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First Church’s Monster Bookfair

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The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.  

As a result sales also broke records and that combined with Ted Preston’s talk on the Friday evening raised $8400 for the upkeep of the church.    

The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed as helpers, donors and buyers.  

The enormous number of books took 2 trucks (organised by Trevor & Carol Hawkins) to transport from First Church hall to the town hall on the afternoon of the 20th August and with our willing helpers both at the church hall and the town hall, the thousands of books were unloaded in a very short time frame.   … Continue Reading

 Greytown Music Group Concert  

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Pianist Richard Mapp returns to Greytown on 13 September, as part of his tour taking him from Nelson to Kerikeri, with five other concerts in between. If the Wairarapa is still at Covid level 2 when the concert takes place, the audience will be limited to allow for social distancing.

For this concert Richard has put together four of his all time favourite works, pieces he learned many years ago but has seldom performed since. He says “Haydn’s Variations in F minor are one of the most beautiful and imaginative creations!”  Schumann considered his Fantasy in C major to be the best music he had ever written – the greatest outpouring of his love for Clara Wieck, who eventually became his wife.   … Continue Reading

Green Jersey looking towards site development

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The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on the corner of Kitchener and Broadway Streets in Martinborough.

Spokesman Joe Howells said that the families involved are keen to develop the site in a way that adds to the attractions of Martinborough. “Green Jersey is going to need a new shed to operate from within the next two years, and we are keen to ensure that we build something that fits into the overall development of the site but which also  supports the development of the town”.  … Continue Reading

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

September 12, 2020 September 2020 Comments Off on  A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the memory of New Zealand veterans, primarily of the Great War (or First World War) has found new prominence in Martinborough’s picturesque landscape. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Football Club’s season ends with a shield

Martinborough Football Clubs senior season concluded in style on 19th September with a 3-2 win against Douglas Villa in Masterton.  The team were delighted to have won theWairarapa Knockout Shield which is now proudly displayed at its Club rooms at Cool Change Bar & Eatery. Spokesperson Lucy Douglas said, “It’s been my …

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 …

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