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Exciting times are just around the corner for flower lovers and designers in Winton.Central Southland Floral Art Club is delighted to have top International designer MARK PAMPLING scheduled to visit in early August to share his knowledge with them and present a public demonstration.

Mark is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary floral designers.  In addition to being the co-owner of Astonville Florist in northern New South Wales, he’s a busy TAFE teacher, floral demonstrator, accredited floristry judge and current president of Interflora Australia – roles which take him all around Australia as well as to Asia, Europe and USA.  He has been awarded the Interflora Australia Cup on many occasions and has competed in prestigious international competitions and exhibitions with numerous Gold Awards, Best in Show, Design Innovation Awards and Creativity Awards being gained.  He’s a regular contributor to floral design publications including the acclaimed International Floral Art, UK-based Fusion Flower magazine and more recently became a member of the elite FLOOS team, an on-line educational website for florists and floral designers.

Mark has become known for his “structural” approach to designing with technique and “craftsmanship” being important elements in his bid to showcase plant material and make it the “star” of each artwork.  He will be demonstrating some very different ways of using our local botanical materials in his presentations. “We anticipate seeing him work with crisp lines and exacting techniques,” says Convenor Rhonda Hall. “Expect an evening of dynamic designing. This will appeal to all who appreciate art and natural materials, not just floral designers,” she said.

The Mark Pampling demonstration is entitled “Irregular Moments” and is at the Central Southland Presbyterian Church Complex in Winton on Thursday, 1 August 2019 starting 5.30pm. Tickets are $45 (includes light refreshments) and available from Rhonda Hall on (03) 2367157.

The day following the Demonstration, Club members and floral designers from around the South Island will explore new possibilities and learn new techniques during two Workshops tutored by Mark. 

Any further queries please contact Anna King – or 0274915547.


July Winton Community Newsletter - 1st Jul 2019

The year sure is flying by! Welcome to July! 

You can download your copy of this month's newsletter via this link : July 2019 Winton Community Newsletter

Keep warm

Winton Kindergarten Finialist in Awards - 16th Jun 2019

Winton Kindergarten Finialist in Awards

It's official ... Winton Kindergarten - Finalists in the 2019 Prime Ministers Education Excellence - Teaching & Learning
The Award recognises & celebrates outstanding achievements in early learning, primary and secondary schooling.
'A good education changes people.  A good teacher changes the world'.

Click on the link below ...

June Newsletter Now Available - 1st Jun 2019

June Newsletter Now Available

The June edition of the Winton Community Newsletter is now available. You can view a PDF copy here : June 2019 Winton Community Newsletter

Local Man's Petition for A Cancer Care Agency - 14th May 2019

Local Man's Petition for A Cancer Care Agency

Message from local legend Blair Vining

"Hey Fellow NZers,
I have asked a lot from you in recent times, I need one more thing from you all to help me tick off my bucket list. Please share this post and sign the petition link below to help create better cancer control and care for all NZers, NO MORE penalties by postcode for cancer patients, NO MORE misdiagnosis, NO MORE unacceptable waits, NO MORE expensive non-funded treatments.
We need a Cancer Agency to lead cancer control in NZ. It is too late for me but if we all work together we can get the Minister of Health to make cancer control and care a priority.
Takes less than 30 secs - name & email"

Winton Library Closure - 14th May 2019

News Report from the Winton Library.

The Winton Library closed today at 5pm because of issues relating to mould and fungal contamination.

We have recently had testing carried out on parts of the building and received a report earlier today recommending closure of the library and office while further investigations are carried out.

The safety of our customers and staff is our absolute priority – hence this decision was made as soon as the results of the testing were received.

We are working through options but will be aiming to temporarily relocate the library and SDC office to another site as soon as possible.

At this stage we don’t know how long the library will remain closed as it will be dependent on further results. We need to carry out a detailed examination of the building to find out how bad the contamination is and also establish whether asbestos is present in the building.

This can be done only when the building is closed to the public, due to the potential for contamination when the mould is disturbed.

We understand the closure and relocation will cause disruptions for our customers and we will keep you informed of further developments as they happen.

Please talk to staff if you have further questions or email us at

Thank you.


Centre Bush Book Swap - 10th May 2019

Centre Bush Book Swap


A book swap will be available to use from
Monday 13 May outside Noel Brinsdon workshop (where NO.8 Gallery was located).
The cabinet will be located to the left of the Gallery door outside under the veranda.

This is for anyone who loves a good read to donate any books or magazines they have read and take A book away for free. Children's books welcome.

CONTACT: Barbara Stirling on 03-2360758
Barbara will be overseeing this for 3 months to see how it goes.

May Winton Community Newsletter - 1st May 2019

May Winton Community Newsletter

The May edition of the Winton Community Newsletter is now available. You can view a copy here: May 2019 Winton Community Newsletter . Please note file is in PDF format. 

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