Celebrating the British and Irish Lions Tour in Martinborough

The Martinborough Business Community is going all out to welcome travelling rugby fans to Martinborough this winter. With thousands of international rugby fans expected to descend on Wellington for the Lions v All Blacks Test on the 1st July, we are looking forward to tempting them over the hill to …

One bygone era meets another

An impressive array of early nineteenth machinery, cars, tractors and motorbikes was on display for the Wellington American Car club to peruse on their sunny afternoon stop off at Martinborough during Sunday club run through the Wairarapa Put together by Jim Clark and friends the display filled the spacious Cotter …

Starting the Day Right.

It is well established that children find it hard to learn when they’re hungry. That’s what led to the setting up of The Breakfast Club in Martinborough. Every weekday morning a team of volunteers prepares and serves a healthy breakfast to between 10-12 children before they head to school. The …

Back to Back Shakespeare Regional Champions

The Performing Arts Department at Kuranui College is experiencing a great deal of success of late, especially in the area of Shakespeare.  This year they performed a 15min scene from “Pericles: The Prince of Tyre” at the Regional Shakespeare competition, and took out the competition.  They are now off to …

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Artistic Directors Appointed for Martinborough Music Festival

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Artistic Directors Appointed for Martinborough Music Festival

Artistic-directors-for-music-festival A classical music festival between 29 September-October 1st was announced for Martinborough in the March STAR. Pianist, Michael Houstoun, will launch the Festival giving the Schimmel Grand Piano, gifted by the late Cherry van Kranen to the Martinborough community, its first public outing. Well known musicians and former NZSO players, Vicki Jones and Ed Allen, are the Artistic Directors for the Festival. Winifred Bull asked them for some thoughts.

What excites you about a classical music festival for Martinborough?
Vicki Martinborough has become famous for its wine, food, big vineyard concerts, and jazz festival-why not a classical music festival too? I would love Martinborough to become a regular destination for lovers of classical music. Ed The audience will have the opportunity to hear a wide variety of music in a relatively short space of time performed by excellent musicians. … Continue Reading

Big Ben

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Big Ben

Britain’s oldest manufacturing business, a London bell foundry that made Big Ben, could be sold after its owner decided to vacate its historic East End premises.
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry began life in 1570 during the reign of Elizabeth I. It moved to its site on Whitechapel Road in 1739 and has traded from the building since.
The Guinness Book of Records lists the foundry, one of only two left in the UK, as Britain’s oldest manufacturer – having traded continuously for 446 years.
The foundry has been owned by the Hughes family since 1904. Alan Hughes and his wife Kathryn have sold the grade II-listed building on Whitechapel Road and are considering options for when the foundry leaves in May 2017.

Alan Hughes said: “We have made this decision with a heavy heart, but in response to the changing realities of running a business of this kind. The business has been at its present site over 250 years so it is probably about time it moved once again. We hope that this move will provide an opportunity for the business to move forward in a new direction.”

Book review

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Book-review Cat among the Pigeons

It can be rewarding to spend some time browsing among the library’s older books, a recent such was finding Dame Cath Tizzard’s biography Cat among the pigeons, published in 2010. Dame Caths had quite a tale to tell. Catherine McLean came to New Zealand as the two year old daughter of Scottish post war assisted immigrants to one day become New Zealand’s Governor General.

Her father was employed as the engineer at the dairy factory at Waihora, a job he held until he retired. Dame Cath attended the local twenty pupil school. She went to Auckland University but did not finish her studies breaking off to marry a tutor Bob Tizzard. … Continue Reading

BOOMERANG BAGS –BORROW & BRING BACK – BOOM!

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Boomerang-bagsA new project to reduce the number of plastic bags being used and discarded has been launched in Martinborough.

The Martinborough community is being asked to donate fabric to make reusable “Boomerang Bags”. The bags will be available at a number of local businesses. If people forget their own bags, they can easily grab one. The idea is that they borrow and bring it back on a later visit.

The Boomerang Bag idea originated in Australia and after a conversation over coffee and then a lucky chance meeting with the Boomerang founders in Burleigh Heads, Australia, local ladies Carolyn Irwin & Amanda Ritchie knew that they couldn’t not get involved.

“Martinborough community has been very positive and we’ve had over 100 people interested already with more offers of help flooding in – volunteering time, fabric donation; sewing machine loan plus inspiring messages of support from all over the Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

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Sports

Golf Club news

The wet weather has been a godsend even though there has been a lapse in actually playing the game. The greens have benefited the most by far and the recovery process is ahead of schedule. The bonus too that no one has had to lose sleep over the water allocation consent. There …

MARTINBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB

Our Senior players have been training hard, and with a couple of pre seasons games played, they are ready to start the 2017 season. The Premier competition starts this Saturday 8 April against Greytown, over in Greytown so show your support and get to see the new playing strip being …

Great win for Martinborough

Wairarapa 1st Prize goes south Martinborough Tennis Club lifted the coveted Gawith Shield last week at the Masterton Tennis Centre, beating Carterton 4 matches to 2 in the finals of the summer competition.           In spite of the best the renowned Spooner brothers could muster, the …

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Did you know

LIFE FLIGHT’S Westpac Rescue Helicopter has flown to the Wairarapa eight times this month (between …

From the Mayor

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Martinborough ANZAC Day commemoration; it was …

DID YOU KNOW

MARK your calendar May 20th for the Great Tuturumuri Bake Off. Try home grown produce, …

Fire Brigade report

It been a busy month for members of the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. The local …

Know your town.

Did you know? The Martinborough Fairs began as a three day Bush Carnival in February …

Library News

Martinborough Library first meeting of the Friends will be held on Wednesday 12 April at …

Two by Two

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins”. As said Ludwig …

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