The Burkes Pass Heritage Trust Newsletter - November 2004

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Roving Minstrel and Troubadour.... coming to our area soon!


On Saturday 27th November Chris Cape will be at Burkes Pass to give stories, poetry and ballads with a Mackenzie Country flavour. 

He will bring our past and present to life with wit and entertainment to bring pleasure to all. Two Sessions with a cup of tea afterwards. 2pm and 7pm


Venue is our very own community centre - The Burkes Pass Church. Bring a cushion

Brought to you from The Burkes Pass Heritage Trust  with assistance from Creative New Zealand and the Lion Foundation


No charge, just a gold coin donation.


Christmas Carol service


23rd December 7pm, to be held by the Mackenzie Co-operating Parish at St Patricks, Burkes Pass, all welcome.


Welcome to our new Trustee, Ruth Waters from Coolgardie Station who has agreed to replace Jan who migrated north of the Bombay Hills.






Good news for our projects and a big thank you for recent grants from


Individual thanks go to:


September work day


Believe it or not it was a fabulously warm sunny day, and great company with workers who came from far and wide, including Auckland, Christchurch, Timaru and Fairlie as well as the Pass. They were Don Binney, Malcolm Binney, Ken Annett, Jim Allan, John Cuthbertson, Tony Scott, Max Willetts and Daniel, Margaret Walter and Graham and myself.


A significant step in progressing the village plan by establishing a threshold area of natives at the church end of town was made. The Rowan tree avenue was completed and later a cluster of pinoaks planted by the Rollesby Rd corner.

We could not have achieved this without the generous assistance from:

 Many thanks.


Jane Batchelor


Phone 03 3481531

Fax     03 3480163


Pastoral Report Fairlie Parochial District 1914 -15

The scope of the services has been extended to include a quarterly trip to the Mackenzie as far as Balmoral  so far not hitherto with much “luck” so far as regards weather for it has rained or snowed on every ‘fifth Sunday’ with monotonous certainty.

The afternoon services have been fairly well attended in good weather, except when the inevitable visitor has not turned up to keep the family at home. One wonders whether the visitor ever thinks of the disheartenment of the “parson” at the empty seats.”


The moral of the story is: If you have a friend to visit – bring them along to the Roving Minstrel show and Carol service. Let’s hope for good weather.