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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, APRIL 17, 2012
3pm Taihape Library , Ph Phyllis on
06 388 0816
Starts 7pm at Taihape Women's club.
Ph: 388 0056 Marian
Ballet, Jazz and Tap Classes
Monday 3pm -- Ballet & Jazz. Ph: 388 0004
Monday 7pm-9pm at Presbyterian Church
Lounge. Ph: Helen 06 388 1611
Taihape Art Group
Monday 10.30am-4pm,Taihape Art Society
Ph: Margret 06 388 1553
Taihape Rotary Club
5.45pm at Taihape & Districts Woman's Club
Ph: Frances 06 387 6247
3.30pm at REAP
Ph: 06 388 1425
Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop
Ph:Yve 06 388 1302
Taihape Leisure Marchers
5pm at Old Taihape College Hall
Ph: Barabara 06 388 0938
2nd Tuesday every month. Contact
secretery 0273 743 145
Ballet, Jazz & Tap Classes
Wednesday 3pm Ballet,Tap & Jazz
Ph: Heather 06 388 0004
(Winter Apr-Sept), Wed 1.30-4pm
Taihape Bowling Club
Ph: Ruby 06 388 0770
Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop
from 3.45pm Ph:Yve 06 388 1302
Spinning and Knitting Club
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm
Ph: Jenny Abernathy 06 388 1620
Senior Citizens Friendship Club
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Social get together and lunch
Ph: Ann Hylton 388 1154
Taihape & Distict Womens Club
1st Wednesday each month. 1.30pm, Speaker
Ph: Frances 06 388 0413
Ballet, Jazz & Tap Classes
Thursday 3pm, Ballet and Jazz
Ph: Heather 06 388 0004
9.30am at St Davids Hall. All welcome. Music
group for pre-schoolers Ph: Anna 06 388 1239
from 3.15pm, Ph:Yve 06 388 1302
Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop & Tap
from 3.45pm Ph: Yve 06 388 1302
1st Thursday of every month
at Taihape Womens Club
7.30pm. Enquiries phone 06 388 1151
Older & Bolder fish 'n chips and a movie.
1st Fri of month. REAP 5pm-8pm.
Ph: Betty 388 0978.
Taihape Walking Group
Every third Saturday,
Ph:Viv 06 388 0808
Ohingaiti Gun Club.
Every 4th Sunday
Ph John Batley 06 388 0664.
Taihape and District RSA will host the
Dawn Parade and Service on
Wednesday 25 April 2012.
Members of the RSA are to form up
opposite the Town Hall at 5.45 am,
medals to be worn.
Service organizations, schools and
members of the public are welcome
to march with the parade and attend
Anyone attending the parade may
wear the medals of deceased relatives
on their right breast.
At the conclusion of the service all
those attending are invited to the
Workingmen's Club for breakfast.
RJ (Russ) Levy, Secretary/Treasurer
Dawn Parade and Service
Open 9am to 4.30pm
State H/Way 1, Waiouru
• Memorial Service 11am, Free - Public Welcome
• Museum Cafe - Great food & coffee
• New kids treasure hunts, Kidz HQ & interactive rugby Skillz Zone
at the National Army Museum
The Anzac biscuit myth
New formula: Today's Anzac biscuits are
not the same as those sent to soldiers in
Biscuits! Army Biscuits! Consider the
hardness of them. Remember the crack-
ing of your dental plate, the breaking of
this tooth, the splintering of that.
This is from Army Biscuits by
Ormond Burto, contributed by the
National Army Museum, Waiouru.
Does this bring to mind images of
our troops at Gallipoli eating the Anzac
biscuits we know and love today?
Contrary to popular belief there
were no Anzac biscuits at Gallipoli.
The standard army biscuit at this time
was a rock hard tooth breaker, also
called a ship s biscuit.
Although it is a myth that Anzac
biscuits were sent and eaten by troops
in Gallipoli, some evidence suggests a
rolled oats-based biscuit was sent to
troops on the Western Front, although
this was not widespread.
Most of the rolled oats-based biscuits
were in fact sold and eaten at fetes,
galas, parades and other public events
at home, to raise funds for the war
This connection to the troops serving
overseas led to them being referred to
as soldier s biscuits .
Fundraising was co-ordinated by
local Patriotic Funds, raising £6.5
million for the New Zealand war effort.
The basic ingredients for a rolled oat
biscuit were: rolled oats, sugar, flour
and butter with golden syrup used as a
binding agent. This made them not
only nutritious and full of energy but
also long lasting.
After Gallipoli, New Zealand and
Australian troops were universally
known as Anzacs.
The term Anzac soon became of
great national significance, so much so
that in 1916, to save the Anzac legend
from exploitation, the name became
protected by law.
It is fitting then, that after World
War I, the most popular rolled oat bis-
cuit had the name and association of
Anzac applied to it and thus the legend
of the Anzac biscuit began.
Dr Helen Leach found the first men-
tion of Anzac biscuits in a 1921 New
Zealand cookbook, while researching
New Zealand culinary traditions.
Snippets of history
Newspaper clippings from the Taihape Times about
servicemen and women returning to Taihape at the
end of World War II. A Miss Leary collected the
items between 1939 and 1946 and mounted
them in scrap book, ''Taihape and District
Memories''. Although most are undated, they
make interesting reading.
Taihape Function Largely
Such a large crowd attended the
welcome home arranged by the
Taihape Patriotic Entertainment
Committee and held in the Town
Hall on Monday evening that
dancers found the floor
overcrowded. Potaka s orchestra
provided the music.
Among those present were the
mayor and mayoress (Mr and Mrs
E Loader) and several councillors.
welcomed the returned men in a
A list of the men who have
returned is: - Cpl A Anderson, Cpl
H A Bagley, D Bailey, Dvr C H
Baird, G Bird, T Bird, Cpl V A
Blande, P Bremner, Gnr J Clarke,
odd, B Collins, Pte
Charman, Gnr L Cummings, M
Curtis, R Davies, G M Douglas, J
Downing, L Evans, L Farr, Sgt L
Gnr A C Gibbs, F/O HDTHamp-
ton, B Hesketh, S Hobman, F
Hampton, F L C Howard, Gnr D
Hunter, Pte Johnson, J Jones, W
Jones, Gnr D Johansen, Pte J N
Keats, PteJTMaher, P Marsh,
F/O I C McColl, Pte C I McGona-
chie, Tpr K C McGlashan, W/O J
Miller, J Morrison, R Murrell, Tpr
J Niven, SgtACO Co
Paape, B Prime, Pte P W Potaka,
Pte T Potaka, Gnr A B Reeves, Pte
N H Robertson, G Robinson, Bdr
RDARoss, R V Ross, F/S C Scott,
Pte T Shepherd, J Sisson, M
Sisson, Pte D H Sisson, Pte E R
Sisson, P/O R Smith, Spr E Smith,
son, Sgt J S Walker, Tpr R V Wel-
ler, T Whittle, F J De Rose, Tpr A
R McDonald, Pte K C Arthur.
Function at Mataroa
A large crowd was present at
the Mataroa Hall on Saturday
night, when three of the local boys
recently returned from overseas
were the guests of honour. They
were Messrs W J Garmonsway, J
J Clarke and D Hunter.
A very enjoyable evening was
spent and midway the three
mentioned were seated in the cen-
tre of the hall and presented with
something in an envelope each
from Mataroa citizens.
In making this presentation Mr
Thorpe said how pleased the com-
munity was to have these boys
back and with the cessation of
European hostilities imminent,
earnestly expressed the wish that
this would be the forerunner of
the general welcome home of all
Replying on behalf of the trio,
Cpl Garmonsway stated how
much he and, he felt sure, all
Mataroa s representatives in the
forces appreciated the efforts that
had been made in their home town
to raise funds for presentations
such as these.
The people at home had shown
by their efforts how much they
appreciated what their boys were
It was good to be back in
Mataroa, he said, and expressed
his sincere thanks for the gifts.
Welcome home evening
Peter Marshall, Alf Scrivens,
Stan Weir, Bill Bailey, Alan
McDonald, Jack O Dea, T
Phizacklea, Jack Gregory and Ken
Thurston, all of them ex-prisoners
of war, we welcomed home by a
very large gathering in the Utiku
Hall on Tuesday, August 14th.
Apologies for absence were
received from Mr and Mrs H Belk,
Prime, Miss Jackson, Mr Pattison
and Pte R H Jones.
Mr D Pilcher, chairman of the
Soldier s Committee briefly
welcomed the men and expressed
thanks for what they had done.
Support for Victory Loan will
Letter from a soldier
To the Editor
Sir, I am a former citizen of Tai-
hape now serving in the Royal
New Zealand Air Force some-
where in the Admiralty Islands.
This is a forward area, in spite of
which things are quiet and sur-
rounded by a sense of loneliness.
However, hell is loose not far off.
The war in Europe is over after
five years of bitter struggle. We
have had our VE-Day celebrations
too, but here they were treated
with contempt. Little you know
how near Japan s yellow hordes
came to New Zealand in 1942, but
one day the story will be told. VE-
Day is a mere farce until the fall
Men of your country and of
other countries have died in the
steaming jungles of the Pacific.
Surely they will not die in vain for
lack of your support. You owe it to
Taihape has always been ready
to do her bit. You now have the
1945 Victory Loan. How about it!
LAC W S Hayes,
HQ NZAPO 338
Taihape Boy in England
Mr and Mrs G Bader, Taihape,
have just received word that their
son, F R Bader, who entered the
Royal New Zealand Air Force sev-
eral years ago and left New Zea-
land in June 1942 with the rank of
Sergeant Pilot has gained his com-
mission and now holds the rank of
Flying Officer Bader gained his
wings as a Sergeant Pilot in
November 1941 and was, for
about 18 months engaged in Eng-
land as a flying navigational
instructor, later taking part in
operations with the New Zealand
Two NZEF Men
Servicemen from Taihape and
district returned from long service
with the New Zealand Division in
Africa and Italy, and local
repatriated prisoners of war, from
camps in Germany and Italy,
accompanied by relatives and
friends, were guests of honour last
Wednesday night at a dinner of
welcome tendered by the mayor
and councillors of the Borough of
Taihape. The function was held at
the Gretna Hotel. His Worship the
Mayor (Mr E Loader), in an open-
ing address of welcome, which fol-
lowed the honouring of the Loyal
Toast, expressed the pleasure felt
by himself, the councillors and
citizens of Taihape in being able to
welcome back the men.
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