Trip to Time Cinema.

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Hi Guys, just a quick blog to report on our recent Bus trip to the Time Cinema in Lyall Bay. Gill Graham could not have picked a better day to go to the cinema, it was raining cats and dogs outside, while we were immersed in the quaint and cosy atmosphere of, Yesterday again today. If you have not visited this attraction you have no idea what you are missing.

Our hosts were John & Margaret Bell, owners and operators of this wonderful establishment.Time Cinema 1Time Cinema 12

The Entrance to adventure, and Margaret serving Morning Tea. ( unfortunately the picture of John was not good)

Following morning tea we were treated to an assortment of old news reels, advertisements, a Donald Duck cartoon, and a performance from the Henry Rudolph Singers.


The Henry Rudolph Singers of the day

There was then an Interlude, and lunch was served, an eye pleasing array of sandwich’s, hot chicken and accompaniments, followed by tea and cakes, absolutely lovely.

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The main film was then shown, Casablanca, in black and white, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. I have seen this movie many times, on TV, but this was the first time on the big screen. It was a great film and much appreciated by all of the Golden Group.



Of all the gin joints, in all of the world, you had to walk into mine. Here’s looking at you kid. 

So if you were not on this trip, you missed a great Golden Group day out, we had a wonderful time. Gill is a great trip organizer so make sure you book for the next trip.

We were taken on this trip by Dave, owner / operator of Coast Coachlines, in his new Bus, thanks Dave, everyone loved the experience of the new Bus.

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If you are reading this and would like to visit the Time Cinema please contact John & Margaret Bell,

Phone 04 934 8463

Mobile 027 449 9345


and in the pic above are the contact details of Coast Coachlines. 

The Golden Group can recommend both of these companies for excellent service and affordability.






July Mid-Winter Luncheon.

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Hi Guys,

The Mid-Winter luncheon went extremely well, a few minor hiccups, but over-all it was very well received. There were 89 members eating lunch, with a couple who were just along to meet up with friends and enjoy the entertainment.

The superb table arrangements were expertly made and set for us by Joy Ellis, they looked absolutely marvelous, the first thing you saw when walking in the room. Thanks Joy.

We had a lovely three course meal of soup, which was delivered to the table, followed by mains of  Turkey / Ham, with seasonal vegetables including potatoes. Desert was Christmas Pudding accompanied by Brandy custard.

The entertainment was Poetry and Pantomime.

Gill Graham recited the poem “T’was the night before Christmas”  which was highlighted by Christmas characters flitting around the room, much to the delight of many members. It was certainly a fun event, thanks Gill, and all the Pantomime performers, for making it so enjoyable.

Below are a selection of photo’s taken during the day by Harry, our official photographer; All 100 photo’s will be on display at next months luncheon.

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Golden Group June Luncheon. A Sunny Winters Day Downunder.

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Hi Guys, what a wonderful winters day, we had 78 members attending today, which was a great turn-out considering the amount of people who are down with the flu. Poor Lyn Tansley was one of those suffering from the flu, and then she unfortunately fell over at home and sustained a head injury. She was taken to hospital, and we all trust that it is nothing too serious, and wish her a speedy recovery.

Another member in hospital is Nancy de Lowe, she is awaiting a hip operation, so get well soon Nancy and we hope to see you soon back in the Golden Group.

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Nancy de Louw, happy in her boating gear.

Our excellent bus trip to Ashhurst, was made all the sweeter as we received a donation from image001  to go towards the cost of our transport. We truly appreciate the assistance they have given us in the past and look forward to continuing our good relationship.

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A few pictures of the last bus trip taken by Ian Simpson.

Trip organizer Gill Graham reported they all had a great day and if you were not lucky enough to get on that trip Gill is organizing a another trip for July. We will visit Time Cinema in Lyall Bay and watch a great old movie, along with other things which Gill has in mind for us to do. You had better book early for this trip as the seating in the cinema is limited, don’t miss out on another great day out.

Next month is our Mid Winter special luncheon, a three course meal and a glass of wine for $18, this will be a great event so make sure your diary is clear, 2nd July. Here is the Menu.

To Start

Pumpkin &  Kumera soup – cinnamon and ginger cream
Warm bread roll.
                                From the buffet
Roast Turkey Roll – Sage & onion stuffing
Ham off the bone – marmalade and honey glaze
Roast potatoes
Green beans – lemon butter
Carrots with peas or broccoli
Mustard & Cranberry Jelly

Warm Plum pudding – rum and vanilla custard 
Ice cream & fruit salad

The Christmas Dinner in December will be held at Southwards Museum, a new venue for us, but the same caterer as we had used for the last couple of years. Southwards is very user friendly, where you drive you car up to the front door to unload your passengers, before you park the car. There is also a lift to the first floor restaurant, and another bonus, they are BYO. We will be talking this over in committee, as well as booking some entertainment. The suggestion at the moment is to have a live Jazz band playing. I will keep you informed.

Lorraine’s annual trip is well on the way, with a small waiting list ready to snap up any places that become vacant. If you would like to put your name on the 6 day trip to the Coromandel Peninsula, please speak to Lorraine, she would happy to hear from you.


Ashhurst Bus Trip. May 2014.

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The bust trip to Ashhurst was a great success, the inclement weather at the beginning of the day was not too much of a problem and everyone had a great time. We have received a wonderful donation from Pub Charity towards the costs of the transportation, for which we are truly thankful.

Gill Graham our trip organizer did a wonderful job and can be rightly proud of her success. Gill has written a report on the trip which is posted below.

Golden Group Trip to Ashhurst Wednesday 14th May 2014 

After a very wet night  we went on my first bus trip as convener, to Manawatu, with Dennis our faithful driver from Peka Peka Coaches.

After a comfort stop at Shannon we arrived at the Herb Farm in Ashhurst in time for a walk around the gardens before lunch. It was a bit wet underfoot but I found the gardens enchanting, with gnomes, hobbits and fairies hiding in the trees, a great place to take the grandchildren. There was a shop selling herbal beauty products and a cafe.

After a light lunch there we went to Palmerston North. Our retail therapy started at Ezibuy, where many of us purchased clothes with a 20% discount. Then onto Manawatu Knitting Mills where we had more shopping for beautiful Merino and Possum goods. We also had a cup of tea there and a final comfort stop before heading home.

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Here are some pics of the departure, and as you can see it had stopped raining already:

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The last pic is of  Tania a Kapiti Club Member who is also a cabbie, who dropped off one of our trippers, she wished she could have come on the trip with us.

Photo credit / Pete Robbins







May Luncheon 2014

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Hi Guys It has been a while since we last posted something here so I hope you will all read and support us on our journey.   May Luncheon 2014. There were 100 members attending this meeting, as as you know space was very limited. The Kapiti Club have re-arranged the tables and leaners, so we had to shuffle things around a bit.I trust everyone was comfortable and could hear and see the speaker. We started sadly with the news of Gwyn Gunn passing, she was such a lovely person. I followed that with the news that Ex-President Jim McKenzie was in hospitable, but was expected to return home sometime this week. Gerald and Elaine Bond were celebrating their Blue Sapphire 65th Wedding Anniversary and should receive a acknowledgement from The Queen. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their Blue Sapphire anniversary in 2010. We presented a small gift to wish them well, and good luck to getting to their Platinum anniversary, 70 years.   Gerald and Elaine Bond with Wendy.

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Our speaker this month was Vince, from Kapiti Mitre 10.

He was a very engaging speaker and full of good information, so I hope you all enjoyed his professional presentation, and fun approach. There were beach balls bouncing around, Mitre 10 ones of course. Vince also gave away free beach balls to anyone who wanted one. He also donated some packets of coffee to go towards our raffle prizes, for which we thank him.   I think due to the large numbers there were a few problems with the vegetables towards the last few tables. Chef quickly cooked up some extra’s, but it appears they were a little under-done. I hope this did not spoil your day too much. Gill Graham has arranged a bus trip to Ashhurst for next Wednesday, cost $30. There are a couple of seats on the bus at the moment, so if you want to go  to go please let me know.  Thats all for now, I would appreciate some feedback on this post.

Thanks Peter President Kapiti Golden Group

May Day Luncheon 2013

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Hello Golden Group, I hope everybody enjoyed our May Day luncheon, what a glorious day it was. In other parts of the world it would have been a super Spring day. Hard to believe we are heading into Winter.

We had 100 members and guests attending this month, a wonderful turn-out from the group. Although it was a huge attendance it did not quite equal are best, which was a whopping 117, it was really tight squeeze that day.

President Lorraine opened the meeting with the story of her rising at 5.30 a.m. on Anzac Day, so that she and her grand-daughter could attend the dawn parade. They could hear the band Ok, but could not hear the speakers adequately, so missed out on what was being said. There were so many people there, including lots of families, making the queue extremely long for the Army catered breakfast, so they headed back home. Not to be daunted by the experience they both headed back for the 9.a.m. service, arriving early enough to get in front so they could see and hear everything. Well done Lorraine.

The trip to Napier.

Everything has been organised for our five day Annual Trip, this year we will be visiting and meeting with the people of Napier and their clubs and historic attractions. We will be leaving Paraparaumu, from the Kapiti Club, at 9.a.m. on November 11th, stopping at Palmerston North for morning tea. Next stop will be Dannevirke, visiting the Reed Organ Museum followed by lunch and a trip to Fantasy Cave.

We will be staying at the Viceroy Hotel in Napier, this Hotel has been recently renovated and can offer us all the access we need for the not so able members. It is located in the heart of Napier and for the more able folk is just 7 minutes’ walk from Hawke’s Bay Museum. It is 10 minutes’ drive from Mission Estate Winery, Church Road Winery, and also 7 minutes walk from the waterfront at Marine Parade.

Dont panic about all this talk of walking, Dennis, our bus driver will give you a tour of the Art Deco area’s, and give a running commentary on the history of the town. Other attractions on our list include Te Mata Peak, The Chocolate Factory and Museum and of course going to other clubs.

Please get your name down on the list early if you want to go, the bus is limited to 32 people so if you have not already done so, call Lorraine, 902 5269, or email,  to get your name safely on the list.

Thats all for now, if you have any comments to make or questions to ask please use the comments section on this blog, or if you prefer email;



April 2013 Luncheon. 1st Event This Year

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Welcome to everyone to this latest blog post of the Kapiti Golden Group.

The year started off marvelously with 97 people attending the April luncheon, more people than we were expecting., but no problem for our efficient team. An extra table was quickly laid and everyone was comfortably accommodated.

Our speaker was the pleasantly amusing and very informative Beverley Cathcart, QSM, JP. Beverly had worked as Executive Officer, Functions and Protocol for the New Zealand Parliament.

During her 28 years in Parliament Beverley worked with nine different Prime Ministers, providing International and National protocol advice. She revealed in her presentation many amusing incidents involving some very high profile dignitaries. These stories were for our ears only, so I will not put any of the details here in print, suffice to say we all enjoyed listening to them. Thank You Beverley and Robin. Robin is Beverley’s husband and he accompanied her at the luncheon, a very interesting person in his own right.

President Lorraine explained the changes to the committee and the new members, including the Vice-President John O”Leary and secretary Kerry O’Leary. It is the first time for a while that all seven places have been filled on the committee. The jobs have moved around a bit with Miriam now arranging the speakers, and Kerry will handle the raffles.

Our next bus trip will be to the Ohau area, unfortunately for members who did not put their names on the list, the trip is full. A good time is expected for all members who make the trip. Our recent request for suggestions for places to visit on our trips this year has gleaned some good idea’s, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for when the trips are announced. Nancy does a great job in organising these events and it is good to see such a great response from you all.

President Lorraine will be organising another of her one week away trips this year, this time we will be going to the Napier area.  Interested ? You can put your name on the list right now and we will keep you informed of the actual places we will visit, and where we will eat, as the information becomes available. Be warned !!!  there are only 32 seats available on the bus for this wonderful trip, so be in quick to reserve your seat for the extravaganza.

The dates to put in your diary are;  leaving on Monday 11th November  from the Kapiti Club and will return on Friday 15th November.

Christmas Dinner 2012

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We had 71 members and guests attending the Kapiti Golden Group Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 5th of December at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. A really splendid evening was enjoyed by all, and if you were not there you definitely missed out on a great event.

As usual at our meetings we were entertained at the start of the evening, during the social half hour, by Ms Lin Tansley, playing a selection of our favourite tunes on the piano, it was greatly appreciated by all.

During the evening we had a couple of games of heads or tails, to win a bottle of wine. Everybody stood up and had to decide wether to put their hands on their heads, or on their bums. On the toss of a coin either all the heads people or the tails people sat down. This was continued until there was only one left standing. First winner was Errol Fincher, and the second winner was Fran Dockerty. I hope they both enjoyed the wine.

I called the table numbers for dinner, and in a strange twist to the norm I provided two bottles of wine to be presented to the last table called. This ensured that the last table would not complain about being last. To safeguard security, and me being accused of any bias, Wendy pulled the numbers from a hat, and the last number out was #8. The people on the table enjoyed a very merry evening, they were, Colin Howland, Gwen Morrison, Rex Ford, (Dorothy could make the dinner due to illness) Jan Needham, Ginny de Jong, Germaine Chu and Edith Russell.

Posted below are a selection of the pictures taken during the evening.

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November Luncheon & New Plymouth Trip

Hi Guys, a quick report on our November luncheon, and a few words and pictures from the successful, Pub Charity sponsored trip to New Plymouth.

We had 83 members and one guest, Ngaire Green, attending the November luncheon, Ngaire has now completed an application for membership, so we should see her at next years events.  Our speaker this month was  Nina Hanley, who gave us an insight into how our Government Health Ministry works and thinks. Most of what Nina had to inform about was really depressing for a lot of our members, like if you are fat, a smoker and take no exercise, your chances of receiving lifesaving surgery are greatly diminished. The New Zealand government are looking to run the health service as a business  and as such have appointed business people to make the necessary changes. The perfect scenario for a profitable hospital requires that it is situated in an area of 3 million people, this actually means that the North Island should have only 1 hospital for the entire region, and the South Island only qualifies for half a hospital. The driving force behind these figures is the availability of suitably qualified doctors, surgeons and nurses to cover the needs of all the different areas of nursing. What that means to you is that the best surgeon to carry out your operation may not be working in your local area. To get the best people to look after you, they need to be in one place. Scary thinking, isn’t it. I now know why Wendy did not receive the best surgery available, and had to put up with second class attention to detail from her Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Simmons.

The Christmas Dinner, at Paraparaumu Golf Club, is on the 5th December, commencing with a social half hour beginning at 6.00 pm, and dinner at 6.30 pm. I am not sure why we only have 50% of our members attending this function, Paraparaumu Golf Club is the only function room big enough to seat our group. We were there last year and it was a wonderful affair, good food and elegantly decorated tables, arrangements courtesy of  our committee member Miriam Taylor. If any of our members can procure a better venue please inform the committee, so that we can assess  your suggestion.

Our annual Pub Charity sponsored event was a trip to New Plymouth, and as President Lorraine reported everything turned out great. The weather was really good until the Saturday they were leaving, and by then no one cared if it was pouring it down because they we all sitting on the bus.

During this trip our group  met with some wonderful people at the Clubs they visited, and have arranged reciprocal visits to see us in the future. Our group were treated to  tours of some beautiful gardens, and came away with lots of new ideas for their own gardening projects.

One notable highlight of the trip was the boat trip to see the seals, everyone agreed it was an amazing experience. As the Chaddy’s  Boat set sail, the wind came up making the sea extremely choppy. The sea was breaking over the bow of the boat, and a few members got a soaking. They were all perfectly safe, wearing their brightly colored life vests.  It appears that there were two different camps, those who were laughing at being tossed around like a cork on the ocean, and those who screaming. It was something that none of the group would have attempted on their own, being together on an organised trip is really something special for us older folk. The soaking meant everyone had to return to the Flamingo Motel to get changed into some dry clothes, for lunch. President Lorraine was happy that all the meals on this trip were superb, all the lunches and evening meals were excellent and it was assumed that most members would have put on a little weight on this trip. The visit to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, an attraction recommended by Richard Benge, the executive director of Arts Access Aotearoa , was a an interesting and thought-provoking experience. Thanks must go to President Lorraine for her excellent organisation and arranging skills, she has also asked me to mention the great help she received from Hilda Neal and Nancy de Lowe. Thanks  also of course to Pub Charity, who have once again sponsored our worthy cause. The picture below is an example of the wonderful exhibits to experience at the gallery .

The picture below is of one of the wonderful exhibits for visitors to experience at the gallery.















Another really fun trip was the scenic steam train tour of the countryside around Waitara with The Waitara Railway Preservation Society . Ken the conductor on the train was a really friendly fellow, as this picture taken with Hilda shows:







These pictures of the trip of our members are from the camera of Lynn Cook, these are taken on the much enjoyed Chaddy’s Charters boat, thank you Lynn for being our roving photographer on this trip.


There are many more photographs from this trip, and they will be displayed on the big screen at our next luncheon, something to look forward to. See you at  the Christmas Dinner on 5th December.

October Luncheon 2012





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Hi Guys,

Our monthly report of whats been happening and what is about to happen, exciting isn’t it.

At our October luncheon there were 90 members attending, plus two guests, I trust everybody had an enjoyable time.

Our speaker was Ken, one of the top bods from Mana Coaches. Ken spoke to us about the difficulties and pleasures of making sure we all had our buses at the correct place at the correct time, not an easy task by the sound of it. Ken certainly enjoyed his work and communicated well with the members of our group, he was well received.

At question time Ken handled a number of queries concerning actual bus routes, and why they did not operate down the streets that people wanted them to. The simple answer to the questions was that the Bus Company did not arrange the routes, Mana were told where they would operate by the officious people at K.C.D.C. This is the second month in a row where the council has had to shoulder the responsibility for not doing want the people of the area want them to do. Perhaps you should all remember that come the next local elections.

President Lorraine reminded us all that we should have contact numbers in our mobile phones, in case of emergency. These names should be entered into your phone under ICE, because the emergency services people and the Police have been trained to check your  phone for ICE numbers, so that they can quickly and easily contact your nearest and dearest, if you are Hospitalized.

You should also have your contact number for your Doctor, and next of Kin, your name and phone number, and address on the back of your Golden Group name badge. Please ensure this information is updated, Thanks.

I am also going to send out an email about recognizing the first signs of a Stroke, something that we should all be aware of, so please take note.