which also features the
Rockers of Ages Choir. This will be held from 2 – 3.30 pm in the Old
School Hall on Wiggins Street. You are warmly welcome to attend. This
is a free event.

Planning for the Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols is underway already.
This event will be held in Scarborough Park (subject to weather and
gaining appropriate permissions) on Thursday 13 December 2012. This is
a call for volunteers. We need volunteers on the night to look after
various aspects of the event, including looking after the BBQ, pick up
and drop off of seats for the Sumner Silver Band, handing out and
collecting in songbooks, putting up posters around Sumner and
Redcliffs, setting up at the park prior to the event, picking up
rubbish afterwards, and generally being on hand to do things that come
up on the night. We had great support from the Anglican Parish last
year, including Paul Costley, Sam Knight, Liz & Hugh Conley and others.
If you are keen to help out, let me know.

Sumner-Redcliffs Senior Expo

will be held again during November. A date and location have not been
confirmed yet. If you are keen to volunteer to assist with coordinating
this event, please let me know. You would be very welcome. Thanks to
Brian Lloyd and the Sumner Bowling Club last year.

Thanks must also go to our funders, some of whom have confirmed
donations and grants towards the operations of Sumner Bays Union Trust
and its projects for the next twelve months. Thank you to Canterbury
Community Trust, the Christchurch City Council via the Hagley-Ferrymead
Community Board, United Way New Zealand, and Sumner Supervalue.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
(03) 376-4020
027 781 1348
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