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News from First Church

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

Weep for the waste of all that might have been

Weep for the cost that war has made obscene

Weep for the homes that ache with human pain

Weep that we ever sanction war again.

 Shirley Murray

Members of First Church joined locals and visitors at Lake Ferry to celebrate the traditional ANZAC Day in a service led by our minister the Rev. Dr Jim Veitch.

NOW – spread the word – the 10th Midwinter Monster Book Fair will take place on the weekend 16th and17th June. As the Town Hall will not be ready for us this year, this will be held in the First Church Hall on Weld Street. So if you need a spur to tackle that job of clearing out book shelves, or disposing of boxes of books cluttering up the place, you are invited to “go for it now”. 

From now to the middle of June we will be gathering books of all kinds (also jigsaws and music) in the hall, and sorting them by category for the avid book-hunter. 

Please look for notices round town in the coming weeks for collection points – in the meantime contact Mary Smith, Pam Colenso, Anne Dodd or any member of First Church to arrange collection.

  Or email: mboro.firstchurch@xtra.co.nz 

Maree’s musings

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


How far? How long? Us mortals love to calculate distances so we can organise our time and space, possibly because chaos is worrying. Whether travelling from A to B or building a wall [sorry, Mr Trump], distance matters.

I’m sure most of us have pondered about the length of a piece of string, but that doesn’t matter unless it’s too short.

In modern times, we’ve generally got a bit boring with distance measurement. Since 1960, it’s been metrics and accuracy so we all know where we are and how far we have come. But habits die hard, so some oldies persist.

For example, a modern version of ‘give (him) an inch and (he’ll) take a mile’ would just sound silly, and ‘I love you to the moon and back’ says a lot, but not very accurately. ‘A miss is as good as a mile’ doesn’t update well either. … Continue Reading

Library News

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Library News

Well the pressure is really on now.  The deadline for this article came forward because of ANZAC Day and of course it had never occurred to me that would happen, so here I am frantically slapping on the keys trying to get it in a bit However Mike is so patient and forgiving I’m sure he won’t mind me being late.   Not Mike’s fault – I haven’t been at work for two weeks and missed the email.  

There isn’t much to talk about, however, as you know that never seems to stop me from wittering on ad infinitum.  Lots of great new non-fiction books in this past month.  As my spy has been down to Unity books in Wellington and made a list of all the good new stuff, I have obediently gone and bought them all.  So the little back room I told you about last month is having a clear out of some of the old stuff to make room for all the new books.  

I challenge everyone (especially Gary) to come and have a look at the new non-fiction as there are definitely books there to suit everyone’s taste.  There was an interesting interview on National Radio last week about the Octopus and how intelligent they are (I put the singular as I can’t remember at this moment what the plural is).  I happen to have two new books on the octopus brain and other similar animals, one of which I have read and it is fascinating, so I can recommend those.   … Continue Reading

Know your town

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Know your town

Deer stalking around Martinborough

New Zealand is indebted to Prince Albert for donating some of Windsor Park’s Deer to this country in 1862. Six red deer were forwarded by the New Zealand Agent in London, a Stag and two hinds for Canterbury and the same number for Wellington. Unfortunately a Stag and Hind died on the way and so  they all ended up in Wellington in 1863.

C R carter took possession of them and had them delivered to his Wairarapa property by W Hastwell where  James Robieson was put in charge of their care. John Martin obtained breeding stock from them for his Puratanga property where they flourished . From time to time animals escaped and took off into the bush of the Mungaraki ranges and then down into the Haurangi ranges.

A public notice gazetted April 1886: ‘Only stags and bucks may be shot in the Wellington/Wairarapa District between  April 10th and  May 10th 1886’ Over the next ten years the Acclinatisiation Society  went into the ranges beyond Martinborough to secure  young fawns  for government  liberation  in the Waikaremoana and Manawatu. These along with stock from John Martin’s property. … Continue Reading