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On behalf of the members of the Martinborough Mens Shed I extend a cordial invitation to join us at an Open Day for a slap-up morning tea and tour of the Courthouse and Extension, including demonstrations of wood turning


Saturday 20 August


10.00 – 12 00 am


10.00 – 10.30



From our establishment in 2015, and with generous support from the South Wairarapa District Council, the Martinborough Mens Shed has moved from a corrugated iron shack on council land to the council owned old Martinborough Courthouse in Cork Street, which we have now outgrown. As a result, and in line with our aims of providing room to cater for our growing membership, and offering a wider range of training courses to the Martinborough community, we undertook to extend the area available for our activities. … Continue Reading


While Covid has kept many of us home over the last month, our services have continued with the support of our Minister Jim Veitch and parish members.  Our ringing rosters have supported those who are isolating at home and also those who have been away for various reasons other than Covid.  It is times like these that we appreciate being part of the church family and the caring nature of those around us.

If you would like to join us on a Sunday we meet at 9.45am for a cup of tea or coffee and the services start just after 10am, we would certainly welcome visitors, new members and those from other denominations who would enjoy our interactive discussions and services.

On Friday the 19th August, First Church is holding a High Tea, Bubbles & Fashion Show with the sale of full circle high fashion clothing. Tickets are $30.  There is a limit of 50 tickets so be in quick to reserve your seat. … Continue Reading

A New Owner for our Martinborough Bookshop

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Deborah Coddington has passed the baton to Brenda Gale, who is the new owner of the Martinborough Bookshop. 

“I have always loved books” says Brenda. “They are definitely a source of delight for me. When I was only seventeen I worked for one and a half years in the London Bookshop. Secretly I have always wanted a bookshop so when Deborah asked whether I would like to buy the Martinborough Bookshop I leapt at the chance. I have worked for Deborah for three years and have really appreciated her talents, enthusiasm, and creativity. We share a joy of reading.

What is my favourite book of all time? The Wizard of Oz. I read it when I was a child and have read it again several times. Each time I find something new to relish and enjoy. 

And then there is nothing better than a really good, well written crime thriller. 

As for children’s books, my favourite is “I’ll take you to Mrs Cole.” written by Nigel Grey and Michael Foreman. A young boy’s mother, who is a solo parent threatens him with Mrs Cole, if he has not done all of his chores. Mrs Cole lives on her own in an exceptionally large decrepit mansion down the road. Then one day when the list of chores becomes too much, the boy goes down the road and Mrs Cole invites him in. It is an enchanting and unexpected story.

And if you are short of ideas, each week on Access Radio Brenda reviews one of the latest books.

The bookshop will now be open every day of the week. 

Lyle Griffiths

Musical Miscellany

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Left to right: Bethany Angus, Lucas Baker and Noelle Dannenbring

Bethany Angus, cello, Noelle Dannenbring, piano, and Lucas Baker, violin

The Greytown Music Group’s next concert will feature three young professional musicians, striving to perform  in the midst of the pandemic.

Bethany and Noelle have been playing together since 2017, when they were placed in a chamber music group at the University of Waikato.  They have been playing together intermittently since, including performing in Greytown as two thirds of the Tararua Trio in 2018, and winning first place in the Te Awamutu chamber music competition. They have recently taken part in “Classical on Cuba”, in Wellington  and are now looking forward to their return to Greytown.

Noelle is originally from Rotorua, and completed her Masters qualification at the University of Waikato. She won the university concerto competition playing Chopin’s Concerto in E minor, and has also performed Rachmaninoff’s second concerto in Hawkes Bay. She is now in her second year of doctoral studies at the New Zealand School of Music exploring collaborative piano. In her spare time Noelle enjoys cooking, patting cats, and ballet dancing. … Continue Reading


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

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