Take your family fun pick

Thursday, October 31 promises to be a busy night in Tamahere depending on your definition of family fun.

Take your pick from attending the Tamahere Community Centre annual meeting, marking Halloween or attending the St Stephen’s Light Festival.

To lend a hand with the management of the centre, get along to its meeting at 7.30pm in the Devine Rd hall where new committee members will be welcome.

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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

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St Stephen’s architecture shines

Tamahere’s St Stephen’s Church has won a prestigious architectural award – nearly half a century after it was built.

The church, on the corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, received an enduring architecture award in the annual Waikato / Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards announced last night.

On hand to receive the award at a ceremony at Waikato University was local George Dingle, one of the last remaining parishioners who fought hard to have the church built after its predecessor was destroyed by arson.

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Community quiz night returns

Put a ring around Saturday, October 3 if you fancy a good night out and some exercise for the brain cells.

After last year’s successful event, St Stephen’s Church once again invites the Tamahere community to a fun quiz night in the parish hall from 7.30pm.

Groups can book a table of six or those fewer in number can join a group on the night to field the questions and contest for spot prizes.

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Crafty date awaits

Got a way with a glue gun, a sewing needle or a paint brush and have some time to spare on Thursday mornings?

A craft group meets every Thursday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the St Stephen’s Church hall to fashion the fabulous Christmas decorations and more that are sold at the annual, fundraising Christmas Festival.

Nearly a dozen women gather already and they’d welcome more to swell their numbers.

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Nothing trivial for Tamahere

The people who 10 years ago brought us the wonderful Tamahere Market have come up with a new local entertainment venture.

Who doesn’t like a quiz? The good folk at St Stephen’s Church figure not too many people so they’re about to stage regular quiz nights, open to the whole community.

The first one will be Saturday, November 1, at 7.30pm in the church hall.

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Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

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He’s got the prostate blues

Local blues musician Darcy Perry is getting behind prostate cancer awareness campaign Blue September with every track he’s ever recorded.

His career as a blues artist began 11 years ago with the independently released CD Blues 4 Dad, dedicated to his father who died from cancer in 2002.

Now he’s releasing his entire back catalogue, including two previously unreleased live albums and a new album that’s been five years in the making on the same day he talks locally about prostate cancer.

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