A BIG THANK YOU to the 18 fine folk (including two grandchildren) who turned up for the working bee at the Top O’ The Hill yesterday. A great scene of spraying, weeding, raking, digging, metal-spreading, mowing, clipping, and general tidying, all of which has made the area ready for the many tourists and locals to enjoy over the Summer.
A very convivial and hard-working group who represent the pride of Opua!
A community effort that was topped off by an excellent morning tea with jam and cream scones and cheese rolls.
Thanks to you all.
A set of secateurs was left behind – owner contact me.
If you have a project idea for Opua, please email us!
Don’t forget the Working Bee this Saturday 8 October, 9.00 – 11.00 am
We have organised a trailer of metal to fill the pot holes in the parking area.
Our main tasks will be to weed the gardens and to trim back the plants and the edges. So secateurs, weeding implements, spades, etc will be the main implements required. Containers for weeds will be helpful.
Vanessa will bring scones for morning tea but other help with food, and hot water and the makings for a cup of tea or coffee would be much appreciated. Phone Vanessa on 4027650.
A great chance to demonstrate the fantastic Opua Community spirit.
See you there.
The Spring has sprung, the grass has ris – I wonder where the birdies is.
Well, the weeds have also risen at the “Top O’ the Hill” – our well-used rest area which helps define the beauty of Opua. The plants and shrubs we planted are growing beautifully, but the weeds are now trying to assert their authority, so it is time to get stuck in and beautify the area for the coming Summer season
So this is advance notice of a Working Bee to be held –
Saturday 8 October,
9.00 – 11.00am.
We will be:
Pulling out the advancing weeds
Spraying around seats, sleepers, etc
Filling the pot holes in the parking area, (can anyone get hold of a trailer load of metal?)
Cleaning the rope.
And we will be enjoying the company of like-minded Opua residents.
There will be a reminder later but put this in your diary now.
Frank Leadley. (For the Love Opua Trust).
This week’s happenings
While I can’t provide much information because of privacy etc. but I do remind everyone to be vigilant for any strangers you may see snooping around. If you do see someone new to the area give them a hello. Call out to them with a friendly hello or enquire if you can help them. If they are genuine, then they will think that Opua is a nice friendly place with residents willing to help visitors. If they are up to no good, they will know that they have been spotted and likely move on.
This week’s tip
People are sometimes the prey of unscrupulous confidence tricksters who are only after money. Keep in mind these guidelines:
· Be careful about discussing your financial affairs with anybody.
· Don’t be pressured into drawing large amounts of money out of the bank to give to strangers
- Don’t be rushed into business deals. Don’t accept home maintenance offers or gardening deals until you have thoroughly checked them out, discussed them with friends and family, and compared prices.
· Beware of seemingly very cheap goods and services.
· Don’t rush into signing any legal documents committing yourself to major undertakings until you have asked the advice of other people. The Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Concern will be able to advise you if you feel you have no one to turn to.
· It is a good idea to check the credentials of people who call offering to do such things as paint your house, your roof, or install aluminium windows. You could telephone the relevant professional association or phone around comparing prices if you are interested in the deal. Someone in your family or a friend would probably be happy to help you.
· Don’t rush into any deal involving your property or your money. You may commit yourself to something you will later regret. Seek advice from your family, a neighbour, your lawyer, accountant, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern, bank, or relevant professional body.
Officer in Charge