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June 27


  • Ashburton Garden Club

The 68th AGM was held at the Ashburton Hotel on June 20 where we met at 11.45am.

Audrey Leath presented her very full report for the past year, she thanked everyone for their contribution to the success of the past year.

Presentations were made to outgoing Committee followed by the business side of the meeting before our Patroness took the Chair for the election of Officers

The New Officers as follows:

Patroness: Mary Leighton

President: Audrey Leith

Past President: Pat Tarbotton

Vice President: Nancy Ridder

Secretary: Jennifer Marks

Treasurers: Shirley Thomas, Heather Gray

Committee: Anne Gamblin, Claire Wesley, Brenda Law, Noeline Inch, Lynette Milne, Barbara Lischener, Bernice Laird

Presentation of Trophies were presented by Norma Galway who is a Life Member.

Most Entries: 1st Pat Tarbotton, 2nd Lois Bradley, 3rd equal Mary Leighton and Jennifer Marks

Most Points: 1st Pat Tarbotton, 2nd Audrey Leath, 3rd Audrey McKay

Spring Flower Show: 1st Nancy Ridder, 2nd Heather Gray, 3rd Lois Bradley

A winter break will be taken in July, the next meeting will be held on August 15 at the Senior Centre with a Speaker to be arranged.



  • Ashburton Golf Club

Well what a crazy weekend we just had.  Some massive upsets in the Presidents Trophy round of 16, and some good and bad in the Pennants.

In the Presidents cup quarter finals, Vince and Ron will square off after taking out George and Tuffy. This will be a cracker with both of them playing off massively inflated handicaps.  I think Vince is the form horse though. Barry will lock horns with Braydon, real case of teacher and pupil here. Barry is super steady, Braydon is rocks and diamonds, but if he brings his cheering squad again, it may put Barry off his game. Too close to call. Stewart will face Paddy. One horse race if ever I’ve seen one. The last game will see Robbie take on Pauly G, who both won on the 19th last week. This will be the tie of the round, both giants of club match play. Obviously “giant” is metaphorical in one instance, but you know what I mean. I think Pauly will just sneak this one. Should be a great day good luck to all.

Pennants. The Holmes boys had a good win and hold onto 3rd spot in their league so are tracking well.  It was the final round in the Patterson round robins with both Ashburton teams sitting top going into it. Tom’s boys had a bye and had to sit and watch. A great result came through and they held on to 2nd place by a point and head into the semis at their first time of asking. Well done boys.

After 12 years of misery the other team went to Point in high spirits ready to break their duck. With only 2 wins from 6 players required. Captain Blythe gave a stirring speech in the trench. Shouted “follow me boys”, jumped over the top and stormed the opposition, picking up a great win. He turned round and the rest of the team were still in the trench drinking tea, meekly waving their white flags. Oh well maybe next year. Sorrows were well drowned on the way home.

None matchplayers have Stableford round this week. Come on down and join the fun. Good golfing



  • Ashburton Pakeke Lions Club

Ashburton Pakeke Lions Club June meeting with many visitors from other clubs, was the annual Change Over event when the Incoming President and his Board were duly installed by visiting Lion Garth Bateup.  Following a good winter meal, Toasts to Visitors, Lions International and the Ladies were given by Lions Meredith Lowe, Noel Lowe and Arthur Pawsey and were suitably replied to.

Lion Jim Allison was granted Privileged Membership Status an honour bestowed on members who have given long and valuable service to the Club but for various reasons now find it difficult to attend meetings and actively participate in activities.  Lion Graeme Mably was honoured as a Lloyd Morgan Recipient recognising the outstanding practical service he has given over many years to Pakeke Lions.

President Lion Ron outlined his Annual report highlighting the significant projects that had been achieved during the year. The most notable being the Dementia Awareness Breakfast coinciding with the visit of Greg Kelly resulting in a $10,000 donation to Dementia Canterbury for use in our District, the Charity Garage Sale, Service in the Community including Meals on Wheels, Christmas Raffle and assistance with Street Appeals.  For the 17th year Pakeke hosted the Annual Day Out for the Ashburton College Special needs Group, a rewarding exercise.

Club Officers for the coming year are President Lion Noel Lowe, 1st VP Lion Meredith Lowe, 2nd VP Lion Trevor Andrews, Secretary Lion Dave Bennett, Treasurer Lion Peter O’Neill, Past President Lion Ron Paterson with Lions Robert Spencer and Joe Butchard as Directors.  Other position include Health and Safety Lion Dave Horrell, Bulletin Editor Lion Meredith Lowe, Tail Twister Lion Robert Spencer and meals Lion Graeme Mably.

Entertainment for the evening provided by Lanae and Bruce Hill was much appreciated

President Noel closed the meeting by asking for the continued enthusiasm that is the trade mark of Pakeke Lions.



  • Lynnford Rural Women

Our birthday month of May was different this year as it was spent at the Provincial fundraiser, at the movies to see “Red Joan”.  When discussed at our June meeting it was interesting the different opinions to this movie.  Supper was at the Phat Duck after the movie.

Our June meeting was a smaller than usual meeting with no speaker, so was very informal.

Alisa had her 90th birthday on our meeting day, so was one of those who sent apologies.  In her absence, we wished her a very happy birthday week with her family and all present signed a card to forward on to her.

With the passing of a former member, Janet Moore formerly Smith, we reminisced about former members and the farms where they lived and who now lived there and in some cases who resided there before that member.  It was quite a trip down memory lane.

$50 was collected at a recent meeting for Gum Boot Friday and forwarded to “I am Hope”.

The annual Young Farmers Ploughing Match held at Ian Lowe’s property in Hinds was reported on and by all accounts, went very well.  With Mid Canterbury Provincial taking over from Lynnford Rural Women Branch who have been providing meals for this event for over 50 years, it brings fresh ideas into the organisation for the day.

Much fun and laughter and hard work has been had at these events over the years from the days when it was all organised in the paddock using tents that could on occasion be blown over in the nor’ westers to the luxury of a shed with water and electricity.  The weather has varied to very cold to this year it being very hot.  Another trip down memory lane.

Our Annual General Meeting is next month after a finger food lunch.

Held this year at Elaine Lowe’s 11.30am.



  • Run and Walk Ashburton

Another busy week for members with lots of activity on offer.  Tuesday evening threshold session again had six runners take part, this included Joe Ford doing a plug for the Club and talent spotting a guy out on his evening run, who was invited to join in.  Seems he fitted in quite nicely setting a good pace along with the others.  Walkers Paul Severins and Rob Beale also met and clocked up 6km at a very quick pace.  Another great training on Thursday night. A group of seven including Ted Yee who bought two students from his College in America who had just had a 19-hour flight, but were happy to join in and do 6 x 1km reps. The Wednesday evening walkers also had a terrific turn out of six who set a steady pace on their town circuit. Well done to everyone turning up in the evenings, tempting I’m sure to stay by the warm fire, but such a satisfying feeling afterwards!

Our members were spoilt for choice on Saturday June 22!  The Early Bird runners enjoyed a mild morning without battling frosts for a change.  A total of six, including one cyclist, again utilizing the river track appreciated kick starting their day with a solid run before returning to Columbus Café for coffee.  Fast forward a few hours to the afternoon meet of eight walkers who enjoyed a 75-minute walk which started from the Domain Oval.  Heading over the rail bridge, down to Trevor’s Road and onto the river track before returning via Park Street. The third choice of the day was Timaru, which certainly put on a great show of weather for the annual South Canterbury Cross-Country Champs held at the Scenic Reserve, Centennial Park.  Five members travelled to take part and all agreed it was a great course. Pathways twisted through native bush and open grassland and incorporated the new suspension bridge. An undulating course which gave competitors a good challenge both physically and mentally. Everyone seemed happy with their individual results: Walkers 6km – 1st Place Bill Hood 53:05; Runners Women 6km – Masters Women 50+ 2nd Place: Alison Conway 35:33; Runners Men 10km – Men 35+ 3rd place Jeremy Hayes 43:54; Masters Men 50+ 1st Place Joe Ford 42:48; 3rd Place Ian Broadbelt 51:50. Until next week, keep warm and keep moving everyone!



  • U3A Hakatere/Ashburton June Meeting

This month’s speaker was Felicity Milburn who is the curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waihetu where she works collaboratively with artists on a wide range of projects, from temporary installations through to large-scale survey exhibitions.

Felicity has been a curator for twenty years having worked at the Robert McDougal and Christchurch Gallery’s.  She works with a team of five curators and loves curating big shows and working with the artists to select their works.

Art has taken her to Venice, London, Melbourne and Sydney.  A highlight was the Giacometti exhibition.  Temporary exhibitions were set up around Christchurch while the Gallery was closed so art was still available to people.  She writes regularly for the Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, website and quarterly magazine and also contributions to local and international publications, including Art New Zealand, Takahe, Landfall and World Sculpture News.  Her essays have featured in books on several New Zealand artists, including Joana Braithwait, Seraphine Pick, Lisa Walker and Jaqueline Fahey.

Recently Felicity has curated exhibitions on Jaqueline Fahey and Juliet Peter for the Gallery and her latest project is Wheriko-Brilliant, an exhibition of contemporary light art.  It was this project that Felicity talked about, showing pictures of the art and describing how the artists formed their ideas, what they wanted the viewer to interpret and how each art piece was formed.  Felicity’s talk captured ones imagination and gave a feeling of being immersed in the piece being described.

The sixty six people present felt inspired to expand their imaginations and have a fresh look at various art forms.

Next meeting is July 23.  The speaker is Professor Robin Palmer, Director of Clinical Legal Studies, Canterbury University.