Sumner Bays Union Trust

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter February 29 2012

Hi everyone,

This year has got off to a good start with a lot of things happening in our community, although summer seems to have barely appeared this year.

The Redcliffs-on-Sea Community Hub AKA community shed is rapidly taking shape under the experienced eye of Reg Dalley as foreman. We have been discussing starting a youth mentoring programme as part of the core work of the hub, so watch this space for developments.

The Redcliffs-on-Sea Community Information Centre continues to support people in this community. Congratulations to our information centre coordinator Fletcher Stanton for receiving an earthquake award! Well done to Marnie Kent from Sumner too!

Coffee & Conversation is attracting a broader group of people these days. This runs each Thursday from 10.30 am – 12 noon within the Redcliffs Union Church. We chat, joke, drink good coffee and generally enjoy ourselves in a very congenial atmosphere. Everyone is always welcome to join us.

The Redcliffs Craft Group is continuing to run each Thursday afternoon 1 – 3 pm at 1 Bayview Road. Everyone is welcome to join in. Contact: Win 384-2765 for further information.

Mini Music Sumner has returned to its old time of 9.30 am on school term Tuesdays at its new location of the kitchen in the Old School Hall on Wiggins Street. Many thanks to Baden Melhuish for welcoming us so warmly.

Mini Music Redcliffs continues in the Redcliffs Union Church each Thursday, 9.30 am.

All parents/caregivers with preschool aged children are welcome to bring them along to either session. We sing and dance, use musical instruments, and generally have a lot of fun. Afterwards we have morning tea which provides time for parents/caregivers to catch up and children to play. It costs $3 per child or $5 for a family (2 or more children). Contact: Cathy on 326-7576 for further information.

The Rockers of Ages choir continues to meet in the Sumner Union Church on Wednesdays, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, directed by The Muse Community Music Trust’s Nikki Berry and Gary Easterbrook.

The Sumner Silver Band meets on Thursday evenings in the Redcliffs Union Church. If you would like to listen to them practise, you are warmly welcome to attend. It meets from 7 pm.

Redcliffs Community Garden has fortnightly working bees in the garden behind the Union Church. Contact: Warren or Bailey on

Van Asch Community Garden has regular working bees. Contact Bailey for information. Everyone is welcome subject to being willing to undergo a police check as this is part of the arrangement with Van Asch Deaf Education Centre. The garden has existing raised beds and a tunnel house.

The Local Food Project is coordinated by Bailey Peryman and broadly encompasses the Van Asch and Redcliffs gardens and other local food activities in the community.

Computing @ Redcliffs is happening on Wednesday mornings. If you would like to book in for a class with our tutor Lydia MacKinnon, please give her a ring on 326-5601. You may bring your own laptop or use one of the laptops that are available on site. It meets in the Redcliffs Union Church.

Today I would like to mention a few of the groups and organisations with whom Sumner Bays Union Trust collaborates on projects.

In Redcliffs, we support the Redcliffs Information Centre which was the initiative of Vicki and Peter Hyde in the immediate aftermath of the February 22 2011 earthquake. We work together in any way we can. A good example was the Neighbourhood Week barbecue which ran on Saturday 5 November 2011, which attracted around 100 people to Redcliffs Park. Ferrymead Lions were also instrumental in their support of this BBQ. The Redcliffs-on-Sea Community Hub which is in the process of being set up will include a youth mentoring scheme which we can work in partnership with Fuse Youth Café in Sumner. Mini Music Redcliffs was kindly given the use of musical instruments and a parachute by a previous music and movement group that once ran in Redcliffs. Coffee & Conversation is a partnership with the Redcliffs Union Church and we are grateful that the Union Parish allows us to use their land for the Redcliffs Community Garden.

In Sumner, we work in partnership with the Muse Community Music Trust on Rockers of Ages. The Van Asch Community Garden is a partnership between Sumner Bays Union Trust, the Local Food Group, Sumner Community Group/Residents Association and Van Asch Deaf Education Centre. We share some resources with the Sumner Playgroup – thank you for leaving us your milk and left over refreshments after your Monday session! Sumner Redcliffs Community Carols was largely organised by Paul Costley and a team from the Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Parish in partnership with the Sumner Silver Band, Sumner School choir and the Christchurch School of Music’s primary school concert band. The Christchurch City Council’s staff team in the Hagley Ferrymead ward as well as the Hagley Ferrymead Community Board are very supportive of our work out here. I look forward more closely with the Redcliffs Library and the Redcliffs Residents Association this year.

The Trust is always open to new ideas and new ways of working in the community. Let us know if there’s anything in particular you would like to see happening.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes


Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust

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