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Thames Heritage Festival 2018

- Friday 16th March to Sunday 18th March 208 -

Day by Day Calendar

A festival of yesteryears - join us in costume and bring the young ones.
One day they'll be in charge of our heritage.

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Monday
12th March
to Sunday
18th March
  

Window Display Competition


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Open to all shops in Thames, this is an opportunity to showcase the heritage of our town. You will see all sorts of artifacts on display.

Venue: Thames Town
Contact: Coromandel MoreFM  Ph: 07.9010100
  Email: calebfotheringham@mediaworks.co.nz


Wednesday
14th March
4pm   

Dedication Ceremony


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This ceremony is to acknowledge the installation of a sculpture by Ngati Maru craftspeople at the entry to Thames.

Venue: South Side of Kauaeranga Bridge, Thames
Contact: Tba  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba


Wednesday
14th March
1pm   

Heritage Movie : Charlie Chaplin


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Charlie Chaplin in "THE GOLD RUSH" - A review said this was 'THE GREATEST AND MOST ELABORATE COMEDY EVERY FILMED'. Charlie, in his Little Tramp persona becomes a gold digger determined to face all the pitfalls associated with the search for gold, such as sickness, hunger and loneliness. Classic scenes include two hungry prospectors boiling and eating a stewed shoe while marooned in a snowed-in cabin that was teetering towards the edge of a cliff. The movie was Chaplin's personal favourite. A must to see!!! ONE SCREENING ONLY

Venue: Thames Embassy Cinema, 78 Pollen Street, Thames
Price: $10.00pp
Contact: Mark Bridgman  Ph: 07.8687273
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Thursday
15th March
to Friday
16th March
1pm - 2pm   

The Way We Were - Treasury Lectures


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Titled "And Before The Internet There Was .....". Presented in two parts - Modern society takes for granted a variety of Information Technology Services. But what was it like for Colonial Society in the mid-1800's, or for New Zealand's original inhabitants? This talk will review archaeological and historical research conducted by the author, with an emphasis on the Hauraki-Coromandel region, and provides a comparison with the Ultra-Fast Broadband project currently underway. Presented by David Wilton.

Venue: The Treasury, Queen Street, Thames
Price: $5.00 pp.
Contact: The Treasury, Queen Street, Thames  Ph: 07.8688827 (during Treasury hours)
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Friday
16th March
  

SCHOOL OF MINES Evening Lectures and Tours


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5.30 to 6.15pm - A presentation by Allan Judd and guest on the beginnings and development of HEAVY INDUSTRY on 'The Thames' Goldfield, particularly A & G Price Ltd, and Thames Iron Works (Chas.Judd Ltd). Gold Coin entry. 6.30pm - TWILIGHT TOUR through the Old School of Mines and Mineral Museum. (The Rock Shop and Mineral Museum will be open at this time for those who do not wish to take the tour). 7.30 to 8.15pm - THE HISTORY OF THAMES GOLD MINING: John Isdale and/or associate members of the Australasian Mining History Assn will speak on this. Gold coin entry.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Gold Coin
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07 8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Friday
16th March
7:30pm   

Irish Ceilidh


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An Irish Jig at St. James' Church. Sean Kelly and his authentic Irish band and friends present the second annual St. Patricks Ceilidh following on from the very successful inaugural Ceilidh in March 2017. Be in early and get your tickets in advance from Lotus Realm, Thames.

Venue: St. James' Church Hall, Pahau Street, Thames
Price: Adult $20.00; CSC Holders $10.00; Children Free
Contact: Sean Kelly  Ph: 027 2520806 (texts only)
  Email: kellyboy@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
  

Music by Harpist Katherine


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Come and listen to some beautiful harp melodies in the Grahamstown Hall during the morning

Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Contact: Margaret  Ph: 07.8681024
  Email: croppys@yahoo.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
1pm - 3pm   

The Seagull Centre Heritage Weekend Vintage Auction


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In support of Heritage Weekend we are dedicating our fortnightly Auction to Vintage Styles. We also are having a pop-up Heritage Shop at The Seagull Centre opening 12th March.

Venue: The Seagull Centre - Burke Street Thames
Contact: Karen Woodhall  Ph: 0210774315
  Email: Karenandnina@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
5pm   

School of Mines - LECTURES & TOUR


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5.00pm - Lecture by Kae Lewis covering the first two years of MINING THE TAPU GOLDFIELD, followed by signings of her popular book "Gold Rush to The Thames". This book was released for the 150th Anniversary celebrations and features an extensive chapter on the Tapu Goldfield. Kae will introduce her database designed to be used in conjunction with her book. Gold coin entry. The Mineral Museum will be open from 6.00pm until 7.15pm for a guided tour. Gold coin donation. The Rock Shop will be open at this time. At 7.30pm Ayrton Hamilton will speak on the Geological History of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ayrton is a PHD Geology student who grew up on the Coromandel and specialises in hot spring development. Gold coin entry.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Gold Coin
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
17th March
to Sunday
18th March
  

Refresh with Liquid Gold at The Bridge Club


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As the Thames School of Mines is an Urupa, eating, drinking and toilet facilities are off site so we are hosting Kiwi-style refreshments at The Bridge Club (next to the Small Gauge Railway) Brown Street, Thames. Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm; Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm. Drink and Nibble $3.00; Drink, one savoury and a sweet combo $5.00.

Venue: Thames Bridge Club, Brown Street, Thames
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
17th March
9:30am   

NZ History Federation AGM


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Private Function

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
17th March
12:30pm   

PETTICOAT PARADE


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Be the Prima Donna, the Belle of The Ball, the Maid of Honour, the Lady of the Night, or the Princess. Come along to Grahamstown in all your lace and finery - show off your voluminous petticoats for all to admire - silk & satin, flounces, chantilly lace... Judging will take place at 12.30pm. Refreshments available in the hall.

Venue: Petticoat Junction at Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: $2.00 per Entrant (Free for Spectators)
Contact: Margaret Cropp  Ph: 07.8681024
  Email: croppys@yahoo.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
7pm   

Miners' Dinner at Bella Street Pumphouse


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Dress up in your finest for a three-course dinner and a great night's entertainment at The Pumphouse. Cash Bar Available. Arrive at 6.00pm for Dinner at 7.00pm. Period dress please. Presented by Thames Rotary, and a fundraiser for Coastguard. Tickets available at Carsons Bookshop, Pollen Street, Thames (Cash only).

Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse, Cnr Waiokaraka Road and Bella Street, Thames
Price: $75.00pp
Contact: Karyn Russell  Ph: 027 5254740
  Email: mangotahilodge@yahoo.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
8am - 1pm   

THAMES HERITAGE MARKET


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Thames Market once again supports Heritage Weekend and the 150th Anniversary of Thames' Goldfields with a special Heritage Market. The heritage mood will flow on from the historic precinct in Cochrane Street into the market area on Pollen Street. Many stallholders will be donning costumes from times gone by, and will have special acknowledgements of the occasion at their stalls. As always market visitors can expect to find fine food, arts and craft, and collectibles from "the olden days". To make this occasion Thames Market will extend its trading hours until 1.00pm on this day.

Venue: Pollen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Contact: Angelika & Peter Poeschl  Ph: 07 8689841
  Email: thamesmarket@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
10am - 2pm   

DEVONSHIRE TEA & CROQUET


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Enjoy a delightful Devonshire Tea at the Thames Croquet Club, and while you are there "Have a Go" at a game of croquet - no experience required!!! The Thames Croquet Club was established in 1906 and moved to its present site in the early 1990's. Summer hours are Monday, Thursday 9.00am; Wednesday Twilight 5.00pm; Saturday 1.00pm. New players always welcome from age 12; mallets are available. Phone the Club at 07.8690390 or 07.8682423

Venue: Thames Croquet Club, 101 Beach Road, thames
Contact: Pat Ritchie  Ph: 07.8688169
  Email: patritch44@gmail.com


Saturday
17th March
11am   

The A. & G. PRICE STORY


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The official opening of the A. & G. PRICE STORY will be held at 11.00am. In 1871 brothers Alfred and George Price opened a foundry and engineering workshop near the booming gold mining industry in Thames. They developed a thriving business manufacturing ore stampers, crushers & feeders, steam engines, boilers, timber jacks, and Pelton wheels. In the late 1880's they built a steam locomotive for the local industry, and a whole new industry was born supplying steam and diesel locomotives for NZ Rail.

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: No Charge
Contact: Morgan Lewis  Ph: 07.8688509 Museum
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
17th March
1pm   

Bizarre Beard & Moustache Competition


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Now is the time to manicure your whiskers into a winning style for this annual competition. Start a new trend!! Please register at the email address below. Judging will take place at 1.00pm. Refreshments available in the hall. Sponsored by Walter & Co. Hairdressing

Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: $2.00 per Entrant (Free for Spectators)
Contact: Margaret Cropp  Ph: 078681024
  Email: croppys@yahoo.co.nz


Sunday
18th March
11am   

Poems of Thames and Presentation on Janet Waddell


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A beautiful collection of writings by local enthusiasts reflecting on the history of Thames (to be published as a later date). Presented by Margaret Reid. Gold coin entry. Following the Poetry reading Althea Loveday will give a presentation on Janet Waddell, a pioneer midwife of Thames who was the Founder of Sperry Home (a Maternity Home). Althea is the great, great granddaughter of Janet Waddell. Enjoy a 'Kiwi Style" refreshment at the Bridge Club from 10.00am until 2.00pm today. Drink and Nibble $3.00 / Drink and savoury plus sweet $5.00.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Gold Coin
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Sunday
18th March
2pm   

The Boilerhouse Brewery Home Brew Contest


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Calling for all Home Brewers to test your brewing skills with malt, hops, yeast and whatever else you desire!!! Get adventurous and impress your mates. Bring your BREW into The Boilerhouse first thing Sunday morning, and judging will take place at 2.00pm.

Venue: Boilerhouse Brewery, Bar & Bistro, 300 Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: $5.00
Contact: Tba  Ph: 07.8686881
  Email: info@boilerhousebrewery.co.nz


Sunday
18th March
10am   

St. James Church Heritage Service


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St. James Church was built in 1898. It is one of New Zealand's finest examples of wooden gothic architecture, made from locally milled kauri timber. The Thames Union Parish Office is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm (Telephone 07.8686123)

Venue: St James Church, Corner of Pollen and Pahau Streets, Thames
Contact: Daryl Wood  Ph: 027.6989526
  Email: dwood.ace@gmail.com


Sunday
18th March
4pm - 5pm   

Historic Kopu Bridge Celebration of Agreement


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After six years of work the Historic Kopu Bridge Society and Trust is delighted to celebrate the agreement with NZTA, to transfer ownership to the Kopu Bridge Trust. The Historic Kopu Bridge is a historic place, Heritage New Zealand Category One and the last remaining operational swingbridge in NZ. The bridge will now undergo restoration and be opened as a public pedestrian and cycle way. Full details of this event to come... See our facebook page for more details also, www.facebook.com/savekopubridge

Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge, Thames end (weather permitting)
Price: Free
Contact: Kim Buchanan  Ph: 07 8685581
  Email: savekopubridge@gmail.com


Sunday
18th March
12pm   

FIRING UP STEAM ENGINE


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Volunteers at Goldmine-Experience on the main road, north end of town, are offering a rare experience - a working steam engine driving old gold processing machines. This attraction is unique to Thames. The stationary engine took decades to refurbish, was first re-started late last year, and runs only on special occasions. It provides a close encounter with one of the key sights and sounds of the 19th Century when steam was the norm, and augments a working stamper battery operating on the site daily. There are also guided tours through the 19th century tunnels, and working gold mining machinery is open 10.00am until 4.00pm throughout summer, seven days per week.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Price: Adult $15.00; Children $5.00
Contact: Paul Bensemann  Ph: 07.8688514
  Email: story@actrix.co.nz


Sunday
18th March
9:30pm   

HISTORIC SHORTLAND WALK


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Take a guided walk around historic Shortland area. Points of interest include opening of the goldfields, passenger boats landing at Shortland, commercial boating on the Waihou River, the railway, Butts Hotel, Government Buildings, The Saddlery, the Fire of 1872, and the monument for the first Methodist Church service. Walk takes approximately 1.5 hours. Tel. Graham 07.8688025 or The Treasury.

Venue: Start at Shortland Wharf, Thames
Price: $5.00 pp.
Contact: Graham Robinson, The Treasury  Ph: 07.8688827 (during Treasury hours)
  Email: gjrobinson@xtra.co.nz


Monday
19th March
to Friday
23rd March
  

Heritage Painting Workshops


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Local Primary Schools will attend one-day workshops on the art of Heritage Painting with Barry Thomas and assistants.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Tba
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Wednesday
21st March
7pm - 9pm   

Evening Workshop - Heritage Art


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Learn to make paint in traditional ways. Crush clays and produce a "work of art" from beautiful natural shades. For ages 12 years and over. Bookings preferred as numbers are limited. Price includes materials and your completed work. There are group discounts for 8 or more.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Adult $25.00; Student $10.00
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
24th March
to Sunday
25th March
  

Heritage Art Exhibition


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Enjoy a guided tour of the Old School of Mines and view the art created during the recent Heritage Festival workshops. Theme: The Heavy Industry of The Thames. Special discounted tour price is $8.00 per adult (children free).

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $8.00 per adult (children free)
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


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