Christmas comes early with St Albans News

News for December/January
St Albans News can date its history back to December 1993 when some community-minded individuals decided it would be a good idea to produce a newsletter for Christchurch’s largest suburb.The replacement community centre inches closer with a decision on the floor plan by the Papanui Innes Board and Spanish flu, which peaked the same month WWI came to an end in November 1918 feature in the December/January issue of St Albans News. We also have a centre page feature we have put together for Christmas featuring a recipe for meringues. Download the December 2018/January 2019 issue by clicking the cover image.

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Subscribe to St Albans News delivery via email

We have had enquiries about how to subscribe to an emailed version of St Albans News. This can be arranged if you subscribe by filling in this pop up form. It will be sent to news@stalbans.gen.nz. If you don’t wish to subscribe you can dismiss the popup by clicking on the x to close it.

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October/November St Albans News ready to read now

News for October/November
Find out what was in the time capsule rescued from the old community centre after the quakes. It was hidden behind the foundation stone. The new co-ordinator for Packe St park talks sustainability, resilience and more in the October/November issue of St Albans News. Download by clicking the image to the right.

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New blood sought for the Residents Association committee

The St Albans Residents Association (SARA) is a proactive community organization working at the grassroots in St Albans, Christchurch.

SARA has been developing local resources and a local voice since its inception in the 1960s. It is a vessel for community activity that benefits the locality and residents of St Albans.

The 2018 AGM is being held on September 3 at 7pm and a new Management Committee will be voted in. With the stepping down of Renee Walker as Chair and Peter McDonald as Treasurer there is an opportunity for people who value community and want to have an influence on the development of our local resources to join the committee.

As with all volunteer driven organisations, SARA ebbs and flows through the influence of membership numbers and power. The power of organisations like SARA in the current environment is exciting, with community led development having a real influence on communities around the world as well as here in New Zealand and Christchurch.

The Committee is responsible for the strategic and financial oversight of the Association. The members actively participate in monthly meetings and lead and support local projects.

Residents are encouraged to submit candidates who would make a valuable contribution by contributing their skills to the community. Nominations can be received in advance and verbally at the AGM.  

Here is the Nomination Form to complete online and we’ll see you at the AGM being held at the St Albans Tennis Club, 37 Dover Street on the 3rd September 2018.

Please get in touch with any questions or thoughts.
Ring Emma on 027 288 6334 or
Sandra on 021 317 584

Mā te wā,
Emma Twaddell,
board member, SARA

 

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Full text for letter in a bottle

When the time capsule planted in 1920 behind the foundation stone in the old community centre was opened in September it contained a small brown bottle and a letter inside. The bottle was reluctant to give up its dry contents but eventually did. The opening was recorded in the October/November StAN and made reference to the letter and some of the names contained within. Click to read the transcribed letter The Christchurch City Council has transcribed the letter in full. Some of those names were men who played a prominent role in 19th century Christchurch and in the public library which replaced the Mutual Improvement Society’s building in Dover St,later to become the St Albans Community Centre.

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Street calming measures for downstream streets

One of the questions asked in the submissions to the council over the traffic plans for areas downstream of the Northern Arterial related to street calming measures on side streets. The council has summarised the submissions on its Have Your Say website and built up intersections was the preferred method for those who submitted (193) followed by street narrowing (126). https://ccc.govt.nz/…/2…/July/4.-Traffic-calming-options.pdf.

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e-Cigarette bill in ballot for attention

Christchurch list MP Nicky Wagner (National) hopes her Member’s Bill to legalise and regulate the use of electronic cigarettes is chosen for debate in Parliament.
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Tribunal to speed up quake claims

Insurance lawyer turned MP Duncan Webb says the Earthquake Tribunal will be a “radical circuit breaker” for Christchurch.

Webb, now the MP for Christchurch Central, represented claimants against both EQC and insurance companies while in practice and now runs regular clinics to guide claimants.

“Problems with access to justice have plagued post-quake Christchurch. This legislation sets the scene for an informal, inquisitorial, speedy tribunal,” he says.

Many claims had stalled because of the unwieldy and expensive High Court process.
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Download St Albans News for August/September 2018


A petition has been organised by Warrington and Berwick St residents now it has become clear City Council staff want increasing amounts of traffic to go down their street to three-laned Barbadoes and Madras Sts, creating clearways, reducing parking and possibly creating more problems than it is meant to solve. Drainage is being fixed in some parts of St Albans while new problems are coming to the surface in others. The butterfly colony in Abberley Park is under threat from rats. Sixteen pages jammed full of news and views about St Albans. The printed version is being delivered to St Albans letterboxes over the next week by our band of volunteers. Also available in selected Edgeware Village shops. You can also download a digital copy – click on the image to the right.

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Access St Albans News for June/July 2018


How the new motorway will affect streets in St Albans downstream of Innes Rd is the main focus in the June/July issue of St Albans News – the city council wants feedback. Lots has been going on in St Albans these past two months and we tried to fit most of it in 16 pages. Find out about a special event being held on June 21, the eve of St Albans Day (which also happens to be the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice) and lots more besides.The printed version is being delivered to St Albans letterboxes over the next week by our band of volunteers. Also available in selected Edgeware Village shops. Alternatively, download a digital copy by clicking on the image to the left.

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Get the latest news from St Albans

AprilMay St Albans News It’s five years since the Edgeware Village Master Plan for the recovery of St Albans after the quakes was created but little has been done to implement it. Then out of the blue the Christchurch City Council decides that stopping northbound traffic on Colombo St from entering Edgeware Rd and on to Cranford St might be a good idea. Consultation has started on this new concept and business owners are none to happy about the proposal. All this and lots more in the April/May issue of St Albans News, being delivered to St Albans letterboxes over the next week by our band of volunteers. You can also download a digital copy by clicking on the image to the right.

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Get the sizzling hot summer edition of St Albans News

The February/March issue of St Albans News has a botanical theme to it. We mark the passing of a well-known and loved local identity Bill Sykes, one of the people behind Packe St Park’s foundation and the centre pages are given over to a photo feature. The world seems to be heading towards roads full of electric vehicles so we profile a couple of locals who have ditched petrol for electric vehicles. All this and more in the February/March issue, now available online by clicking on the image to the right (and, if you live in St Albans, will be delivered to your letterbox soon).

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