October St Albans News hot off the press

trimcoverOct2014St Albans News has had a facelift. We now print full colour and we’ve gone to town with the colour palette. Let us know if you like what you see when you get the October edition being distributed now.

The conversation about a longterm community centre for St Albans continues. Find out what is happening in St Albans: who painted the mural at Kidd’s bakery and learn what Daph Parkins and her school chums got up to in WWII trenches near St Albans School. And there’s a colourful spread in the middle featuring photographs of the art house in Cranford Street before it was demolished. Then there’s more.
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Centre under community management soon

Negotiations have been taking place between CCC and the St Albans Residents’ Association and it looks like SARA will be back managing the community centre from October 6. It will take a while to get things up and running but we hope to see the return of the St Albans NeighbourNet computer room after a four year hiatus, among other features.
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Distributors wanted for St Albans News

The October edition of St Albans News has been printed and will be distributed over the next week but we need three more distributors to make sure it reaches more letterboxes. If you have an hour or two to spare every two months, and like walking your neighbourhood, please email sara@stalbans.gen.nz to volunteer.

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Harrisons of Francis Street

Does anyone remember the Harrisons of Francis Street -they used to have an orchard in the area in the early 20th century – and were also well known for the numbers of children in the family. You might be interested in this blog posting and a painting by William Menzies Gibb of the old farmhouse looking towards the Port Hills.

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CanCERN breakthrough

Earthquake information group CanCERN and Southern Response (insurance company handling many Christchurch claims) are launching a pilot initiative soon called Breakthrough to help settle some sticky cases.
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Movies on the Marae

Rehua Marae Movies October 4Keep the family entertained and raise funds to repair the Wharenui at Rehua Marae in Springfield Road on October 4. The first screening is for The Silent One at 3pm followed by Boy at 6pm. American hot dogs and other food will be on sale in between screenings only. Entry by gold coin donation. BYO cushion or beanbag.

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Sense of place in St Albans

What defines St Albans as a place? And where are its geographical boundaries?These questions are currently being investigated by four geography students at the University of Canterbury, as part of a third year research project.

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Halloween fundraising quiz night

Location: Scottish Society Hall, Caledonian Road
Time: October 31 from 7pm
Description: The Scottish Society of New Zealand Pipe Band is organising a fundraising quiz night with prizes for the best dressed, raffles, and coin toss. Organise a team with 4-6 people, bring coins and cash. Supper will be provided and drinks available. Tickets @ $15 per person can be purchased through Eventfinder.co.nz

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Looking for George Fisher

Does anybody know George Fisher who was living at 28 Radnor Street in 1957, or his two children? He was a POW in World War II. We have been contacted by a descendant of a fellow POW with a small memento. Email webspace@stalbans.gen.nz for further information.

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In the Know Land Hub

Staff from EQC, CCC consents staff, Tonkin and Taylor and community representatives are offering information sessions related to earthquake recovery and residential rebuild in October.

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Food plan for St Albans outlined

St Albans has a unique opportunity to implement a food resilience programme following the quakes but this is being undermined by a lack of willing volunteers, lack of funding and a poor relationship between CCC and the St Albans Residents’ Association (SARA).

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Council to consult residents

CCC consultation

The Council is running a series of afternoon drop-in sessions for St Albans residents for two weeks, starting next Tuesday 16 September, to consult on the Long Term Plan the District Plan Review and information about flooding and building consents.

These sessions will be held in Beulah Church in Springfield Road as follows:

  • Tuesday 16 September – 1 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 17 September – 1 – 6pm
  • Thursday 18 September – 4 – 8pm
  • Tuesday 23 September – 1 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 24 September – 1 – 6pm
  • Thursday 25 September – 4 – 8pm
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