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Newsletter 13 March 2020

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to pay tribute to someone who has been one of our long-time supporters in both a voluntary and paid capacity.

Paul Bolger was our first Mini Music dad, bringing his younger daughter along to the Sumner session when we started this programme in October 2009. We got to know each other well as a result of this, and in the early days, a group of us used to go out for sushi after Mini Music each Tuesday morning. Paul would help with the clean up after the session each week, and eventually became the go-to person for doing the morning tea for the Sumner session until his daughter went off to school.

Good things came out of getting to know Paul. When we finally decided we needed a website, he was willing to host it for us, and in the early days did not charge for this. When he upgraded it to a WordPress based site, we began to pay a fee each year for his services, and he gave me a relatively free hand in customising it, rescuing me on a number of occasions when I broke the website. He’d say, “How did you manage to do that, Eddie?” with great amusement. For about half the years we’ve run the annual Community Carols events Paul set up and ran the sound system for us as a volunteer. His background in sound engineering came in very handy!

 Sadly, Paul died suddenly on Wednesday 4 March, leaving behind his wife and his 15 and 12-year-old daughters. As long as I’ve known him, Paul was the primary caregiver for his daughters. I considered Paul a friend and colleague and he will be very missed.Our condolences to his loved ones. 

Coffee & Conversation: Every Friday except the first Friday of the month, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street at 10.30 am:
Upcoming guests:
Friday 27 March               John Goodrich, Summit Road Society
Friday 17 April:                 Hon. Ruth Dyson, MP    
Friday 15 May:                  Deborah Rhode: Mongolian history and culture.
Tea & Talk: Mondays, 10.30 am, upstairs in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Loopy Tunes
We’re still looking for a volunteer to assist with the Sumner session, particularly the morning tea and clean up afterwards.
Sumner: 9.30 am, Puoro-raki, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Redcliffs, 10.30am, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street.
Each session costs $2 per child and is followed by morning tea and a playtime.

Happy Hour
Our third Happy Hour of the year will be held on Friday 3 April from 4-6pm at the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street. Refreshments are provided. We had 25 people at the last event, and it was great fun.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Newsletter 27 January 2020

Hi everyone,

It’s nearly the end of January and people are starting to get back into their regular routines. Today looks like it’s going to be a warm one. I’m very grateful for air conditioning at this time of year!

Learning Exchange
Our coordinator Eve Wingerath has hit the ground running since she started at the beginning of the month. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our soon-to-be launched Learning Exchange page on our website. It’s not up yet but it will be there in the not too distant future.
If you’re interested in running a learning event, let me or Eve know. Email Eve on learning@sumnerbays.org.nz

Loopy Tunes
Our preschool music sessions begin again on Tuesday 10 February.
Sumner: 9.30 am, Puoro-raki, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Redcliffs, 10.30am, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street.
Each session costs $2 per child and is followed by morning tea and a playtime.
Our most recent Sumner volunteer has gone and got herself a job (which is great for her but less so for us!). We need someone who can come in and set up the room, make sure everything is set up and cleaned up for morning tea, and clean up and pack away afterwards. It’s not hard work and saves me a lot of time. You get to meet lovely children and their parents/caregivers, and do something that is much appreciated by everyone involved. Let me know as soon as possible if you’re willing to help out. Ideally, we’d have a team of people who could be rostered on.

Coffee & Conversation
We have a guest speaker coming on Friday 14 February 2020. Her name is Glenda Martin and she is the outreach manager for Volunteering Canterbury. Come along and hear about what they do and how you can join in. Sumner Bays Union Trust is a member organisation of Volunteering Canterbury, and we’ve been fortunate to receive referrals of volunteers for various projects since we joined up.
Day & time: Fridays, 10.30 am, except first Friday of the month,
Location: Redcliffs Uniting Church hall.
If you have something interesting to talk about, you are invited to be a guest speaker at Coffee & Conversation. Let me know as I am organising the calendar for the year at present and would like to line up a range of interesting speakers and activities.

Happy Hour
Our first Happy Hour of the year will be held on Friday 7 February from 4-6pm  at the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall. At 4 Augusta Street. It’s a BBQ again. Refreshments are provided. The last two sessions have been great fun.

Movie Afternoon, Little Women, Wednesday 13 February at 1.30 at Hollywood Cinemas in Sumner
This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s well known novel Little Women has had excellent reviews.
Cost: $10 per person. Please book your tickets prior to 1 pm as the queue can be long close to the time.

Edit: If you need transport, contact our Older Persons’ Worker Maree McGovern on 376-4020

That’s all for now, folks,