A family affair: Ben, left, and Kate and Allan lurking in the background.  Photo:  Annette Taylor

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Gourmet pizza and lashings of craft beer – yes please!

NOT too long ago it was a challenge to have a fine dining experience in Gordonton. There was a time when even fish and chips weren’t on the menu. Those days are gone, over a long time ago, and Number 8 Network ventured out to Prof’s @ Woodlands to partake of their Friday night pizza

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Christmas at Gordonton Country Market

The next Gordonton Country Market is this Saturday – and it’s a grand time to do some Christmas shopping. Stallholders will be making the most of the day – serving up good cheer as well as a huge range of locally made treats. Great food is on offer – including Turkish, raw vegan and Christmas

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St Mary's Fair

All the fun of the fair

  Yuletide cheer came early to Gordonton in the form of St Mary’s Christmas Fair on Saturday. The theme this year was Downton Abbey -the heritage church was decorated with three Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths decorated and are all adorned with metres and metres of pearls, ribbon, diamantes and feathers. The fair has become

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Taupiri School raises funds for Kaikoura

Taupiri School has organised an event this weekend to raise as money as they can for the Kaikoura community. “We all feel sad for what Kaikoura is going through right now. Most of us felt the earthquake,” said PTA member Rachael Butler who came up with the idea of a Twilight Gala. The gala kicks

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St Mary’s Christmas fair this weekend!

The folk at St Mary’s have been working hard to decorate their church ready for the annual Christmas Fair this Saturday 3 December. There will be homemade jams, chutneys, Christmas cakes and other baking as well as a range of Christmas crafts, and other items for sale. Donkey rides will be organised for the kids

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Penny farthings

Gone cycling

  Number 8 Network has headed Otago-ways for a bicycle ride in full Victorian clobber.  Penny farthings will be involved, and Annette Taylor says this year she might try and get on one.  For one minute. Last year she joined a keen group of enthusiasts for an old-fashioned cycle tour of Canterbury. Lycra and gears

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Out & About

Penny farthings

Gone cycling

  Number 8 Network has headed Otago-ways for a bicycle ride in full Victorian clobber.  Penny farthings will be involved, and Annette Taylor says this year she might try and get on one.  For one minute. Last year she joined a keen group of enthusiasts for an old-fashioned cycle tour of Canterbury. Lycra and gears

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The rubbish jar

The Number One tip for reducing your rubbish is…

GET A JAR.  No, seriously.  Since the new changes to Waikato District Council’s rubbish collection our household waste has been reduced to this –     It began with friendly rubbish rivalry.  A friend challenged us to see who could produce the least trash.  This was before Waikato District Council’s changes to rubbish collection –

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Country Cooking

Horse mushroom

Lashings of delicious mushrooms

Mushroom season is just about over, but one of the best types is still putting in an appearance. Horse mushrooms (Agaricus arvensis) are the biggest of the local mushroom varieties – they can be 15cm or more across the cap – and they have a deliciously rich flavour with a hint of aniseed. Around here

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Relishing the chillies

This is simply the most splendid chilli sauce I’ve experienced – packed with complex, intense flavours and hot enough to knock your socks off. We were going to turn our small harvest of jalapeno chillies into a jar of pickled peppers to be kept in the fridge and used as needed. But we’re still getting

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Country Markets

Gordonton country market

Gordonton Market this Saturday!

The sun is set to shine on this Saturday’s Gordonton Country Market. “Fine, not much wind,” says MetService. Stallholders will be making the most of the day – serving up good cheer as well as a huge range of locally made art, and crafts, food and treats. Great food is on offer – including salmon,

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Tamahere Market

Tamahere Market worth a visit

Our markets may be taking a rest, but if you like fresh produce, culinary treats and crafts, check out the fabulous Tamahere Market. The popular market, south of Hamilton, offers everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to imaginative art and craft, local wine, delicious cooked food, including Indian vegetarian meals, Cornish pasties, Dutch biscuits and

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History

The junior class, 1937

Hopscotch and horses: old school memories

Clarice Hoban (nee Riddell)  still remembers the names of the draft horses who pulled the milk wagon – Jock and Bonny. “They were lovely,” says the 86-year-old, former student of Gordonton Primary, which celebrates its 125th anniversary over Labour weekend. Clarice, the youngest in the family of William and Mary Riddell, lived in the old

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The old Gordonton hall

New info sought on old pics

  FEAST your eyes on wonderful pics of our old hall.  Actually, while you’re at it – do you know anything about these photos? Sent in by Perry Rice, from Hamilton City Libraries, they were taken mainly by museum staff in the 1970s to 1990s. “Regrettably we don’t have a comprehensive catalogue as to location

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