Land­locked boat to float for pa­rade


The Feild­ing Santa pa­rade is on this Sun­day and Mur­ray’s Ir­ish Pub­lic House is get­ting set to float its boat.

There’s Ir­ish irony in this be­cause the float, a repli­ca­tion of a tra­di­tional Ir­ish cart­ing boat, is de­signed not to... float. Well at least, not on wa­ter. But it should float the streets as part of what lo­cals re­gard as the great­est com­mu­nity Christ­mas pa­rade in Manawatu.

Vet­eran float builder, de­signer, or­gan­iser, cur­rent coun­cil­lor and proud pa­tron of Mur­ray’s, Al­bert James says the non-float­ing float project has been un­der­way for two weeks, with many vol­un­teer hours be­ing put in by own­ers, par­tic­u­larly Noel Lyons, staff mem­bers and

Tues­days from 9.45am – 11.45am. NEWBABY: First Child? SPACE (Sup­port­ing Par­ents Along­side Chil­dren’s Ed­u­ca­tion) may be for you, 10am. Enquiries Ros­alie or Yvonne on 027 907 6093. FEILD­ING CHRIST­MAS CAVE: The Ro­tary Club of Feild­ing proudly presents the 48th an­nual Christ­mas Cave, un­til Thurs­day De­cem­ber 24, Feild­ing Lit­tle The­atre, Stafford St, 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1.30pm – 3:30pm. En­try by gold coin. PN RSA: Of­fice open 1 – 4pm, Dis­tinc­tion Ho­tel, Camp­bell St en­trance, Fri­day and Mon­day. Enquiries 354 8271 or pnrsa@voda­ SIT AND BE FIT: Gen­tle ex­er­cise pro­gramme, Church of Christ, Botan­i­cal Rd, 1.30pm. Free. Enquiries Janet 357 2659. BE­GIN­NERS SE­QUENCE DANC­ING: A small group of friendly folk en­joy­ing a so­cial af­ter­noon; gen­tle ex­er­cise for mind and body. All wel­come, 3.30 – 5pm, 309 Main St. En­quiriesMerv or Aud 357 9227. ROLLER DISCO: Skat­ing Rink, Arena 5, Bell Hall, Walde­grave St, 6.30 – 8pm. Hire skates from $5. No eftpos. Shop open for snacks and drinks. All ages and abil­i­ties their fam­i­lies, as well as pa­trons.

‘‘Noel’s a builder so we’ve scrounged through his work­shop and kind of put it all to­gether,’’ Al­bert says.

The float bears a more than pass­ing re­sem­blance to a Vik­ing-

wel­come. HARD TIMES: When life gives you le­mons, sing about it! PN Folk Mu­sic Club, 8pm, Theo­soph­i­cal Hall, 304 Church St. All wel­come. $5 non­mem­bers, school age and un­der free. Enquiries 355 9076 or pn­folk­club.wee­ styled long-boat, con­structed from tim­ber, ply­board, card­board, and other found ma­te­ri­als. Four shields adorn ei­ther side and will be painted to rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent clans.

‘‘It will be like a boat full of

Square, 10.30am – 3pm. Enquiries­mak­ing-with-re­act/palmer­ston-north WOODVILLE CHRIST­MAS PA­RADE & Mar­ket Day: Mar­ket and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment 10am, pa­rade 11am. Enquiries Tararua iSite 06 376 0217. JENNY MAIR HIGH­LAND Square Day: Na­tional band, pipe, drum and high­land danc­ing com­pe­ti­tions from 11am Satur­day. Massed band street march 5.15pm. Enquiries jen­ny­ PRE­NA­TAL PI­LATES: Breath­ing and re­lax­ation tech­niques, pelvic floor ex­er­cises, gen­tle ex­er­cises, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Anom­aly Dance Stu­dio, Level 1, 310 Ran­gi­tikei St. No pre­vi­ous Pi­lates ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired. Reg­is­ter Paula 356 3462 or move@flu­id­form­fit­ CRO­QUET: Rose Gar­dens As­so­ci­a­tion Cro­quet and Golf Cro­quet Club Day, The Es­planade, 12.45pm. Visi­tors and be­gin­ners wel­come, car park pav­il­ion Satur­day, Sun­day and Tues­day in sea­son. SO­CIAL TEN­NIS: Adult play­ers of all ages. Awa­puni Park, New­bury St, 1.30pm. Enquiries Bill, 355 2290. MINECRAFT CLUB for Kids: Ages 8 – 12, 4 – 5.30pm, BYO Minecraft presents com­ing across from Ire­land for Christ­mas,’’ Al­bert says.

The Feild­ing Christ­mas Car­ni­val runs from 9am this Sun­day 13 in Manch­ester Square, with the pa­rade un­der­way at 2pm.

Al­bert says the Ro­tary Club’s Christ­mas Cave is well worth a look too. The cave will be open for view­ing un­til Christ­mas Eve, daily from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Lit­tle The­atre in Stafford St and re­quires a gold coin do­na­tion.

loaded lap­top & $5, Cafe Royale, Square Edge. Enquiries 354 7479. CHRIST­MAS IN TAKARO PARK: Free con­cert & hangi, 5 – 9pm Takaro Park, Botan­i­cal Rd. See Face­book christ­mas­in­takaropark SO­CIAL DANCE: Christ­mas theme with the Manawatu Danc­ing Club, Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall, 309 Main St, 7.30 – 11pm. $7. Enquiries Adri­enne & Tom 356 9620.

Al­bert James help­ing pre­pare the Feild­ing Christ­mas pa­rade float for Mur­ray’s Ir­ish Pub­lic House. Photo: VIC­TO­RIA CRAFAR/ FAIR­FAX NZ

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