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Halswell Newsletter

#126 January 2021

A short newsletter this month to see in the New Year.  Have a great New Year and stay safe out there!

Lynne and Chrys
 
The Halswell Hub is closed until Monday 11th January, 2021. We have lots going on so pop in for a chat about the many groups and activities using our facilities or to join us for coffee, cards or Mahjong.
For more information or to enquire about booking the facilities email halswellhub@gmail.com or phone 0204 127 6083

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OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE
Office Space at the Halswell Community Hub 2021 - suitable for local businesses or local groups. 
Exciting opportunity to join a vibrant community office space at the Halswell Community Hub.
Find out more by emailing Kate or Keri at
halswellhub@gmail.com
or phone 0204 127 6083




The Halswell Newsletter is put out by the Halswell Community  Project with some funding assistance from the CCC and a lot of local volunteer time. 

Check out the Halswell Community Website for more local information.


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First Coffee morning for 2021 - Tuesday 12th January














First Mahjong for 2021 - Wednesday 13th January













NEWS & FEATURES



A useful thought for after the Christmas spend up!

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ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY AND REMEMBER WE ARE STILL IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC....

We are so lucky in NZ that we are not dealing with Covid 19 on a daily basis and, unlike other countries around the world, we are able to get out and enjoy our Christmas and Summer holidays.   The trouble is it is easy to stop thinking about the disease and the threat that it continues to provide.  It is important to just keep a few things in mind as you have fun over the summer to help reduce the risk of new COVID-19 cases:
  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing in your NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Scan QR codes wherever you go.
  • Wash and dry your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you're sick, and call Healthline or your doctor to see about a test.
  • Travel with a 'COVID-19 kit' — soap, hand sanitiser and a face covering.
You can find out more here.
 

WHAT IS ON?



ST MARY'S CHURCH SERVICES
St.Mary's Church - 329 Halswell Road,
  • 8.00am Service - NO Service will be held on 3rd, 10th & 17th January 2021. Will recommence on Sunday, 24th January (4th Sunday Breakfast Service as usual).
  • 10.30am Service - Communion Service as usual will take place on 3rd, 10th & 17th January 2021
All Saints Church - 9 Blakes Road, Prebbleton
  • 9.15am Service - Communion Service as usual will take place on 3rd, 10th & 17th January 2021
Please refer to our websites, FB Page and church notices for all events that would come up in 2021.

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AROUND HALSWELL

 This webpage provides a range of outdoor activities that can be found around Halswell - pretty much all of the free of very low cost. 

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SUMMERTIMES EVENTS
Check out the many Summertimes events here
From New Years Eve through til March and from Cricket to free Symphony orchestra concerts, the Buskers Festival and Lazy Sundays - there is heaps to choose from!

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HALSWELL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS GROUP
The Halswell Friends and Neighbours group is on holiday until the 9th February 2021.
If you would like any information about our group, please phone Judy Ph 420-0923.

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HALSWELL COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Halswell community garden does not take holidays so if you could spare an hour or two to weed, water or anything else that needs to be done please phone Judy 420-0923 or
Ellen 741-2229.

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HALSWELL AND DISTRICT LIONS CLUB    
 
Our Lions Motto worldwide is “We Serve” with all Clubs in New Zealand taking this as being our prime objective. We at Halswell Lions focus on the needs of the Halswell community, with our Club motto being “FUN-FELLOWSHIP-SERVICE”. We extend a very warm welcome to all men and woman that wish to SERVE their fellow Halswell Residents, within a committed friendly group to come and explore our objectives further.
We meet in the heart of Halswell at the Halswell Bowling Club with a supper meeting once a month. Our next meeting being Wednesday 3rd February 2021, starting at 7pm.
Over the past few weeks our members have had many conversations with members of the Halswell Community, both at the Carol’s in the Quarry and many other numerous community BBQs.
I would personally value discussions with members of our community, as we all look forward to a year free from Covid lockdowns, as Halswell Lions plan the 2021 year community support and events.
Please contact President Peter for further details and confirm your attendance at our first meeting on the 3rd February 2021.
Cell phone 027 490 722    email mechaelis@outlook.com
Looking forward to meeting all those that wish to serve our community.

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NEXT HALSWELL COMMUNITY MARKET: 
28 February 2021

Get a stall – find out more at www.halswellcommunity.net.nz
027 370 0344
Communitymarket.halswell@gmail.com
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Happy New Year to our Halswell Community 😊

The Hall has ended 2020 on a positive note and we are looking forward
to our Community Event under the umbrella of the Community Board
“Summer With Your Neighbours” funding to be held at the Hall on Friday
29th January.  We have fantastic support from Mike Pero with their new
Bouncy Castle, Halswell Lions on the free BBQ, Mr. Whippy and a coffee
cart.  Entertainment throughout the event and many local stallholders
with great products for you to purchase.  This is free to attend and
we have a superb raffle on the night thanks to the support of Marilyn
Welsh from Harcourts Grenadier Halswell.  Some stall sites are still
available – contact us on halswellhallchch@gmail.com for more info if
you wish to hold a stall at this popular event.
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GET CREATIVE CRAFT GROUP
Get Creative Craft Group will resume on the first Thursday in February, 4th February at 9.30am. We meet in the hall at the South West Baptist Church, Balcairn Street. Come along and bring any craft you are working on or learn to make cards or simply enjoy a cuppa and some friendly fellowship. Cost is a gold coin for morning tea. If you wish to make cards the cost is $3.00 per card. For further information contact Janet Holder phone 021 1477 656.
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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES DAY AT TŪRANGA – Central library
Clubs and societies day is an expo event to promote Clubs and societies to the Christchurch Community. 
Dates:
·         30 January 2021 - Children and Young People 11am to 3pm
·         27 February 2021 -  Adults 11am to 3pm
The expo will be held in the TSB Space venue on Level One, of Tūranga Library.

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MERATA MIRA DOCUMENTARY
Wednesday 6 January, 7pm to 8pm, Christchurch Art Gallery, Montreal Street. Free entry. See this extraordinary film about Merata Mita (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi), a true pioneer of indigenous cinema who changed ideas about the place of women in filmmaking. Find out more.

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AOTEAROA BIKE CHALLENGE
The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back! 

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that runs through February.  It is all about seeing which workplaces or groups can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more.  There are great prizes so check it all out here.
We have a Halswell Group so if you would like to add to our total and have a go at biking during February then Register here and join the Halswell Riders!

FITNESS, HEALTH and WELLBEING


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KEEP ACTIVE
Our Halswell classes are Tuesday and Fridays 9.30-10.30am
KEEP ACTIVE! is a fun, social setting for anyone to help maintain or improve their fitness.
These sessions comprise an aerobic warm-up, circuit activities, stretching cool-down and a social cuppa.

Join others from the community who find attending these sessions very helpful/beneficial – balance improved, able to lift things more easily, stamina increased, more flexible, sleep improved, feel more alive 🙂
You will also meet some friendly people!
https://www.swbc.org.nz/ministry/seniors/keep-active/
 


NOTICES
GIVE GEAR GET GREAT
Having a clean out? Trying to create some space in your garage? Got old sports equipment that's sat collecting dust? We have the solution!
Donate your used or outgrown sports gear to be recycled back into the community. Simply drop it off to your nearest Give Gear Get Great collection bin and then applaud yourself for doing something great!
The cost of equipment can often be a barrier to participating in sport and recreation. By donating used or outgrown sports gear, you can help individuals, schools and organisations in your local community. You could be the one to help the next Olympian start their sporting journey!  
Look out for bins at Te Hāpua and the Halswell Hub.

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NEW HALSWELL WEBSITE

If you haven't had a look already checkout our new new website which is now up and running. 
Check out information about the local area, groups, clubs, activities and events and support local businesses advertising on the site.
If your club or activity is not listed or you want to advertise your business you can sign up on the website or contact Kate on halswell.comm@gmail.com 0204 127 6083 for more information

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CHILD CAR SEAT RECYCLING SCHEME

Did you know that when your child car seat expires or is damaged it doesn’t have to go to landfill?
The SeatSmart programme has collection sites across the city where you can take your unwanted child car seat to be re-purposed. This will not only mean recyclable materials like metal and plastic don’t get wasted, but helps employ people with disabilities or who are disadvantaged as we use social enterprises to dismantle some of the seats. Collection locations are Baby on the Move Christchurch North, 515 Wairakei Road and Baby on the Move Christchurch Central, 87A Gasson Street.
The recycling fee is $25 in Christchurch region.
For more information on this scheme visit the Seatsmart website.

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LOVE YOUR BIKE? LOCK IT TIGHT!
A message from NZ Police on bike security:
·         Bike thefts are continuing to increase in Christchurch
·         Where possible lock your bicycle through the rear triangle and wheel rim
·         Offenders target cable & chain locks as they are easily cut. U & D Locks are the most secure locking option
·         Christchurch Hospital, University and High Schools are hotspots for bike theft
·         Register your bike at bikedatabase.co.nz   





HALSWELL HALL – THE CORNERSTONE OF THE HALSWELL COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS
Our AGM in March with Anton Matthews as our Guest Speaker will be held on 10th March.  A man with a mission and multiple ways to get his message out into the Halswell Community and further afield, this will be a very interesting evening for everyone.  Note it in your dairy now.  Our AGM is brief, and we have a lovely supper to follow.
As we look forward, the Hall is looking for expressions of interest from the Community for our Committee.  We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and manage the operations of the Hall for multiple regular groups and private hires from children’s birthdays to 21st celebrations, weddings and any other functions which arise as well as maintenance of this lovely facility.  If you have an interest in our local community and especially in an environment where there is so much growth yet no greater provision of meeting places, IT skills, a good network within our local community or just a desire to contribute, please get in touch as we are active in meeting the needs in the future and need some new faces around our Committee table. There is also the opportunity to become a volunteer and support us in a variety of ways. Email us on halswellhallchch@gmail.com for a confidential discussion.
Halswell Hall is owned by the Halswell Community and relies on local support to continue to provide a valuable resource to our community.
At the Halswell Hall we offer a range of facilities with the main Hall having a capacity of 200. We also have an excellent meeting room (The Sunbeam Lounge) which can accommodate up to 50.  This adjoins our upgraded kitchen and is ideal for smaller groups. The meeting room is readily available, and we welcome your enquiry.  For any enquiries about availability or our facilities please email us at halswellhallchch@gmail.com.
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COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATION TO REDUCE ALCOHOL HARM
 
The Community Empowerment Fund is open for applications to support projects in the community aimed at reducing Alcohol & other Drug (AoD)-related harm with a positive youth development focus.
 
The Community Empowerment Fund is an initiative of Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) is a nation-wide project, funded by the Ministry of Health, to reduce harm to young people and families/whanau from illicit drugs and alcohol.
 
The grant provides funding to local communities to support them in achieving their aspirations in preventing and reducing AoD-related harms in their community.
 
Applications are accepted for community initiatives up to $2,000. Full details about the grant and how to apply at https://mailchi.mp/5409162ca192/cef
 
Enquiries about applications to Claire Rumba claire.rumba@sjog.org.nz.



 
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