Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
5 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 NEWS NOVEMBER WEATHER REPORT -- FEILDING WEATHERWATCH ALAN MASON Rainfall Month total -- 111.9mm: average -- 81; year to date -- 1016; mean -- 856; heaviest fall -- 31.3 (9th); Rain days -- 18. Temperatures Maximum -- day 22.5 degC (23/11); minimum night -- 6 (6/11); Minimum ground 3 (6/11) No zero readings. Sunshine Six or more hours of sunshine on eight days. Wind Gale overnight on 25th and 26th, some damage, otherwise light. Apart from the fact that we did see a little more of the sun, November followed much the same weather pattern we have had for the past five months -- overcast, grey and gloomy, with intermit- tent falls of rain, most of which were light until the deluge on the 9th, and another on the 23rd. Temperatures have been above average so with this, and the constant showers, all growth has been really amazing, with brilliant results in the veg- etable garden for those who risked late frosts and planted early. Grass growth has been so good that some farmers are wondering what to do with it, apart from making silage, because it's too wet for hay, while the cropping farmers are still waiting for the soil to dry. Predictions are that December is going to be normal'', whatever that may mean, but at least we have had a few decent days to start the month. At the moment we are running 150mm, above the average rainfall for this time of year, which means we are going into the summer with good groundwater. Just as a point of interest, if you think last month was wet, just imagine what it must have been like in 1956 when 216mm fell. Music maestro strikes up 70 years with brass bands Brass buzz: Jack Parker has enjoyed playing in brass bands for 70 years. At last Saturday's Feilding Brass concert, Jack Parker's 70-year involvement in bands was recognised when he received a long service award. Not many people can say they have been actively involved with something for 70 years,'' Feilding Brass president Richard Kirby said. Seventy years on from his first Anzac Day appearance in Taihape at the age of 11, Mr Parker is still enjoying playing his baritone cornet at the Christmas concert, Carols by Candlelight, and intends to be marching in the Feilding Christmas parade this year. Transferring to Feilding, naturally my first important job to do was to join Feilding Brass. Again being transferred to Hamilton I joined the Hamilton Citizens Band, as it was known then. I was selected to become a member of the Waikato -- Bay of Plenty representative band in 1974.'' Two years later the Hamilton Citizens Band, were invited to join the Hibiscus celebrations in Fiji. In Fiji the band also organised several Bavarian evenings,'' he said. Forty-five of his 70 years of brass band involvement have been as a member of the Feild- ing Brass. It has been a most enjoyable time, as I have made some good friends with fellow bandsmen. Sadly I have lost many of those friends to the Great Brass Band in the Sky'.'' If you notice little pleasures, as you would notice little pains. And you'd quite forget your losses, and remember all your gains','' he quoted. As well as practising and playing with the band, Mr Parker has been a member of the management committee and assists in the organisation of the band's events. I like to be fully involved in the organisations I belong to,'' he said. And I am blessed with good health, which has enabled me to do that 100 per cent.'' He intends to be fully involved for many more years, but admits to getting a bit tired after marching and playing in the summer heat. I'm grateful for the support of my wife Heather, which has allowed me to be involved in brass bands. I think music, especially brass band music, adds some- thing to one's life.''
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