Update August 16

Posted by GO Waihi on 16/08/2017

Wet but fairly warm is probably a fair description of the weather over the last few days. I guess the good thing with the showers and rain is that no electric cars will be running out of power in the coming months, and we should have good stocks in the hydro lakes too. That’s the plan anyway! With a change of seasons coming now’s a good time to be preparing a bit of space in the garden for the freshest, tastiest veggies we’ll ever enjoy. Away we go with the Bledisloe Cup Saturday night and the Swampfoxes kicking off their season next weekend for rugby fans, good luck to the team heading into the representative season, we’re right in behind you!

This is your invitation from the Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists. With excerpts from 38 films and a variety of still images, this 70-minute film covers New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. Gathered from archives from New Zealand, Australia, the United States and United Kingdom it covers life prior to the war, soldiers training and departing, shipboard life along with footage of NZEF soldiers in Egypt, Gallipoli, Europe and the Middle East. There’re even rare glimpses of life at the homefront in New Zealand, including the first conscription ballot, fundraising activities and more. $5 is well worth it, with afternoon tea included. It’s on at 1 pm this Wednesday (23rd August) at Waihi Arts Centre and Museum in Kenny St.

Bras with attitude will be paraded by blokes on Saturday 30 September at Waihi Beach Community Centre. Friday, September 1 is the cut off for entries in the four categories of bra art. There’s Avante Garde, St John, From Mountain to Sea and Op Shop Up Cycle. Raising funds for St John Waihi’s new building this is always a fun night. Entry forms and tickets for the night are all at St John Waihi’s Op Shop in Silverton Rd, just down from Seddon St, and on our website.

Huge thanks goes to all the volunteers who do fantastic jobs helping the Whiritoa community to tick over. A couple of locals who are stepping down from a role or two they’ve held for some time are Gerry Davis, who has taken bookings for the hall for the last decade or more as well as been heavily involved in the local newsletter and a number of other roles, and Pam Taylor, who’s going to be missed as she retires from the library after 17 years. Enjoy your extra ‘you’ time, you both deserve it.

The topic for this month’s meeting is plant dyes for natural fibres with Jill Robertson. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn about herbs, companion planting, soils, composting, planting by the moon and even enjoy a hot brew with the friendly folk. $2 gets you in, if there’s a guest speaker it’s $5 and annual membership’s $15 or $20 for a couple. Head for the Waihi Salvation Army Hall at the top of Seddon St on the last Sunday of each month, that’s next Sunday, August 27, for a start at 2 pm.

It’s the only one you’ll reach for if you live in Waikino, Waihi, Waihi Beach, Athenree and Bowentown. The Waihi Lions Community Directory is being updated so it can be printed and out before Christmas. They’re keen to hear from anyone new to these areas, or who has changed address or contact details. You may want to have your mobile or other details in there. Initial details are free and it’s just $10 for additional information. If you’re a business then check your information is correct too. Contact Waihi Lions on 863 6988 or email waihilions@gmail.com.

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