Papakura Courier : October 3rd 2012
www.papakuracourier.co.nz 5 PAPAKURA COURIER, OCTOBER 3, 2012 NEWS CALL TODAY! - HomeTech Solatube Kerry Clark 021-608-810 0800 SOLATUBE (765-288) Visit www.solatubeaucklandcentral.co.nz for Specials and Promotions DARK ROOMS? Brighten them with Daylight! SAVE ENERGY by using natural light to brighten your home GENUINE Solatube Daylighting System with a 10 year guarantee LEAK PROOF Installed in just 2 hours 4904808AH 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE EAST TAMAKI WEDNESDAY 3rd October 9AM - 4PM THURSDAY 4th October 9AM - 4PM FRIDAY 5th October 9AM - 4PM SATURDAY 6th October 9AM - 2PM Papakura clean-up A huge turnout is expec- ted for Papakura s an- nual spring clean, with more than 500 people already volunteering to scrub the town. Community groups in- cluding Papakura Ma- rae, the Pahurehure Inlet Protection Society, Friends of Kirks and Margans Bush, Rosehill Community Group, the Pikorua Trust, the Drury Community Committee and the Church of the Latter Day Saints have all put up their hands give their areas a clean. All are welcome to the clean-up events which are in the school holi- days. Call town centre mana- ger Kathleen Lindesay, 298 8996 or email ppi email@example.com. Market holds a little magic Marketable: Maureen Benge with the chocolate ''magic mushrooms'' and ceramics she's sold at the Alfriston Country Market over the years. Photo: DUBBY HENRY By DUBBY HENRY A country market that is run by volunteers and whose profits are donated to charity is about to cele- brate a major milestone. On Saturday it will be 30 years since the Alfriston Country Market began. It was the first market to open in the Papakura district and it s seen a few changes in that time. One stallholder who s seen more of those than most is Papakura s Maureen Benge, who has sold her wares there since 1984. The original manager ran it to a strict schedule and stallholders often didn t have time to buy things because they were running flat- tack, she says. It was absolutely amazing how busy it was and the craftwork was just phenomenal. To sell there Mrs Benge had to join a waiting list because stalls were so popular, peaking at 120. While stall numbers are much lower now, the quality of goods is still very high, she says, with a wide variety of goods including knitting, wooden toys, baby sheets and pil- lowcases, baking and jewellery. Mrs Benge s specialty in the 1980s was ceramic dinner sets, which she moulded, fired and painted herself. Many shoppers collected them piece by piece, month by month . But I stopped doing the ceramics about 18 years ago when the market dropped out of it. Instead she turned to making chocolates, including her specialty magic mushrooms, a name which got a lot of comment from the police department , she says. They used to give me a bit of lip as they went past my stall. Mrs Benge has many old friends at the market but there are new faces behind the stalls. And new stallholders are always welcome -- as long as the goods are locally made. Organiser Gendy Ritzema says Alfriston has always been a craft market, meaning that one has to sew, grow, bake or make rather than sell mass-produced commer- cial items . Even when the stall numbers fell about two years ago, the stallhold- ers were adamant that it stay as a craft market rather than adding antiques and collectibles or second- hand goods. Stalls cost $20 a month and all the profits from fees are donated to the South Auckland Hospice and the South Auckland Stroke Club. The market is held on the first Saturday of every month at the Alfriston School hall, on the corner of Alfriston and Mill roads, between 9am and noon. Phone Gendy on 266 5134. IN BRIEF Opening postponed The opening of Takaanini Reserve has been postponed. The renovation of the park and playground -- formerly known as Taka Reserve -- was to be celebrated this Saturday but has been postponed while signage is completed. The opening will be a family day with a range of events and stalls. Groups are still welcome to apply for stalls to promote their organisation or service, with no charge for stallholders. Call Papakura Local Board member Caroline Conroy on 027 688 8372. Quilts on show Whether they like them as wall hangings or just to snuggle up in, quilt fans are in for a treat next week. The Waiuku Village Quilters' biennial exhibition from October 10-14 will showcase a huge variety of traditional and contemporary quilts, including wall hangings, embroidered, full- sized and smaller quilts. Entry to the exhibition is $4. It runs from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday at Waiuku Primary School hall, George St. The club has been running for 12 years and has about 50 members, with club days held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. New members are welcome. Call president Mary Millington on 09 235 9841 to find out more.
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