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ENJOY GIVING WITH GREAT IDEAS
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Churches pull out all
stops to thank Helen
Gifted: Margaret Ward and Helen Crimp, seated, at the piano which was
donated anonymously to St John's Anglican church by the late Alice Learmonth.
After almost 20 years playing organ
at St John the Evangelist church in
Feilding, Helen Crimp handed in
her resignation last month.
As a recognition of her generosity
with her time and talent, Mrs
Crimp received a Bishop's Medal
award at a recent Advent service,
which was combined with the St
Brigid's Roman Catholic congre-
gation. Mrs Crimp has also played
for services there.
Initially she shared a roster with
four other organists at St John's but
as circumstances changed she
became the mainstay of the organ
roster, playing three out of four
Sundays and many other extra
services as well.
She always made herself avail-
able and in spite of considerable
health difficulties, primarily severe
arthritis, she continued to play until
the last few months when her
decreased mobility made it almost
impossible to reach the music on the
On one memorable occasion, she
fell as she was preparing to play for
a wedding and, unable to find any-
one to fill in for her and not wanting
to let the bride down, she played for
the service despite the pain in her
back. The fall had broken several
vertebrae in her lower spine, which
required three months' bed rest and
ongoing spinal problems.
She has willingly and generously
shared her considerable musical
knowledge, church music repertoire
and her organ playing skills with
the choir director Margaret Ward.
Producing good church music has
a lighter side and Mrs Crimp's sense
of humour helped make choir activi-
ties great fun.
Several years ago, an anonymous
parishioner offered to buy a piano
for the church and Mrs Crimp and
Mrs Ward were delegated to find a
Since the death of the donor, a
plaque has been installed acknowl-
edging the generous gift of the late
Alice and Bill Learmonth, music
lovers and regular members of the
St John congregation who
recognised that a piano is easier to
play than the church's pipe organ.
full circle home
Principal focus: Carmel Spencer is
looking forward to taking up the
position of principal at Nga Tawa
Diocesan School for Girls in 2012.
By LAURA WALTERS
Nga Tawa's new principal will be
getting back to her roots when she
takes over the reins of the girls'
boarding school at the start of next
Carmel Spencer and her family
are excited about the move to
Rangitikei, where she would be
closer to her mother and her home-
It's a lifestyle I really relate to,''
she said. I've always said I'm a
Mrs Spencer would finish in her
position as deputy principal at
Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt
at the end of this year and move to
Marton just before Christmas.
The new principal and her hus-
band, Murray, were looking forward
to rejoining a rural community.
Mrs Spencer has taught at girls'
schools and special character
schools, and believed that was
where she needed to be.
They give girls quite an holistic
The new head of school was
officially welcomed at a Powhiri at
Nga Tawa last week.
Mrs Spencer said the school's aca-
demic results were strong, and she
was not planning on changing any-
thing on the organisational front.
We will continue the innovative
curriculum work,'' she said.
Mrs Spencer said she was work-
ing with the senior management
team to continue expanding their
ways of learning.
However, she planned to bring to
the school intangible'' values.
You bring all your life's
experiences, knowledge, and skills
[to the job].''
Mrs Spencer wanted to build on
the cultural values of the school.
I'll bring a little taste of every-
thing,'' she said. The first year
would be a settling in period.
Mrs Spencer had held a range of
positions at different schools includ-
ing Havelock North's Iona College,
Cullinane College in Whanganui,
and The Kings School, in the United
Mrs Spencer said moving from
the Catholic school, Sacred Heart, to
the Anglican school Nga Tawa
would not cause any difficulties.
I have taught in Anglican to
Presbyterian, to Catholic and back
to Anglican. I've gone full-circle.''
The core values were the same,
she said. It's actually the big focus
on gospel values.''
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