The first day of the rest of our lives
Thank you to those residents who attended Thursday’s SeniorNet presentation by Grant Sidaway. SeniorNet is a fantastic organization that aims to teach computer skill to people 50 years of age and over. Grant is an excellent speaker who gave a very informative presentation. Who knew you could store files on a cloud? If you are interested in joining SeniorNet but would like more information you can contact the Eden-Roskill Membership Secretary on 626 5809 or visit their web site: www.seniornet-eden-roskill.org.nz
The Pinesongsters saw a fabulous turnout to their Devonshire Tea afternoon on Wednesday. It is wonderful to see so many people supporting the choir. It was a wonderful afternoon, and nobody went away hungry – I’ve never seen so many scones! June Hooper and Keith Burge sang us a couple of songs and demonstrated a bit of the talent that we have in our village. We are so going to win this competition!!!
Around the village we have been completing various projects. Work to repair the Peninsula guttering is now complete, the final touches of paint to the apartment blocks is being done, and work to alter the slope from the carpark up to the bowling green has been completed.
Work coming up in the village will include installing a slope into the footpath outside the entrance to the Seabreeze garage. Currently, there is a slope onto the footpath on one side of the driveway leading to the Seabreeze garage and we will be putting one into the footpath on the other side of that driveway. We have also ordered new flags for our flagpoles, and will be replacing the keypad to the Cliffview pedestrian gate.
Whenever work is being done around the village you will often see cones and tape around work areas. These are there for your safety to prevent you from entering an area which is being worked on or in and getting hurt. The recent height access training of the Maintenance/Gardening Team has proved invaluable. I am very pleased to report that all roofing and spouting on each of the apartment buildings has been cleaned, checked, and repaired where necessary. Work to check the spouting on each of the villas has also begun. It is great to be able to initiate such proactive maintenance in the village (especially with winter approaching) and I’d like to thank Nick and all of the staff in the maintenance and gardening teams for their efforts.
Good news – our applicant has accepted the offer for the position of Care Services Manager. On 10th June we will be welcoming David Halewood to our team. David is a Registered Nurse with plenty of experience for the role and we look forward to him joining our team.
Have a wonderful week everybody.
Pinesong’s Interdenominational Church Services
Where: Bayview Lounge
When: Sunday, 26th May at 3:00pm
Speaker: Rob Pettersen
Soloist: June Hooper
Rob Pettersen is the minister at the Iona Presbyterian church at Blockhouse Bay that several of our residents attend. Our own June Hooper will be our soloist. Doug Lilly will turn our keyboard into a magnificent organ. Come along and enjoy the service which will include our much loved hymn singing followed by a good chat over Tea/Coffee and biscuits. A warm welcome to everyone.
Deryck Hunt V229 Ph 817 3755
REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!! Have you chosen all your best black, jewellery, tiaras, diamonds and sequins to wear at our ‘Black and Silver’ Party on 15th June? Let’s really make mid winter sparkle! The ‘Stayin Alive’ Group wants to see EVERYBODY (and their friends) on 15th June at 7.30 pm in the Seabreeze Lounge.
RESIDENTS' BIRTHDAY AFTERNOON TEA Monday 27th May at 3pm in the Cafe area. All welcome to celebrate residents' birthdays in May. The speaker will be Margaret Topzand and her topic is "Moa". It will be a very interesting presentation. Please wear name badge.
Elsa Wong 816 8288
Doloras Ho from the National Army Museum is collecting poppies - she puts them on flax and then sends them overseas were they are put on the war graves of the NZ Forces - you can read all about her on the net just go to Doloras Cross. So if you have a poppy from Anzac Day and you would like to help this lady please deposit in the small box at reception - thank you - Lil Gosling.
PARKINSONS WEST AUCKLAND GROUP
The group is restarting, the Parkinson’s nurse is Rachel Turner and she can be contacted directly on
DD1: 09 9503986
Fax: 09 4473373
RESIDENTS BBQ WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY
This month’s BBQ will be held on Wednesday 22nd May at 6 pm in the Café area. Tickets for the BBQ will be on sale in the Reception area on Tuesday 14th May from 10.30am until 12 noon. Thereafter from Patricia Carr ph 6417/817 0494 until 19th May.
The next meeting of the Opera Group will be on Friday 24th May at 10am in the Matai room.
We will be watching Act 2 of the Elixir of Love by Donizetti (2 versions), all welcome.
Phone Kate Methven for further information.
Kate Methven Ph 817 9804
WEST AUCKLAND HOSPICE – FRIDAY 24TH
Hospice will be visiting from 10am – 1pm Seabreeze Lounge with their selection of hand made crafts. All proceeds to Palliative care.
Beverley Sinclair 817 0728 extn 6946
FOR YOUR DIARY:
The Stayin’ Alive Group invite you to bring sparkle to mid-winter at our ‘Black and Silver’ party on 15th June. Bring out your best black, silver, diamonds, sequins and tiaras! WATCH THIS SPACE!
Hilary 817 6555 (for the Stayin’ Alive Group)
‘EARLY RETIREMENT’ AT THE VILLAGE
The Village of Pinesong is a lot like being in a holiday camp. There are heaps of facilities and stuff to do and only the odd wheel chair ramp.
The people here are a bit older than me, yes… they are retired,
but they’re sprightly, smiley and young at heart, now that… I have admired!
For example there is Happy Hour, where everyone goes along.
For a chat, a tipple, a get together and perhaps a sing a long.
You better wear your name badge, if you want to win fifty bucks, if your name gets called and you don’t have it on – you’ll lose out and that sucks!
Enjoy an Old Dark, a glass of wine or order a G&T. They have it all here, served by volunteers, for an extremely low cash fee.
Now don’t get the wrong idea, it’s not all about the bar, there’s plenty to do here, without spending money – they’ve even got a spa!
There’s bowling, swimming, aerobics or reading in the library in peace,
Zumba, painting and darts if you’re a resident – but I’m just a visiting niece!
I’m in Apt 222 with the Turners – Marge & Bob
I’ve been staying here with them for 3 months and can’t even get a job!
My observations of you and on this fine ‘Pinesong’ night…
Will feature one day in my memoirs – that I’m definitely going to write.
But for now at least I wrote a little and I’d just like to say…
A big thank you to my aunt and uncle for having me to stay!
Sally c/- 222SB
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
At the Residents’ AGM I reported to the meeting that the Retirement Village Association (RVA) is planning a Festival Of Choirs to be held in Wellington on 24/25 September. Choirs from villages throughout New Zealand have been invited to take part.
The Pinesongsters would like to represent our village and are looking at a number of travel and accommodation options to make this possible. Expense is always a major consideration. With the support and goodwill of Residents and Management we are exploring ways to supplement costs and assist with things such as food and transport while we are in Wellington. The weekly contribution of choir members is used largely to pay for music, printing and travel of our accompanist; there is little of the weekly contribution left. The cost of the three day trip to Wellington will therefore need to be covered by choir members and supporters who are travelling with the choir.
As a direct result of my comments last Friday a number of people at Pinesong have volunteered to assist and have already suggested ideas to raise funds. Many, many thanks for your support. We are always open to ideas and offers of assistance.
Finally, all contributions will be gratefully received. There is no pressure to participate in fund raising. However your good wishes are valued. If you have any ideas and want to be part of this exciting venture please contact me or any member of the Pinesongsters.
Doug Lilly 8172199
MANY MANY THANKS
What a lovely surprise in my letterbox today! An envelope with a most generous anonymous donation towards the Pinesongsters’ Travellers Fund. Thank you so much. We are constantly reminded of the support and goodwill that exists here at Pinesong.
As a choir we intend to represent our village with pride, knowing that we have the backing and good wishes of a truly caring community.
Would like to thank you so much for your generosity with the “Mother’s Day” raffle, we were overwhelmed.
Special thanks to Peggy Phillips daughter who donated the beautiful basket. Congratulations to the winner, Beryl Hughes of Harbour.
What a day last Friday turned out to be. Heavy showers on and off all morning, and our long awaited trip to Hillsborough Heights at 1.30 pm ?? Surely, Surely they will call it off ?? But Nooooooooo !! Hillsborough had a “Plan B” and it was after much deliberation later at their Hall that “Plan B” would take precedence for the day. Indoor bowls it was, and what a great afternoons enjoyment was had by the 12 Intrepid Pinesong Outdoor Bowlers who ventured out from here into the rain at 12.45pm and assembled at our pool to make the trip. Three mats (two of which were raised so that you didn’t need to get onto your knee to bowl) and a third flat on the floor made up the afternoons competition, and I am delighted to say that the Pinesong Girls and Boys came out the winners four Games to Two. John Crows Team won both their Games, and Val Eade and Rob Campbell’s team one each. And to top the afternoon off we sat down in their Lounge at 3.30pm and enjoyed with them a scrumptious Afternoon Tea and some interclub fellowship. Hillsborough will be joining us here sometime in July for a return visit and though we hope to play Outdoor Bowls, if the Weather is bad well what`s wrong with a game of Indoor bowls here for the Friday afternoon. Anyhow, more of that nearer the time.
The parrot speaketh again with regards the Triples Championship, and although the weather a week or so back was not in our favor, this week has been so very nice to date so please make a very conscious effort to get all the Round 1 and 2 games out of the way as soon as possible even on one of our Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday Group days.
:: STOP PRESS:: Thanks to the two teams that played last Tuesday and also the Wednesday Afternoon game.
Gary Cole Ph 817-4415
WINE TASTING – Wednesday 29th May
We have been offered a FREE wine tasting afternoon from Sherwood Estate wines of Christchurch. They will bring two whites - Savignon Blanc and Pinot Gris and a Red – Pinot Noir for you to sample. If they are wines that you enjoy we could stock them in the bar.
Orders can also be made by residents direct and it is not necessary to buy a whole case if you get others to share so you get a variety. The prices are reasonable.
Note your diary for Wednesday the 29th May from 3.30pm to about 5.30pm in Seabreeze Lounge. We will provide bickies and cheese.
So we can get an idea of the numbers interested. Please sign the sheet at reception by the 24th May.
Fay and Nola and the team.
On behalf of all residents who use the pathway past the Manukau Apartments I would like to express our thanks to Jocelyn for the pleasure we receive each time we walk past the gardens. They are a joy to behold. To those who do not use this path regularly could I suggest you detour sometime to see the beautiful display of begonias there at present. Thank you Jocelyn.
Liane Hume 6617, 8170476
Thank goodness for the lovely rain. All the Pinesong gardens will be smiling.
We need more and hopefully warmth for the Autumn growth.
Thank you for the nice things said about my ‘Woodland Garden’ outside Manukau Apartments.
There are many others with beautiful flowers. Janet Cross’s Fuschia’s, Mollie Laycocks Dahlia’s to name only two of the lovely gardens around.
Do have a walk around our beautiful Village and see for yourself.
My Begonia’s are fading now, unfortunately.
View the video 'The Beauty of Pinesong' at the bottom of our page 'Around Pinesong'
LOW AEROBICS CLASS
Shirley’s exercise classes on Mondays have now commenced. 9.30 am every Monday in Seabreeze Lounge.
To contact Shirley Waterfield on 817-7228
If you feel like a workout, why not join us next Monday and Wednesday morning, 9.30 – 10.30 am. We will have a fitness DVD and there is no charge.
Trish Richards, 817 3758
COME AND PLAY BRIDGE
Please come and join us the the Matai Room on Saturday Afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Our numbers are dwindling and we need more than 2 tables, then we can have the boards and pre-dealt cards from the Bridge Club.
Joan Westbury 817-0580 or 6920
WAITAKERE MOBILE LIBRARY
Visits Pinesong Village every Monday morning from 9.30 -10.15am parking just outside the main gates. All residents are welcome to visit and borrow material from our wide selection. If you don't have a current library card we can arrange to get you a new one. Look forward to seeing you on the "Bookbus" Gerard, Mobile Librarian.
VILLAGE CARE CENTRE CLINIC
Level 2 Seabreeze Care Centre
We have had several requests from residents to have a selected time for the Centre Clinic for consultations, blood pressure monitoring and wound dressings.
Monday through to Friday 10.30am- 11.30am and again 1.30- 2.30pm we will be available for consultation.
Weekends by arrangement – just phone and arrange a time.
Any queries don’t hesitate to call us,
Regards Theresa & team
Care Services Manager
Muriel from Footcare Solutions will be here at Pinesong Tuesday 21st May, please phone reception for an appointment. (Sorry for the confusion in last weeks press).
Ear Health will be coming to Pinesong Monday 20th May. Please contact reception for an appointment.
Raewyn Coburn who did her placement at Pinesong last year for her refloxology training is now offering reflexology service for the village residents every Tuesday and Thursdays on level 2 of Seabreeze. Anyone wanting an appointment please contact her directly. Her email address email@example.com, mobile: 0211710807 or home number 8176089.
New location and new times, blood testing will be in the Wellness Clinic, on the ground level of Seabreeze Apartments near reception.
The new times for testing will be from 2pm to 2.45pm on every subsequent Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
Cafe’ & Restaurant
Sunday 19th May Lamb shank or Roast beef $12.00
Wednesday 29th May Roast Pork
With plated dessert $14.50
Friday 31st May Eye fillet with roast potatoes
Stuffed chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables
With plated dessert $16.50
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