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Sunday services are shutting down.

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Our family went to Hanmer Springs just before the school holiday finished. On the day of leaving Hanmer Springs we decided to go for a short walk in the mountains. So we drove to Jack's Pass. The short walk actually turned to a full-length tramp. The girls were tired and wanted to stop at two thirds of the way. But we persisted and reached the summit. The panoramic view was magnificently rewarding. Mt Isobel is 1319m and we climbed 449m from Jack's Pass which is 870m. Well done for my 8 year old (Jasmin)and 12 year old!

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