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Tamara Mayo and Anna Hawkins

The St Andrew’s Concert Series continues this evening, Thursday the 7th of August 2008, with sopranos Tamara Mayo and Anna Hawkins accompanied by St Andrew’s Director of Music Mark Eyre and the combined choirs of St Andrew’s and St John’s Te Awamutu.

Anna Hawkins entertains a full house at St Andrew’s this evening.

Tamara Mayo accompanied by the combined choirs of St Andrew’s Cambridge and St John’s Te Awamutu.

Mark Eyre, Anna Hawkins and Tamara Mayo take a bow at the conclusion of tonight’s concert.

If you want to see the full selection of photos taken this evening please call into Hot Shots To Go 64A Victoria Street Cambridge or email me michael@michaeljeans.co.nz.

Church lighting: David Jones

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Cambridge Tree Trust

Now I don’t want you to get the idea that this is just a bloke thing. The ladies were out in force as well. This is the Cambridge Tree Trust Tuesday Team. The weed mat was placed by the council the plant material raised by the Tree Trust itself.

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Your Cambridge News

I should be positive. I should be encouraging. I will say one thing: Design.

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Cambridge Post Office past employees

Gathered today at Leamington Bowls, Leamington Domain.

If you would like to view the photos pop into Hot Shots To Go in Cambridge. Otherwise ring or email me and we’ll sort something out. But not before Tuesday. I have a rotten head cold.

Back row: Rena Pedersen, Jill Hazelden, Raelene Kilpatrick, Jeannie Stewart, Gael Wright (O’Shea), Allison Weggery, Polly Robson, Glenys Dodd, Jenny Thompson (Stites), Dawn Bourke, Maureen Cliff.

Middle row: Kathy Rugers (Zuiderwick), Donna W_______, Shelly Varnham, Angela Gies, Chris Waea (Barr), Elizabeth Parsons (Hamblyn), Glena Numa, Mike Short, Sandra Bromwich (Reid), Raewyn Rowe (Hulse), Faye Post (Pentelow), Angela George (Boyd), Robyn Searle, Juliane O’Sullivan, Mark Johnson.

Back row: Dave King, Joy King, John Marshall. Betty Busst, John Erasmusson, Ray Moncur, Rene Scott, Paddy O’Sullivan, Terry Hamilton, Sandra Walters, Tom Bourke.

Count me in as well. I worked as a Postie out of Cambridge Post Office for a short period in the mid 1970s.

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Wholly cow

The Wholly Cow man. Fine, Whitehall raised beef, on sale this morning, at Cambridge Farmers’ Market, Victoria Square, Cambridge. Yes, it was just a tad damp at the time.

Kay Bishop is the contact for Cambridge Farmers’ Market on 027 358 1551 or market@cambridge.co.nz.

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On the sunny side

There are media reports today that ANZ National is planning to move some ‘operations’ off shore. Of the six bank branches in Cambridge five are located here on the western side of Victoria Street in the CBD or Cambridge Town Centre as I have seen it referred to in recent days.
Edited: 23:15 17/7/2008

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Lauriston Park

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Kerbside advertising

Redrawn electoral boundaries mean, for the first time in my life, I live in a truly contestable electorate. Great. The 2008 electorate profiles are published on the Parliament website. You can download and view the PDFs that map the Taupo Electorate here. This map on the Elections New Zealand site is also useful. And the Electoral Commissions reasoning for the boundaries? I am sure I saw that somewhere. Perhaps someone can help me locate it.

Edited: 22:00 17/7/2008

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Waikato Hunt cocktail party

A small selection of photos from tonight’s Waikato Hunt Cocktail Party at the Alf Walsh Lounge, Cambridge Raceway. Photos can be purchased at Hot Shots To Go 62 Duke Street, Cambridge and online from Tuesday 22/7/08.

Update: 12:00 26/09/09 Now online.

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This morning

Hally’s Lane, Cambridge.
Edited: 22:00 14/7/2008

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William Francis Buckland

In an opinion piece in this week’s Cambridge Edition Cambridge Chamber of Commerce invokes the legacy of two gentlemen who played formative roles in the establishment of our town. Our first New Zealand born mayor William Francis Buckland. You can study up on Mayor Buckland’s contribution to our town during his two terms as Cambridge mayor, at the beginning of the 20th Century, on the Cambridge Museum website. And of prime importance surveyor Charles Heaphy‘s (Bio) design for the town which gives enjoyment to residents and visitors to this day. Reflecting on the work of these two men among others, it is suggested, gives sustenance to those planning for the future. I agree.

Edited: 09:33 12/7/2008

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Pilgrim portraits

If anyone wishes to add anything to this post please feel free to email me here.

( Si n’importe qui souhaite ajouter n’importe quoi à ce poteau svp sentez-vous libre pour m’envoyer.) – Bablefish translation :) ! ?

Edited: 00:42 13/7/2008

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Commemorative t-shirt

Archbishop of Cambrai, Archbishop François Garnier presents Reverend Andrew Hedge, Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge a t-shirt listing the names of 93 New Zealand soldiers who died during the liberation of Le Quesnoy in November 1918.

T-Shirt detail.

Edited: 09:41 12/7/2008

Many attending from the Archdiocese of Cambrai, the Diocese of Lille and the Diocese of Arras wore the t-shirt during the service at St Andrew’s and indeed earlier to mass at St Peter’s. T-shirts were presented to Father Bennett, Mayor Livingston, Deputy Mayor Lee and others.

Edited: 12:36 12/7/2008

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Le quesnoy et Cambridge

The Rev Andrew Hedge (left) Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand addressing visiting Youth Peace Day pilgrims today, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

Youth Peace Day pilgrims light candles at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand, this afternoon, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

Edited: 09:48 12/7/2008

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Rev Andrew Hedge address

The address to Youth Peace Day pilgrims given by The Rev Andrew Hedge Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand today, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

A story is told of a New Zealander who once went on a pilgrimage to France, to visit the historic battlefields where our grandfathers and great grandfathers had fought. He was not alone in the pilgrimage as he was traveling with others in a group, as so often happens in pilgrimages. A part of the pilgrimage took them to a small village in France, to Le Quesnoy, and for this New Zealander, as well as countless other New Zealanders, to a particular part of Le Quesnoy. They gathered on the spot where the New Zealand soldiers, led by Lt Leslie Averill had scaled the walls of the town in the liberation of the villagers from the occupying troops.

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The Cambridge Le Quesnoy connection

Peter Lee, Deputy Mayor of Waipa District, explains the significance of the Le Quesnoy memorial window in St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand, this morning, at the service to welcome World Youth Day pilgrims from France and America to celebrate the relationship between Cambridge and Le Quesnoy. [more]

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St Peter’s Church Cambridge

French and North American pilgrims along with local parishioners celebrate communion, this morning, Friday the 11th of July 2008, at St Peter’s Church, Anzac Street, Cambridge. The travellers continue, this weekend, to take part in World Youth Day in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008 in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The New Zealand World Youth Day website is here.

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Welcoming cleanup

Motty has been working about the Cambridge CBD for the past few weeks. His enthusiasm for his job, keeping central Cambridge spick and span, is obvious. When I had a chat this morning about publishing his photo he gave me a couple of quotes which sums up his attitude rather well I feel. And really you can’t go past that winning smile.

Keep it clean keep it green

Don’t be shy to say hi

Above: Motty photographed on Tuesday the 24th of June 2008 in Victoria Street, Cambridge.

Edited: 15:41 14/7/2008

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Friday in Cambridge

The following posts are the result of a fascinating few hours, today, which resulted from a perfectly innocent enquiry of Monsignor David Bennett at St Peter’s first thing this morning. ‘When is the mass for the World Youth Day pilgrims being held?’ As I am recording happenings in and about Cambridge with some enthusiasm at the moment (not quite sure how long it will last) this seemed a great photo op. As you see it became something just a little more. Thanks especially to Father Bennett and Rev. Andrew Hedge from St Andrew’s and to everyone else who lent me a hand. There were plenty of cameras and the press was present. This is my take. Any omissions and inaccuracies are mine.

BTW I am listening to the Robert Plant Alison Krauss Raising Sand CD as I put these these posts together; perfect for the job. Oh, but first – Motty.

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Where’s the iPhone?

So much for on the spot blogging. And I get breath tested twice – coming and going. Thursday night and there are police cars everywhere.

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What is Cambridge township?

I find the branding of Waipa problematical as it subverts the identity of our town. More so when that branding appropriates iconography clearly identifiable as Cambridge. Our Chamber of Commerce refers to Cambridge as a township. My current favourite is little big town which came, I think, from the visitor people. Confusion reigns.

Whether we like it or not Cambridge and Leamington combined, coupled with the escapees beyond the greenbelt, is fast approaching what in an earlier era would have been classed a city. We have a lovemark, the word Cambridge. All by itself.

Planning for the future in light of history, contemporary example, current sensitivities to climate, sustainability, transportation costs, even the advice of ‘experts’ etc etc is all good. But if we lose sight of what we are in a confusion of bureaucratic flagwaving and tourism speak we do ourselves a disservice.

State Highway One Hamilton Road Pukeroro at Racecourse and Hooker Roads on the border of two regional authorities Waikato and Waipa Districts at 8:11AM this Thursday the 10th of July 2008.

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Op shop

Retail design perfection courtesy of the Sallies, Duke Street, Cambridge.

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Weather and traffic

Final words on Nine To Noon this morning. A conversation between host Kathryn Ryan and guest, media commentator, Denis Welch. Trucks and media schenfreude.

Proud under her strenuous 24/7 365 workload our lovely 100 year old ‘high level bridge’ – the Victoria Bridge – at 8:15AM this morning, Tuesday the 8th of July 2008, coated in frost and cloaked with Waikato River mist. At both ends bridge guardians, men in Hi Viz, responsible for the day-to-day care and safe use of our toanga stand in the cold air and watch.

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Cambridge newspapers

Word about is that there are serous moves afoot to set up in competition to Fairfax‘s Cambridge Edition. There is some agreement around town that, in recent months, ‘The Edition’ has lost it. Too much soft news, much of it provided, and not enough of the real stuff a community needs to know about itself. And then there are those tabloid headlines. BTW yesterday’s Radio New Zealand National MediaWatch looked at moves within Fairfax [Podcast 26’08”] which will impact print news gathering across the board let alone in small markets, such as ours, which they currently dominate.

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Two seasons in one day

10:00AM Rotunda, Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street, Leamington.

Cool and sunny.

02:53PM Rotunda, Cambridge Domain, Thornton Road, Cambridge.

Cold and wet.

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Lytchgate St Andrew’s Cambridge

It is cold tonight – perhaps 4°C – but still. As is often the case, here in the central Waikato, we are sheltered from the worst excesses of the cold snap sweeping the country.

Above: The sodium lighting of SH1 Victoria Street, Cambridge casts the shadow of the lytchgate porch gable at the south eastern entrance to St Andrew’s Anglican Church this evening.

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Cambridge information

Looking for information about Cambridge? Two websites vie for your attention. This one which has been around for some time and this recent arrival, of i-site fame, which features in the photo above. Both appear to carry a goodly range of information for the traveller. Then of course you can’t go past Cambridge Museum‘s site for a more in depth perspective of our town and surrounding area.

Today was all about trucks and I went to the SH1 Queen Street, Victoria Street intersection looking for a convoy. I was a bit on the late side. There were plenty of trucks of all shapes and sizes but all seemed to be gainfully employed.

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My boss has asked me to call you

The My Boss Has Asked Me To Call You telephone campaign is cold calling with all the personality of a recorded message. I was unfortunately caught at two different numbers today. I am now officially veteran of three of these calls. A friend with an unlisted number tells of a similar experience. When challenged the response was that publicly available lists were being used. We think not. Rather, we suspect, the callers are going through the 827 / 823 sequence without reference to a directory. Is this kosher? Further we wonder if the callers actually work for the local business or are agency recruits, more than possibly based outside of Cambridge, hired for the purpose. A fudge rather than a fib but tacky all the same.

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Afternoon downpour

A moment of shared joy, at 2:45PM this afternoon, Thursday the 3rd of July 2008, as heavy rain sends water cascading from the shop varandahs in Cambridge’s Victoria Street. (For those unfamiliar with New Zealand shops, most have varandahs which extend over the entire pavement or side walk).

Note: I may not have mentioned the ‘lightbox’ function for viewing images. Click on an image and a dark transparent background appears with the full sized image appearing over it (If on dailup wait until the page is fully loaded before attempting this). If there are multiple images in a post, as there are here, you can move through the images using the tiny back and forward buttons at the bottom left. Even more fun is had by clicking on the small circular arrow beside them activating a slideshow loop. Enjoy.

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A good Telecom experience

I am pretty sure the modem (D-Link DSL-502T) is faulty. I ring Telecom 126 and am ushered into a call centre experience superior in tone, and helpfulness, to recent excruciating disasters. The auto voice drafting (with push button responses) is simple and to the point.

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Cambridge railway

A railway line lay here between 1884 and 1999. The Cambridge branch line joined the network at Ruakura and terminated at Lake Street beside Lake Te Koutu. Passing through Matangi, Bruntwood and Hautapu it offered passenger services until 1946. The line terminates at Fonterra Hautapu now – a freight only service. The truck to the left travels the last few metres of SH1B which leaves SH1 at Taupiri and links back into SH1 at the St Andrew’s Church corner just over my left shoulder. The coming of the Waikato Expressway, the demise of this railway line – things to ponder as the price of oil rises and today, Tuesday the 1st of July 2008, many celebrate the return to public ownership of ‘KiwiRail‘ after a decade and a half in private ownership.

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Cambridge history

Cambridge history

Cambridge Court House has been home to the Cambridge Historical Society since 1984. Yesterday, Monday the 23th of June 2008, the society handed the care and administration of its collection, and Cambridge Museum, to the local authority: Waipa District Council. Established in 1956 the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. retains ownership of the collection.

Personal note: Cambridge Court House was built in 1909 by my Great Grandfather Fred Potts.

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The little roundabout

Was 1851.

Slightly different angle 21 years ago.

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A paddock of vdubs

There are lots of VDubs parked on Victoria Square. Lots. You can read all about it here.

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St Andrew Cambridge Easter 2008

St Andrews Anglican Church Cambridge parishioners accompany Vicar Reverend Andrew Hedge and the cross from St Andrews Church to join other Cambridge congregations in a combined Cambridge churches service at Cambridge Town Hall Good Friday 21 March 2008.

Published: 09/04/2009

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Good friday

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Sacred Heart New Plymouth

Sacred Heart New Plymouth

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Welcome to the family

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A sporting Cambridge Sunday


2:32PM Rob Waddell, Mahé Drysdale and Nathan Cohen on the winners podium at the 2008 North Island Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro. There is more about the race on rowingnz.com.

A full gallery of the North Island Rowing Championships medal winners can be found at www.hotshotstogo.co.nz.

5:06PM Winners of the 2008 Keyte Watson held on the Cambridge Polo Club grounds on Lamb Street Leamington.

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Cambridge New Zealand – Historic Places Trust plaque

-Sorry this photo has gone missing in action-

On this height in 1864 the 3rd Waikato Militia Regiment built and occupied the Cambridge Redoubt.

In 1964, in my last year at Whitehall School, I stood in Fort Street and watched the unveiling of this New Zealand Historic Places Trust plaque thanks to a teacher who encouraged such things. I remember feeling, at the time, pride that my town was 100 years old – it seemed such a long time then. I enjoyed, also, the parade from the river through the main street to Victoria Square – a day or so later. I don’t think I have seen so many people in and about the main street since (I have been known to claim that I remember the visit of the queen in 1953 – I’m sure the crowd was bigger – but as I was only 18 months old at the time I very much doubt my ‘recollection’). This photograph was taken on Friday at about one-thirty.

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Event 29 MU192X at Lake Karapiro

Cambridge lads Jono Leigh and Matthew Glenn from the Cambridge Rowing Club, gold medal winners in the Men’s Under 19 Double Sculls, at the 2006 North Island Rowing Championships at Karapiro Hydro Lake.

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Hillcrest School gathering

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Generations of Genes Phyllis Jeans 13 ISBN 0 473 03868 4

Generations of Genes Copyright © Phyllis Jeans 2000
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[p13] [The Jeans Line]
Above. The Whitehall farm, from the air. 1970s. Michael Jeans Archives.
Above. Dorrie, holding Loris, with Ida, on the back porch at Whitehall. Summer 1921-1922. Private Collection.

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