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Spring 2018

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What’s happening at our place.....

The Spring equinox have passed... Sunday 23rd September at 1.54pm....Roll on Summer!

Doesnt time fly, Jacinda has had the reins for 12 months, Neve is 3 months and Donald has been in charge for the last two years in January. What a truly marvellous world we live in!! 

We've only 13 Fridays till Christmas, also don't forget to put your clocks foward this Sunday for daylight savings!

To all and new, many thanks for your support the last three months.

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Hunua School had new design for their Agricultural Day badges. They are not alone in changing their calf club designs. Let us know if you need to change your design too!


Birkenhead United AFC

Birkenhead United Assn Football Club had these new Life Member badges made this year. A huge congratulations goes out to the club as they won the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup for the second time in three years. Congratulations!!

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These cute little badges were made for Flying without Fear - a company that helps anxious or weary air flyers feel more confident about embarking on air travel. You can find them at www.flyok.co.nz.

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 These badges were made for an away tournament the boys took
part in. 


New Zealand War Memorial Museum

This badge was made for the NZ War Memorial - they have a project underway of establishing a war memorial at Le Quesnoy, France. For some reference, Le Quesnoy was occupied by Germany for almost all of WW1 (Aug 1914-Nov 1918), that was until New Zealand's dramatic liberation in Nov 1918. They scaled ladders set against the ancient walls and took the remaining German soliders hostage. The town of Le Quesnoy continues to mark the important role NZ played in its history - streets are named after NZ places, there is a NZ Memorial and a Primary School bears the name of a NZ soldier. Any visiting New Zealanders are sure to recieve a warm welcome from the locals!

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***A huge congratulations goes to the St Peters College First XV team who beat Napier Boys High School in the final of the National Secondary School's Championships!***

  GA's Fishing Report
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If the sales of fish pins are an indication it seems that winter fishing was fruitful. Reports from clubs around the country are that although activity slowed it was still good fishing.
At this time of the year our favourite, the snapper is in the 'pre-spawning' mode and somewhat fussy when it comes to feed times... perserver!
Our congratulations to Bruiser and the boys who came 4th in the recent Muddy Water fishing comp. with a 17 1/2 lb snapper.
Enjoy that spring fishing!

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We made this stamped and printed badge for the competing NZ Fukiya team that went to Japan. Printed badges are great little giveaway's for sports teams! For more info on the sport see www.fukiya.nz. 


birkenhead-united.pngKings College 

The students at Kings College came together to design this Model United Nations Badge 


Australian Ballet School
Alumni Badge


snare drum.jpgAtomic Custom Carbon Fibre Drums

We made theses brushed aluminum sublimated signs for Dave Morello, who hand makes each carbon fibre snare drum. For more info if you are interested in purchasing a snare drum you can email him at morellodave@gmail.com  

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As we hurtle towards the end og the year (get your engraving requests in early!) At the time there was a strong feeling that the next-of-kin needed a way to commemorate those who had made the 'supreme sacrifice' and lay far away from home in foreign lands or whose remains were never found and they were just names on memorials.

So was created the Memorial Plaque: a cast bronze plaque about 120mm in diameter with the name of the servicemen (or woman) in a small panel. Around 800 designs were submitted witht the design of Edward Carter-Preston finally being accepted.

Around 1,355,000 were cast (taking 450 tonnes of bronze!) and they were sent out from around 1923 through to the 1930's. Death of the individual had to be attributable to "war service" but could also include disease or illness as a result of service. 

So common were they that they came to be known as the "Dead Man's Penny" and one UK dealer sold them drilled in the centre with a quartz clock fitted to them. The scandal was huge!

They still exist in great numbers and can be bought quite cheaply, still.

Got one? Tell the Bulletin!

Yours in history,

The Archivist

Did you know?

1. If you stand at the equator on the first day of spring, you'll see the sun pass directly over-head. This happens only twice a year- the first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn!

2. In 2017 more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks.

3. Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman. 

4. Honeybees can recognise human faces. 

5. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged!

Badges arrived and look great thanks so much. Will come back to you on the other ones we want to get made. - Megan, NZO Travel

We did gift 3 last year and were absolutely delighted with your product.
Michael, Variety Artist Club of NZ

Just wanted to say the badges arrived quickly and we are very happy with what you have produced for us. Thank you for everything, I am sure we will be in touch soon to order some more.
Trev, Patriots DFMC

Spring Chicken in a pot
By Mary Cadogan - BBC goodfood.com

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
500g boneless, skinless thighs
300g small new potato
425ml low-salt vegetable stock
350g broccoli, cut into small florets
350g spring greens, shredded
140g petits pois
bunch of spring onion, sliced
2 tbsp pesto

1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Can be frozen at this point.
2. Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onion, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto and heat through.

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As reported in our last issue, at last the garden is composted and hoed, ready to plant. We will have to time it right given the "delightful" but rather erratic weather we have had lately. 
Our girls finally graced us with another set of twins so 9 in total.
Liming the lawn went well with Jan and I managing to distribute 440kg over 2 days "phew"!
We have two lovely little quail who have taken up residence in the orchard paddock. Really great to watch them run up and down the hedge line. (Probably stressed cause we're watching them!)

Pete and Jan


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