A grey and overcast day has presented itself to resident’s of Bell Block on 2013’s Christmas Day. With heavy rain during the night, weather conditions were not ideal for Father Christmas for his yearly visit to the Boy’s and Girl’s of Bell Block. On Glasgow Street, Bell Block it was reported that Santa’s sled slipped and knocked off a few roof tiles. Other than this it was a faultless display by Father Christmas. Most parents are hoping for a lift in the weather today, to allow the children the chance to display and use their Christmas Presents outside (subject too working batteries of course).We wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas.
At 9.30am Christmas Morning, in overcast and damp conditions outside, a message of Peace and Hope for a better, safer year in 2014 was one of the messages at the Bell Block Northpoint Baptist Church on Mangati Road, Bell Block. As per tradition on Christmas Day at Bell Block Northpoint Baptist Church they hold a collection/offering towards the tranzsend Angel Appeal. More info on this can be found at: http://www.tranzsend.org.nz/ .The Bell Block Catholic Centre at 138 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block kick off with Christmas Carols Starting at 10am and their only Christmas Day Mass starting at 10.30am. At St Luke’s Church, also on Mangati Road, Bell Block appear to be closed on Christmas Day with no services taking place.
On behalf of our small team here at http://www.bellblock.co.nz ….Ian Lewis and Chris Wright wish you a Safe and Happy Christmas for 2013. We will try to keep up with the news over this very busy period. If you happen to bump into Chris Wright in Bell Block ask him how his diet is coming along…day 8 now…..and make sure he is not drinking any V drinks.
There are no Christmas Eve Midnight Church Services in Bell Block for 2013. At 9.30am Christmas Morning, the Bell Block Northpoint Baptist Church on 116 Mangati Road, Bell Block, holds their only Christmas Day Service.. As per tradition on Christmas Day at Bell Block Northpoint Baptist Church they hold a collection/offering towards the tranzsend Angel Appeal. More info on this can be found at: http://www.tranzsend.org.nz/ . The Bell Block Catholic Centre at 138 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block kick off with Christmas Carols Starting at 10am and their only Christmas Day Mass starting at 10.30am. At St Luke’s Church, also on Mangati Road, Bell Block it is unknown, what if any services are being held.
Further to yesterdays report that the Bell Block Post Office & Lotto Shop business was sold, we can now report the business was bought by Mr Sewark Singh, of Bell Block 4 Square Fame.They have done a good job in relocating the Lotto and Post Shop into their 4 Square business at 11 Bell Block Court, Bell Block. All the P.O.Boxes have also been relocated to the Bell Block 4 Square. The son of the previous Bell Block Post Office & Lotto Shop has been retained (Good move) but it seems he is not sorting the mail into the P.O.Boxes in the morning (Bad move). We wish Mr Sewark Singh every success with handling the Lotto and Post Office in his Bell Block 4 Square Store. It would help him no end if a customer or two collected a big Lotto win. Nothing like being a lucky Lotto shop….Sadly This Bell Block 4 Square will always be remembered as the store that had it’s Liquor License cancelled, hence why buying the Post Office & Lotto shop was such a good idea.
Draw 426 Date: 18 December 2013
Latest Major Prize Winners
|Division||Winning Numbers||Correct Heads or Tails||Prize Value||No. Of Winners|
|Division 6||3||–||Bonus Ticket!||21418|
Both Kalvin and Sahib Singh have migrated a few times in their life’s, but both now call Bell Block home. Kalvin attended with 30 people from some of Taranaki’s 57 migrant communities, at a luncheon marking International Migrants Day on Monday 16th December 2013. The event was put on by Settlement Support Taranaki, and held at the Western Institute of Technology Taranaki. “Kalvin said we all come from different walks of life, and we have some similarities and differences, it’s important to become part of our new communities, but it’s also important to celebrate our own cultural roots and the things that are of value to us. The United Nation’s International Migrant Day will be officially celebrated today, Wednesday 18th December 2013. Both Kalvin and Sahib own The Big Basket Wholesale Food Mart in Bell Block, which is about to celebrate it’s first year of business.
The Bell Block Post Office and Lotto Shop has been sold. Reports of the business being Sold for $170,000.00 have been suggested. In the photo below, all the Post Office and Lotto signage is still in place, but the Post Shop is now just full of Shop Stands and counters. The shop has been closed from around the start of December 2013.
Residents of KINGSDOWN( the Bell Block subdivision at end of Parklands Ave) in conjunction with the Festival of the Lights and NPDC bus tour’s to Bell Block will have Father Christmas with all the neighbours from about 8pm, children can post their last minute letters in the mail box, bring along a toy for the collection to go to Salvation Army and listen and support our local Bell Block Christmas Carollers as they entertain the tour buses when they arrive at 9.15pm – 9.45pm on both nights Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December 2013- come along and support your local community in a joyful Christmas celebration.
Ken and Anna from The Morning Fix, More FM Taranaki, Radio Station were in Bell Block today, Tuesday 17th December 2013. Seen in the photo below is Ken with Kim and her son Luke, Kim is from the Bell Block Puketapu School Parents Support group, they were the White Christmas pay it forward winners, nominated by Jenny Adams they both won a Skateboard thanks Raceway Cycles and Mowers .They will be using it as a prize for their Bell Block Puketapu Gala, April 5th 2014.
M2 Waikato Race 14/12/2013
Race 3 – 13:40 – WENTWOOD GRANGE 2YO STAKES (LISTED RACE) 1100 m
Stake: $50,000 Track: GOOD3 Weather: FINE
9 Steel Rose Samantha Collett $18.40 $4.50
1 Perkins Opie Bosson $2.30
6 O’Marilyn Leith Innes $1.60
Quinella 1, 9 $ 68.30
Trifecta 9:1:6 $ 710.00
First 4 9:1:6:5 $8266.80
Treble 1/4/9 $ 685.30
Winning Margins: Nk, Hd, 1/2 hd
Owners: Steel Rose Syndicate
Trainer: John Wheeler, New Plymouth
Breeding: 2 f Guillotine-Aga Panther
Winners Time: 1:04.65
Close to 1000 Bell Block resident’s went along tonight, Sunday 15th December 2013 to the fun-filled family celebration for the 2013 Christmas at the Bowl. It is an event for the community by the community and something that everyone can afford to do with their family to celebrate the festive season. Dubbed Taranaki’s biggest variety show of the year, it boasted lots of local talent and a massive fireworks display. Pre-show entertainment started at 7pm, with Christmas at the Bowl beginning at 8pm. The excellent Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass Band were at there best, but a Skinny Santa flopped and a host of Taranaki entertainers tried to delight the audience, but the only act to get the crowd going was Zumba. The approx 10,000 crowd loved the Zumba Music and Dance. Then around 9.30pm, the crowd sat back, gazed skywards and enjoyed the longer than normal Christmas at the Bowl Fireworks Spectacular. For more info and photos visit www.christmasatthebowl.co.nz or visit their Facebook page.
A raw milk revolution is bubbling up in Bell Block. Touted as being a “powerhouse food”, raw cow’s milk keeps many vitamins, enzymes and probiotics often considered lost in the processing plant. We caught up with one of the owners of Dolly’s Milk , Kevin Death. Hunting for something new, the group stumbled across the idea while flicking through a magazine. And as they researched the rules and ways to safely distribute the product, they knew they had to get out in front of this fledgling industry. Farmers can sell raw milk from their gate as long as they are certified, consumers are told the milk is unpasteurised and sales are limited to five litres. But at Dolly’s Milk, they wanted to go one step further. So they set about building facilities in Bell Block and Stratford that would be clean, green and customer-focused. “We send samples to a lab in Auckland every week and test every day.” This way they offered convenient, hygienic raw milk, he said. In Bell Block, customers from all around the world were lining up to get their fill at $2.40 a litre. “Every week there is a step up in the quantity we are selling, Advertising has only been through word of mouth so far. The facility itself was its own drawcard, offering customers a chance to see the milking shed and offering a quick 24/7 service. Members of the Raw Milk Producers’ Association of New Zealand, they believed they had cornered the market in Taranaki.
Hundreds of Bell Block resident’s are expected to go along to tonight, Sunday 15th December 2013 to the fun-filled family celebration planned for this year’s Christmas at the Bowl. It is an event for the community by the community and something that everyone can afford to do with their family to celebrate the festive season. Dubbed Taranaki’s biggest variety show of the year, it boasts lots of local talent and a fireworks display. Gates at TSB Bowl of Brooklands will open at 5pm and families are encouraged to enjoy a picnic dinner and appreciate the atmosphere of the event. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7pm, with Christmas at the Bowl beginning at 8pm. Santa himself and a host of Taranaki entertainers will be present to delight the audience, but you are reminded to take along your best singing voice to join in the carols. Entry is by gold- coin donation, with candles and holders provided at the venue. Around 9.30pm, you can sit back, gaze skywards and enjoy the Christmas at the Bowl Fireworks Spectacular.For more info visit http://www.christmasatthebowl.co.nz,
Bell Block Boxer Sam Rapira stretched his unbeaten professional boxing record to five straight with a knockout win over against Moses Ieolu in front of a packed YMCA gymnasium in New Plymouth last night, Saturday 14th December 2013. Strong and repetitive body punches by Rapira knocked Ieolu down on the canvas two minutes and 20 seconds into the third of the scheduled six round light heavyweight contest of the Pro Am card.
There were no Bell Block winners as Four tickets share tonight’s, Saturday 14th December 2013 Lotto First Division prize – each winning $250,000. Those tickets were bought in Invercargill, Te Aroha, Christchurch and Auckland Central. A Christchurch ticket also won the Strike Four prize of $181,323. There were no Powerball Division One winners. Tonight’s, Saturday 14th December 2013, Lotto numbers are 5, 15, 20, 32, 33 and 39. The Bonus Ball is 17, and the Powerball is 10. The Strike Four numbers came in this order: 5, 15, 33 and 32.
Further on from yesterday’s development’s, Bell Block’s Cedar Lodge Nurseries donated the stolen tree to the Waitara Township. It has now been decorated and set up outside the post office in time for today’s, Saturday 14th December 2013 Christmas Parade. When we visited it today it looked stunning and was a great addition to the yearly Christmas Parade put on by Waitara Lion’s every year.
Happening at the Bell Block Warehouse. Great that it is so easy to make a difference for a child over Christmas with
Elves on the Shelves to the 20th December 2013. Be an Elf on the Shelf this Christmas and donate gifts for women and children who use sadly have to use Women’s Refuge this holiday season. Check out the following website link. https://womensrefuge.org.nz/WR/Events/Elves%20on%20the%20Shelves.htm
Today, Saturday 14th December 2013 saw the Bell Block based Big Basket Wholesale Food Mart run a Gold Coin Fundrasing BBQ to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which crashed into the Philippines on November 8th 2013. This killed around 4000 people and has left millions of People Homeless…..A steady stream of people came along to the Big Basket Wholesale Food Mart at 2 Pohutukawa Place, Bell Block (opposite the PIHMS Collage)This key event was also supported by: The Bell Block & Districts Lions Club, The New Plymouth Indian Community, The New Plymouth Philippines Community, and the Gallery Frame Shop in Bell Block.
A Bell Block female 16 year old youth has been reported missing. Erika has a disability and is thought to be trying to find her way home from Auckland to Taranaki. If seen, please report to the Bell Block or Waitara Police Station. Please forward, Share this to as many Facebook Pages as possible and let’s try to bring this girl home safely for her family. No need to tell you how Dangerous it is out there for a 16 year old Female, eyes wide open please.