Cake Decorators Guild to meet in Bell Block

Roll up to the New Plymouth Cake Decorators Guild 20th Birthday Celebrations being held at the Fred Tucker Hall, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block on Saturday 25th July 2015. Enjoy the skills of six top demonstrations from 9am to 4pm. Registration Costs $25.00 and includes Lunch and refreshments. There will be Sales Tables,Raffles, etc. Please Register by 5pm Tuesday 21st July 2015. Phone Jean (06) 755 2155 or Evelyn (06) 755 1573

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Bell Block Bible Course – Free

Want to know what the Bible is actually about? A free 10-week course will run on Sundays from 26th July 2015 at 7.30pm at Northpoint Baptist Church, 116 Mangati Road, Bell Block. Each evening will involve watching a video clip, some dessert and discussion. It doesn’t argue for or against the Bible but lets the story speak for itself. For more information and to register phone (06) 755 2374 or e-mail info@northpoint.org.nz

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Bell Block Children go back to school

Oh No, it’s back to school time again. Please take it easy on the roads in your cars around school children on their bikes,scooters and most importunity when they are walking across the road. Take it easy out there.

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Bell Block Marist Dragons remain Unbeaten – Grand Final next

In damp and mainly overcast conditions the A+ Driveways Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League team won 28-14? over the fast improving Coastal Cobra’s. For the 1st time in months the Dragons got off to a brilliant start, with 3 quick tries to lead at half time in muddy ground conditions an impressive 22-4. And just as well, as this time the weather gods dumped heavy rain in the final 20 minutes of the 2nd half, which made playing even tougher and for the crowd near impossible to stay and watch. Also for the first time in months the Bell Block Dragons lost the 2nd half 6-10 as for long periods of time Costal Cobra’s had possession of the ball with Bell Block’ defense remaining tight, but constantly under attack.

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Taranaki Horse Race Meeting at Pukekura Raceway Cancelled

Today, Saturday 18th July saw the Premier race day at Pukekura Raceway cancelled due to a waterlogged track. Bell Block Horse Racing Fans and Bell block Horse Trainers were disappointed but were powerless to do any thing. Most Jockey’s would not mount their horses due to the unsafe track conditions. There were to be 8 action-packed races for the Opunake Cup Race Day.

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Bell Block Marist Dragons need your Support

This Saturday 18th July 2015 at 2pm at Hickford Park, Bell Block see’s the toughest game of the season for the table topping A+ Driveways Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League team. Rock on down to support the boys against a very strong Coastal Cobra’s who are hitting form and are favorites to win at least the first half of the game. Marist Dragons have named a top line up to win the semi final. The team is: Jason Mattock,Ryan Christensen,Ale Feaunati,Frank Tawake,Enele Fidow,Dylan Hall,Aidan Prestney,Andrew Castle,Jesse Pirini,Nathan Rainsfield,Tieimi Rainsfield,Taani Prestney,Cody Martin,RESERVES:Isac Hekenui,Jo Scholey,Kane Newman,Dejay Martin,Coach – Greg Davis,Ast Coach – Trent Berge,Manager – Kerri Broughton,Trainer – Brad Graham,Physiotherapist – Anna Winks

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Bell Block Rugby Sports and Community Club seeks others to join

After a recent upgrade in 2013 that saw a new roof fitted, a new paint job and signage fitted Bell Block Rugby Sports and Community Club is inviting groups and teams to use its excellent premises. Situated in Hickford Park, the club has a new committee and is shifting its direction to encompass other sports clubs and community groups. Boasting one of the best car parks around, easy drive on access right up the the front door, with excellent access for wheelchairs. Currently there are 2 small clubs using these great facilities. The Bell Block Pool Club and The Bell Block Gladiators Rugby Club, who currently only have one team in the senior grades who won most of their games in the 2015 season that has just finished. In the past the club’s premises had been hired out for corporate events, weddings, after-functions and church-related get-togethers. The club includes a bar, large kitchen, stage area, pool tables and social areas.
For more information ring Kevin Hall on 027 333 4712, they will be pleased to show you around.

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Bell Block’s Christmas Shop opens for 1 week Winter Sale

Roll up, Roll up, Bell Block’s Christmas Store based on Egmont Road is open for the next 7 days – Santa’s Choice Store owner Alison Jarvis has been opening the shop for a week of mid-winter Christmas specials for the past two years for the festive season fanatics who appreciate the chance for a bargain. The mid-winter sale is on until Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Waiwhakaiho Bridge

We have just seen this awesome aerial shot from Fulton Hogan Ltd of the Vickers to City upgrade…good progress and all on track to be finished on time, great job guys! Makes all the traffic delays to and from Bell Block seem worthwhile.

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Urgent Gas Repairs Get Started in Bell Block

Slow Pressure build up from a gas leak in Bell Block caused a main section of road to collapse on Monday morning 13/07/2015. Bell Block Police immeidately cordoned off the intersection of Parklands and Lantana Avenues when it was discovered a medium pressure gas main was ruptured. Parklands Ave was cordoned off around the rupture while the extent of the damage was investigated. It was possible the damage to the line was caused by an earthquake in May. Permanent repairs will be completed this week, weather depending. The rupture did not impact on residential gas supply.

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DOC Warn to Stay off Mt Egmont today

An update from The Department of Conservation, Bell Block Resident’s, if you were thinking of heading up to Mt Egmont/Taranaki this afternoon, Sunday 12th July 2015. The Department of Conservation have advised that there is very limited parking at Dawson Falls and North Egmont at the moment. Egmont Road to North Egmont is closed at the park boundary due to the traffic problem’s up at the Visitor Centre. Things are very crowded so please advise people to visit tomorrow, Monday 13th July 2015 rather than today.

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Sea Shepherd New Zealand help Clean up Bell Block Beach

On behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand, a big thank you to the people that were part of their beach clean at Bell Block Beach at 11am on Saturday 11th July 2015 today. Many car tyre’s were found along with the normal lot’s of Rubbish. An excellent result for the public who use Bell Block beach.

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Semi Finals Next for Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League Squad

There was no game played on Saturday 11th July 20015 at Hickford Park, Bell Block for the Table Topping A+ Driveways Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League team due to the Waitara Bears Rugby League Club defaulting being unable to field a team. Next Saturday 18th July 2015 sees the semi-final game also to be played at Hickford Park, Bell Block against the fast improving Coastal Cobra’s. Should be a great game.

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Bell Block Gladiator’s Rugby Team Fall on their own Swords

The 2015 Rugby Season is over for The Bell Block Gladiator’s Rugby Club. After going unbeaten all season in Taranaki Rugby’s Lowest Senior Division…Senior 3rd’s, they lost their killer touch when it mattered. After a brilliant 1st try from Bell Block, Spotswood United, (Spotty Dogs) took control of the first half to lead Bell Block 17-15 at half time in perfect weather conditions at Bell Block’s Hickford Park.. The 2nd half was a mess for Bell Block. The goal kicker for Bell Block was embrassing, wasting chances to put Bell Block ahead,. Bell Block’s half back passes of the ball were more Netball passes than rugby passes, so many times the ball was dropped by team members and wrong options taken with kicking the ball. Add to that, some excellent defense by the Spotty Dogs, which kept Bell Block unable to score the whole 2nd half, with the Spotty Dogs running out deserved winners 24-15. So 2016 sees Bell Block Gladiator’s Rugby Club back at the bottom level in Taranaki Rugby. Perhaps they need to look at the fitness levels of the players next door at The Bell Block Marist Rugby League Club?

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Bell Block Lions clubs help Olivia Dore into Hart Walker

Thanks to both Lions Club’s in Bell Block, Olivia Dore is now able to stand alone and even take tentative steps forward in her new Hart Walker. The five-year-old, born with 1p36 deletion syndrome, got the orthotic walking frame with financial support from our 2 Bell Block Lions clubs. Her mother, Penelope Kay, said Olivia enjoyed being in the frame, which cost just under $10,000. Bell Block Puketapu Lions Club and the Bell Block and Districts Lions Club worked hard over the 12 past months to help raise the funds along with the other Lions Clubs in North Taranaki.

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Double Best Wishes to our Bell Block American Readers

Happy 4th July to our Bell Block based American readers! We also wish you well for Sunday 5th July 2015 for the Women’s Football World Cup Final in Canada. Fingers crossed you beat the Japanese.

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Bell Block Beach Clean up

Sea Shepherd New Zealand would love you to join them for their second monthly beach clean on Saturday the 11th July 2015. This time they will be starting at Bell Block Beach and working back along the beach and walkway towards the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Gloves and bags will be provided by the New Plymouth District Council, but feel free to bring along your own gloves. Look forward to seeing you there. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1629432270604189/

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Some Bell Block Parents given a Helping Hand by the Government

Just a courtesy FYI note from your local Unichem Bell Block Pharmacy Owner Nai Yeat that some Bell Block families will see that from 1 July 2015, a number of important policies took effect that will help some Bell Block families get ahead and put more money back in their pocket. Changes include: Free GP visits and prescriptions for children under 13. This will benefit more than 750,000 children across the country. An increase in paid parental leave payments to $516.85 per week – they also increased paid parental leave to 16 weeks on 1st April 2015. More assistance for solo parents who are studying. The National government is committed to giving our youngest New Zealanders the best start in life, and that means ensuring they’re able to go to the doctor any time of the day or night without their parents having to worry about the cost.

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Bell Block Dragons Storm Home for the Win.

Once again the Bell Block Marist Dragons showed their fitness levels are far greater than any other team in the Taranaki premier grade rugby league competition in 2015. For at least the 3rd game in a row the competition leaders came from behind at half time and cruised to victory 26 -12 over The Coastal Cobra’s by showing they are smarter..bolder..faster and most importantly..fitter than any other team under the mountain this season. Today’s game (Saturday 4th July 2015) kicked off at 2pm at Bell Block’s Hickford Park in Overcast and damp conditions. The A+ Driveways Bell Block Marist Dragons crashed to be behind 4 points to 12 at Half time. However as per the norm these days at half time the coach has a few stern words to the boys, waves his magic wand and game over, The Costal Cobra’s don’t score again as the Bell Block Dragons go on to score 22 unanswered points to cruise home to the final whistle in front of a small home crowd.

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The road ahead for Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League – Finals Draw

The 2015 Senior Rugby League final draw is as follows: Saturday 4 July 2015 at 2 PM, Drillco Waitara Bears V EHL Western Suburbs Tigers at Clifton Park Waitara at 2PM (Referee Michael Debique). A+ Driveways Marist Dragons V Colton’s Coastal Cobras at Hickford Park Bell Block at 2 PM (Referee Eric Kneepkens)
Saturday 11 July 2015: Marist Dragons V Waitara Bears, Coastal Cobras V Western Suburbs Tigers
Saturday 18 July 2015: First plays Second (Winner goes straight through to grand Final at Pukekura Park on 1st August 2015, Loser hosts winner of 3 and 4 on 25 July). Third plays Fourth (Winner plays loser of above game on 25 July 2015, Loser drops out). 25 July 2015. As above i.e. Loser of game one, plays winner of game two. (Winner goes to Grand Final, Loser drops out). 1 August 2015, Grand Final Pukekura Park

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