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Know your town – Martinborough Reading Room 1894 – 2019

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In December 1893 it was reported that one hundred and fifty pounds (2019 = $29,378) had been raised for a Literary Institute, and that Martinborough (not Waihinga) had wanted a new Library building for some time. In May of the following year it was announced that a Natusch plan had been accepted and the building would be proceeded with shortly. 

Ten months later the building was officially opened with the total cost being two hundred and twenty six pound (2019 = $44,263), considerably more than what had been raised. The Wairarapa paper praised the ‘Posh new Reading and Chess room plus small Library’. Martinborough had a chess club and for the first six years it was really a gentlemen’s club rooms. The paper’s report also noted that ‘the new Post Office building looked drab in comparison to the new Reading Rooms’

The building was officially opened on the afternoon of Thursday 18th October 1894 by John Martin.  In his speech John Martin referred to the efforts of the people in erecting a ‘handsome and commodious library for the district. The building reflects credit on the architect Mr Natusch. The building’s style of a Gentleman’s Club House and it’s being comfortable, completely furnished  and well stocked with papers, periodicals,  illustrated magazines and books’. He also said that great credit must go to the local committee for the Dance and Concert in the Town Hall in aid of Library funds. 

The Library received an entry in the 1896 New Zealand Cyclopaedia: ‘Martinborough Public Reading Room contains Weeklies from all parts of New Zealand. Opening hours 9 am to 9.30 pm No persons under the age of sixteen years may enter the building. Officers J Martin Jnr president, C W Lee (schoolmaster) treasurer, Rev J Lymburn secretary, they under Featherston Roads Board’. … Continue Reading

Healthy Martinborough

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The Healthy Martinborough team: Peter Graham, James Brody, Mike Woolley, Tim Maling and Sue Sullivan. Absent. Neil McCallum, Paul Harris, Debbie Yates, Roberta Kimmins and Pam Shackleton.

The Mens Shed is not just a group of blokes hammering, sawing, sharpening and sanding.   They also have a strong community focus.  Over numerous cups of tea and wide ranging discussions they have come up with an initiative they are keen to share with the rest of us.  It comes out of their members concerns about maintaining their own wellbeing and doing their bit for the environment.

As a result they’ve linked up with others with a similar purpose: the Community Garden, Health Centre and the Friday Breakfast Club, to create Healthy Martinborough.  Each of these organisations in their own different ways offer social connection, volunteer opportunities and community support.

Recognising that what we eat is one of the fundamentals of staying well, the Friday Breakfast Group have been working with local Chefs to create and display simple, seasonal vegetarian recipes that you can make at home.  “ Having just one meat- free meal per week can make a real difference to your health and reduce our impact on our environment” says Tim Maling, one of the group. … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

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The Shared Food Pantry is now up and running, and the “Take what you need or give what you can” motto is working well. A big thanks to Fresh Choice and other donors of food. Project initiators, Rotary, Inner Wheel, MensShed and the Lionesses much appreciate the support. So, that’s what is happening here, and now we go further afield.

Our club had very interesting speakers at our July meeting. Immediate Past President Rose Newton and Past President Dale Julius spoke to us about their trip to Europe. It was unlike any other European trip I have heard about before. It was a singing holiday. But on the way, not only did they catch up with family and friends in Winchester, Cornwall, Durham and London, but they visited the Winchester Cathedral, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Doc Martin’s town in Port Isaac (called Port Wenn in the television series) in Cornwall and Kenwood House Art Gallery in London. Rose was delighted to find Tregye Cottage in Cornwall, a lovely house that in the 1920s had been the home of her ancestors. Their telling was made even lovelier by their power point presentation which showed how much fun they were having. 

Leaving England Rosemary and Dale travelled over the channel to Germany where they were met by former exchange students and their parents, taken to a Wine Fest as well as to the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. From there they travelled on one ticket by train through Switzerland, again being guided by another student and her family to Lucerne and the Rhine. … Continue Reading

Greytown Music Group – The Koru Trio

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The Koru Trio, from Wellington, will provide the Greytown Music Group’s last concert for the year. Formed in 2011 by pianist Rachel Thomson, violinist Anne Loeser, and cellist Sally Isaac, their mission is to work their way through all the highlights of the rich piano trio repertoire!

The concert begins with Dvorak’s Piano Trio in E Minor, known as the Dumky Trio. It has an unusual form of 6 movements, switching between slow and melancholy elegiac moments, and fast impassioned ones. (“Dumka” means “thought” in Ukrainian, plural “dumky”. Dumka music often incorporates folk themes.)

The last work, Schubert’s Piano Trio in B Flat, is lively and buoyant. Written in the year before his death, perhaps he needed a light joyous composition to divert his attention away from his illness-filled life. Robert Schuman said of this work: “One glance at Schubert’s trio and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.” … 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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