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March 26



  • Ashburton Creative Fibre

Earlier in the month, 25 members and invited guests boarded a coach on a trip to Christchurch arriving at the Riverside Market in time for a cup of tea.

Unfortunately, being a Monday, a number of stalls were closed. The Riverside Market is a covered site off Oxford Terrace and opens onto Cashel Street near the Bridge of Remembrance.

The stalls sell veges, honey and various other goods. From there we travelled to Breakfree Hotel for lunch and on our way down Manchester Street admired a scene of elephants painted on a building there, finally reaching our destination of the new Spotlight store.

After replenishing our stash we made our way to Lincraft at the Bush Inn Centre, to top up our stash before arriving back in Ashburton about 5pm.

The co-chairperson welcomed a good muster of members and two visitors to our monthly meeting. The business part was dealt with quickly.

Age Concern Expo was a success although lighting and acoustics could have been better, hearing and sight are problems for the older person!

Our Club Challenge closes in July. Geraldine Creative Fibre celebrate their 50th anniversary next week.

The Birthday Bash for our 50th Anniversary in July is to be a High Tea at the Plains Museum, members’ labelled photos to be handed in at the June meeting and exhibition articles to be handed in for selection on or before, June 29.

In Anne’s absence, May displayed the articles on the show and tell table which included several throws, ponchos, and adult jersey, hats, baby matinee jacket and a pair of booties and the piece de resistance was a hand-knitted, lined handbag complete with internal pockets and the closing flap, an alligator head.

Our guest speaker began her talk on the Steady as You Go, programme by having us stand up and do some stretches. Standing up will never be the same again!

Thank you, Dianne.

Several spinning wheels had been bought along to the meeting for our educational activity of wheel maintenance. The co-chairpersons became technicians for an hour oiling and tightening bands and general getting the wheel into working order.

A very busy morning.



  • Lynnford Rural Women

With an afternoon meeting, members had an opportunity in the morning to visit the biennial Positive Ageing Expo held at the Hotel Ashburton where a great variety of stalls were offering information available in the district for seniors and not quite seniors, especially for those recent arrivals in the area.

Ranging from health and welfare to hobby and leisure, to safety in the home with a demonstration by the Fire Service, there was plenty for all to take in.

Our meeting started with a speaker from a local formed charity, CanInspire, for those recovering from illness or trauma.

Coby Snowden gave us an insight into the beginnings of and running of CanInspire which started with Sarah Clifford being given materials for making necklaces and bracelets while recuperating from surgery and it grew from there. It has spread out around quite an area of the country and has its head office in Ashburton.

Classes are held in a relaxed atmosphere.

Any unwanted necklaces or beads are gratefully received and unthreaded and sorted for participants to use at the tutorials.  Necklaces or bracelets not suitable for use are offered for sale and the proceeds go towards future projects.

CanTackle is restarting in a few months and will focus on making “flies” and end with a fly fishing afternoon at Lake Hood.

After the departure of our guest the meeting started with the usual procedures.

Congratulations were extended to Marian Dent and Mary Miles for their awards in the garden competition, also to Mary for her Life Membership in Red Cross.

Birthday congratulations were extended to Jill and Marilyn.

Barbara gave us an update in her family’s progress with MPI and the group presented her with a gift box.

Marian modelled one of the new aprons to be used at Rural Women activities.

Enrolments are now open for the Cook and Eat to be run in the school holidays, with one enrolment already. Volunteers needed as one adult is required to support each table of two children

Rural Woman Scholarships are now open for tertiary students of all genders and ages

Meals on Wheels on Monday 6 April, the Monday prior to Easter.

Volunteers are required to help with “learn to knit”.

Next meeting will be a visit to the Sock Factory before our meeting.



  • Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club

Ann McKay welcomed members to the March meeting of the Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club. After the National Anthem was sung, birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated.   The Annual General Meeting will be on 8 April, new committee members are needed.  A luncheon will be held at the RSA on 29 April.

The Mini Speaker was Ann McKay who told that she had shifted homes 16 times, with many different towns.  In Dunedin she lived on a steep street and had to push the pram upwards.

The baby became very ill, so they were told to change climate, consequently moving to Alexandra. The house was two miles out of town, but the health of the baby improved.

Then to Dead Man’s Gully to a house with no floor coverings and parties being held next door.   Another move was to near Invercargill, then to Ashburton.  Lived at Fairton for 21 years, then Tinwald, and now is in Havelock Street.

The Main Speaker was Carol Gunn, a person who wears several hats! Carol began her working life as a teacher at Ashburton College, then on to Aoraki Polytechnic, where she wrote courses. Was there for 18 years as a tutor and course leader. Being a tutor is stressful, so it was time to move on and is now a funeral and wedding celebrant.

She also had a computer training business but last year this was sold.   Carol is a Justice of the Peace and trains new JPs.

Carol is also involved with the Mid Canterbury Choir and is in the production of the Messiah.   She has three children, and six grandchildren.

Another interest is growing daffodils and peonies. She told of some of the celebrant events, such as surprise weddings, conducting her daughter’s wedding ceremony and the funeral of her mother. She believes in enjoying life.

A fascinating address from a busy person. The meeting was closed with the Thought for the Month – “Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.”


  • The Lions Club of Ashburton

Our club’s meeting, held at Hotel Ashburton, featured the induction of new member Andy McKee sponsored by Roger Paterson and inducted by Garth Bateup.  This was followed by a 3 minute talk by recent new member and much travelled Chris Barham.

Both were well received. Lion Colin Jowers was presented with his 15 years membership award.

A number of Community Help lists were circulated.  However the feasibility of a number of events are in jeopardy due to the Coronavirus.

President Roger Paterson has stated the Lions Club of Ashburton will be taking every responsible action to support the steps being introduced by all parties.  At the time of writing, both the Swap Meet and the Methven A&P Show have been cancelled.

The success of the South Island Motorhome Show was outlined at the March meeting and the hardworking team led by Brendon Quinn, Rex Whiting, Jeff King and Garth Bateup et.al was acknowledged and thanked.

Guest speakers for the evening were Tony and Christine Todd who gave a detailed account of the formation and subsequent development of the iconic retailer Todds, including changes occurring and met accordingly.

In line with President Roger Paterson’s plea for support of Coronavirus prevention measures, our April meeting set down for Wednesday 1 April has been cancelled.