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Venue Partners Contribute to Community of Cool

August 21, 2019 August 2019 Comments Off on Venue Partners Contribute to Community of Cool

Miho Wada during last year’s festival at The Village Cafe, Jazz in Martinborough’s “second stage” and valued venue partner.

“One of the outstanding features of Jazz in Martinborough over the last nine years has been the invaluable contribution made to the ongoing success of the festival by our venue partners.  They are an integral part of our Community of Cool,” says festival producer Ted Preston.

Each year the cafes, bars and restaurants of Martinborough have provided venues for over 200  bands, groups and musicians.  “At our first festival we were able to provide places for displaced Canterbury jazz school groups with the help of our venue partners,” says Ted.  “And every year since they have contributed in any way they can to make our festival successful.”

The Village Cafe, hosted by Chris and Bruce, even became the main stage for three years of the festival.  “They’ve been great!” says festival music director Lee Quayle.  “The Village Cafe is our second stage, providing us with the space for bigger groups than most of the other cafes can provide,” adds Lee.  “Bruce and Chris have supported us immensely each year and we totally appreciate their help.”

Other stalwart venues of the festival include Circus, Medici, Martinborough Hotel (in various guises), Martinborough Brewery, Peppers Parehua and P&K.  “Even the Puke has been on board most years, despite the fact they’re not really a jazz crowd!” says Lee. … Continue Reading

Ventana Workshops

August 21, 2019 August 2019 Comments Off on Ventana Workshops

Every Thursday Kids Workshop 4-5pm $10
Every Friday Toddler Time 315-4pm $10
FRI 2nd 7pm-9pm Fun with Paint (Abstract Painting)
SUN 4th 10am Gratitude Journals with Tea with a Slice of Life
WEDS 7th 730-9pm Life Drawing
FRI 16th 7-9pm Paint Along with Adri Shaw (Watercolour)
SAT 24th 10am-1pm Giant Knitting
SAT 31st 6-8pm BAD ART NIGHT
This month in the Kids Workshops the munchkins are working together to create beautiful art pieces that will be brought together in a KIDS ART EXHIBITION later in the year! All pieces will be sold and funds raised will be donated to the Water Park Project and Martinborough Primary School. Keep your eyes peeled!
Toddler Time begins this month! Bring along little ones under 5yrs for some creative fun every Friday! Kids from 5 and up are welcome at the Thursday Kids Workshops.

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News from Martinborough Mens Shed

August 21, 2019 August 2019 Comments Off on News from Martinborough Mens Shed

Winter has seen activity continuing apace at and for the Martinborough Mens Shed.


The big news is that after several months of anticipation and planning we have taken delivery of two, forty-foot containers. These will provide additional space for the activities that have been a struggle to accommodate in the current courthouse premises. This expansion has come about for a two-fold reason, i) out of last year’s survey of members other activities were identified as being of interest, such as welding, metal work and pottery; ii) existing machinery that takes up space will be moved to the containers. This will enable freeing up space for other activities such as the speakers’ programme, which continues to draw strong interest.

Many thanks to Dinah Cresswell for her wonderful support and generosity in allowing access to the rear of the Shed property for the positioning of the containers. Also, deep gratitude to Trevor Hawkins for his generous assistance with the earthworks.

Like the Silver Ferns, sponsors have enabled this work to succeed. These include Trust House Masterton; Wairarapa Building Society; Martinborough Community Board; Eastern and Central Trust; Susan Stephens Real Estate; P&K Mitre 10 and our landlords, South Wairarapa District Council. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Golf Round-Up

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Sports Comments Off on Martinborough Golf Round-Up

The treacherous but beautiful 18th green’.

As we pass into our final month of Winter with Spring creeping ever closer, it’s always uplifting to see lambs in the paddocks – especially when they’re appreciating a beautiful day of sunshine of which we have been lucky to enjoy several in July.

By in large the golf hasn’t been too badly affected by the wet weather, and despite being very soggy underfoot in places, the course is looking great and the greens are running superbly…catching many of us unawares with their speed….number 18 has been responsible for quite a few expensive three (and more) putts!!

Grumpies have been unlucky with the weather on a few occasions but winners have included Roger Smeaton and Andrew Lawler. 

Ladies golf in July seems to have been dominated by Julie Weber who has won three times and been runner up once when Adele Cairns snuck past her!  Riverside Cup matches finished with Martinborough ending up in second place.  Team selector, Gretel Dick, was grateful to Jo Loe and Sandra Petersen who played in all the matches and won all their games – nice work ladies!!

Thursdays have had the rub of the green (excuse the pun) with some beautiful days; winners have included Andy Morison, Chris Ranish, Stu Taplin, Mariana, Andrew Sim & Malcolm Wood. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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