Te Horo Talk December 2015

Lambs, calves and flowers

DE15_Waitohu-Ag-Day-4.jpgTe Horo School’s recent Ag Night was blessed with grey skies and heavy drizzle, but neither interferred with the country school’s rural tradition. Ag Night is a highlight of the school year and for children competing, it is the culmination of up to three months of growing and caring for a baby animal — feeding, cleaning, establishing a bond, and training.

Ag Night award winners to go through to Group Finals in Levin included Ollie Selby, Madeline Selby, Olivia Haines, Savannah Satherly, Michaela Haines, Kate Allan, Isla Rountree, Robson Chapman, Matilda Brown, Taylor Wallace, Henry Brown, Samuel Howell, and Matthew and Mikayla Croad.

This year a new initiative, a container garden competition, was launched. Children purchased a container, decorated and planted it with flowers, vegetables or a mixture of both. A photo board accompanied by information about the garden was also prepared by entrants.

DE15_Waitohu-ag-garden.jpgThe 23 entries reflected many hours of work and planning, and a wide range of creative abilities and themes. Judge, Anne Keeble, said the standard was very high, and “it was really difficult to pick winners.”

Winners included Abigail Upshon, who took first prize for her colourful rainbow garden and “healthy plants in full bloom,” second prize winner Ella Bosanquet who showed a love of cabbages, and “an amazing story line,” and Saren O’Sullivan, whose combination of plant knowledge and best storyline won third place.

DE15_Waitohu-Ag-Day-2.jpgHighly commended entries showed originality, good presentation, detail, particularly in the fairy gardens, and plant knowledge. They included Ben and George Crocker with a ladder of rainbow chard, Mckenzie Sherlock and Belle Dan Din with their imaginative fairy gardens, and Angus McCoy who made good use of a wheelie bin and produced “good radishes.”

Three entries were also commended and included Thomas Kelly, ‘Soldier’s Poppies,’ Rosa Meyer, ‘Beer Crate and Bottles,’ and Pierre Gerrard and Victor Perkins, ‘Pirates.’

Te Horo’s Christmas Market

The community’s annual Christmas Market is a festive event with a focus on kid’s activities such as donkey rides, science experiments and letters to Santa. As well as Christmas-themed baking and a sausage sizzle, stalls offer woodwork, quilts, embroidered linen, clothing, jewellery, pottery, plants and garden items, and local produce including olive oil and sweets.

Saturday 12 December, 10.00am to 2.00pm at Te Horo Hall, School Road. For further information: Lynn or Don 06 367 3443 or lyndon@wallace.gen.nz

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Community events

Te Horo Country Market

There’ll be plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts at this month’s market, with a focus on handmade crafts — soaps, sewing and jewellery-making, and of course Te Horo’s produce (pop a bottle of the region’s excellent olive oil in someone’s stocking) and handmade preserves.

You’ll also find a good selection of seedlings and plants (veggies and flowers) for summer planting, great to pot up a pretty container or basket with these for a personalised festive gift

Sunday, 6 December at Te Horo Hall, 10.00am till 12.30pm, wet or fine.

Craft Circle

Community craft group meets at Te Horo Hall, Wednesday 16 December, from 10.00am.

Swiss Ball Class

Every Tuesday at Te Horo Hall, an hour long workout starts at 9.15am. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Drinks and Nibbles

A great opportunity for a Christmas catch-up with friends and neighbours. At Te Horo Hall, Friday, 4 December, 5.30pm. A BYO event, bring a plate of nibbles to share and a drink for yourself.