Community Events Spring with Spring!

With the arrival of warmer weather, community events spring to life like the lambs that have been around for two or three months. 

Kaiapoi Anglican Parish’s Bazaar

Kaiapoi Anglican Parish held their Bazaar at St Bartholmew’s on Saturday, attracting a good crowd. What was significant was the signalling of a returning to a little normality in the Cass Street area, one of the hardest-hit areas in the earthquake. 

And, as usual, the wider Waimakariri community was there to help, with members of the Rangiora Anglican Parish staffing some of the stalls. 

To my inexpert eye, it looks like St Barts survived the earthquake quite well – considering that it has virtually no foundations! – an ongoing concern for the Parish, who are working on rectifying that.  The church was moved to its present site on rollers in the 19th Century and just dropped on the ground surface, more-or-less. It is Kaiapoi’s highest-rated heritage building. 

Woodend Spring Flower Show

This had to be moved to the Rangiora Rugby Club rooms at the Showgrounds because the Woodend Community Centre was closed for earthquake repairs (it’s now open again).  The usual Woodend market was also there. 

The change of venue didn’t seem to affect the number of visitors, because there ws a steady stream of them all day. 

I don’t know a good daffodil from a an indifferent one, but I know a good community event when I see it! 

Oxford Menz Shed Fundraiser

A group in Oxford are raising funds for a Menz Shed, which will be the first in the District (a group in Rangiora has just started to 

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investigate).  They organised a Classic Car Rally (boys’ toys!) and the Oxford community got out with stalls and BBQs and raffles – the whole nine yards.  With the monthly craft market in the Town Hall, an outdoor market in the reserve beside Emma’s, the weekly farmers’ market, the Rangiora Brass Band and all the usual attractions, Oxford was full and buzzing.  The place to be today! 

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1968 Ford Corsair - yes. it's ours!

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2 Responses to “Community Events Spring with Spring!”

  1. Kirstyn Barnett Says:

    Thanks for coming along and supporting the Show David, not even an earthquake could stop the enthusiasm which has kept going for 78 years!

  2. David Ayers Says:

    Hey! I haven’t even finished doing this post!

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