Star’s Founder found.

Following Mate Higginson’s article on long time Star Editor Fred Michell we have been contacted by the grandson of the founder, Neil Closey. The founder was James Henry Claridge. This remarkable person had spent his working life establishing newspapers, thirteen in all, which once established he sold  and moved on …

20 Year Service Medal for Maureen Thurlow

Maureen Thurlow was presented with the Red Cross Twenty Years Service Medal by Branch President Brian Love at the branch’s volunteer Christmas morning tea. Geoff Cave of Carterton received an Award for ten  years service.   Brian thanked members for volunteering for Red Cross and welcomed a very special guest speaker …

Wairarapa Dark Sky part of major world-wide research project 

The South Wairarapa’s night sky is being monitored round the clock in Spain and contributing to a world-wide dark sky database,  thanks to a European research team. The move follows Chairman of the Martinborough Dark Sky Society, Lee Mauger, making a  connection via Twitter with fellow Dark Sky enthusiast Carlos …

Community Garden News 

“ Gardens are not made by singing” oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade”-  Rudyard Kipling Well here we are HOT; still going, and a little over 12 months  since our first produce was harvested. Like everyone , at the moment the garden is suffering from intense heat, and …

Recent Articles:

Learning to live without a car. 

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on Learning to live without a car. 

Events can occur in our lives that change our lifestyle : Losing access to a car through whatever reason is one . It often comes upon us suddenly but we can be prepared . . . . .   thinking about some of the options available now,  gives us more power to make decisions when/if it does happen. 

These are some of the community options available : your first consideration may be Public Transport, such as buses by Tranzit or trains by Metlink. You can now buy a SNAPPER card from TRANZIT which makes bus fare paying so much easier for all local buses. Remember, Super Gold Card holders can travel for FREE –  9am to 3pm weekdays and during weekends on all buses and trains.

For medical visits within Wairarapa :

St John Wairarapa Health Shuttle pick up and deliver you home , Monday to Friday but you must make a booking at least 24 hours ahead. This is free but donation’s appreciated.   Red Cross Wairarapa also provide medical transport assistance within Wairarapa (and the wider province).  Whaiora Whanui, a whanau centred service can provide transport vouchers for their clients.  … Continue Reading

Gym News

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Thank you to all those that helped at the working bee! Amazing effort from everyone and the gym is looking

nice and fresh for Summer!

Our summer sessions are in full swing and numbers are growing rapidly!

Saturday Mornings Mish is running her ‘Moving with Mish’ class which attracts great numbers so if you are

around on a Saturdya pop down to join in!

Damon is continuing to offer his 6 week challenege to current and new members, he also has a weekly

bootcamp running which has a few spots left on a Tuesday night! If any local families or businesses

are wanting to start their own boot camp with him pop down and have a chat! … Continue Reading

Marre’s musings

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on Marre’s musings


The leadup to Xmas inevitably results in people getting a tree. Nowadays, it’s an essential part of the festivities. This was not always so: in fact the tree originally was used to celebrate the winter solstice, so not appropriate here – although with our current inclement weather, we can’t be too sure. The selected trees were evergreen to remind one of Spring. Probably just as well: a conglomeration of bare branches arranged beside the fire wouldn’t have looked too flash and may have led to … well, you get the idea. 

Trees were probably first associated with Christmas about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Towns usually had just one put up in the square (maybe we could do that here) and after a bit of song and dance, the tree was set on fire (perhaps ignore that idea, after all!) Today there’s one in almost every home with a booming industry making this possible. Would you believe in the UK, there’s about ten million grown every year just for the occasion.

Although I don’t celebrate Xmas, I love trees. Especially living, growing ones, so it makes me a bit sad to see the inevitable tree ‘discard-fest’ in the New Year. Fortunately, there’s an increasing fashion to reduce the destruction; all good!   So to complete this month’s musings is a poem with a tree theme which I wrote recently. It’s reproduced below for you to share. 

Enjoy your celebrations and spare a thought for the trees.   … Continue Reading

Martinborough Community Choir update:

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on Martinborough Community Choir update:

The choir is currently preparing for our sixth end-of-year concert.
We’ll be performing in our usual venue, St. Andrew’s Hall, on Tuesday eve December 11, at 7.30pm. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

This year we’ll be singing a wide variety of songs, from classical to pop, with themes of love, happiness and beauty; and also celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a medley of songs from his great musical ‘West Side Story’.

We’ll be singing mostly in English, but we’ll also perform songs in French, German and te reo Māori.

After this concert, we’ll take our usual long summer holiday.
Watch this space for our start date in 2019, when we’ll welcome any new members who enjoy group singing, and have wide-ranging taste in music!

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all. Victoria Jones, for the MCC.