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News from First Church

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

Weekly Sunday gatherings are taking place in our hall from till the end of September. The cosier relaxed setting works very well and helps us to know one another better and encourages discussion as we think about what we read, sing and pray for, sharing our thoughts and experiences – and there is laughter too!

Anyone is welcome to join us – the café opens at 10am on Sunday mornings with morning tea to start, and a friendly greeting.  So different from “church” of a generation ago which so many no longer find attractive or helpful.

We now see our hall as a valuable asset for more regular use in 2020’s, and have undertaken long overdue improvements to it– rewiring and upgrading of heaters, with plans to attend to some necessary repiling and interior and exterior painting. 

Of course our well-loved and respectfully maintained historic church building will always be an appropriate setting on many occasions, and stands as an attractive statement on the corner of Jellicoe and Weld Streets.

First Church will be celebrating 150 years in 2021, and we are looking for reminiscences and old photos from past years to help us remember and celebrate “its story”. … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings collecting is cool

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings collecting is cool

Donald, one of the many frogs.

 What is it about collecting stuff? I’d challenge my readers to identify a single person who doesn’t have a collection of anything; when you think about it, we’re all doing it, even if only to a small extent. I’m as ‘guilty’ as anybody, although because collecting is universal, guilt shouldn’t really feature. However, with planning on moving house high on the agenda; the thought of transporting and having a new ‘happy space’ for my collections is close to the top of the list.

At least my most treasured stash: frogs (no sniggering, please) – I have nearly 200 – don’t take up much room and none is alive. I should be able to pack them away in unmarked cardboard boxes and avoid the raised eyebrows of the removal chaps, although they’re likely to have seen a lot worse and are paid to be discreet. 

Recently I sorted my ‘library’, my record collection, and the plethora of potplants; all pretty respectable. Whew! I found out recently that the famous tidy-up lady, Marie Kondo, dictates that one should have fewer than 30 books. Surely no-one can survive with that. But, she adds, ‘fewer than 30 cereal bowls.’ Seriously .. I fail to see the connection and so I can happily ignore her rules. Also in a recent New Scientist (refer back to my library), I read about James Wong, a botanist trained at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, no less. He lives in a tiny London flat with more than 500 houseplants. So I’m not alone.  … Continue Reading

Know your town MacGregor’s Glasgow House

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Know your town MacGregor’s Glasgow House

Alec MacGregor erected the building now know as Kitchener’s in 1906. Alec was born in Glasgow in 1872. He entered the fabric trade learning weaving, spinning and  dyeing both cotton and wool fabrics. Experiencing continuing poor health he decided in 1902 to come to New Zealand to help improve it. 

He first set up a drapery business in Masterton. Then later moved to Martinborough where he erected Glasgow House in Kitchener Street, a building with four large rooms and large plate glass windows in the front. The front rooms were the shop and office with the back given to dressmaking and millinery.

A wide range of products were on offer, advertised as : drapery, millinery, men’s wear, mercery, boots and shoes. Along with running his business Alec served as secretary of the Waihenga Lodge and was a member of the Order of Druids. 

The  business was later sold to John Hodge who changed the name to The Top Hat and ran it as a tailoring made to measure business. This was eventually on sold to Bill Hitchings who returned it back to general drapery under the name Martinborough Drapery House.  … Continue Reading

Community Garden News

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Community Garden News

It is said “that one of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a packet of seeds and a spade”, and this probably sums up winter gardening!

However, our broad beans, garlic, celery, leeks, kale and brussel sprouts are looking pretty good…not too sure about some of the other brassica’s, who have again been the feasting centre for some nasty chompers. This is where Neem oil has entered into our lives, and I would highly recommend it to gardeners having a problem with leave eating bugs .It is a natural product, so doesn’t compromise health or organic growth: it is effective against –aphids, thrips , whitefly mealybug, scale and mites, and sucking insects. Neem granules are reported to be good for the soil, as well as acting as a pesticide and discouraging pests such as nematodes, grass grubs, root mealybugs and carrot flies .It can even increase the weight of earthworms! A good ally for the garden.

The Survey

Thanks to those of you who managed to complete our survey at the Medical Centre. Responses indicate that we are planting the right stuff, which is good. … 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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