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September 20



  • Age Concern Ashburton

Friday, November 9 is the date for our next Confident Driving Course at the Ashburton Seniors Centre, 206 Cameron St.  Please contact the office on 3086817 to register, or get more information.  The course begins at 9.30am and finishes at approximately 2.30pm.  Presenter will be Yvonne Palmer from Christchurch.

On August 10 the committee were very pleased to host Age Concern volunteers to lunch and acknowledge the wonderful contribution they make to our organisation.

Rosa Bennett’s 50+, held on a Friday morning, is part way through its 6 week duration.  A topical speaker, a cuppa and Rosa’s scones make for a great morning of fellowship.

The Hip Hop for seniors group is to entertain as special guests at the Mid & South Canterbury Trust AGM.  They are looking forward to showcasing their routines.

All enquiries for Steady as You Go, Courtesy Drivers, Hospital Visiting, Ladies Exercise Class, Gardeners and Handymen are welcomed at the office, 3086817, as are Total Mobility Assessments and enquiries for Age Concern’s 206 Club.



  • Ashburton Bowling Club News

There has been a lot of work going on over the winter around the club. The Markers around the Green have been replaced. Jo, Roger G, John K, Raymond S & GT spent a few hours drilling holes for the new “non trip” markers that go around No 2 green. No 1 green was done the day before by Jo & Roger. A good job done by all. The same day as the markers were done Judy with some help from Raymond tidied up the Gardens along the south east side of the greens. Think Judy must have lost something under the shrubs as I seen her on her hands and knees burrowing right under them.
Seed Sales, this year, another tremendous effort was put in by Roger, Gavin and helpers retrieving the seed off the greens and selling it to clubs in the North Island. In all over $2000 was made, a great effort. Edges John on the edger has kept them under control through the winter along with Roger mowing the lawns when needed.  Painting of some of the seats has been done by Jo which helps to make the club look a little bit brighter. Cards again have been well supported, these afternoons have been run by Diane and helpers, money from these afternoons have more than paid for the Power & Biscuits over the winter.

Opening Day is Saturday September 22 at 1:15pm, which is not long now. Wear you whites and bring a plate for afternoon tea. When you get there early put your Name Tag in and be patient while waiting for the match committee to organise the afternoon, it is not easy when they don’t know who is coming.
The Greens are looking great, after many hours of work by the green staff. Don’t expect them to be lightning fast as they have just come out of a damp winter so be careful No Dumping of your bowls.
Tidy Kitchen, Judy & Margaret have spent hours in the kitchen cleaning out the cupboards, polishing tea pots etc. They have rearranged some of the cupboards, but don’t worry that you won’t find anything because they have labelled them all. I think both of them are deaf as I asked them to do my kitchen and I still have not seen them.
The Ingold Tray is to be played a little earlier this year on Saturday September 29, 12:30 start whites and bring a plate (no entry fee) names on the board Please.
On Friday September 14 at the Allenton Triples John Smart, Alistair Mackenzie and Jo Ryk managed a good second placing.

Subs are due, please bring them on opening day if you have not already paid them.
Also bring your availability forms that day, some of the Christchurch entries must be in a few days later. Social hour has stared at the club Friday Evening’s at 5:00pm all members welcome.
See you Saturday



  • Ashburton Combined Friendship Club Report September 2018

The all day trip to Waimate and Oamaru now scheduled for Tuesday October 15.  There is also half day local Ashburton trip in September.

Our mini speaker, member David Linton told us about his life and his working career. His family lived on Creek Road, which he remembers as gravel.  After Ashburton High School he started work at Wright Stephenson as an office boy, progressing to grain and seed rep.  He moved to the North Island and learned about maize and the export of maize to the Pacific Islands which provided a few memorable experiences. He went to the USA to learn more about maize and soya beans.  In 1981 he moved to Oamaru still working with grain and seed. In the mid-90s he started his own business working with specialised crops including phacelia, turf grasses, carrots and Asian brassicas, durum and purple wheats.

Our main speaker was member Diana Bruce, who told us about the Welsh Pony Stud she and Robin established.  As a child, family holidays at Gore Bay gave ample opportunity for horse riding.  As a teenager, she rode her horse from Christchurch to Gore Bay for the summer holidays, taking three days and staying with strategically located friends on the way.  When her own children became old enough, she bought a Welsh Pony foal.  She imported a Welsh Pony stallion which was the second ever horse to be flown from the UK.  They soon had a thriving stud business and imported more horses.  Diana was very hands on in caring for her horses at foaling time when she and Robin took turns to sit with the mare so as always to be ready for any eventuality when the foal was born.  She gained a lot of experience and expertise and at times was able to save foals that might otherwise be lost.



  • Ashburton electronic organ and keyboard September club night

What a super crowd for our keyboard group evening.

Just the six of us this time (we’d dearly love some more) and Karen (Karen Balderstone that is) played some delightful songs on the piano while we set up.

Karen is a relatively new member, and she should be justly proud of herself for pulling this evening off. Well done.

The keyboard group arranged the evening programme, and after John welcomed all, plus three visitors, we played a couple of brackets, then Michael, Rose, and Shirley played on their own.

Michael: Mame, and Moonglow. Shirley: Top of the world, and Everybody loves a lover. And Rose accompanied her keyboard on the piano with: I hear singing, and You’re the reason.

Janet found a gem of a find in one, Gavin Templeton, and he gave us a real crowd pleaser with his rendition of Dame Edna (Auzzie twang ‘n all) with skits and songs. He later returned with some wonderful impersonations in song of: Julio Iglesias, Willie nelson, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Miss piggy, Kermit, Bob Dylan, and Sam Hunt.

Thank you so much Gavin, you complimented our programme so well.

Don’t usually mention the raffle winners, but they all went to men (7 of them.  Just thought I’d MEN-tion that) Also you blokes, a warning, if you have large feet and don’t measure up, one hundred dollars is a lot of money.

The group then played a further two brackets, then Janet, Barbara and yours truly played 2 solos each. Janet: Too young, and Enjoy yourself. Barbara: a zippy polka bracket, and My way, and I played; You’re my reason for living, and Butterfly.

We concluded the evening with Mexico, and Wunderbar.

Thank you Teresa, and Grahame for serving supper.



  • Ashburton Golf Club

We now have all the finalists sorted out for the mens club champs, but at the time of writing the ladies semi-finals are still to be completed. As always we will have some wonderful games in store come Finals Sunday. Finals day this year is a week on Sunday, the 30, so we will look a bit closer at the games next week. Though a great big well done has to go to Peter Bain, Wilson Hii, Matt Tait, Dave Hewitt, Tim Newton, Chris Lovelock, Robbie Bell, and Jordan Green for getting into the major finals.

Last Saturday for those not involved in Champs, we held a stroke round and Brent Clarke bounced back into form after injury, shooting a glorious nett 65 to pick up Radius Care player of the day, other top scores were Paul Warren 66, Braydon Wood and Charlie Alexander both 69.

This Saturday we have a rest from club champs, with a stableford round and an RMF cup counter, this is really getting down to the sharp end now, with only 2 more rounds after this before the top 30 cut. On Sunday we have the annual Templar Trophy at the Brandon which pits the best Ladies, Men, Masters and Juniors from Aorangi against their Canterbury counterparts, get yourself down to the club to see how golf should be played.

Next Saturday Matt will be holding one of his wonderful Pro Shop Days, which are always great fun with superb prizes on offer, check on the website or contact Matt for Details.

With the long summer evenings approaching, we as a club need to be proactive around free loaders playing on our beautiful course, to that end Brian Wilson is setting up a roster, for willing volunteers, to be at the club at certain days and times to welcome all players to our club, and to show non-members where to pay their green fees and to get their tags from. If you think you can help out, just contact Brian through the club. As with all volunteering, many hands make light work. Until next week good golfing.



  • Ashburton MSA Travel Section 

The Ashburton MSA Travel Section are planning an outing to Geraldine next Thursday September 27.  Our first stop will be at Mia Flora for morning tea and a look through their gift shop and garden.  Lunch will be in Geraldine then we will visit the “Pole People” and the Yoghurt factory.  Further details are on the notice board at the MSA.  Any MSA member is welcome to join us.



  • Ashburton MSA Petanque Club 

We had 6 players take part in the Tremor Trophy at Ascot recently with 5 coming away with a placing.  This event has been held ever since the earthquake and this year the proceeds went to the Helicopter Trust.

We had 12 players take part in our Club singles which was won by Richard Browne and Runner up was Neville Bensdorp.  Ellen Pithie won the plate and Marion Harrison was runner up.  Mick Little won the Bowl and Betty King came runner up.  Last week we played the first round of a Super Six competition at Papanui.  This is a competition with six players from Ashburton, Ascot, Christchurch and Papanui.  Next week we are playing at Ascot.  This is a new event and a new Challenge for those of us involved.

Next Saturday several members are taking part in Ascot’s Spring Tournament, and we have 3 members taking part the same week-end in the mixed doubles in Dunedin.  We wish all players a “Good Game”

We are always on the lookout for new members and on Thursday 27, members are asked to bring along someone and introduce them to the game for our “Bring a mate and Plate” afternoon.  If anyone wants to give petanque a go, don’t wait to be asked, just turn up at 115 Racecourse road at 1.30 on the 27.

On Thursday October 18 a Super Six Tournament will be played in Ashburton starting at 10.00am at 115 Racecourse Road.  This is the final day of 4 rounds played between Papanui, Ascot, Christchurch and Ashburton.  This is an event Ashburton hasn’t been involved in before and we are enjoying the challenge.



  • Ashburton Toastmasters

The Ashburton Toastmasters club’s September 12 meeting was a little different than usual, as we had guests from the St Johns cadet programme.
Jeff, the evening’s toastmaster (the person in charge of the agenda) opened the evening at 7:30pm with welcoming our guests, both the cadets and others. Jeff also followed, throughout the evening, with interesting facts related to St John.

The first speech was an educational one by Phil, about the reasons he joined Toastmasters and what he is still getting from it today. Great inspirational and very suitable for an evening with so many guests.
We moved to the first speech, with Adi introducing Dan (and forgetting to specify length of speech to the timer). Dan gave a speech titled “What will I be when I grow up” about his life experience and personal growth. The speech is the first in a two part assignment, to deliver a speech, get feedback, and repeat the speech (or another speech) while implementing improvements based on the feedback.

We didn’t have additional speakers and moved to table topics, short impromptu speeches. Jo led the table topics with a list of hundreds of questions and each participant choosing a random number, getting a question and talking about it for 1-2 minutes.

The added time allowed most people present to participate. The St John guests blew us away. While they were hesitant at first, once they got going they spoke eloquently and with confidence far above what we would have expected from teens doing their first table topics. Awesome work!

The long table topics session was followed by a break, after which Adi gave an evaluation for Dan’s speech, also explaining the concept behind evaluations and Toastmasters.
This was followed by Rene doing evaluations of the table topics. Table topics evaluations are hard since you get less than two minutes to write down feedback for each one, and tonight’s of speakers was far longer than usual. Despite that Rene did a stellar job, giving helpful and detailed evaluation for each table topics speaker including the St John cadets.

Chiyo then, as memory master, asked us questions about the things we heard and what we remembered, Robin gave a grammarian report, Matt did a timer’s report and Rene, again, gave the general evaluation as yet another role tonight. Not many could have done as well as you did tonight, Rene.
The evening closed with Matt going over the roles for our next meeting and Jeff closing the meeting.



  • Grey Power Ashburton Inc.

On Monday September 17, President Peter Thomas welcomed 40 plus members to the monthly meeting of Grey Power Ashburton. Peter thanked Bernard for entertaining on the organ whilst members arrived.

Apologies were received from; Colin & Isabel Cameron; Cath Carr; Brian & Daphne Early; Peter & Val Knight; Barbara Blincoe; and Cheryl Gear; moved for acceptance by Sheila, seconded by Greer, carried.

Peter read several memos from Federation on the following topics; the appointment of an Aged Care Commissioner; the medical cannabis issue; healthy homes legislation; rising cost of electricity and the possibility of Kiwibank filling the void of bank closures in smaller towns.

Peter then introduced the speaker for the afternoon, Andrew Falloon, National Party member for Rangitata. Andrew outlined his early life living and going to school in Ashburton and later to Christchurch Boys High. After graduating with a degree in Political Science he worked in Parliament as an adviser to the National Party and also in banking for a short time. After selection as the candidate for Rangitata he set himself the goal of knocking on 10,000 doors in the electorate. This was achieved. He has strong opinions on several topics and considers the $2.8B being spent on free first year tertiary education would be better directed into the trades. He voted for the “end of life choice” bill at the first reading. He also considers the huge amount of money being spent on infrastructure in Auckland is at the expense of many smaller communities. There were several interesting questions on the following topics; the proposed 4 lane highway between Christchurch and Timaru; the anti-smacking law and disruptive students in schools; how to get rid of MMP; the state of our rivers and streams; health and safety rules; upgrading of state houses in Ashburton; bridges over the Rakaia and Ashburton rivers on a 4 lane highway; the length of time between diagnosis and treatment for some cancer patients.

Greer passed a vote of thanks and presented Andrew with a fruit tray.

The raffle was drawn and prizes distributed.

The meeting closed at 2.45 and afternoon tea was served.

Next meeting October 15; where the speaker will be James Lamb ADC Civil Defence Co-ordinator



  • Mid Canterbury Central Friendship Club

​Two visitors were welcomed to our September 18 meeting with 74 members attending. President Barry Quantock also inducted 3 new members; Kevin Nicol, Warren McPherson and Merv Green. The meeting was reminded that an afternoon tea for those over 89 years will be held on November 30.

Brian Lawn was our mini speaker, originally from Taranaki where his father farmed a 200 acre hill country mixed farm of sheep and dairy.   Brian attended St Joseph Convent School in Whakatane, and later boarded at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. He then went share milking for a neighbour running 300 cows. In 1974 he shifted to the South Island and purchased a sheep farm near Mt Somers where he increased stock numbers from 900 to 3000 ewes. He later moved to a deer farm near Methven where he remained for 10 years before retiring. Brian has also been active in Rugby for many years.

Our Main Speaker, Bryan Harre, was introduced by Roger Lake. Bryan is a professional Hunter from Geraldine who related one of his most memorable safaris which took place 21 years ago when he was new to hunting professionally. At that time he was hosted by a German hunter for a 6 week shoot in Cameroon on the Ivory Coast. Their road journey to the far south was obstructed by the military and Police who were then in revolt. Most of the hunt was in dense rain forest jungle which they traversed with the help of paid native Pygmy porters loaded up with rubber back-packs. While hunting for only deer and antelope, they encountered snakes, elephants, monkeys and a gorilla during their trek. In the latter stages of the hunt Bryan was struck down with a severe form of Malaria which was almost to cost him his life. After a 10 day struggle to march out of the jungle he eventually managed to return home and a long period of hospitalization to make a full recovery. Bryan was thanked by Russell Small before the meeting concluded.



  • Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club

President Val opened the September meeting held recently.  After the National Anthem was sung birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated.  Attention was drawn to the new table cloth, made by Heather, and it was noted there are new signs at each end of the town.  Trips convenor Avis Kingsland told of the combined bus trip on 15 October to Oamaru via Waimate.   There was discussion on the Christmas lunch, it was decided to have this at the Hotel Ashburton on 12 December.

The mini speaker was Marg Watson who told of her recent stay at Gloriavale on the West Coast.  She went with a group of friends and attended the concert.   They were treated like royalty and were staying at a farm house.  Hunters are encouraged in the region, and bees are kept.  They saw the honey extraction area.   Marg advised that the school was formal with old books, and boys and girls are taught separately.  It was noted there were not many spontaneous smiles on the children.

After the raffle was drawn and morning tea, the tables had been rearranged for five people each.  Gwen Clucas, assisted by other members, then ran a lively quiz, with questions on many different topics, also some pictures to identify.  This was fun, and showed we did not know as much as we thought we did.

Members were reminded of the coffee morning and the movie.

President Val concluded the meeting with the Thought for the Month –

People are like tea bags….You have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.



  • Netherby Women’s Institute September Meeting

Netherby Women’s Institute held their annual Home Industries Show on September 10.  20 members exhibited 247 entries which were of a very high standard.  We had 4 ladies from Hinds that did the judging. Several visitors from other Institutes were present including our Mid Canterbury Federation President Judy Vaughan.

There were 4 categories that you could enter in: Flowers: Cooking and Preserves; Knitting or Crochet and Handwork, Sewing and Craft (including photographs).

Section prizes were awarded to: Nancy Christey for Floral; Catherine Thomas for Cut Flowers; Adrienne Hodson for Cooking; Joan Henderson and Barbara Burst equal for Knitting and Crochet and Nancy Christey Handwork, Sewing and Craft.

Trophies were awarded to the following:

Jessie Sowden Trophy to Catherine Thomas for most point in flowers.

Jamieson Blue Ribbon to Wendy Petrie for Champion Bloom.

Mary Renner Cup for Cooking to Adrienne Hodson.

Joan Wilson Plate for Best in Handcraft to Rosie O’Brien.

Most Entries in Show to Catherine Thomas.

Moore Rose Bowl for most points overall to Catherine Thomas.

Joanne Taylor was our Guest Speaker.  She told us about how the idea of Latitude magazine came about in the Hairdressers and how it is still the success after 10 years. She has now handed over the reins to Lucinda Diack. Joanne’s new interest now is being a Trustee with Advance Ashburton.  She mentioned some of the success stories that they have achieved.

At Joanne’s request a collection was taken up for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in lieu of a fee for herself.

Other activities Netherby will be involved in is the Federation half yearly meeting at Wakanui Hall on October 2 and Suffrage Walk on September 19 and of course the Ashburton A & P Show.

The Indoor Bowls competition held on August 31 resulted in a 2nd place for one of our 2 teams entered. The Final to be held on September 28.

The Sales Table was well supported and the afternoon concluded with a delicious afternoon tea.



  • Run and Walk Ashburton

The mid-week meets saw the runners on Tuesday night enjoy a 7.5km run around the domain, whilst the Wednesday Walkers, 10 in total spread amongst both time slots, enjoyed a lovely mild evening striding out around the streets of Allenton.

Amongst the runners we have members training for the Queenstown marathon and half marathon and the New York Marathon in November, and early December the Kepler Challenge. Hill work and time on feet being important as everyone works toward their specific goals. Happy Valley Road near Methven offers a good hill workout which five members travelled to on Saturday morning achieving 14km of down and up.  The weather was very still and warm, with everyone commenting the sun screen will be coming out on the next outing!

Back in Ashburton three early bird runners ran along the river track to Cochranes Road before returning to meet up with the 7.30am crew collecting an extra four walkers and heading this time down the south side river track.  Everyone had the summer clothing out this week with a beautiful warm morning and a fabulous sun rise experienced.

The Afternoon Meet had 11 walkers who enjoyed the shade of the North river track, returning back to the domain pavilion via Trevor’s Road and Walnut Avenue. Two runners remained at the domain and completed speed work.  This week spring certainly was felt with the mild evenings and warm days along with the blossom and daffodils in the domain were particularly beautiful.

Six weeks remain of the season – check us out on Facebook to see what’s on for the remaining weeks.