December edition of St Albans News

What’s up? In Cranford Street and in Caledonian Road? Find out more of what is going on in St Albans in the December issue of St Albans News

Copies are being distributed by volunteers, the weekend of November 29 and 30, to 7000 households and business premises in the St Albans area. We still need a couple more people to deliver this month, takes about 1-2 hours to deliver, depending on whether you stop and chat along the way. Email for more information.
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Where do the boundaries of St Albans lie?

Students at the University of Canterbury conducted some research into where residents thought the boundaries of St Albans lie. Most people surveyed thought Bealey Ave, Hills Road, Innes Road and Papanui Road marked the edges of the suburb, while CCC and NZ Post have different ideas.

Click the link to access the full report here: Developing a Sense of Place in St Albans


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Canterbury home repair programme winding up

The Canterbury Home Repair Programme, in its current state, will wind up in April 2015.
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Feasibility study being done for Malvern Park exercise trail

The Shirley Papanui Community Board has endorsed in principle an exercise trail for Malvern Park.

The trail is one of St Albans’ Residents Associations’ 21 Projects.

The board has asked its staff to prepare a feasibility study, including options for staging the installation.

Pete Brady, a St Albans resident  behind the project, spoke to the board at their November 19 meeting.

According to the board minutes “ the community group will assist with consultation and will fund the capital cost of the project should it proceed.” Presumably that means SARA.

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Te Waipounamu marae film tour

Location: Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Rd
Time: November 25, from 6-7.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation
Description: A chance to see films from the film archive, mostly featuring Ngai Tahu.
Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (formerly known as the National Film Archive) and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga present a programme of over 20 moving image excerpts celebrating Ngāi Tahu history, including some of the earliest surviving Ngāi Tahu films. The programme is composed of home movie, newsreel, and television footage.
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Paddling pool opens for summer

The paddling pool in Abberley Park opens this weekend (Show weekend) for the summer season. It will remain open until Easter 2015. Take a picnic and enjoy the Park and supervise your toddlers in the pool as there are no lifeguards or staff rostered on to look after it.

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Affordable swimming lessons

The St Albans swimming club is offering affordable swimming lessons in Shirley Intermediate School’s laned, heated pool. The club is family friendly and often runs a barbecue at the lessons. The lessons run from Monday to Thursdays, from 4-5.30pm. For more information email:

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St Albans Catholic School holding market day

Location: 49 Rutland Street, St Albans
Time: November 29 from 12-3pm
Description: Come for a bargain, find a treasure – pre-loved clothes,
children’s market, books, toys, cakes, plants, sausage sizzle and more!

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Monster Fair at St Albans School

Location: St Albans Primary School
Link out: Click here
November 22 from 4-7pm
Description: St Albans School is holding a monster fair and is looking for donations of toys, puzzles, games etc, which can be left in the school office. The community is welcome to attend this late afternoon event.

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Residents Assn gifted converted garage

The St Albans Residents Association (SARA) has been kindly gifted a beautifully converted garage by START Healing.

It will be used to house a community co-ordinator and NeighbourNet as well as providing a drop in centre for local residents.
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Residents’ association holding AGM

Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo Street
Start Time: November 1, starts 1.30pm
Description: The Residents Association is holding its AGM at the St Albans Community Centre, followed by speaker Michael Reynolds at 2pm and a barbecue at 3pm.

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Afternoon tea party at Packe Street Park

Location: Packe Street Park, 125 Packe St
Time: Thursday, October 30, 3-4pm
Description: As part of Neighbourhood Week 2014, Packe Street Park is organising an afternoon tea and tour of the Park and Community Garden, for friends and neighbours. The event is supported by the Shirley/Papanui Community Board and hosted by Packe Street Park and Community Garden Inc. Children are very welcome.

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