PO Box 458, LEVIN 14 Tiro Tiro Road, LEVIN
04 298 5458
Des St. Clare
04 293 3369
06 368 2565
Club Captain (Joint)
John White Bob Barton email@example.com
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04 905 2130
Derek Ransom Pete Collins Warren MacMillan
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Andrew Judd Wayne Thrower Julia MacMillan
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Callum Farmer firstname.lastname@example.org Rex Williams Mike Khull Bob Barton Jeff Fox Colin Brooks Robert Cammish
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Peter and Bev Kelly
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Mark Gibson email@example.com Bob Barton
Verdon Heath, Ivan Horn, Jeff Fox and Mark Morgan
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Meeting Branch Night - 1st Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm Committee Meeting - Last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm Working Bee - Saturday following Branch Night at 8.30 am Spare Parts - Open Saturday following Branch Night
This month we had an influx of four visitors on Club Night, all taking away a new member application pack each. Also on Saturday at our working bee, Don McAlpine came along and joined up there and then! Don has an Armstrong Siddeley. Welcome, Don! We held our annual “Night Owl” run this month. My thanks go to Verdon Heath for setting a challenging run on the ins and outs of the Levin roading system! All the harder in the pitch-dark! Congratulations to Bruce Jacob for winning on the night. The person to set next year’s run was drawn out of a hat from all of the entrants. Don Macdonald’s number was drawn, which is quite fitting as he actually ran the first Night Owl the club ever held, so history is repeating itself! Many thanks to Meryl and John for the abundance of fish and chips. A good night was had by all. As a matter of interest, our member Roger Begg, driving his 1960 Dodge Dart, managed to take 1st prize in the Manawatu Branch Night Rally in June. Well done, Roger! Many thanks to James Riley for his most interesting presentation on club night on how a Facebook page could be set up for the club’s use. We will certainly give that some thought. Our club has decided to put on a static display of cars for Daffodil Day on Sunday, 27 August. This will be in the carpark outside Te Takare, commencing at 1 pm. Please support our Club Captains with your cars for display. Donations will be collected for the cause by the Cancer Society. Our working bee was a great success once again this month, with 18 members working away either outside or in, or just there to have a look around. We all enjoyed having morning tea together. I look forward to seeing you all at the Fisherman’s Table for lunch on 20 August. Park your cars in the northern part of the carpark for a photo shoot!
Roster for August 2017 Nigel Cuthbert, Murray Doreen, Mark Dunn, Callum Farmer, Brian Eastham. If you cannot make it for either kitchen duties on club night, 6 September or the working bee on Saturday, 9 September (9 am till 12 noon) please let myself or Cheryl know on 04 298 5458.
Speaker for September Our own John White will give us a talk about aviation. ________________________________________________________________
Horowhenua is doing our bit! in support of National Cancer Week Sunday, 27 August 2017 Bring your old car down to the carpark outside Te Takare - weâ€™ll put on a display. The Club Captains will have club signage out. This coincides with the VCC being involved nationally. Arrive 1 pm and youâ€™ll be required for about 2 hours. Collectors from the Cancer Society will be present to collect donations.
Attention: Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run group The following warning was received on 3 August. I had a ring today from Carrie at TLC (The Learning Connexion) to ask me to advise you that one of the students in the Figurative Sculpture Studio has a child who has developed whooping cough. I don't think you all went to that group but if you did, and in the unlikely event you develop symptoms, please discuss this with your GP. Take care!
John Rapley has suffered having his pop-top caravan stolen from his Paraparaumu home over 22 and 23 July. This van has been especially modified to take his Brabham Formula Junior racing car that was inside it at the time. The white pop-top van is distinguished by its fully opening rear, and a drawbar mounted winch. If you spot this anywhere, or hear of race car parts offered, especially Cosworth Ford 1100cc pushrod engine or Hewland gearbox, John's number is 029 902 4862 or phone Police.
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE HOROWHENUA BRANCH VINTAGE CAR CLUB NZ INC HELD AT 14 TIRO TIRO ROAD, LEVIN ON 2ND AUGUST 2017 AT 7.30 PM. PRESENT: Chairman Colin Brooks welcomed 52 members APOLOGIES: Bruce Scott, Derek Ransom, Shorty Cole, Ross Church, Warren Birch, Andrew Judd, Denise Liddle, Barry Walker, Margaret and Graham Lawton, Peter Nightingale VISITORS: We welcomed four prospective new members. We look forward to them joining us in the near future. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Taken as read and approved/Winton Cleal/Rex Williams CORRESPONDENCE: Rubber Duckie entry forms received. Central Hawkes Bay Branch cancer run entry form received. Paeroa festival notice. Statistics from head office showing that we have 175 members with 292 cars/bikes, and 109 have VIC IDs. TREASURER’S REPORT: Read by Colin Geange/Pete Collins CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT: 35 people took part in the Night Owl rally organised by Verdon Heath. Pete Collins organised a quiz after the run. Don Macdonald to organize next year’s run. John White has Club business cards available to anyone who wants to promote the Club. 20 August: Fisherman’s Table for lunch. Cars are to park at North End of car park for photo shoot. Then a visit to oldest garage in Paekakariki. 24 September: Trip to Tui Brewery. We need numbers for BBQ lunch. Let Club Captain know if you are coming. 1st October: Hot Rod show in AP&I Showgrounds. Our Spares and Library to be open. 12 November: Manawatu VCC club having a Motor Bike run. 19 November: Tararua Trundle. 10 December: Christmas party. LIBRARY: A new folder now shows new additions to the library shelves. Doug Curtis’ scrapbook of his drawings. Dave Collins donated a collection of books you can take home. Michael Wintringham’s collection of photos of the Ted Green runs. SPARES: All quiet SPEAKER: James Riley gave a presentation on how the branch could make use of Facebook. Meeting closed at 8.30PM
Here are Horowhenua’s upcoming events. As you can see there is significant organisation going into all these with planning well advanced. Please support all events, the Club Captains are doing for you: SUNDAY 20 AUGUST Fisherman’s Table for midday lunch and following, a visit to New Zealand’s oldest operating garage. Bring your old car. SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER Tui Brewery and BBQ run. Meet at the clubrooms 10 am. Cost $25. SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER Hot Rod Show at AP&I Showgrounds. We will open Spares, Library and Kitchen. Bring your old car to put on a display. SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER Manawatu Branch Swap Meet. Held at Manfeild Park. We will organise a run if enough interest is shown in attending. SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER Manawatu Motorcycle Swap Meet. Start at clubrooms 8 am if you’re interested. SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER Tararua Trundle. Our annual competition. Further to be advised. SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER Branch Christmas Party. Further to be advised.
Bob and John Club Captains
Well, the wintery weather rolls into July again and suddenly its NIGHT OWL time again! We had an excellent turnout, thanks guys and gals! It’s always rewarding to have lots of our people turn out! Bob the Gaffer sat this one out down in tropical Wellington. So Verdon Heath organised most of this year’s event, doing his best to bamboozle our best and brightest navigators. We had 40 turn out, of which 35 ventured forth, the rest of us stayed in the warmth of the clubrooms. Verdon and I marked up the papers - did some of our members even leave the carpark? The first car back in was actually Meryll bringing back the fish ‘n chip supper! That is always a winner! The winner this year is Bruce Jacobs - well done Bruce! A small change this time around, the winner does NOT get to organise next year’s Night Owl. Cause Verdon and I noticed a marked reluctance to be the winner! Bruce picked next year’s man by lottery, the winner being Don Macdonald - Yay! See you next year Don! A big thanks to Pete Collins for the quiz. I think Pete raised the club IQ! Thanks again
John W Despite it being a damp cold Sunday night, 13 cars and 40 people turned out for the 2017 Night Owl Night Trial, a fantastic turnout and a great night out. We travelled the south western outskirts and the streets of Levin. There were four silent Checks, which were very visable but smartly placed to keep us on our toes. With a map of Levin supplied, street names in bold letters were to be found and driven from the western or southern end, letterboxes and trees were counted and noted. Being locals was an advantage but for others it was more of a challenge. Back at the clubrooms, thanks to John and Meryll, a fish and chip supper was ready with hot drinks and a big plate of homemade marshmallow to finish with. While Verdon and John marked the trial sheets, Pete Collins gave out quiz sheets, then after supper read out the answers with winners and losers receiving chocolate bars. Instead of the winner of the trial running the next Night Owl, changes have been made with the winner randomly choosing an entrant car number and the winners of that draw were Jan and Don Macdonald. Thanks Verdon for a job well done and all others that helped to made the night such a success.
My wife Liz and I are over in your beautiful country to see the mighty Lions do battle with your awesome All Blacks. As I write this piece it is 1 - 1 with the decider two days away, so when you read this the result will be known! Irrespective, we have made some more wonderful friends and had a brilliant time on this our second visit. Whilst driving down from Havelock North to Wellington for the second test we stopped for coffee in Woodville. As fate would have it from a choice of two coffee shops we chose one with two classic cars outside, one a red Mk 2 Jaguar circa 1964. Whilst enjoying our break and coffee we engaged in conversation with a bearded Kiwi whom I now know to be Bruce Hutton, about the Lions and All Blacks. After we had verbally abused each other (in a friendly way!), the topic changed to classic cars prompted by asking about the Jaguar. Amazingly within the space of no more than 10 minutes Bruce and his lovely wife Seona had connected me by phone to Mark Gibson, a fellow Sunbeam owner. Now by this time we were rushing as we had planned to get into Wellington before it went dark and I was concerned we were being very rude to our new found friends. It didn't seem to matter as five minutes after Bruce had handed me the phone to speak to Mark he had offered me a drive in his 1964 Series IV Alpine when we arrived in Wellington. We had owned a 1964 Series IV GT in 1976 in England and we immediately reminisced about the time we drove 200 miles with our six year old son sat alongside our six month old daughter in the small area behind the front seats with our Bassett hound in the foot well by Liz's feet!
We said goodbye to Bruce and Seona after he had told us the interesting story of his 1919 Dodge Fire Engine, which had seen service for several decades before being retired the day before the town's largest fire! NB: I have served in the Fire and Rescue Service in England for 45 years, so the story was of even greater interest. Indeed my family history with the fire service goes back unbroken to the 1880â€™s when my great grandfather Charlie was 'head hunted' from his job as a coachman to a wealthy English family to drive the horse drawn fire engines of the day. My grandfather, father and now our son have served continuously since that time, something we are incredibly proud of as you might imagine. Roll forward to Wellington whereupon I made further contact with Mark Gibson to arrange our visit. We 'Ubered' our way out to Johnsonville on Sunday after the excesses of the historic 'Cake Tin' victory the night before, to be given a very warm welcome indeed by Mark. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Mark's lovely car which he purchased from his father, and enjoyed viewing his superb 1929 Chevrolet. We then told him about our 1964 Series IV GT and my three Sunbeams (1946 Talbot Ten Tourer, 1955 Alpine Mk 3, 1956 Talbot Saloon Mk 3). Mark then gave us the keys to take his Alpine for a spin. The memories came flooding back with the only difference being I no longer have hair for the wind to flow through with the roof folded down! His car drove beautifully with the 1600cc engine pulling effortlessly up the steep Wellington hills. I was very impressed how tight the car felt with no obvious shakes and rattles that you normally get from a 50+ year old car. It was great to meet a fellow classic car enthusiast like Mark, with whom I am sure we will stay connected. If any Kiwis want to see my cars on a visit to the United Kingdom, please don't hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We live 50 kilometres north west of London. Whilst reading up on the veteran/classic car movement in New Zealand, it is great to hear of so many enthusiasts. As a footnote we visited the Southward Museum after we left Wellington which has to be one of the best car museums in the world. Peter Holland CBE QFSM OStJ FIFireE(Life) UK Government Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register Sidevalve Secretary
1964 Sunbeam Alpine IV
1955 Sunbeam Alpine Mk3
1946 Sunbeam Talbot 10 Tourer
1956 Sunbeam Talbot Saloon Mk3
I can’t find my Spark! No not the club mag, the one that makes the petrol go bang! I was out for a run in the MG when the ignition cut out suddenly and we coasted to a stop! After checking the fuses etc, I had a look under the dash for loose wires and could find nothing wrong. Murray from the Shed Panel Beaters pulled up, then went home, he came back with a test light to find out what was going on. We spent some time tracing circuits and came up with very little, but still no life in the ignition. As it was about to rain we hotwired it from the horn fuse and drove home. Next morning I opened the wiring diagram and started tracing circuits. I found no problem to the ignition switch but nothing from there on, however everything else was working fine. The diagram shows two wires on the ignition switch, but there are three terminals! So a wire has come off? There was no sign of a loose wire under the dash so back to tracing again. There are two fuses in a holder and no power to the ignition fuse, so hot wired the circuit from there back to the ignition switch and all go! So it’s got to be the wire from there to the ignition light. Frustration levels were rising, so coffee time and study the book some more. I established there should be two white wires from the ignition to the fuse box and on rechecking there was no sign of them anywhere, only the two that ran to the petrol gauge. These were onto a push on ‘V’ terminal on the top of the gauge, but there were two other coloured wires on the bottom which linked all the instruments, so why were they there as well? On gently pulling on the white wires they came away from the gauge as one fitting and were the two loose wires I was looking for! They had nothing to do with the petrol gauge. The way they were up against the gauge both Murray and I thought they were connected and ignored them. On returning them back onto the ignition problem solved and all go again! The terminal was not very tight and could slip off again. So I crimped it up and now it should stay on! Time to fix the problem, about two minutes! Time to identify the problem and find the wires about two hours! Wiring is not my strong point! But I am learning.
Manchester Square, Feilding. Date circa 1950
The 1959 Hillman Minx Story Colin and I decided a while ago that we would quite like a classic car for a bit more speed and safety when travelling on rallies and at night. Our Erskine is great, but she cannot go fast enough to keep up with modern-day traffic. Going out at night is almost impossible with her lighting system. To cut a long story a bit shorter, we had looked at a couple of cars but decided they were not for us, usually because they needed too much work to be done in order to use them. I saw this Hillman Minx advertised in our “Spark” in April 2016, and said to Colin that I quite liked the look of it. He said it had been at our Swap Meet, but I was busy in the kitchen most of the day and hadn’t seen it. We then had a visit from a cousin of mine who has gone into the real estate business. She had been to Levin to do an appraisal on a house, and told us of this immaculate “old car” in the garage which was up for sale. She wasn’t sure what it was, a Hillman, she thought. She gave us the name and address of the man who owned it, and as we were going to our club BBQ that Sunday decided to go round and have a look at it. Of course we were very impressed, and it wasn’t until we got back home that Colin realised that it must be the same car as in our magazine. He rang John Carpenter who verified it was indeed one and the same! He vouched for the fact that it was an original car with low mileage and few owners. So we arranged to go back to Levin on Thursday to have a test drive. The rest is history, as we bought it there and then. When Colin drove it round to the clubrooms that afternoon to check on the start of the foundation work for the new addition, Peter Nightingale was a bit upset because Shona had told him that he should go and have a look at that car. We had beaten him to it! Sorry Peter!
I had my first “driving lesson” in the car. Colin had to keep reminding me to “slow down”! It seems to want to go and go, and with the speedo in miles it takes a while to register that 50 mph is not 50 kph! I’m sure I will get the hang of it once I have had a few speeding tickets! The column gear shift is another challenge, but as I learned to drive with one, it is slowly coming back to me. Everyone seems to be pleased for us to have this car, and it almost feels like we have come full circle in a way. The car we bought just before we were married 50-odd years ago was a Commer Cob, more or less a commercial version of the Hillman Minx. It was the same colour blue, but all over. It was about the same year as well, so it feels right for us to have it. I’m sure she will do us proud for a good few years to come.
We have finally decided on a name for our Hillman Minx. As Minx means “naughty lady” I have come up with “Lolita.” I hope this isn’t too risqué for the Vintage Car Club! I think it suits her, as she certainly is a “racy lady!”
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The entry form for this rally has been received by the Horowhenua Secretary and the Editor. If you are after an electronic copy please sing out. Otherwise please contact the Rally Secretary.
VINTAGE RALLY - 16 September 2017 The Manawatu Branch VCC clubrooms will be open from 8.45 am to allow you and your crew to meet other rally participants and indulge in a hot drink and a biscuit or two before the 9.15 am briefing. As has been the case in recent years, the Vintage Rally will again be open to vehicles from VCC classification groups other than ‘Vintage’ - however vehicles from other classifications will be ‘non-competitive’ entries. Members who have only a veteran classification vehicle, or whose ‘vintage’ is currently off the road are more than welcome to participate in their ‘modern’ as a non-competitive entry if they wish. The morning section of the rally is approx. 75 miles (120 Kms) and is competitive for those who like a challenge – otherwise just follow the instructions and enjoy the scenery. The afternoon section is approx. 30 miles (45 Kms) and concludes at a nearby café. From the café there is approx 15 miles (25 kms) of sealed road to return to Palmerston North. As with last year’s Vintage Rally, the route remains on the western side of the ranges so roads are relatively flat. There is only approx ¾ mile (1.2 kms) of unsealed road on this rally. Bring your own picnic lunch, hot water, chairs etc., to help you settle in for an enjoyable lunch stop. If the weather is against us there is shelter at the destination. Entry Form Options :
Complete the form that is in this Tourer and mail it to the address on the form.
If you would like the form emailed to you to prevent you from having to cut into your Tourer, email the Rally Organiser ( email@example.com ) requesting that a PDF version be emailed to you.
Alternatively forget the form and just send an email to the Rally Organiser with all of the details that are requested on the form included in the email text.
Payment Options :
Send a cheque in the post with your entry form ;
Pay on the day ; or email the Rally Organiser ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) requesting account details to enable you to pay by internet banking.
The Spark Editor has the entry form for the Vintage Rally which can be forwarded via email. Please giz a yell. Or you could contact Bryan Abraham direct on the above email.
MID MONTH MEANDER – Wednesday, 9 August 2017 The August Mid-Month Meander is a 30 mile (45 km) run to the Vines Café in Foxton for lunch. Meet at the railway station end of the Matthews Ave cul-de-sac (Palmerston North) at 11 00 am. While the Vines Café does not have sandwiches, filled bread rolls and savouries, there are toasted sandwiches; burgers; soup and chowder; salads; eggs (Benedict, Montreal, fried or scrambled); bacon and egg breakfast; paninis; nachos; wedges, etc available (check out the café menu on the internet: www.thevinescafe.co.nz). Don’t forget that if for any reason it is not convenient for you to use your club eligible vehicle on any of the branch events, you are more than welcome to join in using your ‘modern’.
SUNDAY RUN - 20 August 2017 Meet at 1 00 pm at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North for a 35 mile (55 km) drive to a café. There are two 5.5 km sections of highway driving (SH56 and SH57) on this run - and the same again if you return to Palmerston North by the same route – or an even greater distance on a state highway if you choose to take a more direct route home, so feel free to bring your modern if you would rather avoid this.
Many thanks again to George McLean for this monthâ€™s, What Am I? A wee clue for you. He can recall reading that these cars were due to be imported into Australia in 1938. Just prior to Japan invading China and subsequently the exchange was canned!
Welcome to the new members on our committee. Your help and support is very much appreciated. Your library has received donations from John White, Murray Tinsley, Bill Isles, Cheryl Brooks, Alton Harrison and Doug and 'Hayley' Curtis. I have created scrapbook #41 just for Doug's artwork. Take a look next time you are in the library. Can you see 'Judy'? Thank you all for your generous donations. It was very busy in the library, both on club night and again for the Saturday working bee. We were very pleased to have new member Tom Bognuda and Winton Cleal our new Secretary, as enthusiastic workers. Thank you for your help and your company even though it all looked so chaotic in the library. By lunchtime, the tables were clear so we could congratulate ourselves and go to lunch. Phew! A BIG 'thank you' to those members who have brought their 6x4 hard copy photos to the librarians so that we could put them into the empty frames on the wall in the clubrooms. Hopefully a photo of your vehicle will be next? As members you are welcome to borrow the coffee table type books and the manuals from the library. Just sign the Borrower's Book and bring the book back next club night. If you want a page copied, ask the librarians. The DVDs and videos are for borrowing also but not the scrapbooks because they remain part of the archives. Keep warm and dry!
Bev and Peter Kelly Librarians and Archivists
With the middle of winter with us, things have been quiet in Spares for the second month in a row. However, I wish to thank the member who last club night dropped in four Dodge DA doors and one bonnet. Members will be able to cast their eyes over the leaf springs in Spares more readily from next club night, as we will have new shelving in place for them before the Chairman and I tackle the problem of gasket sets. Safe motoring everyone.
For Sale: 1974 Hillman Hunter. Automatic, fully recon’d motor last year ($6,000). Good tyres. The interior is like new. One elderly owner from new. Paint needs a polish but still in good condition. Car is located in Napier. Motor has had a recent tune as has been sitting in a shed under cover. Fuel tank cleaned. Brakes, one is slightly sticky and should free up with use. $2,000. Contact Shorty for photos and details. Phone 06 3636795.
Wanted: For 1930 Plymouth 4 cylinder. Right rear ‘interior’ window surround. Two rear engine mounts. Please Phone Hugh 06 3069847. VCC Member. For Sale 1964 Austin A55 wellside utility. Complete. 1655 cc. Not running, fuel pump missing. Turns over freely with crank handle. Rusted sills but otherwise only surface rust. Chassis good. All chrome good. Some spares. Lights etc good. Offers around $2000. Phone 021 02628307
1971 Triumph Herald 1360. Urgent sale. Car was fully rebuilt in 1990 and has done very few miles since then. Apart from minor paint blemish is in very good condition. Asking $8000 but will consider offers. BoP Member. Contact Snow on 07 5481140 or 021 2803311
CALENDAR of COMING EVENTS August
Meet at Fisherman’s Table midday for lunch. Advise Club Captains, they require numbers. Bring your old cars. After we will visit New Zealand’s oldest working garage and hear of its history. th August 27 Daffodil Day Display – 1 pm Te Takare car display September 6th Horowhenua Club Night th September 24 A trip to the Tui Brewery and a BBQ cooked by the famous Tui Girls. Meet at clubrooms 10 am. See information in Club Captain’s Report July issue. October 1st Hot Rod Show at AP&I Showgrounds - spares, library and kitchen will be open - bring your car for display th October 4 Horowhenua Club Night th October 14 Manawatu Branch Swap Meet - see ad this issue of Spark. A run to be arranged if enough interest. st November 1 Horowhenua Club Night th November 12 Manawatu Motorcycle Swap Meet – 8 am at clubrooms - travel together if attending th November 19 Tararua Trundle - further TBA th December 6 Horowhenua Club Night December 10th Branch Christmas Party - further TBA February 11th All British Car Day, Trentham Memorial Park - a fund raiser for Wellington Free Ambulance - further TBA th February 25 The Mangahao Valley and 3 Dams Trip - Wellington Branch have been invited – further TBA Any enquiries to: John White Phone 06 368-3299
Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run Wednesday, 30 August 2017 Visit to the Time Cinema, Lyall Bay, Wellington - Film: The Great Race 11 30 to 11 45am Meet at the Chocolate Fish Café, Shelly Bay, Wellington, for lunch - view the menu on www.chocolatefishcafe.co.nz 1 00pm Leave for the Time Cinema, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay The film is a comedy starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. The film features a spectacular land race from New York to Paris. Cost $6.00 per person. The theatre is limited to 39 people. Afternoon tea, if required, is $5.00 per person. No EFTPOS is available. If you would like to come, please let Alison or John Kinvig know by Sunday, 27 August. Email: email@example.com, Phone (04) 234-1262 or John 027-4524326
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