Santa Cave is still all the rave
‘Twas the first Christmas Eve following the end of the Great War on November 11, 1918.
A time of celebration for the end of hostilities, it was also a time of mourning for the ones who did not return.
New Zealand was also in the grip of the world-wide influenza pandemic – more than 8,600 would succumb to the disease. The national mood was grim.
Back in more optimistic prewar times, 1912, Elworthy Doddrell, a young Englishman employed at Palmerston North department store Collinson & Cunninghame, had suggested to management that they create a Santa Cave in the store’s 280 square metre basement.
Six years later in a bid to lift local spirits, the idea became a reality with the cave and its electrically entertainment 12noon – 2pm; Parade 2pm, The Square. FEILDING SPIRITUAL & Awareness Centre: 10.30am, Feilding & District Caledonian Society Hall, 55 Weld St, Feilding. All welcome. YOUNG WIDOW and Widowers Club: Support and social group for people of all ages who have experienced a loss. Lunchtime meeting. Enquiries Pat 354 3654 or Lorraine 354 6420. MANAWATU MICROLIGHT Club: Flying lessons, Taonui Airfield, Feilding. Enquiries 323 9861 (Sundays). SPRING CHICKENS IN CONCERT: Over 50s dance troupe with steampunkish ukelele ladies the StrumPettes, 7pm, Globe Theatre. Enquiries Lorraine Haydock 356 7476 CLAIRVOYANCE and Healing: Manawatu Spiritual & Healing Centre, Milson Community Centre, Milson shopping centre, 7pm. ALCOHOLICS Anonymous: Foxton Beach Community Centre, 7.30pm. Enquiries 363 6126 or 0800 AAWorks.
Mondays powered animated figurines opening on Christmas Eve 1918.
and Wednesdays, 9 – 10am, Barber Hall, Arena 5, Waldegrave St. $3. Enquiries Sport Manawatu 357 5349. SUPERGRANS: Knitting & Crochet class 10am – noon; Sewing class noon – 2pm, 74 The Square. Gold coin koha. Enquiries Cynthia or Lisa 354 3804 ext 700/701 to register, firstname.lastname@example.org ORGAN & KEYBOARD Club: All levels and styles of players and listeners welcome, Manchester Unity Hall, 26 Walding St, 1pm. Small door charge includes afternoon tea. Enquiries Bev 358 5769 or Tricia 357 5518 evenings. FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Entertainment Mondays: All Saints Community Centre, 2 – 3.30pm. All seniors welcome, afternoon tea provided and transport available, $2 donation. Enquiries Judy or Theresa 355 1204. PLAY BRASS: Learn a brass instrument with PN City Brass, 57 Totara Rd, 5.45 – 6.45pm. Enquiries David Maas 021 455 327, Chrissie Butts 027 308 6644 or email email@example.com. BADMINTON: Junior Club, first night free, PNBHS New Gym, Wellesbourne St, 6 – 7:30pm. Casual players $5 per night. Yearly subs
Admission was one shilling – the equivalent of between $12 – $15 in today’s money. Children
$70. Enquiries Steve, PN Badminton Club 021 027 53825 or pnbc.org.nz MANAWATU EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD:Red Cross Rooms, 245 Main St, 6.30pm. Visitors $3. Enquiries Trish 357 1862 TABLE TENNIS: 7pm, Hokowhitu School Hall, Albert St. Enquiries Allen 356 4522 email firstname.lastname@example.org BADMINTON: Monrad Club, St Peter’s College Gym, Rennie Ave, 7 – 9.30pm. Membership $100 or $8 casual. Enquiries sportsground.co.nz/monrad badminton. PIPERS and drummers: Wanted for non-competitive Feilding Pipe Band. Enquiries Pipe Major Colin Sinclair 359 2862. TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters International is a communication and leadership training organisation. PN club meets 7.30pm, Hearing House, 435 Church St. Visitors welcome. Enquiries Elise 0274 966 533. WOMEN’S SINGING GROUP: Mainly Celtic tunes, Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Enquiries Jeanne 353 0399. ESTRELLITA LATIN DANCE: Salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, Argentine tango and kizomba. All abilities and ages, 7.30 – 9pm, Square Edge Dance Studio, Jersey Lane, $5. Enquiries Linda 323 0408 or email@example.com AIKIDO: New members welcome. IPC Dojo (off Pacific Drive), 8 – 9.30pm. Monday & Wednesday. Enquiries Ian 021 036 1423 email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.aikido-manawatu. org.nz
‘‘Christmas Land’’ in the Collinson and Cunninghame Santa Cave, 1937. The display had been especially imported from London, and had over forty different moving figures. The Santa Cave is now curated in Te Manawa, where the longstanding seasonal tradition is maintained.