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August 2017

10am  A Special Service to mark 150 Years
  A special service to mark 150 years since the gold rush at Thames. The service time from 10.00am until 12.00 noon, held in the Old Church - The Parish Hall. Preacher and Presider Ven Michael Berry will lead a traditional service. You may like to dress up. Invite your neighbours. A Victorian High Tea will follow. Help the church and community celebrate the place of the church over 150 years.

Venue: St Georges Anglican Church, Mary Street, Thames
Price: Offering. Victorian High Tea $8.00 pp, or $15.00 per couple
Contact: St Georges Church Office  Ph: 07 868 6267

9am - 11:30am  Goldmine Experience Stamper Battery Opening
  This mornings activities of Blessing and Formal Ceremony is for invited guests. 9.00am: Karakia by Ngati Maru; 9.15am Welcome by Hauraki Prospector's Association; 9.30am Speeches; 10.10am Unveiling of Honours Board; 10.15am Tea/Coffee/BBQ.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: Paul Bensemann  Ph: 021 2142665

1pm  Goldmine Experience Stamper Battery Opening
  Hauraki Prospectors Association present a celebration of the old and creative, with mini tours, colourful machinery, stories of the past told by Rosalie Steward, display of classic cars, and the a Steampunk presence.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, Thames
Price: No Charge
Contact: Paul Bensemann  Ph: 021 2142665

10am  Holy Communion Service
  - Saint Georges Church is holding a Holy Communion Service using the 1662 book of common prayer. The Venerable Michael Berry will be preaching. - Followed by a Victorian High Tea. - We would love you to join us.

Venue: Saint Georges Church Hall, 602 MacKay Street, Thames.
Price: Service: No cost, High Tea $5 pp / $15 couple
Contact: Thames Anglican Church  Ph: Office 07 868 6267, Joyce March 07 836 3

6th August
to Friday
6th October
  John Fields: Thames and Townspeople - A Survey 1973 to 1976
  An exhibition comprising outstanding images of Thames and the environs taken from 1973 to 1976 by John Fields who conducted a survey of Thames with a QEII Arts Council Grant - the first one awarded to a photographer. 500 images will be screened on a smart TV including aerial shots and street panoramas. This can be viewed during the School of Mines opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11.00am to 3.00pm. For further information contact the Curator

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Included in Museum Entry Fee
Contact: John Isdale  Ph: 07.8686227

2pm  St. Georges Church Concert with Antony Peebles
  Acclaimed British pianist, Antony Peebles, is returning to Thames for an exclusive New Zealand performance to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Thames Goldfields. Antony was educated at Westminster School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. After gaining his MusB, he studied piano with Peter Katin, receiving scholarships from various sources. He has now performed in 131 countries, the most recent being Rwanda, Armenia and Libya. Tickets available at the door. Visit

Venue: St Georges Church, Mackay Street, Thames
Price: Adult $15.00; Music Group Member $13.00; Student $5.00
Contact: Thames Music Group  Ph: 07.8690592

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