February 2005 Newsletter
Holidays at the Bay in the 1920’s - Jack Payne
Some of my first 90 years - Elva Hennessey
Congratulations to Frank on reaching his big 80.
Happy New Year to all members.
Jim Callaghan our hard working Vice President, was in Hospital for some time and is now recovering at home. He still needs to make visits to the Hospital for tests. I am sure that all members wish him a speedy recovery.
Alec Utting has indicated to me that he wishes to finish up as Editor of our newsletter, so your Committee will undertake this task in the near future. It may take some time for us to get to the standard that Alec has set, and we may have to produce a smaller version for a while.
Ray Johanson, President
12th February 2005
After the last of our 38 members and friends had boarded our coach in Sylvan Ave Northcote we travelled over the harbour bridge and along the very free flowing Southern Motorway to the Drury off ramp, where we headed out towards the Waiuku district where we made a comfort stop next to the local Museum and Fire Station.
Glady Durham kept a close eye on one our members in case he wandered off to look at the bright red machines parked next door.
Then on through the very dry countryside, the Glenbrook Steel mill could be seen in the distance out to the beautiful Awhitu Regional Park arriving there about 12 noon, Members were told to enjoy themselves and the coach would depart at 2-30pm.
We could not have been more lucky with the weather this time, and the tide almost full in This was a very enjoyable place for a picnic, after lunch at the tables under the trees some went swimming or a paddle, whilst several walked around the beach to the Brook Family Homestead, one member even tried to cross the wetland area behind the beach with out success.
On the return journey with John Malcolm as the chief map reader, we travelled via Waiuku, Otaua, Aka Aka, Buckland, Puni, Pukekohe, Harrisville, Tuakau , on the way to Pokeno.
Most members had large ice creams and bought supplies of bacon and sausages.
On the drive back along the Southern motorway the usual raffle draw was performed by Glad the Lad the winners being Betty Durham, Vera Watson, and Anne Warman.
After dropping off members at the museum and other stops on the way, we arrived back at the bus depot about 6pm after it had been unanimously agreed that we had all enjoyed the day out.
Saturday 19th March - Mystery Bus Trip $25
These are always good value. Go where you have never been before. The bus leaves Verrans Corner at 9-00am and the Museum at 9-30am. Bring your lunch and a drink. Book with Glad, Phone 483-7545.
16th April - Tour of the older parts of Auckland
Brian Potter will give an interesting commentary and there will be a chance to walk in parts and rejoin the bus. The bus leaves Verrans Corner at 9-00am and the Museum at 9-30am. Bring your lunch and a drink. Book with Glad Phone 483-7545.
Saturday 14th May - Our Annual General Meeting
St Andrews Church at 2:00pm
Our Christmas party will be on November 19th in St Andrews Church Hall at 2pm. We will let you know about other events when planning has been completed.
Our book of stories has been selling well but we still have some copies left. These may be purchased at the Museum on Sunday afternoons, or contact Glad, phone 483-7545.