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April 18


  • Ashburton Combined Friendship Club

Meeting 9 April: President Alister gave an excellent short address to remind us of and commemorate the events of March 15.

The trip to Kate Valley, Gerystone Vineyard, and Silverstream Alpaca Farm was very successful, thanks to Tony’s organising skills. A local half day Ashburton trip is planned for May 21.

Our mini speaker, Alan Andrews, told us about a commercial sightseeing Qantas Boeing 747 flight from Melbourne over Antarctica. The flight to Antarctica is 4 hours and is over the ice for about 5 hours before returning to Melbourne. Alan had a window seat and was able to take many photos. He was very enthusiastic about the experience and felt it was well worth the money.

Our main speaker was recently-appointed Ashburton District Council CEO, perhaps much better known for his CEO role at the Crusaders. He proved to be an excellent speaker as he gave an overview of current council activities. He said that it is impossible to please all rate payers because different rate payers have different priorities; some will be looking for minimum rate rises while others will prefer improved services and facilities or better roads.

He noted that rates in Ashburton are amongst the lowest in NZ. The biggest council project is the proposed new administration and library buildings. The budget has had to be greatly increased, but experience has shown it is better to have a realistic budget rather than try and make the project fit the budget. Ashburton is in a good position to cope with climate change with no infrastructure at risk due to rising sea levels. On the other hand, recent earthquake modelling shows the district is at risk of significant damage if and when the Alpine Fault ruptures.

Meetings second Tuesday of month, Seniors Centre, 206 Cameron St, 9.30am. Visitors welcome. Phone Alister Errol 308 1207. ashcomboclub@gmail.com



  • Ashburton Electronic and Keyboard Club

On Monday night we had 40 members attending our monthly meeting, which this time was hosted for the first time by Alan Andrews.

John our president welcomed everyone and after any notices handed the evening over to Alan.

We had Bev French playing in, the half hour slot takes a lot of music and Bev had a great variety with River Rose, You are my Sunshine, Don’t Fence Me In, Place Where I Worship and many others, lovely start to the evening.

Alan then introduced his first player Karen Smith on keyboard with the Water is Wide, End of the World and Seventy Six Trombones. Perfection a very talented player.

Next to entertain where the Keyboard Group, (Michael, Janet, Rose & Barbara) unfortunately Iris was unwell so couldn’t be there but with the help on her music on a USB, we managed well and also included harmony with a number of our songs. Sioux City Sue, One Dozen Roses and Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Sentimental Journey and I’m going to Knock on your Door, Great selection of toe tapping tunes. Michael Kingsbury was next with Hello Mary Lou, Days of Wine & Roses and a Jazz piece Ruby Baby. Our host Alan then played the piano, Gloaming and Remembrance.

The Raffles were drawn next with the winners delighted with their prizes, M Twamley, L Boud, T Lamont & N Farrell.

Alan then read a poem with a farming theme.

Audrey & Rose were next to entertain us with The China Doll Parade & Playful Rondo, lovely listening to these two. Colin Crone was next and played an amplified Ukulele. Tum Balalaika, a Russian Tune, Sunrise Sunset and finished with a Country Dance selection for classical guitar, very different but nice, this was followed by the Accordia Group, (Irene, Cushla, Lorraine, Peter and Robin and with Bernard being away Michael was the keyboard player), well done, they had a couple of medleys, Linden Swing Bracket, and an Irish Selection including The Green Grass of Antrim. Alan then finished the evening with a piano selection Release Me and Sailor.

John then thanked Alan for his evenings programme and commented on the fact that every evening we have a great variety of entertainment and all very different, supper followed.



  • Ashburton Golf Club

Young Wilson continued his golfing development with a superb 47 stableford points on Saturday, this young chap is a firm favourite with all the Brandon members and one of Matt’s brightest prodigies, all of whom are coming along in leaps and bounds. The future for golf in the region sure looks good under Matt’s guidance. Saturday though was a pair’s combined game and Wilson needed a strong partner, luckily enough Steve Vivian managed to snaffle himself 34 points, to beat Hoppy and Lefty, who had 41 and 40 respectively, on countback.

Sunday saw pennants teams head off around the district. Hoppy’s Redpath boys were the men’s leading lights with a great win against Tinwald on their own course, with star of the day Tuffy shooting a 74. Next score in was Shanes moyes team who scored a massive 5 points, unfortunately their opponents got 12, oh well never mind.

Hamish’s boys had a tough two rounds at Tinwald and had 2 close defeats. Tom’s young pups got mauled by the Mayfield big dogs, I don’t think the boys have got any physical damage but the mental and emotional scars could last for years. Finally the rudderless ship that is the Patterson team, led by chief mutineers Gaby and Spud, found the sea a bit choppy down in Timaru.

Only Tiny Tim managed to tip toe through the Tulips, (you may need to Google Tiny Tim!!) for a win.

The rest of the crew were looking for strong leadership which was sadly lacking, and a 14 to 3 defeat ensued. I think we all know what needs to happen for the next game. You have got to love your pennants. The Tinwald Tavern was full of hard luck stories and bad bounces on Sunday evening. A great shining light was the Ladies weekend pennants team who journeyed down to Fairlie and beat a strong Gleniti side 9.5 to 2.5, well done ladies.

This weekend we have mixed days. Saturday we have family pairs playing for the Keig cup and other pairs going for the Coasters, on Monday we have an individual stableford in the Croziers Turkey Trot, and then Thursday on Anzac day we have the annual battle of the sexes for the Baker Trophy. Check paper and website for start times. Have a great Easter and go easy on the chocolate eggs. Good golfing



  • Ashburton Musical Club

Our first concert for the year “Curtain Raiser” was held on Saturday April 13 at the Sinclair Centre. A variety of instruments and polished performances made for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Piano Solo, Emma Cochrane – And Now Lets Handel – M Proksch, Trumpet Solo, Eva Bedggood – Andante for Trumpet – G Balay, Accompanied by Helen Hinson, Vocal Solos, Abigail Jones, – What Love Is – Kayne & Whittaker, Memory – Lloyd Webber & Nunn, Don’t Sweetheart Me, – Friend & Tobias, Piano Solos- , Eva Bedggood, Contemplation Op 30 No, 1 – Mendelssohn, Cinq Preludes Fragiles No. 1 – A Lourie, Fear & Courage (Eva’s own composition) Classical Guitar Trio, Jay & Jade Jung & Michael Petrus – Ave Maria (Michael’s own composition) Piano Solo, Katie Gluyas, 1st Mvt Sonata No 31 – Haydn, Trio for Flute, Violin & Piano, Bryony Bedggood, Thomas Bedggood & Helen Hinson. – Rondo – F. Doppler & Montmartre – Mark Walton.
Accompanist Pearl Wood.



  • Ashburton Pakeke Lions Club

President Ron welcomed members to the April meeting of the Pakeke Lions Club held at the Ashburton Aviation Museum. Lion Bob introduced Members of the New Academy Dance Group featuring girls and boys from three years to adults. These dancers are tutored very professionally by Madi Wilson and Anna Raukawa and displayed all their skills in high energy modern dancing which was very much enjoyed by those present. The group also entertains at various public events, charity events and rest homes etc. and draw children from many schools in Mid Canterbury. They also have a dance-fit group for adults.

The group was warmly thanked by Sheilagh Moore who presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation and Easter Eggs.

After a meal provided by members of the Aviation Museum, Lion Graeme introduced the Guest speaker Owen Moore, who gave a very informative and interesting talk on the beginnings of the Museum and mentioned those members who got the project off the ground forty-five years ago. He then gave a slide show of the many aircrafts that are on display at the Museum and stories on their acquisitions with special interest on the Hawker Jump Jet, (being the only one on display in the Southern Hemisphere) and also the building of the Hangers that house this wonderful exhibition. Owen was thanked by Lion Bob and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

President Ron informed members that a defibrillator has been purchased for Tuarangi Home and will be presented to them in the near future. Raffles were drawn and The Tailtwister extracted fines from Members. The meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem.

The Monthly Craft morning is to be held at the home of Val Cartney on Monday May 13 at 10am. All Welcome.



  • Mid Canterbury Central Friendship Club

New president Russell Small welcomed a good turnout of members to our April meeting, including two visitors. He also advised that South Island Friendship has been wound up, its role now filled by New Zealand Friendship Inc. A visit to Greg Lovett’s vegetable processing farm is planned for April 23, with car loads leaving from Ashburton Hotel car park at 1.00pm.

Our mini speaker was Alan Kingsbury who was raised in Dorie where his father was farming. Alan attended Dorie primary and Ashburton Tech before working for his father and eventually inheriting a part of the farm, along with his two brothers. He moved to Ashburton in 2000, and is now living in Lochlea Estate.

After tea break Barry Quantock introduced our guest speaker, Paul (Pup) Chamberlain. Pup came from Ohai in Southland but after the family farm was sold he joined the police force in 1978.

He described the various trials he faced in his 38 years with the force, including the 1981 Springbok Tour, the WINZ shooting and the Christchurch Earthquake.

He obtained a degree in Education and several years ago left the police force and became a Rural and Public mental Health educator, with particular emphasis on the wellness and resilience of schools. He wound up his talk with some tips on sleeping and maintaining good mental health. Ken Borland thanked our speaker which concluded the meeting.



  • Netherby Women’s Institute

Wear an Easter bonnet was the Roll Call for our April meeting and what a colourful and inventive range was worn.

Our President Denise Clark welcomed 19 members including a new lady.

Aspirations were recited together.

Pauline Palmer read the Motto for the month “Money doesn’t talk these days, it just goes without saying”.

Golden Threads: Rosie O’Brien read out an amusing story “The joys of being 80”.

Competitions were read out and Valmai Mitchell won both the Moyland and Northchurch trophies.

Joan Henderson won the raffle.

Our Guest Speaker was Sheryl Stivens who gave us a very interesting and informative talk on Rubbish, Recycling and Composting.

The recycling of soft plastics will get underway very soon and will be made into plastic plywood here in NZ.

As well as this the plastic milk containers are made into wheelie bins etc. and plastic bottles and biscuit trays; (No.1 plastic) are recycled back into chocolate or biscuit trays by Flight Plastics at Poirurua.

Composting food and garden waste was discussed including Bokashi bucket composting, a Japanese way to ferment your food waste instead of putting it in the red bin.

One tip that Sheryl gave us for growing potatoes was to flatten 2 cardboard boxes and lay them flat on the ground leaving a gap large enough to plant the potatoes. Mulch the whole lot with grass clippings to 15cm and continue to put clippings on them.

This keeps them moist as well as recycling the cardboard and is an easy way to grow potatoes.

Denise thanked Sheryl and presented her with a bunch of flowers.

Afternoon tea completed the meeting.



  • Run and Walk Ashburton

The Hagley Memorial Relays are a highlight on our member’s calendar each year and this year was no exception. Held in Christchurch at North Hagley Park each lap is a distance of 4.2km with runner’s teams being made up of four competitors and the walker’s three competitors.

On Saturday April 13 three teams headed to Christchurch to compete, two walking and one running.

The relay first begun in 1950 and became a memorial race for members of the University of Canterbury Athletic Club who had lost their lives in World War II. These days the relay is run on the closest Saturday to Anzac Day.

This year ideal conditions were enjoyed by all competing with a fine and sunny day with a very light wind. The track was hard after all the fine weather, however the acorns proved a challenge for some. The runners all completed their lap in under 20mins with a total running time of 1:16:58, and the walker’s teams finished within 4 minutes of each other placing them 2nd (1:35:04) and 3rd (1:39:36) in the walking section.

Back in Ashburton our Early Birds had six members run down the river track for an out and back run of 10km while the Afternoon Meet of seven enjoyed a solid 90-minute walk and run around the streets of Allenton, all commenting on the changing colours which Autumn brings. Noel Batty made sure he was back ahead of the others and had afternoon tea ready which was enjoyed along with some good yarns.

We are spoilt for choice mid-week with Tuesday evening now offering a 3 or 6km run or walk around the perimeter of the Domain under the lights or Wednesday for a 5.4km walk. Both offer the opportunity to introduce some speed work into your programme, or simply enjoy exercising with the support of others.



  • Target Shooting Mid Canterbury

It was really great to see some of our leading juniors back this week, Lanelle McArthur and Megan Snowdon on holiday from varsity and Emma Smith from sickness. Shania Harrison-Lee produced a very tidy 100.8 to just fend off a challenge from T.J. Stewart with his 99.7. In the double card (20 shot) match the seniors gained a serious foothold when Nina McKenzie set aside her presidential duties and put up two 99s for a total 198.8 to sneak ahead of Shania.

The Coronation club has, this year, moved away from the traditional internal championships (aggregate) and is focusing on using club night as an opportunity to train with a training programme set to start next week. It will be interesting to see how this works out. T.S.M.C is nothing if not innovative.

The really serious business starts this weekend with the first of the South Island open championships being held right here in Ashburton. The T.S.M.C. open champs kick off on Friday night and continue through Saturday. The Phoenix Club open championships will be held on Sunday. Both matches will be hosted by the Coronation T.S.C. and held at the West St range. Advance entries have already been received from Nelson in the North and Invercargill, Balclutha and Dunedin in the South.

We are all very excited at this first attempt at a “Grand weekend” and since many hands make light work we will be ready. These two championships are the opening rounds in the race for South Island selection and we can be pretty sure that the visitors are not coming just to see if the cleaning has been done. Good luck to the workers and good shooting to the competitors. Till next week “There is no try, you do or you don’t do”.



  • Wakanui WI

President Juliana Protheroe welcomed members to the March meeting of the Wakanui WI held in the Sinclair Centre.

Motto for the month was – Memories are like flowers in the garden of life, tend them with care.

The display was an old photograph. Members provided some interesting photos of yesteryear.

Discussion was held regarding restructuring the financial side of WI and the format for Cup Day. Both items to be discussed at the Federation Officers School on April 6.

Wakanui has been complimented on the very successful Sales Table held recently at the Federation AGM.

Speaker for the afternoon was Robin Pridie who spoke of his love for photography which started when he was given a Box Brownie as a young boy. Saving pocket money to have the films developed proved too expensive so the camera was put away.

Years later when he was able to buy a better camera the love affair for photography took hold. Robin showed us a Power Point presentation of some of his treasured photos many local and historical places.

Recently he has launched a book titled “Our Place” which includes many of these photos. A great book for the coffee table or as a gift for overseas visitors. Robin was thanked for a very interesting presentation.

Next meeting to be a lunch to celebrate our 86th birthday.