Update November 27

Posted by Go Waihi on 27/11/2015

So where did November disappear to? In another month Christmas will be behind us and 2016 will be days away. I hope the plans for the summer are starting to take shape, whether it’s catching up with others there, or friends visiting here, make sure you get some down time for yourself. It can be pretty flat out if you let things get away on you. Senior exams are almost but not quite over and if there’s a road trip coming up, it’s not a stupid idea to check your car ... you know, warrant, rego, tyres and a good tune up. It’s amazing how many don’t think about it and wonder why the overloaded car has overheated.

Santa is feeding up Rudolf, Mrs Claus is feeding up Santa and Rudolf is just fed up with the wait. Don’t panic Rudolf, GO Waihi’s Christmas Parade with Harcourts Waihi on Saturday December 12 isn’t far away. Santa sack at the ready and here they come at 1 pm and we better be ready for them with some mean floats and lots of fun and smiling faces. Entry forms for floats are out and about at www.waihi.org.nz, HDC’s Waihi Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM at 17 Haszard St and by emailing GO Waihi. Make it a fun affair dressing up the float, think outside the square and get everybody involved. Memories are made of these days so don’t miss out.

GO Waihi is keen to hear from anyone wanting a stall for the Christmas Market Day on Saturday December 12, the same day as the parade. Fundraisers for schools and clubs are a starter, regular stall holders with stock different to the shops, treats we don’t regularly see, art and craft along with fresh produce and nik naks and bric a brac all make for an interesting time downtown from 9.30 am. Application forms are at HDC’s Waihi Service Centre and Library, Gold FM on the corner of Seddon and Haszard St, by emailing GO Waihi and at www.waihi.org.nz. Thing is though, if you don’t hurry others will fill the gaps between shops and the deadline will go by. Don’t miss a great opportunity.

It’s Christmas Carols time with Christmas at the Lake on Sunday December 20. Getting underway at 5.30 pm at Gilmour lake in Waihi there’ll be time for a picnic, a play in the park, a stroll perhaps and definitely about two dozen good old Christmas Carols. And the best part is if you’ve forgotten some of the words you can grab a song programme with all the words on it. Waihi Baptist Church will help with the singing and there’s a sausage sizzle too. I hear there may even be some special guests, so get along for a bit of festive cheer, I bet you remember more songs than you think.

A Christmas Market and Fair has been organised for Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm with all the frills. You can enjoy Devonshire Tea, a tour of the grounds, maybe get dressed in Victorian costumes for a photo shoot, and definitely take advantage of the 45 or so stalls with a great array of wares ideal for that hard to buy person, or persons as the case may be (not to mention yourself). They’re easy to find, just head south towards Tauranga from Waihi through the Athenree Gorge, then take a left into Athenree Rd and it’s just around a corner or two.

The Waihi Women’s Choir has a busy schedule ahead leading up to Christmas, and they love it. Each concert is an open invitation to get along and enjoy a neat mix of musical styles. From their visit to Waihi Beach at Pohutukawa Park on Sunday 6 December, through shows at the Waihi Baptist Church and Hetherington House to carols in Waihi town on Saturday 19 December at 10 am, these ladies will have you clapping along, singing along and if you don’t look out dancing along too. And Wella Tasma will also be taking the choir to several schools and holding a studio students concert too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The difference between ignorance and apathy – I don’t know and I don’t care.