Update - May 4

Posted by on 04/05/2012

So many people, myself included, got a little mixed up with the days last week. With ANZAC Day falling on the Wednesday, it was funny to hear people referring to Thursday as if it was Monday. Late with projects, phone calls coming days early, and the weekend arrived very quickly. Still, I think if we took every Wednesday off, we can crack that mistake. I’m willing to try anyway. It’s great to see so many people still outdoors, even after daylight saving’s finished. The water temperature’s still quite mild for the hardy souls still swimming and surfing, and it’s been pretty good for those winter sports practices during the week with no cancellations with weekend games so far. I hope that continues through a short, mild winter.

Just a quick thank you if you took part in the ECHO Walking Festival over the school holidays. We had record numbers going on some fantastic walks from the Kaimai’s to the Coromandel, and the weather really was on our side. To those who allowed us on their private property, a big thanks too. And to the guides, who gave of their time and knowledge, thanks as well. The ECHO committee will be looking at next year’s walks, the 10th Anniversary of ECHO Walking Festival, very soon and should have them out before Christmas.

Waihi Sports N Action has Junior Badminton on Monday afternoons for school children from 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Rackets are provided so just take $3 and some energy along. And on Tuesday afternoons at the same time there’s Junior Basketball. You can make up a team, or head along and they’ll put you in a team. To find out more call in to the Events Centre, or talk to Pauline on 863 7295.

We’ve received some great photos of the Waihi Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, and the judges are mulling over which entry will win the Sony handycam we have to give away. If you sent some pictures in, thanks, we really appreciate it. We’ll be announcing the winner next week, so stand by your phone (figuratively speaking). We’ll also put some of the photos up here on our website.

For something a little different for Mothers Day, why not treat her to an outing to the historic Athenree Homestead. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Waihi, and she’ll enjoy Devonshire tea along with musical entertainment. There are two sittings, at 10 am and 2 pm. The cost is $10 per person. Contact Anne to book and for details on (07) 863 6448.

This Sunday morning weather permitting from 8.30 the lids get lifted, the boots opened and the trestles unfolded at the Waihi Rotary Trust Car Boot Sale at the Waihi Memorial RSA car park in lower Seddon St. There’s always something different, from fresh produce to hidden treasures for you to browse through at your leisure. Mind you, browse too long and someone else will snap up the bargains. If you’d like a site, just turn up with $6, or $10 for a car and trailer site, and that goes to local Rotary community projects.

Waihi Community Vision invites you to their public meeting for an update on the Gold Discovery Centre Project and the proposed Multi Sports Complex. Being held at the Waihi Salvation Army hall on Thursday 10 May starting at 7 pm, you’ll get the opportunity to hear from, and speak to, the experts who will be on hand to explain where these projects currently stand, and where to from here. Got any questions? This will be an ideal time to get some answers.

Book in Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday to check out some great books for sale at some fantastic prices. Waihi Rotary Trust, in conjunction with Waihi Beach Lions, has their annual Book Fair on again. More details on this in good time. What they’re after right now is … BOOKS! Not just books but games, jigsaws, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and even records. This is one of their major fundraiser’s for the year, and they really do need our support. If you have any of these items that you’d like to donate, then please visit one of their drop off sites; Mobil Waihi in Seddon St, BP Connect in Rosemont Rd, Waihi Beach Hardware and the Caltex Service Station in Paeroa. For someone to call and pick up your donation please call Neil on 07 863 5722.

Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogists next meeting has Graham Clark as their speaker, focusing on researching in Continental Europe. There’ll be examples of continental records, a map talk that will go back to the formation of continental countries in the 19th and 20th centuries, some strategies to make research a little easier and afternoon tea. All that for $5 and you’re invited. It’s on Wednesday May 23rd at the Bridge Club in Union St Waihi starting at 1 pm.

If you’ve got a bit of time on a Sunday, head for Gilmour Lake in Waihi and check out ships, boats, yachts, steam boats, war ships and the occasional punt. The punt’s what the model boat enthusiasts use if they need to recover any of their pride and joy from the reeds. The model boat club’s there most Sundays and it’s a great sight; with sails up, propellers turning and hand controls not in the hands of teenagers for a change. They’re pretty friendly too if you’d like a chat.

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