Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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June 9, 2021 June 2021, Sports Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB REPORT

It is a hive of activity at the course today – lots of men with rakes, leaf blowers and leaf suckers tidying up around the clubhouse and squash club.  The course is looking good and the greens have come back well after being cored early last month.

There have been good numbers playing Grumpies on a Tuesday with winners over the last few weeks being Brent McKinlay (twice), Raymond Matthews, Rob Lopez and Darren de Joux (ex Featherston but now residing in Sydney).  The last couple of weeks the Grumpies have played a hidden hole competition and an Irish Stableford – who knows what is in store for them next month!!  Twos over the last few weeks have gone to Mariana McDermott, Storm Robertson, Russell Walker (visitor from Mangawhai), Paul Riddiford, Whitney Griffiths, Brent McKinlay, John Warner, Rob McCreary, Chris Cole and Chris Ranish. … Continue Reading

Recyling Days

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Maree’s musings

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A few weeks ago I had an unfortunate altercation with some boiling water – filling a hottie, if you must know – which resulted in a rather nasty burn to my right hand and wrist. However, it’s not all bad. The usual hassles: no showering, swimming, hair-washing etc, but my piano playing and writing continue and luckily the experience inspired the subject of this month’s column. … Continue Reading


June 9, 2021 June 2021 Comments Off on LIBRARY UPDATES

Chances are you’ll notice a different look in the Library next time you visit – we’re going to be making a few changes with the physical layout, to better align with how people are using the Library space.  Here’s what is changing:

  • the fiction shelves will be swung to be better lined up with the black pillars, making it easier for our mobility-impaired customers to navigate through the rows.
  • Our public computers and copier/scanner will be grouped together in part of the previous staff area, for more privacy.
  • We have extended our teen space and have moved in a computer for our rangatahi.  We’ll be adding a few beanbags in the near future as well.
  • Our white study tables are moving to a quieter section of the Library; magazines, newspapers, the large print selection, audiobooks, local history and the Māori collection will also be housed in this space.  We’ll be adding some armchairs for comfy browsing.
  • Our children’s area is bigger! Our tamariki now have a larger space to move around in, and staff can host our regular school class visits comfortably.

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Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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