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 …

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A lively, healthy community 

November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on A lively, healthy community 

The Rapaki Walk summit is a beautiful place to celebrate achievement.  In late October, 11 walkers looked down over the village and Te Muna Road as they marked the first birthday of their Walking Group, part of the Martinborough Healthy Community Project.

Every Friday morning for a year the group has met at Kitchener’s and decided where to walk this week.  

“ In Week One there were three of us,” explained unofficial leader Les Robert, “and we’ve built up gradually to around 10-14 weekly.  We’d welcome more.

“The idea is to encourage people to get or keep moving for their health. Over the year we’ve noticed that we go a bit further each time and while it’s a decent work-out everyone can go at their own pace. 

“Experts say walkers should be able to talk while they walk, and our group certainly can!” he laughed. 

Walking is both easy and cheap, and Martinborough’s flat roads and vineyard views make it appealing.  The group enjoys seasonal changes, most obviously in the vineyards. 

Importantly, participants meet new people. Some have lived in Martinborough for many years, and some only a few weeks.  Convivial coffee afterwards builds friendships and a strong community. 

The Martinborough Healthy Community Project was initiated by the Martinborough Health Centre.  Other major components are the Community Garden in Oxford Street, where volunteers tend mostly vegetable gardens, Wednesday and Sunday mornings (summer hours). 

Produce goes to the Community Larder in the Medical Centre. Many residents and weekenders like being able to donate excess product from local gardens and reduce waste.  

Anyone can pop in and pick up something fresh, healthy and seasonal for their lunch or dinner, says Practice Manager Pam Shackleton. 

The third leg of the community project is a 7-week Healthy Lifestyle programme, a self-management course for people with long-term conditions.  After a well-attended and successful course earlier this year, a second course started in October with another planned for early 2019.  Anyone interested should contact Kiwa at the Medical Centre.   

Christmas Parade continues with Christmas Magic in Martinborough

November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on Christmas Parade continues with Christmas Magic in Martinborough

There is nothing quite so magical as Christmas, so two years ago Fiona Couchman launched the Christmas Magic in Martinborough Show to create awareness and gifts for children in need in our local community. While she took a break last year to do some gifting of her own donating her kidney to a friend in need and spent theChristmas recovering but she is back this year with another exciting show. 

Fiona has a musical background and performed in MADCAPS for the last few years as a way of immersing herself into the community. With vast experience in event management, she felt an opportunity existed to capitalise on the local Chridtmas carols and create a professional show that would showcase some of the local talent with a great combination of Christmas Carols, Pop and Rock songs that would have people dancing in the square or tapping their toes as they enjoy an evening of entertainment with their families.

And because Christmas is truly magical for the children, the event starts with a one hour Christmas show brought to you by Enchanted Entertainment. This professional troupe will entertain with characters like princess Elsa, Ariel, Moana and more. In addition to a full Disney show there will be stations for princesses and super heroes to spend time with their favourite star getting pampered with face painting, magical hair dust and more.  

But the winners of this great event will be the children and underprivileged families of Martinborough. Entry into the event is by way of a Christmas present for a child. We are asking people who are attending to bring a child’s gift named boy/girl and age group. Children are free to attend and for those who wander into the square and want to enjoy the show, Santa’s helpers will be at hand with donation buckets to raise money for the new children’s playground. 

On December 8th the Christmas Magic in Martinborough will kick off with the popular xmas parade starting at 5.00pm and entertainment will continue till 10.00pm. 

After the Enchanted Entertainment children’s show, there will be the Business House carols challenge, Martinborough MADCAPS  carols and the two-hour Christmas show. 

To perform a show like this doesn’t come cheap, providing a professional staging, sound and lighting set, so local businesses have got behind this initiative with tremendous support from the retailers and hospitality.

We want to thank our Gold sponsors Martinborough Community Board who are right behind the cause and our Silver Sponsor P and K who are sponsoring the Children’s show Enchanted Entertainment. Additional Silver Sponsor Cotter & Stevens are providing the magical Christmas Tree that will be lighting up the square. Our Bronze sponsors Peppers Parehua, Neighbourhood café and  Cool Change and all many retailers and hospitality that have made this event possible. You all epitomise the spirit of Christmas and the very special community that is Martinborough. Be sure to Pack and Picnic and head down to the square for a jam – packed evening of Christmas Magic. 

Book review 

November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on Book review 

Forever and a day

On going through Ian Flemings’s papers after his death a partly written manuscript for another James Bond story was found. Fleming’s estate  approached Anthony Horowtz with the suggestion that he complete the James Bond novel using the  story as outlined and incorporating the already written work. ‘Forever and a Day’ is the resulting novel.

The story is set pre  Casino Royale, Fleming’s first James Bond Novel, filling in Bond’s previously unexplained background. It has not been revealed how much of the completed novel is Fleming’s and there are no clues. Anthony Horowitz has seamlessly mingled his own writing with Fleming’s material to produce a typical James Bond adventure.  

Fast paced with one unlikely adventure after another, it makes for a very exciting read, even if it does require turning off the reality check. With  the many action sequences it would seem that the author and Fleming Estate had one eye on the film industry. 

Whether Horowitz has even out done Fleming when it comes to escaping impossible situations is difficult for me to say as I have only read the earlier novels, Dr No and To Russia with love. These were more grounded in reality than it appears his later Bond novels. 

I have to say that when it comes to spy stories I prefer Le Carre to Fleming but that’s purely a personal preference. I am sure that for the millions of Fleming fans Forever and a Day will be a welcome, unexpected, addition to Fleming’s Bond series. 

Mike Beckett

Community Board

November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on Community Board

As I’m writing this it is less than 9 weeks until Christmas, how did that happen? We are very pleased to be able to support this year’s Christmas festivities with funding approved for MADCAPs who are organising the Christmas Parade and as sponsorship for Christmas Magic in Martinborough organised by Fiona Couchman. 

The parade will kick off from Dublin Street at 5.30pm on Saturday 8th December, followed by a raft of entertainment in the Square including kids’ entertainment, business house carol competition and the MADCAPs Christmas singalong. Thank you to Fiona and MADCAPs for organising this fantastic community event.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a community group in time to run our traditional bonfire night and fireworks this year. A real shame, but we do now have volunteers to organise next year’s event.  

We’ve had a range of feedback about parking in Martinborough recently, we would like to hear your views, please keep an eye out for our parking survey on our facebook page:

The upgrade of the Cenotaph continues with damage to the newly concreted plinth being assessed for repair. Council have allocated budget, in their 2019/20 financial year, to provide circular seating in the centre of the Square in line with the Square Development Plan. This will be a lovely place for quiet reflection once complete. The wider Square is known as Soldiers Memorial Park and will be recognised as a Place of Remembrance by the New Zealand Poppy Places Trust. Thank you to Maree Roy for her hard work on this project.

Finally, the Community Board were lucky to have a sneak preview of the nearly completed Waihinga Centre this week. We were impressed with the new Centre and really pleased to see how well the Hall and Supper Room are looking. This has been a mammoth project and it is a credit to all involved. Whether you are an avid supporter of the project, ambivalent or dead against we’re looking forward to seeing all members of our community making the most of this space. 

Lisa Cornelissen

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