Blenheim Orphans' Club

Newsletter and Reminder


Hey! Lots of things to read and remember this time and so please read and inwardlydigest and if you’re in any doubt don’t hesitate to contact me for clarification. I’mattaching with this edition the weekend timetable for our Hokitika visit as supplied to us by our Hoki friends, conference weekend organisers and hosts.

Firstly though let’s talk about what’s next and/or coming up real soon. Next Tuesday is of course, as in your club calendar, our next regular club night which to a very large extent will be a practice for our items for Hoki as well as any other items that you have undoubtedly told Pete about. After that though, our next very important date is Wednesday 30th when we play host to an inward raid from the North Islands Western Group of Taranaki clubs, who are raiding us and then Nelson on their way to Hokitika for the conference weekend. They, all 33 of them, actually arrive in Blenheim the night before so that they can enjoy some of the attractions and places of interest in and around our fair city during the day on Wednesday. We would like as many of you who would like and are able to join us to meet for an informal evening meal at the Redwood Tavern Restaurant no later than 5.30p.m. in order to be all fed and watered well before we have to adjourn to the Whitney Street School Hall for their concertstarting at 7.30p.m. Yes that’s right we don’t want any confusion, because we are not able to get and use our usual hall on that night we have had to shift our evening to the Whitney Street School Hall which should serve our purpose very well. The Schooland hall are obviously on Whitney Street which for those who don’t know is offMaxwell Road on the right just after Stevenson Street as you head for the hills. The School have asked that we not park on the grass please. Head Steward Colin wants me to advise you that the club will be providing savouries and sandwiches but ask if you and your guests could please provide a plate to compliment and assist with supper. Please remember that we have 33 visitors and guests in addition to our own members,wives, partners and other guests. Yes that’s right you’re very welcome to bring guestsalong to enjoy our visitors concert but please ask them just to bring a plate and somemoney for raffles. Since we are not able to get access to the hall until 6 o’clock someof our guys are forgoing a meal to make sure that every thing is set up and ready for us and so when the evening proper is complete please, please, please lend a hand to pack down and clean up the hall. Supper will be at the conclusion of the concert and is our last chance to show our guests just how hospitable and friendly Blenheim people really are. Don’t forget to collect and take home your empty supper plate afterwards. Of course we will be catching up with them all again in Hoki but after supper and a yarn please give a hand to clean up. All too often unfortunately it’s leftto a very willing few.

Now to that all important long weekend! The coach will leave Marlborough TourCompany’s Depot at 9a.m. sharp and head straight for Murchison arriving about11.15 for a comfort stop and early lunch. We will be joined there by a hand full of Nelson Savage Club members and should be back on the road by 12 noon. Hokitika around 3.30pm to check into the Annabelle Motels. Since we are providing Sound Equipment and Piano etc I guess a small team will then go up to the Seaview Hall to set up before returning to the motels in time for a 5o’clock departure to the Hokitika Chartered Clubs for an evening meal ($20 Buffet Roast has been arranged). After we

have all eaten we will head up the hill to the Seaview Hall which is the venue for all of the conference functions for the first night Meet, Greet and Register. If you still have a lanyard then please take it with you to swing your conference name tag from since our Hoki mates have had trouble procuring them. We obviously should have loaned our own John Henry to them for a while. I think he was a procurement officer in a previous life. President Leon has asked me to remind you that club uniforms are required to be worn on both Saturday and Sunday nights but tidy casual i.e. mufti atall other times. Ladies’ I’ve been asked to tell you that since we don’t know whatheating is like at the hall just be prepared. This weekend is all about friendship, fellowship and enjoying everything that is Hokitika. For me and the rest of the Dominion Council there is a couple of morning meetings and of course the Conference proper takes a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, but that really only involves interested members and everyone else is free all day Saturday to enjoy thedelights or whatever. I’ve heard a number of people making plans to walk the treetops and all sorts of other things. Saturday the coach will leave the motels at or justbefore 5o’clock and head for town and the club again for an evening meal (same arrangements as Friday) before going straight up to the hall for the Host club’sconcert. Sunday morning is free again for most and then Tony will take us all up tothe hall for the midday conference dinner which I’m told is a three course affair and so you probably won’t want or need much for tea before we head back up for the visitor’s concert. This is our chance to showcase who and what we are and since we definitely are the largest club contingent attending by a country mile let’s make surewe do it properly. We’ve not discussed a departure time for home on Monday but since they’ll kick us out of the motels at or before 10am I guess that’s about when we’ll leavebut that’s still up for discussion. Anyway I’m really looking forward to the whole thing. For me it’s the culmination of a very long journey and I’m lookingforward to spending the weekend with you all and having a hell of a lot of fun whilst doing so.

Our Ladies’ Night Dinner arrangements have now been confirmed for Friday 27th July at the dining facility at the Marlborough Community College on the Scott Street/ Francis Street corner just across from Wadsco’s. This is a very nice three course meal with tea and coffee afterwards for just $32.50 with the club paying for our ladies and some fruit juice and lemonade etc. I know it’s a couple of months away but please let President Leon know if you’re able to be there so we can get an accurate idea ofnumbers. We will have the whole place to ourselves and so it should be a great night. We have decided to make it a B.Y.O. night as far as alcoholic drinks are concerned since we no longer have a bar on club nights where we could get rid of leftovers in the past.

Well I think and hope that I’ve remembered everything I was supposed to tell you about and so will wind this up and look forward to seeing you all again this coming Tuesday.

Ken Ham Editor.

Blenheim Orphans Club 2018 Programme

Newsletter 26th April



APRIL 26TH 2018 


Well April is almost done and dusted and so we’re now looking forward to our next regular club night next Tuesday May 1st.  Obviously as usual you will have already contacted Program Organiser Pete and so I don’t need to remind you about that.  Wasn’t our Family and Friends night a hum dinger?  Our large audience were unanimous in their praise, comments and compliments.  Supper was very nice thank you everyone and the standard of our 19 item program was extremely high and all done before 10o’clock.  Great to have Ian and Anne back with us, their stay in Aussie doesn’t seem to have adversely affected them which is a good thing.  


April was apparently the month to take your campervan or caravan and depart for places north and south.  Murray and John with their wives went west and south whilst Len and Joy headed over the hill to Nelson and beyond and they were all sorely missed.  Colin spent some time scraping his bottom but he assures me that it’s all clean and shiny now.  Oops I’m terribly sorry I missed the word “boats” out of that sentence but he won’t mind because apparently he can’t open my emails anyway.  Meanwhile Neil organised and ran an extremely successful and well attended ukulele event a couple of weeks ago with I’m told about 140 uke players turning out from all over Nelson and Marlborough.  Ron hit the high spots on Anzac Day when he was asked to be the keynote speaker at the Rai Valley Anzac Day parade.  I’m reliably informed that he carried out his task with all of the pride, dignity and attention to detail that we would expect of him.


Now about our all important trip to Hoki in a little over a month;  When I spoke to Treasurer John a couple of days ago he told me that he was only waiting on one more person to pay before our registration deadline of Friday 27th.  I’m confident that we stand a very good chance of having the single largest club contingent at the conference weekend which makes me personally extremely proud and happy.  Not bad for one of the smallest clubs in the country eh?


I’ve not heard anything to the contrary from the Almoner and so assume everyone is reasonably fit and healthy going into the colder part of the year so that’s good.  


The entertainment group continues to be very busy but through the last month has had to do it without some members but should be almost back to full strength tomorrow when we hit Ashwood Park.


Well I think that’s about enough for now and so will go and have tea looking forward to catching up with you all next Tuesday.


 Ken Ham 



Long Service Award Presentation

                                                                                      We thought  you  might  be  interested  in  this  photograph  of  a very  recent  presentation  of  a  "Long Service Award"  to  Ian Graham  who  recently  resigned  at  the  age  of  95.   Until very  recently  Ian  who  lived  in  Picton  attended  most  of our  Club  Concerts  and  gave  us  an  item  on  his  keyboard. He  also  often  joined  us  when  we  entertained  at  Seaview Rest  Home  in  Picton  playing  his  keyboard  or  skillfully accompanying  us  with  his  castanets.   Easy  to  talk  to,  he encouraged  us  all  in  whatever  roles  we  played  within  our club.      The  photo  attached  was  taken  where  we  found him  sitting  in  the  sun.   There  wasn't  much  room  to  move and  the  photographer  had  to  focus  on  the  ball  not  the presenter.


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