Update February 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/02/2016

Whew! Another five day week and the sun’s setting pretty close to 8 pm, a little earlier. I’m making the most of the light evenings, daylight saving will end before we know it. Just a few days left of month two for 2016, and the countdown to Easter is on – you can tell with Easter eggs and hot cross buns already on the shelves. Yum I might add; hey it’s product testing OK?! Talk’s been we’ve had a pretty decent summer with visitors around our region, and they haven’t been disappointed with things to see and do. Our back yard is a sought after pastime for a lot of people, whether it’s the bush, beach or backyard after some boutique shopping. And you don’t need to click over too many k’s to get everywhere either, another bonus.

A great eye catching headline that’s true. Tony Ratcliffe ran away to the circus when he was 15 and there he stayed, and ended up owning the business with his brother. That’s where he met Jumbo the elephant and they became almost inseparable. Then it was time to say goodbye to Jumbo when he was ‘repatriated’ to live the rest of his days with other elephants overseas. Tony has an interesting story he’s sharing at Grey Power’s meeting today at Waihi Baptist Church on the corner of Gilmour and Kenny Sts. 10.30 am for a cuppa and 11 am for a chat and Q & A, finishing at midday. It’s just a gold coin entry and an open invitation. He’ll have discounted copies of his elephant book available too.

Three, two, one go ... down one, two or three mud slides with the annual Waihi Scouts Mudslide, then conquer the mud obstacle course if you dare, and finish with walking the rope bridge challenge across the stream. Most fall in on purpose I reckon, a great way to lighten the washing machine’s job when you get home. Changing tents are sorted, so are food and refreshments, right down to you cooking a sausage with the scouts so take a little extra cash. Play all day from 9.30 am to 3 pm for $5. On Saturday March 5 head south from Waihi a couple of k’s and on the right hand side you’ll see signs beside the Waihi Gun Club. Go down the drive, then it’s down the slides. Don’t forget your old shoes and a change of clothes.

They’re a lively bunch in this settlement, with a beautiful beach and lots of community activities happening at any time of the year. There’s the indoor bowls group, the library, their local fire force, indoor bowls, the beach market, the coffee club and Sundays may well be a day of rest, I’m not too sure. There’s more too, so if you’d like to make contact with a vibrant team get in touch and I’ll pass on their contact details. Their surf club is a central focal point, and great tennis courts too by the way.

What a great introduction to the Waihi Herb Society with their meeting on Sunday. You’re welcome along to hear Margot Robin speak at their meeting at the Salvation Army Hall on upper Seddon St. They meet on the last Sunday each month with visits to gardens, regular guest speakers and demonstrations to do with herbs, plants, soils, companion planting and gardening. Feel free to join them, there’s always a shared cuppa too.

If you want a good time for next to nothing then check out Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club. Racing starts at 11 am and there’s food and drink available at the clubhouse. The arena’s set, with fantastic viewing of not only the racing but the view out to the coast and down as far as the Mount on a clear day. $4 gets you in, and they’re easy to find along Waihi Beach Rd, half way down the gorge on the left beside the quarry. Up to the top for car parking and take your own picnic if you want. Chairs, umbrella, sunscreen and refreshments are all good to go too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: A man rarely makes the same mistake twice. It’s usually at least three or four times.