Dr Anthony Lynham


St Columba’s Primary Fete

26 July 2016 –

Making lolly necklaces this year’s must have fashion accessory

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With Martine at the cake stall – the cakes were amazing. It’s going to take some letterboxing to make up for them though.

The St Columba’s Great Fete was held on Saturday (23 July), the Fete also marked the Centenary of St Columba’s.

St Columba’s Primary school is a local icon and a corner stone of our community and local history. The Fete was an amazing day out, with hundreds of people enjoying the sunshine, the amazing cakes and sweets, stalls, rides, and performances. Congratulations to everyone involved with the event.2016.07.26_StColumbasFete (13)LowRes

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I was honoured to have the opportunity to speak at the Fete’s official opening. Please find a copy of my speech below.

Martin Willkie Principal, my fellow Parliamentary and Council colleges, parents and students,

Today we stand in footsteps a millennia old and as such I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and their elders past and present.

It is so good to be here, a part of this Centenary Fete. 100 years ago World War One was raging – but locally Thistle Street was to be closed for a new bridge to be built over Kedron Brook. A sanitary strike was resolved, much to everyone’s relief, and two fetes were held. The Clayfield Branch of the Red Cross fete raised enough money to purchase a stretcher for the repatriation hospital and a children’s fete at Hamilton raised five pounds, five shillings for the courier fund for returned service personnel. It was reported as ‘a most enjoyable afternoon with the children appreciating the sports.’ In 1916, when this great school was born, there were 2 fetes raising money for a tragic event.

Here, now in 2016, because of sacrifices past, we can enjoy this fete knowing that our school and community is strong in faith and spirit. Have a fantastic day.