You may have seen the 'Wednesday Welcome' sign outside the church on the corner of Breezes and Wainoni Roads, and wondered what it is exactly. you may have even received an invitation in your letterbox, or seen a notice at your pre-school or doctor's rooms.
So what is it, and what do people do there? The idea was to provide a space where people could meet, relax, and have a bit of food and company and something to do. It is held in the church hall from 10am to about 12.30 or 1pm each Wednesday. It is a lovely warm and friendly environment that starts with a yummy morning tea. Folk soon gather around their favourite activity, which might be just chatting, playing cards or table games like Scrabble or Rummikub, there are several types of puzzle books available and also some adult colouring books, pencils and felts. There is a large adjoining space where babies and toddlers can play with a variety of toys. All ages are welcome, from babies to 80's and more.
We have a well equipped kitchen in the hall, and around midday a good lunch is provided. We have served toasted sandwiches, soup and rolls, pizza and garlic bread, and quiche (not for real men, of course!).
We also have a 'bring and take table', if you want to give away stuff you don't need, and you are free to take away anything you could use. It has proved a popular provision and we have had to bring out a bigger table for everything that is brought in!
So, If you would like a place to meet with others and have a warm and relaxing place to be during the week, then please come along and see how you like it. You will find a warm and friendly welcome.
I loved talking to Courtney Mason about how she and her husband ben bought their first home. It really offers a lot of hope for folks who might be looking at the property market and wondering what on earth is happening out there these days.
Courtney and Ben were tenacious and bold, and now they're living happily in their Hawke's Bay home.
Have a read and see how they did it, and while you're at it have a listen to our third episode of First Rung, the podcast for first home buyers for a little more inspiration.
Christchurch City Council has released a new version of its free wheelie bin app as residents continue to struggle to recycle correctly.
The updated app sends reminders about which bins need to be put out for kerbside collection each week and provides information about which items belong in the red, yellow and green bins.
It also includes a searchable database that allows you to search a rubbish item and see which bin it should go in.
The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.
If you already have the app downloaded it should update automatically over the next few days.
Do you think this will make it easier to recycle correctly?
We saw some friendly ghosts and even some costumed pooches this year! We'd love for you to spread the joy further than your backyard by sharing a snap from your Halloween festivities below 🎃