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Despite the large crowd that turns out each year for the Wellsford Santa Parade, there’s always plenty of room to get a good view.

Busy Christmas calendar in Wellsford The Wellsford community is getting into the spirit of Christmas with a number of promotions over December. The Santa Parade on December 1 will start at 11.30am following its usual circular route from the old railway station, along Matheson Road to State Highway 1 and then returning to the station. The parade draws thousands of spectators, as well as many brightly decorated floats. The annual family-friendly Carols By Candlelight event will be held at the PHO offices and community garden site in School Road, on December 7, starting at 7pm. The all-weather event will feature local artists with plenty of opportunities for audience participation in the carol singing. There will also be a sausage sizzle and glow sticks will be available. The event is alcohol-free. A Christmas-themed colouring competition is already underway, which is open to children between

three and 12 years old. Organisers have come up with some great prizes. Entry forms are available from various shops in the town and the competition closes on December 19. The Wellsford Promotions Group is encouraging locals to shop local this Christmas and as a reward, every purchase (excluding tobacco and Lotto products) made between December 1 and 21, valued at more than $10, will go into the draw for vouchers redeemable at any participating shop. First prize is $150, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. There will be two Friday late night shopping opportunities, on December 7 and 14. Numerous shops will also be participating in a Christmas themed Best Dressed Window competition. Wellsford Promotions is keen to include buskers and food stalls at some of these events, including the Santa Parade on December 1. Info: Contact Robert Tod on 423 9282 during business hours.

Winning smile wins comp Almost 80 of the Hibiscus Coast’s cutest babies took part in the eighth annual Hibiscus Coast Baby Photo Competition, raising more than $2700 for the Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre in the process. However, it was a little cutie from Wellsford, Izabella Lentino, who stole the show. Izabella’s parents took home a first prize of goods valued at more than $600. At the prize-giving last month, organiser Tania Adams of Manly Care Chemist said it was the closest competition yet. “It was great to see in these harder economic times the community getting behind this fundraiser,” Tania said.

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Fishing legend hosts junior fishing contest in north North Rodney Blue Light has got together with TV fishing show presenter Graeme Sinclair to host a Kids Gone Fishin event in Mangawhai on December 8. Blue Light Kids Gone Fishin events have been held throughout the country for more than 15 years with fishing celebrity and Blue Light patron Graeme Sinclair at the helm. Blue Light community youth worker Shane Gould says he is looking forward to having Graeme in attendance at the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club. “Often described as the ultimate free fishing event for families, the kids will be in for a great time with the chance to hear some super fishing stories from Graeme,” he says. The event is for families with local students up to 14 years old but it is limited to the first 100 entries. Fishing will be done along the estuary between 12pm to 2pm with the weigh-in at 2.15pm and prize-giving at 3pm. Blue Light is sponsoring a bus for children and their parents from

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Wellsford School to Mangawhai, departing at 11.30am and returning around 3.40pm. Prior registrations are essential for the bus as seats are limited and youths must be accompanied on the bus and during the event. “Members of the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club are supporting the event by sponsoring a sausage sizzle, and spot prizes have been sponsored by Tradezone, Blue Light, and The Warehouse.” Blue Light is a registered charity and community policing youth programme with the aim of building better relations between the police, young people, their parents and the community. Entry forms can be picked up from Wellsford School, Mangawhai Beach School, Mangawhai Fishing and Tackle, and from the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club or by contacting Shane Gould at North Rodney Blue Light. Info:

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More than 180 students will make up the combined schools choir at this year’s Carols By Candlelight event including Warkworth Primary School students, from left, Jessica O’Neill, Frazer Grant, Francesca Bennett and Emily Martin. Glo sticks and song sheets will be provided on the night. The evening starts at 7.30pm and usually winds-up around 9.30pm.

Community carols night welcomes Christmas Carols By Candlelight in Lucy Moore Park on Friday night, December 7, will herald the start of the festive season for many families in the Mahurangi district. Organised by Warkworth Rotary Club, the event is in its 14th year. Rotarian Mick Saunders says that in keeping with tradition, Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith will again compere the show and sing. He will be joined on stage by his wife Alexandra, herself a talented singer, and a colleague Jo Clayton, of Red Beach.

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Warkworth singer Jennifer Eirena and friends will also perform. A combined choir, with students from Snells Beach, Warkworth and Mahurangi Christian schools, will perform under the baton of music teacher Linda Gribble. Linda says the evening event provides wonderful free family entertainment for people of all ages and the audience is encouraged to take along a picnic dinner. Mick says the show is made possible with the generous support of local

businesses and he thanked, in particular, Davco Electrical and New World Warkworth. However, he was less than impressed with Auckland Council’s contribution. “Our event application form used to be one page, now its 13,” he says. “The latest request from a Council officer was that we provide two people to look after the ‘lost children department’. A local vet says he’s willing to bring along a trailer and cage if that helps, but I don’t think Council would see the funny side of that.”

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Christmas briefs Christmas concerts booked Matakana choir Matakantata will present two Christmas concerts this month. The programme will include songs from the choir, duets and solos, based on the Christmas theme of Peace on Earth in a variety of styles, as well as a segment of carols when the audience will be encouraged to sing along. Local musicians working with the choir include Mark Dashper on cello, Lyn Dashper on violin and Colin Jarvis on blues harp. The concerts will be held at the Mahurangi Presbyterian Church on December 9, at 2pm, and the Matakana Village Hall on December 14, at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Tickets $15 adults, gold coin children. Door sales will also be available, if not sold out beforehand. Info: Jenni Francis on 423 0094.

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Warkworth lights up treatment where businesses wish to be involved. The project has attracted more than $5000 in donations. Inspired by Brian Oakes, whose Ashmore Crescent house is a regular spectacle of lights each Christmas, association secretary Nicola Jones says this year is “just the beginning”. As well as shop fronts, the association is hoping to decorate the green street poles, rooftops and some feature

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trees. A number of businesses have independently purchased the showy icicle lights as part of the lighting project. Brian says he is happy to lend his expertise to the project and is already talking of giant snowflakes, Santas on buildings, a central Christmas tree and spotlighting along the river frontage next year. All donations towards the project would be gratefully received. Info: Nicola at

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Warkworth Plunket is hosting a Christmas Party on November 30 and is inviting parents to bring along their under fives to celebrate. The centre has organised a Christmas promotion which involves children getting their hands and feet imprinted onto a ceramic tile or mug as a memento to send to friends and family. Parents can purchase a tile for $15 or mug for $18. The event is a fundraiser for Warkworth Plunket which plans to refurbish its clinic in the New Year. Children are encouraged to come dressed in festive clothes. There will be games and prizes, and light refreshments will be provided. The event will be held at the Totara Park Hall in Melwood Drive Warkworth, starting at 10am. Info: Angela 425 6953.

Christmas tree show The Lions Club of Kowhai Coast is holding a “Treemendous” Christmas Tree Display in the Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth, from December 6 to 8. On show will be a variety of decorated Christmas trees, decorated by club members, school children and a local kindergarten. A club spokesperson says it will be a great way for people to get some decorating ideas for their own tree. The display will be open from 10am to 4pm, with later closing on the Friday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, with all proceeds going to local projects. Morning and afternoon teas will be available for sale.


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Christmas spirit alive and well Thank you to the many generous people who have already left presents under the Christmas tree in the Mahurangi Matters office, on the corner of Neville and Alnwick Streets, in Warkworth. The appeal will close around December 14, which will give Homebuilders time to sort and distribute the presents to families in need, prior to Christmas. Homebuilders are asking for gifts that a family can enjoy together such as board games, sports equipment, other outdoor games, beach gear and beach towels. Books for all ages, craft kits and activities, and non-perishable food items, including festive treats, will also be well-received. However,

toys that rely on batteries are best avoided as they can be expensive to keep running and there is already a surfeit of donated soft toys. Items can be left during normal business hours. Festive food Meanwhile, Mahurangi Matters is also a drop-off point for food for the Mahurangi Christian food bank festive food appeal. The food bank distributed more than 90 parcels to families in the area last year. Donations of canned food, especially fruit, festive confectionery, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, candy canes, tea bags and coffee, shortbread and toiletry items would be appreciated. Financial donations are also welcome. Contact Roger on 425 8861 for details.

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The Mahurangi Community Trust is $3600 ahead thanks to donations and a book fair which was held at Snells Beach recently. The trust is raising money to purchase a generator for civil defence. Chair Christine Kyle says hundreds of people supported the fair and the trust is now in a position where it can apply for grants for the remainder of the funds required. “We sincerely thank all those who donated books and those who came along to help on the day,” she says.

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Women’s Centre gift appeal targets struggling families Rodney Women’s Centre is calling on the community to support local people who otherwise might miss out on gifts at Christmas. Centre coordinator Colleen Julian says there’s been an increase in the number of families seeking assistance as they struggle to meet increasing living costs, including food, petrol, power and school fees, often combined with reduced incomes. “Most of our clients are women with children and are unlikely to be able to afford presents otherwise.” Gifts like games and toys (without batteries), books, craft materials, musical instruments, clothes, sports equipment, swimwear (including rash vests), cosmetics and sunscreen, are ideal. Items that are new or in very good second hand condition are preferred, as sorting through older and sometimes damaged items for suitability results in considerable extra time and work, Colleen says. While many of the gifts go to younger children, items for teenagers and adults are also appreciated. “We try to include one adult gift, which is often the only gift they receive.”

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Although the centre is supported with food parcels from local churches and Foodlink, contributions of nonperishable food items to supplement the service are also welcome. Unwrapped presents can be dropped off at the Women’s Centre’s new premises at 10 Morpeth St, Warkworth from 9am-2pm Monday to Friday or at Warkworth Westpac in Baxter St during business hours.



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Christmas feature for Wellsford and Warkworth

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Christmas feature for Wellsford and Warkworth