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World War One – The Home Front


Wed 24 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Halfway House - Glenside, 246 Middleton Road, Glenside, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

First World War poetry readings - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Wednesday 24 & Friday 26 October.

Bring your favourite World War I poetry to read aloud or listen to our favourites, including Katherine Mansfield’s ode “To L. H. B. (1894-1915 )”.

Spinners and Knitters- 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday 27 October.

Traditional spinning and hand knitting by women of the Onslow Fibrecraft Guild and Tawa Fibrecrafts. Honouring the women and school children who knitted scarves and socks for the troops at war. Have a go at spinning and/or knitting. Handcrafts for sale. Free entry. Cup of tea and Anzac biscuit available (koha/donation to cover costs).

A Peace Celebration - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday 28th October.

Stories, song and drama about life on the home front during the War. Free entry. Old style children’s games. First World War sing-along; “Show and tell” your WWI memorabilia; Heritage Gardeners plant stall. Twigland Gardeners World - pot up an heirloom tomato. Historic house tours (koha/donation entry). Food and drinks of the WWI era available to purchase.

10:00 am Prayer and blessing. Welcome from hosts Challenge 2000 and Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc.

Your WWI memorabilia - Show & Tell featuring: Boer War horse blanket, Brass shell soldier craft, Italian baking ware of the Mazolla family, John Clegg’s rousing patriotic speech.

11:00 am Children’s games from the World War One era. Lots of fun!

11:30 am Your WWI memorabilia - Show & Tell featuring: Charles Trevethick and his sweet peas, Pressed flowers from Palestine

12:00 pm Picnic lunch – Bring your own.

Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell.

1:00 pm An outdoor WWI drama presented by Challenge 2000.

2:00 pm New Zealand World War songs. An historic talk and sing along by David Dell of the NZ Music Archive.

Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell.

3:00 pm Farewell and closing prayer.

This event is part of Wellington Heritage Week 2018.
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