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February 21


  • Age Concern Ashburton

Age Concern Ashburton report all services are activated for 2019 and we look forward to a fully subscribed Confident Driving Course for Mature Drivers on Friday March 15. Facilitator, Yvonne Palmer, will be delivering this very worthwhile presentation, with input from a traffic police officer following lunch.

We acknowledge with grateful appreciation the publicity accorded to these courses from the Ashburton District Council.

Our annual street appeal, Lavender Day, is scheduled for Friday March 8, and 50+ with Rosa Bennett will start on Friday 26 April, 9.30am at the Ashburton Senior Centre.

Enquiries for the Steady as You Go programme continue to stream in, as do requests for our Courtesy Drivers.

All enquiries relating to services, concerns, including Elder Abuse, Gardeners, Total Mobility Assessment, 206 Club and 50+ are welcomed at the office, 206 Cameron Street, or phone 3086817.



  • Allenton Bowling Club

Good morning bowlers – first here are some results: Progressive Pairs 02/02/19 Leads. 1st Millie Foggo 2nd Bruce Henderson Skips. 1st John Bruce 2nd Neil Sharplin/Ken McLaren
09/02/19 Leads. 1st Craig Harrison 2nd Martin Watson Skips. 1st Neil Sharplin 2nd Ken McLaren. Allenton Evening Pairs 05/02/19 Sponsor Patterson’s Funeral Services Winners: Pete Whinham and Bruce Harper 12/02/19 Winners: Brent Mayson and Bernie Osborne 19/02/19 Winners: Maureen Knox and Bev Anderson “Woohoo”.

Our grateful thanks to Patterson’s Funeral Services for their sponsorship of this event. As it was the last night of this event our Aggregate Winners over all weeks were Brent Mayson and Rodney Greeney – congratulations guys great effort and well done.

Our Waitangi Day Triples were once again a great day out with bowls and an excellent BBQ to follow. Our winners of this were Murray Anderson, Laraine and Jim Mills taking the Motz Trophy home. Bowls were also winners creating lovely fellowship, friends & enjoyment for all players. Thanks to all who joined us at Allenton for this Tournament.

Another fabulous win last week by Diane Guberlet (skip) Wendy Watson, Shirley Doig and Sandra Holdom taking out the Greymouth Fours 3 day Tournament. Congratulations to you all well played you deserved it Allenton is very proud of you.

A very special day was held at the clubrooms last Sunday to mark the wonderful 95th Birthday of our still playing dear member Dot Font. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Dot from us all.

That’s all from us see you on the greens soon. Good bowling to you all.



  • Allenton Croquet Club

President Ann Sunbeam welcomed 12 members to our monthly meeting held on February 13, at 3.15pm.

Captain Barbara advised all championship competitions were completed and now trophies won last season are required to be handed in to enable them to be engraved for prize giving.

The members were told that Waireka Club was again not going to be able to use their courts from the end of February, due to more work being done. We agreed to them using ours on days other than those days we use them. This will be from end of February to the end of the season.

Our annual quiz evening has been confirmed for May 3 starting at 7.30pm, $20 per team or $5 per person. Good raffles and lots of prizes for those participating. The venue for this is Allenton Sports Club in Cavendish Street.

Next Meeting March 13 at 11.30am



  • Ashburton Bowling Club

Another week has gone by with our bowlers playing around the district. At Hinds on Friday in the triples Murray Anderson, John Kewish & Geo Crack managed a second with 18 ends.

Then at Methven the next day Murray, Gavin & Margaret Eder along with Mike Quinn as skip managed another 2nd. GT’s team missing out on a prize by a coat of paint on his last bowl.

Over on the Coast in a lady’s tournament Diane Gutberlet came out on top along with three Allenton ladies, well done to them on winning such a large tournament and bringing home the prize.

In the Saturday roll overs Colin Bird, Ann Gibson & Annette Blain winning with three wins 2nd was Charles Rooke, Alison Gibbs & Merv Campbell with two wins.

In the Championship Pairs at the club, Gavin Eder & Winston Lee managed a win over Colin Dennis & Murray Anderson in a game of some great bowling shots. Played on Tuesday morning was the final of the Championship Singles between Gavin Eder and Winston Lee with Gavin running out the winner 21-17 in a game that had many changes of the lead in it.

Well done to those two players for putting on a good display of draw bowls. Also a few weeks back Murray, John Kewish & Doug Kinvig won the Championship triples with two lives to spare.

Until next week good bowling



  • Ashburton Combined Friendship Club

President Errol welcomed members to the first meeting of the year. There were 10 apologies and a new member was inducted.

A bus trip is planned Tuesday March 19 to the Canterbury Landfill Site at Kate Valley where refuse from Christchurch and several other towns in Canterbury including Ashburton is placed in an environmentally sustainable land fill.

Mini speaker, Errol Kingsbury, spoke about his time in volunteer fire brigades. In his usual humorous style, Errol told us a series of anecdotes from when he started Oxford where the fire engine was a Ford Model A truck with a water tank on the back and the fire pump motor was hand cranked to start. The uniform was khaki overalls and the boots were leaking hand me downs. Training was on the job and on one of the first fires he attended was a chimney at the fire chief’s house where he learned that you don’t put the fire hose full bore down the chimney.

Main speaker, Kevin Geddes told us about three of the organisations he has been involved with. Kevin joined Federated Farmers as a farmer back in 1961. In the difficult times of the mid-eighties he felt he could help by employing someone on his farm and working full time for the NZ Rural Trust helping farmers who were under great financial stress. When that ended, he was offered a paid role with Federated Farmers which evolved into the policy role from which he has only recently retired.

Kevin has also been on the board of Advance Ashburton. The now substantial fund has helped young people get into training such as trades, health science or Outward Bound, provided funding to ensure the new operating theatres were built at Ashburton hospital and supported a Chair of Rural Medicine.

Kevin has been a Justice of the Peace since 1991 and has been on the Court Panel. He has also been NZ President of the Justices Association and has been a member of the Australasian Association of Justices. He was thanked by David Turpie who reminisced that he knew Kevin from their YFC days.

Meetings second Tuesday of month, Senior’s Centre 206 Cameron St, 9.30am. Visitors welcome. Phone Errol 308 2365. ashcomboclub@gmail.com



  • Ashburton Electronic Organ and Keyboard

We were welcomed in by Bev (Lister that is) playing away in the corner there.

John managed to quieten us down, and asked for a minute’s silence to remember George Smith. A very loyal and constant member.

A reminder of our public concert on March 31. Members have been asked to sell at least two tickets, and hope the public will come along and fill up the Tinwald hall for us.

Next accordion practice at Shirley’s Tuesday March 5.

Anyone who is not receiving the newsletter is to get in touch with Karen.

The programme for the evening was arranged by Bev (Stevens that is).

First time up for her and she was not turned down by those she asked to play.

Irene and Robyn on accordions and Karen (Balderstone that is) on the piano played some super medleys. They really dug deep for all that music. Robyn swapped her accordion for the ukulele for their second selection.

Elizabeth also played a nice selection. Some of the songs I haven’t heard for ages, and they went over well.

Karen (Smith that is) played as she always does, digging deep for songs hardly ever aired, quite refreshing.

Alan then played two lovely pieces on the piano. His enjoyment of the piano shines through and he played the two pieces, “Remembrance,” and “Wayside chapel” with feeling.

Bernard then played in place of Rose, who is recovering well in hospital.

His choices always go down well on the Kawai.

Bev kept the evening alive with some raucous jokes. Just be careful never to mistake the fridge in the kitchen, for the bowl in the ‘little room’.

There is not enough space to mention all the songs but here are a few.

Gee there’s some nice songs around.

‘Nobody does it better” “Do you know where you’re going” “Bare Necessities”, “For sentimental reasons”, “Cottage by the Lee”, “Baby blue”, “Love letters in the sand”, “How great Thou art”,

“Closer walk with Thee”.

Than you to those who served supper, and thank you Peter for stepping in and helping out.



  • Mid Canterbury Central Friendship Club

Our first Tuesday meeting for 2019 was attended by 67 members with 1 visitor. The meeting observed a moment’s silence in memory of former member, Jim Rainey, who passed away recently. Roger Lake advised the bus trip to Christchurch planned for later this month was cancelled due to lack of numbers.

Our mini speaker was Graeme Munro. Graeme attended Kaitaia Primary school and later Oturu Maori School. After reaching 6th form at Taipa District High School in Northland, he joined the RNZAF at the age of 16, and thereafter had a lifetime career with them as an avionics engineer.

He had postings in most of the RNZAF bases including, Woodburn, Ohakea, Wigram Hobsonville and Singapore. During this time he worked on a wide range of aircraft such as Vampires, Harvards, Sunderland Flying Boats, Devons, DC3s and Orions. In 1969 his tour of duty also included support service to worn torn Vietnam, for which he was highly decorated. Graeme finished his time as a training instructor in Avionics at Wigram.

Following tea break Roger Lake introduced our main speaker, Ben Curry, CEO of RDR. Ben gave a brief history of the scheme which was built by the MOW between 1937 and 1945. It was sold in 1990 to RDRML with 3 shareholders.

Today the scheme encompasses 3 areas, Mayfield/Hinds, Valetta and Lyndhurst. Future plans, although still subject to final allocation of water rights approval, should see a 500 Hectare storage lake built at Klondyke.

Not only will this improve reliability and profitability of the scheme, but will also have environmental and recreational benefits for Mid Canterbury. Our guest speaker was thanked by Carl Ruddenklau, and the meeting was closed.



  • MSA Golf Section

Fifteen members from the MSA Golf Section and 2 visitors travelled to Pleasant Point enjoying fine weather and good conditions. Winners on the day were Phil Roddick 43 points and Steve Strafford 41 points.

Ladies were Marilyn Bennett 33 points, Trish Cates 32 points and Judy Webb 32 points and Champ of the Day went to Trish Clarke. Prize giving and drinks were held at the Jolly Potter.

Nearest the Pins went to Lindsay Jackson and Steve Strafford. Also on Monday February 18 four members travelled to Christchurch to take part in the Gaming Machine tournament, finishing in 5th place. Well done and Brent Smith taking out the Longest Drive of 274m.



  • Lions Club of Ashburton

12 February 2019

Our February meeting was held at Hotel Ashburton and featured a well devised quiz by Colin Morgan and an interesting talk from Kirsten Harris supported by her family. Kirsten was an invitee to represent NZ at Armistice Day Memorial Services in Europe last year. Kirsten’s talk was evidence of the pride many young people place in regards ‘Those Who Fell” and the club felt sponsorship of this young person well and truly justified.

Our next meeting on Wednesday March 6 features the International Newcomers evening. This meeting is a wives/partners, bring a friend – bring a perspective club member along, evening.

Please note the deadline for all apologies is Friday March 1 at 12.00pm (midday). This is to enable the Hotel Ashburton staff to plan and prepare for an International Buffet meal over the next few days.

Sunday March 31 is our long awaited excursion to Dot’s Castle, Riverside, Oamaru. Social Convenor George Brown is co-ordinating this day out.

Saturday March 16, our Lions are on gate duty at the Methven Show.

A Court Theatre visit is planned for Saturday March 2 leaving at 4.30pm from Hotel Ashburton for those who have confirmed their participation.

The South Island Motorhome Show was run over the weekend February 16 and 17 at the Ashburton A & P Showgrounds. The event turned out to be highly successful with a great range of well-known caravan and motorhome brands being displayed. Our accessory sites doubled in number this year and e-bikes seemed particularly popular with those visiting the event.

A strong feature of this year’s event was the great support provided by local businesses including all the major utility and four wheel drive motor vehicle franchises, recreational caravan and motorhome companies and the supporting businesses of accessory items for those who enjoy life, ‘living the dream’ in their mobile homes.

The Lions Club of Ashburton was particularly pleased to see the ‘Big Little Theatre Company’ enjoy the fruits from their labours in operating the Club’s food trailer to raise funds for their coming trip to the United Kingdom.