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Lists for trips is in the room behind the Reception desk.

Pinesong’s Church Services
Bayview Lounge
When: This Sunday, 24th March at 3.00pm
Speaker: John Nicholls
Soloists: Natasha Mansbridge

Our speaker for this service is one of our own residents, John Nicholls. John has had a great input to the church services at Powley Village and it’s great to have him and Judy living with us here now and already bringing a great input into the life of our village. Our soloist is Natasha who has sung for us before. You will love her singing. Join us also for our much loved hymn singing followed by a good chat over Tea/Coffee and biscuits. A warm welcome to everyone.
Deryck Hunt 817-3755


It is that time of year again when we have our AGM and elect a committee for the coming year. This will take place on Friday 12th of April at 10am in the Seabreeze lounge.
Nominations are now open for the post of secretary, treasurer and 5 committee members for the Resident’s Committee.
Forms are available at Reception and when completed can be left at Reception or delivered to the Secretary, Geoff Hopkins at 15 The Point. These should be completed by 5pm on Friday the 29
th of March.
It is intended to invite prospective candidates to a morning tea on Thursday 14
th of March to discuss duties of the committee with existing committee members. Time and place to be advised!! The secretary, treasurer and 4 of the committee are required to retire in accordance with the constitution so we are looking for as many candidates as possible to stand for election!
Agenda Items/Notices of motion for the AGM should be with the Secretary by Friday the 29
th of March.
Geoff Hopkins, 8168067,

Hi everybody,
Yes it’s that time of year again when we’re all due our flu vaccinations.
Green Bay Medical will be sending a team up to Pinesong on the morning of Tuesday April 2
nd and we will be setting up at the fireplace end of Seabreeze Lounge.
Deryck and Barbara Hunt will be our organizers as usual – many thanks to them.

For our new residents, the Green Bay Doctors have an arrangement with the surrounding medical centres that they will vaccinate all our residents, irrespective of where they are registered, which is a fantastic service. All you have to do is to turn up in the morning, collect a form from Deryck or Barbara, complete it and hand in to the medical staff. After you have been vaccinated, we ask that you wait in the lounge for 20 mins ‘just in case’. Tea and coffee is always available there.

Not that we’re competitive, but let’s aim to be the village with the highest percentage of residents and staff immunised!!!

I will confirm the times and remind you all over the next 2 weeks
Nurse Manager

On Tuesday 26th March, at 1.30pm, Senior Constable Tony Harris and his police dog Fagan [from Auckland Police Dog Section] will be here.
Tony will talk about the work he and Fagan do, as a general purpose team, and also their work as a search and rescue unit. The visit is in support of the Garden Circle. A donation box will be at the door, should you wish to make a small contribution to their funds.
There may well be a SURPRISE star attraction.......Watch this space!
Sue Harris Garden Circle Liaison.

FASHION PARADE by Black Pepper of
Lynn Mall

Black Pepper are returning to Pinesong on Tuesday 9th April, showing us their winter collection.
Fashion Parade and afternoon tea $5.00
If you are gluten free please advise when purchasing your ticket.
Seabreeze lounge at 1.30 pm
Tickets will be on sale in the reception area on Thursday 28th March and Thursday 4th April between 10.00am and 11.30am.

Admission by ticket only.
Delwyn Battersby. 817 8636

The dates for our nostalgia shows this year are Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of July. Because of the Rugby World cup and the availability of key personnel we have had to schedule our shows earlier than in previous years. Closer to the dates I shall put notices in the Pinesong Press when the tickets will be on sale.
Bob Helleur 4W

The next meeting of our group is on Friday 22nd March at 10am in the Matai room.
Our opera this time is part two of Die Walkure by Richard Wagner.
Hope to see you there.
Kate Methven Ph. 817 9804

Designer glass art talk & exhibition
here at Pinesong!
Friday 5th April 2019
Venue: Seabreeze main lounge level 1 near fireplace.
At: 10.30am – 11.30am
Some items are for sale. Come and meet Karin the artist.

We are now in the Matai Room at the following times;
Mondays:   1.30 - 3pm
Thursdays:  1.30 - 3pm

Please note that the Saturday playing time is not available but once the café refurbishment is completed we will be back to our usual times in the Kauri Room. The times that may have been used by family groups in the past are not available for these 2 months.
A bit of a change for us but I'm sure we can make it work. See you there!
Pam Choat 8174826    Ken Jarvis 8168445

Waitakere Gardens village are having a trip up to Helensville Museum on March 21st with the bus leaving Waitakere Gardens at 10am that day. If you wish to join this trip it will cost $27.00 including entry to the museum. Lunch is at your own expense. If interested please contact…….
Mary Harrison (Chairperson) Waitakere Gardens Residents Assn. Phone 836 3690

Organised by West Lynn Garden Club
West Lynn Club are organising a bus trip to Matamata Festival of Flowers, and also a visit to Daltons Plantation. Features award winning Chelsea garden, Japanese, potager, herb and other gardens.
They need more people to make up numbers to fill a bus, so have extended an invitation to the residents of Pinesong if they would like to join the club for a lovely day out.
The date: Saturday 30th March, 2019. The bus departs from outside West Lynn Gardens, 73 Parker Road, New Lynn at 8.40am and returns approximately 5.oopm.
The cost: $45.00 per person. Take or buy your own lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Also money for a raffle.
Please book by 18th March: To book please contact: Sandra – 817 5857 or Marian – 818 6290 or with payment as below.
Payment: By cheque – made out to West Lynn Garden Club and sent to: Sarah Wayman, 9/9 Evans Road, Glen Eden 0602 or online direct to account No. 12-3070-0113848-01, stating your name and Matamata. Or you can book and give money to Diane Apartment 9 Anchorage,
Phone 817 2239

Have you ever wanted to learn Mah-jong or to pick it up again after some time?
We have 3 sessions of Mah-jong, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 12 in the Matai Room.
On Thursdays one of the tables is a beginners group and I will be coaching newer and returning players who wish to re-join a group. We have a few people interested so I will working with people on Thursdays, except for the first Thursday of the month which is normally Book Club for me.
We are more social than serious so we play and then normally have lunch together in the café for those who wish to join us.
Whenever you like please come along and see how the games go. Previous experience is NOT required.
We would particularly welcome newer residents and at this early stage of the year it is quite a relaxed time.
If you have questions just call me on 8173726.
Margaret Fidow 43 Manukau

MARKET DAY at Pinesong.
We intend to hold a Market Day at Pinesong towards the end of the year. Craft work takes time to make, hence the early notification. We are looking for stalls to hold any craft work, jams and pickles, cake stall, cards, jewellery, the list is endless.
Ladies start the needles clicking and gentlemen off to the bloke's shed to get the machinery running.
If you think you would like to contribute to the first Market Day at Pinesong, please register your interest by phoning me on
817 8636.
Let's make it a day to remember.
Delwyn Battersby 817 8636

Have moved premises to the RSA, Railside Avenue Henderson; parking available. Handy to train, buses and the Mall. Help and Information days held 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.00am to 12 noon.
If you need help with your computer/device or a refresher on something you have forgotten, don't hesitate to call in and see us.
Windows, Apple and Android systems covered.
Phone 837 7600.

Fun trips for Over 60’s

Trips for Over 60’s with Brent
2nd of April
Trip sightseeing up the Coromandel Coast plus Lunch at the Tapu Hotel.
Starting our Morning we make our way to Thames where I will make you morning tea.
After morning tea we take a look in an old historic school house that these days has arts and crafts,
Next we have a scenic drive up the Coromandel Pohutukawa Coast.
Lunch is at a good traditional kiwi hotel at Tapu.
The trip cost $28. Expected time home is 2.30pm
For bookings phone Brent 8264008

Starting our morning at 8.30am we make our way to Taupiri by the Waikato River where I will make you morning tea. After morning tea we drive to a Beautiful arts & crafts shop in Gordonton. Next we sample produce from the Waikato. Then we drive to Zealong tea to look at the grounds. Lunch is at old Ian Scaros famous garden at a café called Willow Glen.
The trip cost $28. Expected time home is 2.45pm
For bookings phone Brent 8264008

After discussion with Katie and learning that there is no imminent appointment for an
Activities Coordinator, the call goes out to a person to take over my role.
You will need to be aware of upcoming entertainments and events in the city, and be able to negotiate booking websites.
For further details contact
Margaret Topzand, phone 817 3893
7 Cliffview Pinesong.


A note to explain how the booking system works:
• The upcoming event will be published in the Pinesong Press.
• You will find a booking sheet in the small room behind Reception.
• If you are interested in coming, sign your name: one name per line plus address and signature.
• Prices are given for each event, but bus charges will be added later.
• Once an outing is fully booked, the sheet goes to the office and costs will be charged to your account.
• Once bookings are charged, if you are unable to come, it is up to YOU to try and find a replacement. (I will always help out where I can)
I hope to arrange many outings this year and new people are very welcome to come. If you need further details contact:
Margaret Topzand 817 3893, 7 Cliffview

2019 Concert Season programme
The “Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra” group runs a bus that leaves Pinesong village to take patrons to the concerts, dropping us off at the door of the Town Hall and picking us up from the same place after the concert. All this for just $10 per concert! Cheaper than driving in and finding parking!
There are a number of residents already using this service, but any other residents who would like to attend any of the concerts are very welcome. Friends from outside the village are welcome to use this service, as are residents wishing to attend on a casual basis.
I have left several copies of the 2019 programme on the table behind reception. Please feel free to take a programme if you are interested. If you make any bookings please contact me for a bus booking form. Call me if you have any questions.
Liane Hume Ph 817 7884


Our Pinesong choir performs twice a year at Pinesong and on numerous occasions in other places. Rehearsels are on Tuesdays at 3.15 pm in the Matai Room.
Doug Lilly 817-2199

We hold an interdenominational Church Service once a month, on the 4th Sunday of the month. A wide range of speakers supported by visiting soloists and musicians. We enjoy singing the old hymns and follow the service with a cup of tea or coffee. Services are held in the Bayview Lounge at 3.00 pm, hence the title ‘Sunday @ 3’ All welcome.
Deryck Hunt 8173755

Do you want to have company and fun with a cuppa and bikkies?? Then Monday nights are for you. Please come and joint us for a game of Bingo on Monday at 6.30pm in the café. Bring $5 and a dabber. If you want to know more, please ring
Marge Turner 817-8797

Fridays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Please feel free to join us at Bayview Lounge. We will teach you all the “ins” and “outs” of the game of Rummikub!!
Dot Sutton

Matai Room
Wednesday Thursday Saturday 10am
We would welcome any new players to join our groups any of these mornings. Do we have any gentlemen? We are short of male players, do come.
Dorothy ph 6716, 817-0576

500 GAME
Just a reminder that anyone wishing to play 500 or to learn or re-learn this great game, we meet in Bayview lounge on Tuesday mornings from 10am-12noon (or even longer).  Look forward to seeing you there.
 Pat Crow, 6W, 817 7568

We are a nice friendly group of players but our numbers are dwindling. If anyone is interested in joining us please phone me. We play on Saturdays from 1-4pm and on quiz days till 3.45pm. We also welcome outsiders to make up our numbers. We will be starting again on Saturday 26th January in the Matai Room.
Althea Morley 20 Peninsula – 817-5666

A Message to all who love reading a good book: The Pinesong Book Club is held in the Bayview Lounge at 10am on the second Thursday of each month. Please bring $2 as a contribution to something to nibble and wear your name badge. Also if you have a book to bring and tell us about as well, please do so.
Sharon Coleman

The art group meets on Wednesdays at 2-30 pm.  New members would be made very welcome. If you have never tried painting before, or if the last time you did any arty stuff was at school why not give it a go, just turn up at our class, you won't need any gear, we will supply all you will need to get you started. Give Keith a ring on 6414 if you would like to know more.

Thursdays, at 10am to 12 noon.
Norma Lee – 6924

The times are 8.55am every Tuesday in the Seabreeze Lounge. New members very welcome. The first session is free and after that $5 per session, cheap at the price!
We need to keep numbers up as we do not want to lose such an excellent asset. Our Master Quintin Derham is a ninth Black Belt with 35 years experience. He is also now going international, so we are so lucky to have him.
If you wish to further your Tai chi practise there is a progressive class at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre on Thursday mornings from 10-11am. This session is taught by Julie, a Black Belt and a student of Quintin for many years.
Eileen Malim, Villa 401, ph 815-4146

Mondays at 3-00pm.  Why not come along and join in the fun.

Get Physical Exercise Classes, held every Monday at 9.30am in the Seabreeze Lounge, new participants welcome. Anouschka de Gourley, Advanced Rehab

To all Scrabble players, past, present and future, we meet at Apr.3` Seabreeze Apts on Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This is more than a game – it is a memory exercise and its fun! All welcome!
Lorna Watt 311 Seabreeze

We have now moved to the Bayview Lounge and will be be playing every Monday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm if you would like to join us.
Daphne Freeman ph 816 8031

 Wednesdays at 2-30pm. If you have never tried painting before, or if the last time you did any arty stuff was at school why not give it a go, just turn up at our class, you won't need any gear, we will supply all you will need to get you started. If you have any queries please give me a ring, Keith Burge ph 6414   

I would like to welcome Janet Cross (Phone 817-6066) as our new Referee. I am sure Janet will do well in this capacity. Thank you Janet for taking this on.
Eileen Malim, Villa 401

To all Residents and Long Time Residents: (both male & female)
Would you like to learn Line Dancing? Both men and women. Have some fun and make new friends.
Gentle exercise for both body and mind with lovely music. The class is on Wednesdays from 1.00 -3.00pm.

We would like to extend a welcome to new residents to Pinesong who would like to play/learn either (or both) Bridge or 500. Our groups are very friendly and we would love to see more people join in our social games. Bridge is played on Saturdays in the Matai room (first floor in Seabreeze) from 1-4pm. We play 500 on Tuesday mornings in the Bayview Lounge from 10am -12 noon. We also extend this invitation to all existing Pinesong residents. We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information:
Bridge: phone Riet Bergers 816- 8441
or Pat Crow on 817-7568
For 500: ph Pat Crow 817-7568

Every Friday 1.15pm-2.15pm Everyone welcome $5 per session.
Trish Richards

Opera Appreciation Group meets the 4th Thursday of the month from 1-3pm in the Matai Room.   For further information please phone:
Kate Methven 817 8904

Please note NEW times for table tennis. Thursdays 1.30pm to 3 pm & Saturdays 9.30am to 11 am.  Newcomers especially welcomed.
June Hooper, Mary Cole, Keith Burge or Lois 817 2199

We are now meeting in the bigger Craft Room — a great asset to our village. We meet every fortnight, the next being Friday 10th June. 
Stay as little or as long as you want between 9 and 3. This is a great way to get your photos and memories in order. Your family will love the results. For further information phone:
Lois, 817 2199

Weekly on Tuesday 1.15-3pm. Everybody welcome. Enjoy the sunshine in the Craft Room!
Patricia, 817 7073

We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month in Iona Presbyterian Church Hall, Blockhouse Bay at 1.30pm.
New members are always welcome, and if you would like to come along, meet some new friends, perhaps meet some old ones too, and enjoy the socialising; we would love to see you.
If you have any questions please give me a call.
Ann Ramsden Ph: 816-8365

WEST AUCKLAND MENS PROBUS meets on the first Friday each month at Kelston Community Centre and we are looking for new members. We have interesting speakers, occasional luncheons and organised outings. The primary object of the Club is fellowship. If interested please phone Ken Webster Ph 817 6441, 17 The Point.

We meet on the 3
rd Monday of the month in Iona Presbyterian Church Hall, Blockhouse Bay at 1.30pm.
New members are always welcome, and if you would like to come along, meet some new friends, perhaps catch up with some old ones, and enjoy the socialising; we would love to see you.
If you have any questions please give me a call.
Ann Ramsden Ph: 816-8365