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Phoenix Contact: Ray Weighell. Email: Phone: 027 604 2769 Fax: 06 308 8573

Volume XV

APRIL 2010

Issue III

A Treat In Five Languages Featherston’s music lovers were offered a remarkable selection of musical talent and genre at Sunday’s concert in the Anzac Hall. A well-balanced programme offered music in five languages, from familiar operatic themes to less well-known pieces that treated the audience of about 100 to almost two hours of musical excellence. International sopranos Georgia Jamieson Emms and Brigitte Heuser performed a selection of songs, duets, aria and lieder. Each has an outstanding talent, and their voices both Georgia contrasted and blended in The Flower Song from Lakme, the witty duet from Cosi Fan Tutte and the lullaby fron Hansel and Gretel. As soloists, each was enchanting, as well as (although it’s probably politically incorrect to say so) beautiful, presenting a visual as well as a musical treat. Their acting skills with gesture and expression, brought out the emotion or wit in each piece. Georgia, from Longwood, is thought of as one of “Featherston’s own”, and perhaps we may also now claim Brigitte because Georgia and Brigitte Georgia did marry Andreas, Brigitte’s elder brother, this month. Georgia’s tribute to Andreas was the song One Boy from the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Supporting Georgia and Brigitte was their talented and subtle accompanist Catherine Norton, who has played

for us before at Georgia’s appearances in Featherston. Her sensitive accompaniment allowed the girls to shine. Further home-grown talent was offered by the Featherston Gentlemen Singers, tutored and conducted by Marguerite TaitJamieson and accompanied by Martin Lawrence Their selection included a moving Featherston Gentlemen Singers rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, as well as other works such as “All for the Best” from Godspell and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. that demonstrated the advances in technique and style that this choir has achieved in the fiveyears that they have been singing together.

Care & Craft, Have you recently arrived in Featherston? Are you at a loose end and maybe looking to do some voluntary work? Care & Craft maybe ideal for you We meet fortnightly at the Senior Citizens Hall from 11am to approx 1.30pm. Care & Craft is a voluntary Community Project and caters for folk who have had a stroke or other disabilities or just lonely. If you know of someone who needs a few hours away from their own environment, we can help. We do very simple crafts and this is like a therapy as well as an enjoyment. If interested at all you may contact; Noreen 308 9992, Ann 308 9461, Helen 308 9331. You may also know someone who lives near you and could benefit from Care & Craft. 1

Councillor’s Comment by Councillor Solitaire Robinson

It is great to see the railway crossing on Fitzherbert Street has had a major upgrade. There were some businesses without water for a length of time during the process. A few of the business owners rang the council offices concerned about not having water and they were put on an alternative water supply and their business was not disrupted in anyway. This is something for all businesses to be aware of and should something like this happen in the future they should ring the Council offices to see what alternative service is possible. Closing a State Highway and disrupting a major rail network is a big task that costs a lot of money , Council took the opportunity to upgrade some of its infrastructure while the rail upgrade was occurring, this saved the ratepayers thousands of dollars. It is really great when agencies such as Ontrack, the New Zealand Transport Agency and local Councils can work together in order to be more cost effective. The Community board has received some funding from the South Wairarapa Rotary Club to concrete the area around

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the Skate Park where the Gazebo and entrance are. This work will be done by Oldfields who have subsidised the cost of the work and the Community Board will fund the balance. This will tidy up the area significantly and provide better access to the park. There is a litter problem around the Skate Park and it is disappointing to see the young people using this facility dumping their rubbish on the ground. The users of the skate park need to remember that there were a lot of people in Featherston who worked very hard to make this park happen and would like to see it being respected. Speaking of rubbish, Council recently adopted an infringement system for litter in order to issue fines to people observed dumping litter. The illegal dumping of rubbish on road reserves , in our towns and outside the recycling stations is not acceptable and costs Council and the ratepayers money. In future, if people are caught dumping rubbish then they can expect to pay the price. As most people will be aware, there was recently a problem with the water source that feeds Featherston and as a result Featherston was put on an alternative supply. While this did have an unpleasant taste, tests showed no contamination and the water was perfectly safe to drink. Council sent out an information leaflet to all urban households as well as providing a water tanker daily for people to come and fill up their containers. The community patrol is well underway, with an enthusiastic group of patrollers. We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to assist, there is a training regime that all members will need to take part in and this will be occurring later in the year. If anyone wished to join, please contact the Featherston Police for an application form. A big thank you must go to the co-ordinator Davina Simms, it is not an easy task and is very time consuming, but without someone there organising rosters and liaising with the Police we would not have a patrol. Thanks Davina. It was great to see so many people at the Mini Train Festival, what a fantastic day. Well done to all the people involved in making this event such a success. Remember Porky, Dean and myself are there to represent you and can always be contacted if you have any concerns. Our contact details can be found on the South Wairarapa District Council website, or in the Council’s Long Term Plan which is available at the Featherston Library. Till next time.... Solitaire.


Gold Star Association Bowls.

Featherston Lionesses.

The annual Wellington District Gold Star Bowls tournament was held at the Featherston Bowling Club on Saturday March 6th. There were nine Gold Star teams and a team from the Featherston Bowling Club to avoid a bye. The weather was overcast with one heavy shower halting play for a short period during game one.

Yes, the weather cleared for the Big Coast, but the volunteers who were setting up the camp site were caught in the Friday’s fast moving storm. Our sincere thanks to the Lions who braved the storm, and set up the site. Sadly some of our key personnel were not able to help this year, we missed you.

Teams were from; Otaki, Paekakariki, Titahi Bay, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Carterton and Featherston (3). Prize winners were; 1st D.Barrow, Featherston. 2nd D. Bennett, Featherston. 3rd J. Rodgers, Otaki. Hard Luck, G. Hurley, Titahi Bay. A very enjoyable day was had by all with special thanks to the Featherston Bowling Club and the Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade for their hosting of the day. Next years tournament will be hosted by the Otaki Brigade at the Manukau Bowling Club.

We catered for well over 400. The weather cleared up nice and to hear from the cyclists that it was warmer over our side of the ranges was great (but then we know that). The weekend is one of our main money making events and all Lions/Lioness members try to help in some way or other. We have a lot of fun and work well together. A big thank you to the organizers. Our joint project with the Lions is the painting of the Senior Citizens Hall. Work commenced on March 22nd. We are looking forward to joining the Lions next month to hear an excellent speaker and join them for a meal at the R.S.A.

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Woohoo Friday 5 March was a night for the ladies. The ‘Girlz’ team blitzed the Trivia…. Way to go gals. Every Friday about 6.35pm Trivia begins. No cost to enter, this is all about having a lil fun, so if you think you’re a Trivia wiz, give it a go. The Jokers Wild was also struck that night & was drawn by one of our lovely ladies. Well done. Thank you to our Jokers Wild sponsors, it could not have happened without you, A & G Electrics – Adamson’s Garage – Gordon Berryman – Professionals Real Estate and Town & Country Café & Takeaways. Don’t fret, we still have our members’ draw on Friday’s, but to win, you have to be there when it is drawn. March saw an influx of visitors. Friday 12 March the Club was buzzin. We had the Metro-Service cyclists in for lunch & a few drinks, then later that evening we were lucky enough to be entertained by the Timaru Pipe Band with a few impromptu pieces. To those members who helped in the Restaurant, Bar & clean-up, thank you. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. The members who mingled with our guests, well done, I’m sure our visitors left with great memories of the RSA. Ladies afternoon-Pool has begun. They meet every 2nd Tuesday at 1pm; the next rendezvous on Tuesday13 April, always a pleasure to see you ladies. Pool players… a meeting is to be held on Wed 14 April at 7.30pm. Please, your attendance is required to ensure the Pool Club survives. All interested players welcome to attend. Indoor Bowls is due to start soon. Hopefully I will have more information on that soon. The first of our entertainment begins Friday 2 April with Soul 2 Soul starting at 8pm. Karaoke; starts Friday 23 April, wrong date in last month’s issue. Sorry about that, my bad. Handle Club; there have been changes to the Handle Club, more info at the bar. AGM; this is scheduled for Sunday 16 May, so pencil in the date. More information to follow. Not a member of the RSA? Why not come down to the club & let me tell you about the benefits of being a member & how you can join. Thought for the month: If you can’t see the bright side of life….. polish the dull side!

Greytown LifeCare We are holding an Open Day on Saturday 10th April 2010 at Greytown Lifecare 186 East Street, Greytown from 10.30 until 2 pm. Please feel free to join us and share in a BBQ Lunch with our Residents. Entertainment will be provided from “Park 9” and Roy Bambry. There will be Spot prizes during the day. Many thanks Ann Wilson (Activities Officer)

Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Easter from St Teresa’s School. We are happy to share The Jellybean Prayer RED is for the blood Christ gave GREEN is for the palm’s cool shade YELLOW is for God’s light so bright ORANGE is for prayers at twilight BLACK is for sweet rest at night WHITE is for the Grace of Christ PURPLE is for His days of sorrow PINK is for each new tomorrow An egg full of jelly beans, colorful and sweet, Reminds me of God’s bounty with this Easter treat! Thank you to those who supported our Harvest Festival. There will be more information in next months Phoenix. Winter sports starts after the holidays and many of the students are involved in a number of sports being offered in the district. Rugby is held up at the club rooms along with soccer. Hockey is held at the turf and netball at St Teresa’s school. It is never too late to get involved with your children and encourage them to play a sport – being part of a sports team develops social and physical skills. It also teaches children the virtue of commitment. Reading support: have you thought of reading to and / or listening to children read? If you are interested and have a spare half an hour a week please contact our school office for more details. We appreciate those adults who are willing to assist with this skill in our young children.

Cross Creek Blues Club Newsletter Well folks we’ve had two club nights since the last newsletter and a couple of rippers they were.The “Nick Charles”recital in February was everything we expected and a lot more.This Aussie Bluesman gave out of this world guitar solos and vocals that kept an audience of over a hundred rockin along.Then in March another good crowd turned up for our own Patrick Bleakley in a quartet of his Wellington muso mates,Pat on bass Krissy K vocals Kemp Turirangi guitar and Des Mallon drums.With Krissy you could hear bits of Ruby Turner ,Janice Joplin and Eva Cassidy all wrapped up in one,great stuff and when she took a break the boys gave us some instrumentals and vocals by Des that had all enthralled. Our Wednesday April 7th session will have as guest artist Wellington bluesman “Shane Hurricane Wills”who has played along with most of the big names in the NZ music scene.His brilliant guitar and harmonica licks will have you groovin along.On club nights such as this ,the guest artists are preceded by great entertainment for an hour and a half by club members,so come along and have a great night out at our Base “The Tin Hut”Tauherinikau 7-30pm Wed April 7th. Non members $5 entry.If you’re keen on Blues Jazz and Rock n Roll don’t miss it.

ADVENTURES FOR THE MIND We have moved along the road to 33 Fitzherbert St, by the rail crossing. More fun, more games & toys, more space and lots more free parking.


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MONDAY Galaxy Gym, Sports Stadium Annexe 5.30-7pm. Ph 308-9932 or 308-9086. Featherston St John adults, 7.30pm. Phone 308-9330. Senior Citizens Club meets every Monday. Phone 308-9628 or 308-9644. Playcentre, Monday, Friday 9.15am to 11.45am for children 0-6. Kahutara Play Group meets at Kahutara Hall, 9.45-l2pm. For parents and caregivers of preschool children. Everyone welcome TUESDAY Featherston Golf Club ladies Day, 9.30am. New members very welcome. Phone 308-9973. South Wairarapa Badminton Club 7.30-9.30pm at the Stadium. Childrens Chess and Board Game Club. All welcome. 4.30 to 5.30pm. Ph Graham or Robyn 308 8118. Thai Kickboxing Classes Now FREE every Tuesday during the school term 4:15 - 5:15 pm Ages 7 - 12yrs Turn up to the wrestling club rooms behind Star Movies video store and give it a go. For more information ring Sue on 308 8897 ACC Modified Tai Chi 14:00-14:45 Featherston community centre Gold coin donation per session Featherston District Gymnastics Club meet at the Stadium, Underhill Road. Instructed by Angie Smith, qualified recreational coach. New Class -4-5pm 5-9yrs (Beginners Only) see Wednesday for main classes WEDNESDAY Cross Creek Blues Club. Every 1st Wednesday of the month at the “Tin Hut” Tauherenikau 7.30pm. For more info contact Eric 308 6474 or visit Featherston Scottish Country Dance Club resumes 7.30pm Wednesday 11th March and every Wednesday except the first one of the month. Catholic Church Parish Hall, Bell Street. Beginners welcome. $1 per night. This is social dancing, you don’t need a special partner. Phone 308-9015. Featherston Lions Club meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Phone 308-9274. Karate 6pm Featherston Primary School Hall, teaching students of all ages. All are welcome Ph 308-9839. Toy Library 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 12-1pm, Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield Street. Lovebugs music and coffee morning for caregivers and babies to preschoolers. 10am at the Anglican Church Hall (opposite the Fire Station). Parking at the back. $2 donation. All welcome. Kahutara Play Group meets at Kahutara Hall, 9.45-12pm For parents and caregivers of preschool children. Everyone welcome for education and fun. Featherston District Gymnastics Club meet at the Stadium, Underhill Rd. Instructed by Angie Smith, qualified recreational coach. 2.00-2.45 18months to 5yrs; 3.30-4.30pm 5-7yrs; 4.30-5.30pm 7-10yrs 5.30-6.30pm 10yrs+ or by coaches discretion Ph Jenny, 308 8077. THURSDAY Care and Craft meet every second Thursday. Phone 308-9992. Lioness Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday. New members most welcome. Phone 308-9330. St John Cadets (Youth) meet at 7pm every Thursday at St John Hall. Phone 308-6593. “Toddlers’ Gym” for 0 – 3 yr olds is held at St Andrew’s Union Church on Thursdays during the school term, 9:30 – 11 am. All welcome FRIDAY Needlework, Embroidery and Knitting Community Centre 1st. Friday of the month 10 - Noon Galaxy Gym, Sports Stadium Annexe 5.30-7pm. Ph 308-9932 or 308-9086. A.A. meets at 8pm every Friday Evening. Phone 308-9876. Playcentre, Monday, Friday 9.15am to 11.45am for children 0-6. South Wairarapa Probus Club meets at the South Wairarapa Working Men’s Club, Greytown, at on the last Friday of each month.Enquiries to the President, Helen Smith, 06 3048840 SATURDAY Toy Library 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9.30-10.30am, Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield Street. Al-Anon Family Group: South Wairarapa Family Group meets every Saturday at 11am in Greytown. Ph 389 2103 for more info or 0508 4 AL-ANON (0508 4 25 2666) or website: Move with Ease (Feldenkrais) Community Centre 9:30am or Phone 308 9686 SUNDAY Featherston Golf Club members club day from 9am. Soldiers Settlement Road. Weekly competitions. New members welcome. Phone Barbara Thompson 308 9194 or Peter Hawkins 308 9357.

Featherston School News In Room 1 we have the New Entrant and Year 1 children. Our focus is to ensure all children make a good start in learning to read and write. We begin this by learning about words and how they work. From their first day at school children are encouraged to hear sounds in words through activities like recognizing rhymes, listening for beginning sounds of names and words, and knowing about chunks of sound in words with syllables. They learn to link sounds they hear in words with single letters to begin with and then, where appropriate with letter clusters. We have a very spacious classroom and there is plenty of room for different learning areas, including the mat area, our group tables, an art table, a writing table, a developmental area, two computer tables, and a reading room.

To enrol at your community school phone 308 9242 or 027 410 4999 or email: Website:

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Sir Being born in Masterton and commuting to Sam Mead’s Kuranui College I found a very strong friendship during my college years within the Carterton, Greytown, Martinborough & Featherston. After living in Palmerston North, North Shore and Wellington, in 2001 I moved to Featherston for family reasons, without realising this would bring me to find a Featherston that is a community at the very heart of the history of New Zealand. I have called home to many towns and cities in my brief tenure on this third rock from the sun, but never have I encountered the same embracement of a people and community. Thank you to the Phoenix for keeping everyone in touch. Regards Errol Anderson Gold Coast Australia

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New sports movement class at Community Centre? The Featherston Community Centre is a great venue and there’s a gap on Thursday evenings that Rupert Watson wants to fill. Rupert teaches better movement with his Feldenkrais classes on Saturday mornings and would like to extend his work to people interested in improving sports skills with the spot on Thursday nights. “What I do has origins in martial arts and is used by a wide variety of top performers around the world to improve their balance, coordination and self-organisation for better achievement in their chosen field,” says Rupert. “I like to work with people whatever their level of physical competence but the great thing about Feldenkrais is its relevance to both couch potatoes and athletes. But I would love to find some of the latter in Featherston and really work on improving their basic movement skills. Whether it’s running, golf, tennis, skiing, shooting or just getting more done in the garden, Feldenkrais is a gold mine, as essential elements of action, like posture and breathing, get a lot better.” Rupert is canvassing the possibility of starting the new class after Easter. It would be a series of 6 to 8 sessions on Thursday evenings from 6.30-7.30. Anyone interested in finding out more can call him on 308 9686, or email Rupert Watson Feldenkrais, Bones for Life, Massage 5 Watt St Featherston 027 585 3822

News from Greytown Lifecare

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It has been yet another busy month at Greytown Lifecare and has included our audit which took place on 17 February Resulting in a three year Certification.. Well done to all involved. The residents enjoyed a picnic lunch under the shade of our trees whilst new carpet was laid, we were fortunate with it being a beautiful day. Our residents have continued to participate in a varied programme of activities – Indoor Bowls and Housie being two of the most popular. The fine weather has given us the opportunity to be outside with some of our activities such as Putt Golf and Chair Hockey. Gardening has been high on the agenda re -potting of our hanging baskets. A number of outings including Residents shopping with scenic drives on a Monday afternoon. A wonderful trip to Lake Ferry with twelve of our Residents was a great success – the Fish and Chip lunch was superb with weather glorious – not a breath of wind or a cloud in the sky. Thank you again to our volunteers for their assistance on the day. Help is always much appreciated. Our resident’s have been entertained recently by Rachel Thompson, Roy Bambry, Robert Churcher and Robert Fowlds during our “Happy Hours” on Friday afternoons. We have been the lucky recipients of beautiful bunches of dahlias from Nola Mangin’s garden, which we are very grateful for. These blooms adorn our recreational lounge and give much enjoyment to our residents. Tickets are on sale for our Resident’s Easter Fundraiser - $2.00 each with 5 draws. Feel free to pop in and purchase a ticket or two. Proceeds benefit our recreational programme.

Success for St Teresa’s Students Several children from the school have recently achieved success at a local and district level. Athletics: Lisa and Sandra Makaohi, Ash-leigh Jones and Darrell Taaka attended the Wellington Athletic championships. The made the finals in all events. Lisa achieved a gold medal for long jump, silver medal for 200 m, and 3 bronze medals for 100m, discus and shot put. Sandra won silver for discus, was 5th in the shot- put and 200 m and 8th in the 100m Ash-leigh won bronze in the 100m and was 5th in the 60m. Darrell was 4th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.

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Sandra, Ash-leigh, Darrell and Lisa The Year 5 & 6 rippa rugby team performed at a high level on and off the field, although did not come home with any trophies they all received some very good prizes

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Featherston Walkways & Reserves Trust

As we approach our second AGM (April 22nd) we’ve been taking stock of what we’ve achieved over the last 12 months. · Organising working bees: We’d like to thank the many people who’ve turned up to our working bees in Barr-Brown and Dorset Square. A special thanks to Robyn Perry for spearheading the effort in Dorset Square and for making it presentable in time for the Passchendaele Exhibition in July. · Building tracks: We’ve joined forces with the South Wairarapa Tramping Club (and others) to help cut tracks in the hills above Featherston. Our short term goal is to connect up the Rimutaka Hill Road summit track to the end of Buck’s Road. Our longer term goal is to link into the network of DoC trails in the Tararua Mountains. · Writing our Strategic Plan: We’ve outlined a plan that is both achievable and ambitious. Three core goals: 1. improve and maintain town reserves; 2. establish a culture of action and stewardship; 3. identify and tap into sources of funding. Two bold challenges: 1. extend track networks to the mountain and lake; 2. organise and orchestrate events (walks, races). Most importantly, our plan is to enable individuals and groups to get on with making Featherston recreationally amazing. You can view the Plan on our website: http:// · Drafting Action Plans: We have drafted Action Plans for all four town reserves: Barr-Brown, the Domain, Dorset Square and Otauira. · Writing grants and securing funding: We were recently awarded just over $6000.00 for control of noxious weeds and pest species in Barr-Brown. We have also applied for funding to help give Dorset Square a face lift and are in the process of writing grants for track maintenance in the Domain and replanting natives in Otauira Reserve. · Supporting local initiatives: We were pleased to be able to throw our support behind the Wairarapa Multi Sport Club’s Featherston-Rimutaka Mountain Bike Track proposal. The proposal is still being considered by DoC. · Having a say: Last month we drafted a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council regarding their Wairarapa Corridor Plan. Among other issues, we highlighted the need for increased train services, better provision for cyclists and pedestrians along SH2 and SH53 and better coordination of public transportation for major events in the area. Everyone is welcome to join us for our AGM at 7:30pm on April 22nd at the Community Centre. If you would like to get involved in any aspect of our work please contact Sarah on 308 8367 or


The ANZAC Hall Concert Series


Easter Monday 5th April – 2.00 pm

Michael Houstoun and Ashley Brown (Cellist)

A course of lessons will begin on 12 April at 8 p.m. in The Greytown Town Centre Contact Sue at Mondo 3048905

Sonata in D for cello and piano, Op.102 No.2 Beethoven Sonata in C for cello and piano, Op.102 No.1 Beethoven Interval Gabriel FaurĂŠ Elegy, Op.24 for cello and piano Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op.19

Tickets $25 (bona fide Students $10) Tickets available from: Aratoi, and Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough Libraries or phone John Tenquist (06) 308 9799) or email

KAHUTARA HALL SOCIETY A.G. M To be held on Wednesday 14th April 2010 At the Kahutara Hall 7.00pm All Welcome J. Pearce Sec.

A Very Special Thank You. Thank you so much to all my wonderful family, friends and neighbours, staff, children and BOT South Featherston School. The RTLB gang and my WCDG friends. A huge thank you to you all for the beautiful flowers, the yummy baking, gifts, cards, visits and phone calls I received following my recent surgery. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness support and love, thank you, including those who sneaked things into my letterbox no names supplied !!. Thank you also to our lovely team of South Wairarapa District Nurses, what a lovely bunch you all are. I very much appreciate all your tender loving care. My thanks to Robyn and Doff, for all your support, advice and kindness. You have all made me feel so special and loved. Thank you all so very, very much. Bev Wiffen.

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Greetings from the Featherston Community Centre. What’s new?

Introducing From Her Corner 2010!: The Featherston Community Centre has teamed up with the Wairarapa Women’s Centre to bring you From Her Corner 2010, an autumn speaker’s series. We are proud to present Homeopathy & Hormones with Claire Bleakley on Tuesday April 20th. With over 15 years experience Claire Bleakley is more than qualified to speak about the relationship between homeopathy and women’s hormones. Starting in April, From Her Corner runs on the 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7.30pm for April, May & June. All are welcome to attend and entry is by gold coin donation. The talks are scheduled to begin at 7.30pm followed by discussion and supper. We’ve got a great group of Speakers lined up to cover several interesting topics. Mark the dates & keep an eye out for fliers & more information! Arthritis Clinic: The next FREE Arthritis Clinic is scheduled for Wednesday April 7th from 12-4pm. Limited spaces available; contact the Community Centre to book your appointment with Shay the Arthritis Educator.

Society for Creative Anachronism: Have you ever wanted to be a night in shining armour fighting for the honour of your consort? The Society for Creative Anachronism is a world-wide non-profit organization for those interested in pre-17th Century History – from Romans to Vikings, to Knights an Ladies of the high Middle Ages. Recreate the games, feasts, tournaments, courtesy and chivalry of the Middle Ages and Rennaissance’s This group gets together on the 1st Saturday of the month from 2-5pm. For more details and to register your interest, contact Robyn at or ring 308 8887 Southern Exposure: Tune in to 92.7 Arrow FM at noon on April 22nd & 29th to hear the next LIVE edition of the Community Centre’s Southern Exposure programme. Yep, that’s right, the Featherston programmes are now airing LIVE from the Community Centre ! This has been a huge accomplishment for this talented group of 12

Featherstonians. You can also listen via the internet by going to and then clicking LISTEN LIVE. Red Cross 1st Aid Courses for 2010: The Red Cross will be returning to the Featherston Community Centre in May to hold their 2-day basic & refresher courses. The next course is set for Wednesday May 26th & Friday May 28th; contact the Community Centre to book your spot. King St. Artworks Outreach : Keen to tap into your creative side ? Drop into King Street Artworks Outreach on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm. Using the Community Centre’s Art room King Street Artworksprovides a creative space for people who use or have used mental health services, their whanau, friends and the community. All materials, facilities and tutoring at King Street Artworks are FREE !! Ongoing Classes/Groups: Art Expression, Children’s Chess & Board Games, Creative Memories, Come & Paint!, Feldenkrais, Mah Jong, Meditation Series, Needlework & Crafts, Quilting, Tai Chi, Trim & Tone, Ukulele Jam Sessions, Yoga Ongoing Services: King St. Drop-in Art Sessions,WINZ, Te Puni Kokiri, Wairarapa Community Law Centre, Narcotics Anonymous The Featherston Community Centre offers facilities to public and private users who require a meeting place for ongoing or one-off events, activities or classes. Our goal is to serve as the hub of Featherston’s social, educational, and recreational services – used, valued and supported by the entire community. The Featherston Community Centre is wanting to add to its list of ongoing classes and services. If you’ve got a great idea for a class, seminar, workshop, or event then WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU: Visit us 14 Wakefield Street Ring us : 06 308 8239 Fax us 06 308 5541 E-mail us :

Featherston Phoenix April 2010  

Featherston Phoenix April 2010

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