Village Bus Trip  -  July 2020


Recently,  a bus load of residents enjoyed a much anticipated day out despite the weather!

Our first destination was the 'Over the Moon' Cheese Factory in Putaruru.  We were warmly welcomed  as we were the first group to visit after lockdown.   'Over the Moon' has a number of award-winning cheeses and after an interesting talk about the business that makes cheeses from cows, sheep, goat and buffalo milk we were treated to a tasting of 5 different cheese to try.   Then it was down to the deli shop to purchase some of their delicious cheeses.

Morning tea was at the Wooden Farmer in Putaruru.  We were all very impressed with the delicious eats that were available along with the amazing service.

Lunch was at The Boatshed Cafe, Karapiro and while the weather outside was quite wet we enjoyed a beautiful smorgasbord leisurely lunch.

Our next destination was the Cambridge Fire Station where Volunteer Firefighter Don gave us a brief history of the Brigade and showed us through the Fire Station so we could explore and marvel at the super shiny Fire Engine, Fire Tanker, Fire Rescue Vehicle and the Museum.  'Flick' the delightful old fire engine was a highlight along with the hand drawn cart and old bits of equipment and uniforms, etc.

Our final destination for the day was Ruakura Berry Farm and while it wasn't really ice-cream weather, we all enjoyed a large natural fruit ice-cream.

Our day trip was a wonderful day out and was enjoyed by all who attended.






Christmas Dinner 2019


Our annual Christmas Dinner was, once again, a very popular event on our social calendar that was well  attended.

Maria and her team in the kitchen provided a delicious feast that everyone enjoyed. 

Helen Riley provided the fantastic entertainment which saw many dancing and singing away the evening.

It was a wonderful night and many commented it was the best dinner they had attended.





Yoga by the River


One of our many activities that the residents can enjoy is Yoga.   Our wonderful spot on the Waikato River is the perfect backdrop and adds to the relaxation.                                                                                                       




Alandale Singers Christmas Concert


In early  December the Alandale Singers put on their Christmas Concert.   And what a successful concert it was!

Sixteen Christmas themed songs were sung and, in one of the breaks, a quintet led by Elgar Henry sang three songs.

With some audience participation in three traditional carols and a lovely afternoon tea provided by the social committee, audience and choir all enjoyed themselves.

We eagerly await their next concert.



Melbourne Cup 2019


Melbourne Cup Day is another social occasion celebrated here at Alandale.   

This year, residents and staff joined in the spirit of the day, dressing up in their finest.   Plus it was all fun and games in the lead up to the big race live on the big screen.   

A great afternoon of friendship, fashion, good times and horses.




Days for Girls  -  October 


In early October another two days were dedicated to DFG.   Organised by Anne and Liz, a group of ladies gathered to help with cutting, overlocking, sewing, unpicking and ironing.   The hygiene bags they made are  for young females in third world countries and are always very much appreciated by all those who receive them.    

A lot of fun was had by all plus all the lovely baking that was provided was very much appreciated.   


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Penpal Buddies 


Over the past couple of months, several our residents have formed a ‘Penpal’ relationship with a class of students from the local primary school, Endeavour School.

Miss Edward’s Literacy Group of 19 students, all aged 8-9years, decided to write letters in the hope of that some of our residents would write back to them.   Slowly, but surely, the student’s folders were collected by different residents and all the folders were returned with a letter.  This has been going on for a couple of months now, so the penpals have formed a lovely relationship corresponding with each other on a regular basis, learning about each other’s lives, families, hobbies/interests, etc.   

The students were very eager to meet their pen pals, so we recently hosted them for a ‘Meet & Greet’ afternoon.   The students arrived with their Teacher, School Principal, Deputy School Principal and a Student Teacher.    

It was fantastic to see the interaction between the students and their resident penpals.   Some were playing board games, others were reading, some went on a tour, etc.  Everyone involved walked away with such a big smile, so it was a huge success.   Apparently, Miss Edward’s students were talking about the visit for few days.

This special relationship continued as the resident penpals were personally invited to ‘Grandparent Day’.



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Rototuna High delivers
'Care Packages'


At September’s Coffee Morning we welcomed teacher Esther Lee and a few of her students from Rototuna Senior High.

During the course of the year, these students have been working away on ideas on how they could help improve mental health of the elderly. The result was their ‘Happily Ever After’ care packages which they decided to bring and distribute to residents of Alandale.

The care packages included: crosswords, colouring pictures and pencils, calendars, stress balls, lollies, etc.

The packages, along with the students, were gladly received by those who attended Coffee Morning. The student’s thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion was very much appreciated.


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Alandale residents and many friends were treated to great entertainment recently.

The Alandale Singers, led by Judy Forster accompanied by Janice Blewden and narrator Rosie Polley, took us back to the early days of settlement in America and especially OKLAHOMA.  A story told in music.

Every member's enjoyment and dedication came through in the full choir and solo items.  This made for a most enjoyable afternoon of songs, laughter and memories!

Our singers were repaid in rapturous applause and cups of tea!


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Inter-Village Quiz Afternoon

Alandale hosted the Hamilton Inter-Village Quiz on Tuesday 16th July. Eleven teams from six different Retirement/Lifestyle villages locked horns in a tense contest in the games room.

After facing four rounds of general knowledge questions there was a tie between two teams; so tie-breaker questions had to be used. The overall winner was Summerset Down the Lane

The quiz was followed by a delicious afternoon tea and everyone went home very happy.



'Top Of The Table Snooker Championship Final'

No, it's not a fancy dress function, it's the final of the 'Top Of The Table Snooker Championship'.

Commencing the championship with twenty players, after five weeks of very competitive snooker, our two finalists were found.

As with most of the activities at our lifestyle village, age is not a concern, proven on this occasion by the fact that one of our finalists recently celebrated his 90th birthday.  What a fantastic effort to have him complete in the Championship final.

In the best of five frames final, watched by a very knowledgeable band of supporters, 'youth' prevailed with a display of excellent potting and subtle snookers from both the worthy finalists.



Rototuna Junior High Students
bring good cheer and smiles to Alandale

Alandale residents were lucky enough to receive a visit from Rototuna Junior High School student, Zsalia and classmates recently.

As part of their class study, the Junior High students had to come up with an idea of how they could do some good in their local community.  

Zsalia's group decided they would do some baking and hand it out to the residents at Alandale.

Our residents loved the suprise of their visit and appreciated the delicious home baking treats (especially after exercise class!).   The Sit & Be Fit class appreciated their efforts so much the students received a clap for their thoughtfulness and lovely gesture. 


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Residents vs Students

As part of their ongoing class of 'Connecting with the Elderly', students from Rototuna Senior High have spent time at Alandale learning some of the recreational activities that are enjoyed by the residents here at Alandale.  

As weather permitted, the students were taught how to play indoor and outdoor bowls, snooker/pool and golf croquet.

Students rotated around two activities per visit so they all got a good understanding of the different sports.   

It was a great experience for students and residents alike - teaching and learning is an ongoing process, no matter what your age.



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Farewell Brian & Rosanna

At a recent Residents' Meeting, the Alandale Foundation Board Chairman & Treasurer were farewelled. 

Brian Smith had been on the Alandale Foundation Board for 23 years.  During this time Brian held the positions of Treasurer, Board Member, Deputy Chairman and Chairman.

Rosanna Panettiere had been the Treasurer for the Alandale Foundation Board for the past 16 years.

We wish Brian and Rosanna all the very best in their future endeavours and thank them for their loyal service to Alandale.


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Technology Help

As part of our ongoing relationship with the local High School, Rototuna Senior High students Kate & Ryan, have come into the village a couple of times to work with a few residents who wanted some help and advice with their technology.

Residents Jo and Isabella have been very impressed with the student's attitude,  level of knowledge and what they have been able to help them with.



Celebrating Our Over 90's

Every year here at Alandale we celebrate our residents who are over 90.   The Social Committee organise a very special afternoon tea in their honour and all residents are welcome to attend.

Every Over 90 resident is assigned a buddy, who accompanies them for the afternoon.  They begin with photos, are given a special gift (made by the Alandale Craft Group), and then enjoy the entertainment before being served a delicious afternoon tea.   Every effort goes into making these residents feel very special indeed.

This year's entertainment was Helen Riley, a singer/pianist/entertainer from Matamata.   She took the residents on a trip down memory lane with songs from the 40's and 50's.   Her beautiful voice was mesmerising and it wasn't long before she had many residents singing along with her and tapping their toes while they all enjoyed the music.

It was a wonderful afternoon for our over 90's.


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Rototuna Senior High visits Alandale

Last week a group of approx 20 students from Rototuna Senior High visited Alandale as part of their Community Project class, "Connecting with the Elderly'.     The purpose of their visit was to engage with the 'Wizards' (an affectionate term the students used to describe the wise older generation).  They wanted to learn about Alandale, what struggles the older generation face today, how they can help the elderly as a school community, etc.  

Students arrived bright and early to participate in Steph's Strong & Stable exercise class.   This class proved to be bit of a challenge for the youthful students much to the surprise of students and residents alike.    Next they joined the residents at Coffee Morning where they mixed and mingled, chatting away over the delicious spread of sweet and savoury food, tea and coffee.    Then the students sat down with a few residents to talk a bit more, finishing their morning at Alandale with a tour of the complex and grounds.

It was a wonderful morning which was enjoyed by all.   The residents were very impressed by the students and their attitudes.   The students were equally impressed by the friendly 'Wizards' and Alandale, with one or two hoping to retire early to move in.



About Us

The Alandale Foundation bought the Village in 1996 and owns the land on which the village is located. The Village is run by a small team and governed by a Board of Trustees made up of resident and non resident trustees. Being a charitable organisation means that profits from Alandale are reinvested into the community for the benefit of current and future residents.

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P: 07 854 0468
F: 07 854 0680
Alandale Village
1199 River Road
Hamilton 3210