Waiheke Marketplace : July 11th 2012
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Check here for your nearest accredited installer, for your free consultation: SAVE UP TO $900 SAVE UP TO $700 $1,595 (+ installation) $1,994 (+ installation) Weeding out volunteers for safari Volunteers wanted: Jassy Dean Trust trustees Chris Cureen, Wendy Saward, Jude Denny and Alison Walker are just some of the team who help out over garden safari weekend. The Jassy Dean Trust is calling for volunteers to register for its annual spring garden event that raises money for sick Waiheke children and their families. The SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust Garden Safari is on November 10 and 11 and volunteer co-ordinator Fiona Greg- ory is looking for people to help out in the safari gardens and at the plant sale at Rangihoua Estate. Jobs include meeting and greeting visitors and answering any questions they have, providing information about the Jassy Dean Trust, sup- porting the garden owners, and generally helping the event to run smoothly. Ms Gregory says: I volunteered last year and it was so rewarding to support the trust as well as great fun. Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to the safari for the day they are not helping out. Get in touch with Fiona Gregory at gardensafari email@example.com or phone 372 9903 and leave a message. LETTER RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Film festival Friends and I wish to express our appreciation of the weekend events associated with the Matariki Women s Film Festival. A big thank you to the organisers and in particular to Ella Henry the presenter. Liz Eastmond Tivoli Reunion On September 1 it will be 73 years since Operation Pied Piper was launched, just days before the world was plunged into World War II. It removed thousands of British school children from their threatened homes in London and other large cities to safe areas in the countryside. They left their homes with the consent but without the presence of their parents for the homes of strangers. It constituted the greatest upheaval to family life the United Kingdom had ever experienced. No-one knows the exact numbers of people evacuated under the scheme, but a general estimate is 3.5 million. A high proportion were children aged 5 to 16. It also included expectant and nursing mothers, disabled people and the chronically ill. Some suffered abuse by those who were supposed to care for them and some endured malnutrition and neglect. But a good number survived the separation, developing tough exteriors and grew up faster than usual as they adapted to life in the country and became more self-reliant. Many benefited from better nutrition, fresh air, greater play space and more contact with parts of their own country they might never have had a chance to know. Contact with parents was often sporadic, due to slow mail services and difficulties travelling. Many became attached to their new surroundings and friends though often their schooling suffered since many country areas were ill-equipped to cope with the extra pupil numbers. Eventually the war ended and children returned to their families. In some cases the readjustment was difficult after a long separation. Some of these children moved to New Zealand as adults and in 1999 a branch of the Evacuees Reunion Association was set up here. People have found others with whom to share memories and they meet regularly in 11 different towns. Once a year we try to hold a national reunion to mingle and reminisce. This year our national reunion is being held in Pakuranga from August 31 to September 2. If you were an evacuee and do not already belong to our association, please phone Aline Gee, 626 7758, Jean Young, 576 9266 or Connie Johnson 626 7009. Other non-British people were also evacuated because of the war and they are welcomed also. The cost of the weekend is $70 per head or we would also try to put you in touch with local evacuee meetings. A Gee Evacuees Reunion Association\ President Thick fog disrupts ferries Late arrival: The Friday 8.15am Fullers ferry departure from Auckland appears through the fog at 9.05am. Islanders got off better than many despite the thick fog that brought havoc to Auckland last Thursday and Friday. While some residents were stranded at airports in other parts of the country, ferry services to the mainland carried on, if a little delayed. Fullers journeys to and from Waiheke took longer than usual while ferries reduced speed to take special care across the busy shipping lanes into Auckland. Scheduled departure times came and went as a result of slower journeys but loud- speaker announcements asked for passengers to embark quickly to mini- mise delays. SeaLink s vehicular ferries managed to continue with little or no delays although with low tides they had to travel around Brown s Island on a few of the sailings, chief executive officer Todd Bolton says. Pots and books wanted The Jassy Dean Trust is calling for spare terracotta pots and pre- loved cook books to be donated to the mammoth Central Landscapes plant sale at Rangihoua Estate over garden safari weekend on November 10 and 11. Safari co-ordinator Michelle Barber says: ''We have plenty of plastic pots but could really use some nice terracotta pots to grow our beautiful seedlings which will be available for sale over safari weekend.'' Last year's plant sale pre-loved book fundraiser initiative focused on gardening books and this year the book sale part of the event will focus on pre- loved cook books. Terracotta pots and cook books can be dropped off at Rangihoua Estate on O'Brien Rd for the attention of Anne Stanimiroff.
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