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Old Lady Parfitt and other stories brought to life in new book

Jun 11th, 2018 | By

  A book telling the struggles and triumphs of Gordonton residents from 100 years ago is almost complete. The project, part of the celebration of the centenary of Oaks Church, is coming together very well, says coordinator Valerie Morgan. “Our history at Gordonton is actually very short. The contrasts between the lifestyles of those living

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Head-on crash on Gordonton Rd, occupants walk home for nice cup of tea

May 4th, 2018 | By

    IT WAS A dark and not terrible stormy night, but thick fog was blanketing Gordonton Rd when these two vehicles collided head-on back in the 1940s. Number 8 Network loves old photos, especially if they’re from around here.  So we’re launching a new series, The Old Photo Album,  where we will share some

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Unbeatable Tauhei pikelets

May 1st, 2018 | By
A plate of pikelets

Nothing beats a plate of warm pikelets, slathered with butter, raspberry jam and a dollop of cream.  Unless it’s two plates… I have a splendid, fool-proof recipe, from my mother-in-law Gwen, who was majestic in the kitchen.  She could whip up enough scones, fruit cakes, roasts, stuffed turkeys, club sandwiches to feed an army of

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From Hukanui to Passchendaele – a soldier remembered

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
Anzac Day 2014

Local history enthusiast Mike Taylor shares the story of a pioneering family of the Gordonton District and one of the many soldiers who never came back from the First World War. “A WEEK OR SO ago you ran an article on sports activities at Woodlands in 1885 which mentioned my great grandfather, John McNicol [the

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David McNair look up in the air!

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
Plane for Gordonton School

  THE whooping could be heard paddocks away when a light plane buzzed over Gordonton Primary in a farewell salute to David McNair. Around lunchtime last Thursday the fixed, single engine Cessna swooped over the school, to much cheering and waving from the entire school and staff. The fly-over was organised by Deanna Hinde, whose

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Strange things at the church…

Apr 11th, 2018 | By
Dog vomit slime mould

It’s not just rats and stoats that have been spotted (and dispatched) by St Mary’s Church pest control officer David Riddell.  Other marvels of the animal and other kingdoms are also noted  and admired. A few weeks ago he came across this beautiful… thing growing on an old dead tree stump behind the church. Its

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