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December 13



  • Ashburton Bowling Club

Another busy week on the greens. Last Friday we had the Friday Triples having two full greens thanks to all the players who attended, the placings were as follows: 1st Mike Quinn, John Drayton & Rose Johnson 3 wins 20 ends, 2nd Trevor Johnson, Marty Watson & Maureen Knox 3 wins15 ends, 3rd Graham Taylor, Roy Keeling & Harold Kemp 2.5 wins 17 ends (combined age of that team was 250yrs): 4th Diane Gutberlet, Ollie Collins & Roger Gutberlet 2.5 wins 15 ends. 5th Murray Smallridge, Peter Winham & Graeme Clark 2 wins. The next day Saturday we held the Pairs & Fours and had a full green again. The winners on that day were 1st Min Hill, Judie Ryk, Laraine & Jim Mills with 4.5 wins & 33 ends, 2nd Reg McJarry, Maurice Reid, Raylene Heads & Anne Reid. 4.5 wins and 32 ends.3rd Murray Anderson, Dianna King, Winston Lee, Di Callahan 4 wins & 36 ends, 4th Roger & Diane Gutberlet Mike Quinn & Racheal Davies 4 wins and 35 ends. Playing in Fairlie Murray Anderson, Mike Quinn, Laraine & Jim Mills managed to retain the trophy for the second year. On Sunday evening we had our Christmas Dinner with Ollie and Russell doing the catering which was well handled. This evening went off very well, having a scrumptious meal along with lots of chatter. Noeline gave us a bit of history and GT managed to find some stories to tell. The evening ended with our president Jo thanking all the helpers and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



  • Ashburton Golf Club

There is a 4 way tie on 42 points after the first round of the Property Brokers Shootout qualifying. Shootout virgins, Lucas McGee and Robert Pawsey, set down good markers and may well find themselves in the final come January 27.  Not sure if they know what they are letting themselves in for. The other two leaders, definitely do know, with the champ from 2 years ago Gaby and serial hard luck story Greig having another pop at the title. It looks like it is going to be another great qualifying season, with 40+ pointers flying around, and some top golfers not yet entered, it’s gonna be a belter!

This Saturday we have our Christmas Salvers up for grabs. Thanks to our wonderful friends at Radius Care we again have over $500 of Christmas cheer and healthy snacks on the prize table, like bottles of gin and chocolates. It is an individual stableford game, also a shootout qualifier, come on down and bring your “A” game. We are giving Matt a rest from his starting duties this Saturday, so just give your money and filled in scorecard to the Yorkshire santa (no padding required) and we will be doing a card draw for a 12:30 start. Should be a great day.

Don’t forget Shootout qualifying goes on every Saturday, throughout the Xmas and New Year period.  A good chance to burn off all the over indulgence.

One last note, the Jolly Boys are having their annual Weedons trip on the 27 December.  If anyone fancies a fun filled day out. Just see me on Saturday for more information. We will get you there and back home safe, (eventually). Good golfing



  • MSA Golf Section

MSA Golf Section played its last game for the season at the Tinwald Course on December 9 with a great turnout 24 players, they enjoyed a great day followed by drinks, prize-giving and a meal back at the MSA.

The winners on the day in the Men’s were Steve Thomas 43, Wayne Smith 41 and in the women Maddie Smith 43, Alison McGregor 41, Judy Webb 41.  There was only 5 twos for the day W. Smith 2, A McGregor, Kay Fox, Steve Thomas.  Well done to them.

The overall winners for the year were: Men’s Champion Steve Strafford; Ladies Champion tied were Trish Cates and Kay Fox.

This year we had trophies for overnight trip and the winners were Men’s Wayne Smith, Ladies Trish Cates.  Also on Sunday was the Annual Presidents vs Captains which was won by the Captains 432-409, well done to Brent as he has had a great year as Captain.  So for the last time this year wishing you and your families a great Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



  • Rakaia Rugby Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Rakaia Rugby Club was held in the clubrooms on Monday, December 3.  There was a good attendance of members and players, including the club’s patron, Alan Smith.

The election of officers and committee resulted : Immediate Past President, Mark Boag; President, Mark Hanrahan,; Vice President, Warren Jones;  Secretary / Treasurer, John Lawler; Club Captain, Josh Colgan; Assistant Club Captain, Cawte Whiting;  JAB Captain,  Dean Ford; Assistant JAB Captain, Warren Jones; MCRU Delegate, Ryan Ford;

The committee for the 2019 season is: David Boag; Andrew Letham; Bruce Perry; Chris Burrows; Kyle Gray; Richard Stewart; Murray Burrowes; Philip Rushton.



  • R.S.A. Women’s Section

President Colleen Hands welcomed members to the Christmas Dinner on Monday December 3.  Members with birthdays in December and January were wished Happy Birthday.  Wendy Marr was thanked for making and decorating the Christmas cake.  Some committee members had the tables festive looking.  Bus trip on Monday February 4, 2019.  Names to Claire please by Friday February 1.  Bus to leave between 9am and 9.30am on the 4.  Elaine said Grace.  The meal was served at 6pm.  Prue and her team were thanked for the meal which was enjoyed by everyone.  The cake was cut by Janet and Lorna.  Raffles were won Adele, Claire and Marge.  The entertainers were the Organ Club Skiffle group.  Lots of catchy tunes to sing along to.  Irene played the accordion.  After singing some Christmas songs the group wished us Merry Christmas.  Allan and Mervyn were thanked for serving the tea and coffee to go with the lovely Christmas cake.  The President and committee wished those present a Happy Christmas and holiday time.  It was a lovely evening.



  • Wakanui WI

President Jenette Storrier welcomed 14 members to the Hotel Ashburton for our Christmas meeting and a delicious lunch.  The appropriate motto for the month was “Calories don’t count, they multiply”!

Members were very generous with donating grocery items for Ronald McDonald House and two tablecloths have also been given to Riding for the Disabled.

Prior notice was given for the Federation Founders Day February 21, 2019 at Staveley and the Federation AGM on February 26, 2019.

Members were asked for suggestions for our programme for 2019 including speakers and outings.

Member Bernice Laird who organises the Inter Rest Home Indoor Bowls competition each year suggested we may be interested in helping with serving afternoon tea. Members were keen to be involved.

Members will again cater for the Mid Canterbury Vintage Ploughing Match with a preliminary date given for May 25, 2019.

Next meeting our AGM will be January 23, 2019.