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Bell Block’s Dolly’s Milk now Sell’s Fresh Vegtables

Bell Block’s Dolly’s Milk is now also selling fresh vegetables. All vegetables are locally farmed, spray free, picked daily and well priced! Some of vegetables include sweet corn, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, courgettes, potatoes, and marrows. Come and check it out! They are located at 209 Manutahi Road….just 3-4 minutes drive from the Warehouse in Bell Block.

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Another Fitness Company to open in Bell Block

A 24 Hour state of the art gym is being built in Bell Block in the industrial area, on the corner of Cygnet and Swans Road, Bell Block. The gym will cater for Men and Women and opens in April 2014. They have 175 Foundation Memberships remaining available. When you sign up on this offer on a 12-month contract you receive a foundation price of only $15.00 per week. Get in Quick. (Terms and Conditions apply). You can contact the Rampage Fitness team on: PH: 027 726 7243 or PH: 027 RAMPAGE. Find them on Facebook(search for rampage fitness north). I wish it was open now, but sadly I will have to wait till April!!!

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In Bell Block today with nothing much to do?

How about visiting the good guys and girls at Paradise Valley Berry Farm. They are based at 351 Corbett Road, Bell Block. Phone: 06 755 3368. I can’t go as I am on a diet, but they are open with fresh Strawberries and Blueberries, with still a few Raspberries left. Easy picking in the P.Y.O. Strawberry Patch again today. Ice cream machines and their coffee machine are powered up and ready to go. Berryfruit Jams are all stocked up again. Have an awesome day. Say hello to Steve and The Team, tell them your saw this on

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Bell Block Trainers miss out – Racemeeting abandoned

Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing’s scheduled meeting at Pukekura Raceway today, Thursday 5th December 2013 was canned without a race being run. Stewards, along with a deputation of senior riders and trainers inspected the track an hour before the first race was due to run and deemed the track unsafe for racing. There was surface water pooling on areas of the course following prolonged heavy rain in the previous 12 hours. ”We recorded 100mm [rainfall] last night and a further 40mm fell from mid-morning,” said TTR chief executive Carey Hobbs. He said officials inspected the track at 7am when the rain had stopped temporarily and at that stage there were no concerns that the meeting would not proceed. ”We had another 40 mm from mid-morning and when we checked the track again and there was surface water on the track,” said Hobbs. ”Everyone including trainers, jockeys and the Racing Integrity Unit were unanimous that the meeting be abandoned because of likely visibility problems for riders.” Hobbs said the racing club had budgeted on making a $20,000 profit on the meeting. He said under the current funding policy in regard to abandonments the club would receive a small payment to help cover the costs of setting up the meeting. The next meeting at Pukekura Raceway will be a pre-Christmas twilight fixture on Monday, December 23, 2013.

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Georgie Pie is back and just as good as ever, say some Bell Block based fans

Georgie Pie is back and just as good as ever, say some Bell Block based fans. Steak mince ‘n’ cheese pies went on sale yesterday, Wednesday 4th December 2013 at the main McDonald’s in New Plymouth, and the branch sold around 200 in the noon to 2pm lunchtime rush. “Everybody remembers it as the same pie,” and “Everyone eats it in their own way. They have their own idiosyncrasies – pulling it apart, using a knife and fork.” Feedback from customers had been fairly positive, with words such as “good” and “yummy” thrown around. However, with a $4.50 charge, there are questions whether their popularity will last. But the pie is no longer available for a single gold coin as so fondly remembered. For some bizarre reason, the pie will be in the Hawera McDonald’s on December 12 2013, and then New Plymouth’s Centre City food court on February 17 2014.

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Egmont Lions Christmas Parade

Join us as the Egmont Lions Christmas Parade rolls down Devon Street on Saturday November 30th from 6pm! Bring the kids and get into the Christmas spirit – be early to nab yourself a great spot! The parade leaves from the Clock Tower and will make its way down Devon Street, finishing at the Devon/Elliot Street intersection, with local community groups, sports teams, cultural groups and businesses all taking part… plus the guest of honour, Santa! To enter YOUR float into the parade – email or pick up an entry form from Classic Hits Reception on Brougham Street, New Plymouth

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Bell Block Market Day – Don’t miss it!!

Bell Block Community Market Day, 9am Tomorrow, Saturday 30th November 2013!!!! is being held at St Luke’s Church on the corner of Devon Road and Mangati Road. Many stalls booked including bouncy castle, face painting, cake stall, BBQ burgers, bacon and egg, fried bread, chop suey, lollies, cake stall, bouncy castle, 2nd hand clothes, baby gear, jewellery, preloved toys, inflatables, 2nd hand books, coffee cart, ice cream, natural beauty products, bric a brac, cake decorating, seafood chowder, Avon, new children’s toys at sale prices, sweets, popcorn, fudge and so much more…see you there!

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Christmas Carol’s at St Luke’s in Bell Block

Bell Block’s St Luke’s Church on Sunday the 1st December 2013 is holding a Christmas Carol Service at 2 Mangati Road,Bell Block. At 6pm there is a Pot Luck Finger Food Meal, followed at 7pm by a Roof Raising Christmas Carol Service.Two popular singing groups are being shipped in, The New Plymouth City Sounds Choir, and the exciting New Plymouth Samoan Church Choir. Everyone is welcome to attend. If coming to the 6pm meal, each person to bring a plate of finger food. Or turn up at 7pm to join in with the Christmas Carol’s sing-a-long.

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The Mill New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival.

The New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival runs on Saturday 23rd November 2013 from 11am to 10pm, and from 11am until 7pm on Sunday 24th November 2013 at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth. There is no ATM at the stadium, so if you want to get tattooed, buy prints, clothes, food, drink, ice cream etc MAKE SURE YOU BRING $$$!……Limited cash out at info desk..Door sales only this weekend at
Adults $20 a day, Kids under 15 free (with a paying adult). Bring cash to get in fast!

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Another great photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki

School Holiday’s has started………It’s a gorgeous day up at the North Egmont Visitor Centre. Take the kids up for a walk! Pic by Tim Weston.


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A photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki Like No Other

Here is another great photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki. Thought it was worth sharing with you

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A photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki Like No Other

Can’t say we have seen any photo this good. However I am sure we could be wrong.

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50 Rules for Bell Block Dads of Bell Block Daughters!

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters!

We can’t take the credit! But here’s hoping our Bell Block daughters can look back at this list and say yes, he did do these things.

1. Love her mom.
2. Always be there
3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you.
4. Savor every moment you have together.
5. Pray for her.
6. Buy her a soccer ball and teach her to kick it.
7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.
8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.
9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.
10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.
11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”
12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money.
13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday.
14. Buy her a pair of sneakers as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.
15. Dance with her.
16. Take her fishing.
17. Learn to say no.
18. Tell her she’s beautiful.
19. Teach her to change a flat tyre.
20. Take her camping.
21. Let her hold the wheel.
22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.
24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.
25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic.
26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.
27. If there’s a splash water park near your home, take her there often.
28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.
29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too.
30. Never miss her birthday.
31. Teach her to roller skate.
32. Let her roll around in the grass.
33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.
34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.
35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.
36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.
37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.
38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.
39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps.
40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.
41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.
42. Let her know she can always come home.
43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day.
44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday.
45. Learn to trust her.
46. When in doubt, trust your heart.
47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life.
48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.
49. The dating day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.
50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.”

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Happy Father’s Day – to the Dad’s of Bell Block

Father’s Day is today Sunday 1st September 2013. I hope those of you that have fathers who are still alive have made plans to show your dad how much you love him. So by all means call your Dad and tell him that you love him. Cook him some food and spend some time breaking bread as a family. This is really important. Also Happy Father’s Day to everyone for whom the day doesn’t mean quite the same as the greeting card companies would have you believe. It takes a village. Father’s Day can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people. One thing is certain……we all have had one.

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Walk to Work…Bell Block to NP

It’s Walk to Work Wednesday yet again you lucky people. $1 coffees to be had in New Plymouth at: Infusion, Joes Garage, Petit Paris, Ozone Bean Store, Starbucks and from coffee cart Amore up at TDHB. All before 9am! Happy walking!

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Both Bell Block Schools involved in Stunning Lantern Parade

Children from both Bell Block School and Puketapu School joined into the TSB Community Trust Lantern parade on Saturday night 17th August at 6pm, in brilliant weather conditions held in New Plymouth. The parade started at Puke Ariki Landing and headed up Ariki Street, it turned right into Liardet St, right into Devon Street, up to the clock tower, right into Queen St, right into King St, left into Egmont St, right into Ariki, finishing at Puke Ariki Landing. Thousands of people took part, with many children bringing the whole family and their neighbours to this fabulous free community event.

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First Hemp House being Built in Bell Block

Bell Block could be the new centre for hemp in New Zealand, with an estimated 40 hectares to be planted in 2014. Work has started on the region’s first hemp home, to be built in Bell Block. Hemp insulation is attached to the timber frame and then rendered with a hemp plaster to form the exterior. Lance Palmer chose to make his house out of hemp as it achieves thermal mass and insulation, he said. “It’s exciting, but also in the same breath, if you take the romance out of it, being the first means you’re the first to go through the trials and tribulations.”It takes around six tonnes, or 1 hectare, of hemp to build one house.”I just think it’s really quite a fantastic plant,” Mr Palmer said.”The more I’ve learnt about it in the last 12 months, the more I’m impressed with its potential. I think it’s going to progressively grow in Taranaki. It’s going to come down to public and commercial acceptance.”Taranaki man Greg Flavall founded Hemp Technologies in 2008 after learning about the many benefits of industrial hemp. He said the industry “has got a lot of legs” and was assisting many new farmers planning to grow hemp this spring. About six new farmers are interested.

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Bell Block’s Senior Citizens head to Waitara to fill up

Challenge Petrol Station in Waitara is offering SuperGold Card members 8 cents per litre off their petrol and diesel for a limited time. Cardholders simply need to take their Card into any participating Challenge service station and receive their discount.There is a maximum of 100 litres per visit, although there is no minimum limit. All terms and conditions are instore. As a 100 percent Kiwi owned and operated company, Challenge is delighted to give more back to New Zealand’s golden residents.

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Hundreds Bell Block voters will miss the Vote

Hundreds of Bell Block voters are running out of time to update their enrolment details ahead of local body elections in October 2013. About 2000 voter packs have been returned from within Taranaki to the Taranaki registrar of electors, Sandra Wood, who said those people would now be removed from the roll. Ms Wood said people who had changed address now had only until August 16th 2013 to update their details, which they were legally required to do. “It is really important to have a vote. Please update your details as soon as possible,” she said. At the start of July 2013, the Electoral Commission sent out 3.1 million electoral packs. About 70,000 were returned nationwide. Ms Woods said people could update their details much more easily than in the past via the internet, by telephone or at any post office. People who have moved house and want to update their electoral details can do so online at, by visiting a post office, by free-texting 3676, or by telephoning 0800 36 76 56.

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TV Switch off about to start in Bell Block

Bell Block and Taranaki residents wanting to get rid of their old TV for $5 in time for the digital upgrade will have to act quickly – the low fee applies only to a capped number of sets. The Ministry for the Environment granted Bell Block based Whitaker Civil Engineering a TV quota of 3348, 416 to the Stratford District Council and 1214 to Egmont Refuse and Recycling. STDC communications adviser Rachael Murphy said the cost of recycling a TV at Egmont Refuse and Recycling would revert to its original price of $25 once the quota has been reached. “We may consider extending the subsidy on the quota, depending on the demand.” All three Taranaki recycling sites will start accepting old TVs on August 24th 2013. TRC waste minimisation officer Nicolette West said the lead, mercury and cadmium in TVs could be harmful if released into soil and waterways. “Safe recycling of old televisions reduces the risk of contamination and the amount of waste going into landfill,” Mrs West said. Bell Block Residents have until September 29th 2013 to get ready for the switchover.

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