Welcome to the December Greenhithe News.
The year is fast drawing to a close and I am sure you are all looking forward to the holiday break as much as I am! Schools are closing during the coming week and the traffic is already noticeably easier.
Neighbourhood Support Update
The Santa Parade was another great hit in Greenhithe. The “float” by the road workers was especially uplifting. Those dear people have been working on our roads in Greenhithe so long they feel part of the family! And the weather was good too. Sincere thanks to Harcourts Cooper and Co and all those involved in organising and keeping everyone safe.
More Neighbourhood Support Street BBQs are booked for the next two weekends and early next year. Please remember to take some pictures and send them to me. These annual get-togethers are a good opportunity to update details of your street residents. There are still a few food vouchers available. Let me know if you would like one.
Thank you to those who attended the Street Contacts Mix and Mingle on Sunday 1 December and a big thank you to Michelle and the Greenhithe Emergency Resilience Group for the valuable presentation. Good to hear from some of the Street Contacts that they will share this information at their annual BBQs. There will be another GERG presentation in February for those who missed out.
The Greenhithe Youth Collective have done a lot of fun things lately. If any young people need help preparing a CV for their next step on life’s journey, contact Taby. There is a Childminders Certificate on Dec 14. And Collins Youth every Friday. The youth plan to meet weekly for fun in January.
Currently, there are a lot of keen students signed up to the Greenhithe Youth Employment Programme and over 100 have been placed in small jobs over the past year. But currently, there are not enough jobs. Can you help young people in Greenhithe with a backyard job? Pet minding, gardening or watering?
International Friends and Esol will have a special morning tea on December 17 and you are welcome to join us from 9.30am for a couple of hours. We will have a Christmas break and regroup in the New Year on January 17.
Big thanks to the community from Nicola and Richard to all the wonderful volunteers who are showing care for our environment in so many ways here in Greenhithe. Check out the latest ecology newsletter.
The Men’s Projects Group will be building a community nursery to grow natives for Outlook Reserve on Saturday 14 December from 9am, followed by a BBQ and swim.
Don’t forget to look after your neighbours during the holidays. Here are the Crime Maps for November. And here is Troy’s blog.
December is such a lovely time and there have been lots of opportunities to celebrate with our neighbours.
Still to come –
Festive Market and Food Dec 20 at 5pm, Christmas Sunday Service at Shore Grace Dec 22 at 10am, Christmas Eve Family Service at St Michaels at 6pm, Christmas Eve Carols at the Village Hall at 8pm, and Christmas Day Service at St Michaels at 9am.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Street Contacts sincerely for giving your time so willingly to keep those on your streets connected, and each one of you for the support given to each other. Greenhithe is a very special, caring community. Neighbourhood Support NZ sums up a lovely national Christmas sentiment about ‘being the light that helps others see’.
Wishing you all every Blessing over Christmas and for the coming year.