The Village Leisure Group will have a speaker from Aspire Canterbury for a fun, interactive session on Wednesday, 4 November from 1-3pm at Bryndwr.  All welcome!

The co-authorsof Merchant Miner Mandarin: The Life and Times of the Remarkable Choie Sew Hoy, Jenny Sew Hoy Agnew and Trevor Agnew offer an illustrated talk about the part played by early Chinese migrants in New Zealand’s colonial history on Friday 30 October as part of the WORD festival at the Piano, 156 Armagh St. at 3pm. Entry is free, but please register for the talk through the website Eventfinda.

The Parish Council held the monthly meeting on Tuesday 13 October at the Nest in Papanui.

This meeting was the last for a couple of our members – Lesley Compton and Gordon Shields are stepping down at the end of long terms on the council. We would like to thank them both for their significant contribution.

Things seem to have settled down somewhat now that COVID-19 alert levels have gone down again.

We still encourage all of you to continue with contact tracing (QR codes are at each entrance), sanitising hands, and staying home if you are unwell.

Of note this month: there is a new rangehood in the Bryndwr kitchen, the signage at Papanui has been updated, and new teardrop flags have been purchased to help advertise Kids Club and the midweek service. The Market is still running on the first Saturday of each month and continues to be a great way to be present in our community.

We had some discussion around documents recently released by Alpine Presbytery: Guidelines for Good Practice in Maintaining Boundaries, Confidentiality, and the Declaration of Conflicts of Interest, which was useful in clarifying ideas around what it means to be a member of the parish council and our responsibilities. We also looked at the Cultural and Strategic Framework, and discovered that we are already reflecting much of this in our mission plan.

At the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 18 October we accepted the nominations of Keren Ritchie, Jane Agnew, Ian Cundall and Bryan Wright for a three year term on Parish Council.

“The 03 Collective” at The Aurora Centre, (Burnside High) to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health – Saturday 7 November 6.30pm.  Featuring: Swarm Studios, The Compound Studio, Anna-Lee School of Dance, Levings School of Dance, Canterbury Ballet, Common Ground, NPV, Spoken Word.  General admission $15.00, family (2 adults & 2 children) $50.00.  All ticket profits will be donated to mental health organisations.  Tickets from

Public Health Update Covid-19 by Dr Anna Stevenson, Medical Officer of Health, CDHB.  Tuesday 3 November 2020, 1.00 to 2.30pm at the Blue Room, Salvation Army, 853 Colombo Street.

In January this year COVID-19 first became known to the world. Since that time our regional public health unit – Community and Public Health, a division of Canterbury District Health Board – has been responding to the disease, protecting the community, monitoring the situation and planning for the future. Much has been experienced and learnt over the year and we expect that there are many questions about COVID-19 in the community.   Please use the registration form (link follows) to send in your questions and then join us at this Waka Toa Ora seminar to hear the latest news.

Once you have registered online you will be sent an ‘outlook’ invitation to confirm your registration.  If you don’t receive this within a week, or have any other questions, please email

Sun 2510.00amWorshipBryndwr
10.00amWorship (St Andrew’s at Rangi)Rangi Ruru
Evening Circle cancelled this month
Mon 26Labour Day
Tues 2710.00amFlyBysBryndwr
10.00amCreative Nest ‘drop-in’Papanui
Wed 28 Badminton cancelled (this week)
10.00amPre-School MusicBryndwr
Thurs 2910.00amPre-School MusicBryndwr
11.30amWorship (+lunch & activities)Papanui
1.00pmFoot ClinicBryndwr
6.30pmYouth GroupBryndwr
Fri 301.00pmFoot ClinicBryndwr
Sat 319.30amClothing ShopBryndwr
Sun 110.00amWorshipBryndwr
6.00pmTable TalkPapanui

Helpers @ Bryndwr 10am (1 November 2020)

Setup:                          Frik de Beer, Andrew Souness.

Welcoming team:           Andrew and Judith Souness, Keren Ritchie.

Readers:                       Claire Cruickshank, David Smail.

Technician:                    Liam Boardman.

Counting:                      Christine Arnold, Mitch Mitchell.

Morning Tea:                 Spragg family.

Grounds at Bryndwr:       Clive Morriss.