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October 17



  • Allenton Bowling Club

Allenton Bowling Club opened its season September 7 and it has been a busy few weeks.

An Invitation 4’s Tournament was held over the weekend of September 14/15.  The weather was mixed but it didn’t dampen the high spirits of the players and it was a great weekend of bowls.

Since that time we have held 4 Tournaments which have been well supported by our sponsors for which we are very thankful, and with good numbers participating.

Huge congratulations go to Sandra Keith, Sandra Holdom, Wendy Watson and Rosemary Bennett who were placed Runners up in an Invitation 4’s Tournament held at Naenae Bowling Club Wellington – a fantastic result.

Congratulations also to Sandra Holdom, Wendy Watson, Shirley Doig and Diane Gutberlet who travelled to the West Coast to participate in the West Coast Annual Women’s 4’s Jubilee Trophy and were winners! Well done ladies.

So here’s hoping this winning trend continues throughout the season.



  • Ashburton Bowling Club

There was one item omitted from last week’s results, ie. Ashburton Ladies’ Drawn Fours played on October 4 – 1st Gladys Body, Judie Ryk, Relda Prendergast with 3 wins; 2nd Diana King, Annette Blain, Alison Gibbs with 2 wins.

Ashburton Members’ Results for the past week are as follows: Friday Triples at MSA on October 11, 1st Min Hill, Brian Williams, Don Taylor, with 3 wins 15 ends, 31 points; and Murray Anderson, John Kewish, George Crack were 3rd with 2 wins, one draw, 13 ends.  Our Inhouse Ingold Tray placings on October 12: 1st Graham Taylor, Colin Bird, Owen Gray with 3 wins; 2nd John Smart, Des Prendergast, Merv Campbell with 2 wins, 15 ends; 3rd Russell Anstiss, Russell Lowe, Wendy Herriott with 2 wins, 13 ends.

In the Hefford Shield held at Rakaia on Monday, Ashburton Ladies came close runners up to Allenton, with wins against Rakaia and Methven.  Well done ladies!

Congratulations to Leonie Spargo, Wendy Suttie, Rachel Davies, Heather Goodall and Barbara Skilling on being selected for the Rep Ladies!

Ashburton Ladies Championship Triples are at the Club on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.



  • Ashburton Combined Friendship Club meeting October 2019

In the absence of President Alister, VP Andrew welcomed the members and visitors.

Linda advised that plans were well in hand for the Christmas lunch, it is an out of town bus trip leaving at 10.30am and returning about 4.30pm.

Tony is working on an evening “Town and Around” trip for Thursday November 21.

Our mini speaker was Nicola Walker, Trott’s Garden Charitable Trust.  Alan and Catherine Trott started with a bare paddock in the 1980’s and developed the gardens we see today.  In 2017 the gardens were taken over by the Charitable Trust and are now managed with the support of local benefactors and four groups of volunteers:  Meet and Greet, Lawn mowing, Gardening, and Catering.  The gardens open only on weekdays (summer season) but the Trust is considering weekend opening to make the gardens more accessible.

Our main speaker was Annie Bonifant from the Cancer Society, a not for profit organisation which does not receive any Government funding but depends on fundraising.  It provides several core services: Health Promotion, Support for patients, Information and Resources, and Funding for Cancer Research.  It promotes health by encouraging people to eat well, to exercise, to avoid risk by being sun safe and to not smoke.  Supportive Care Services provide emotional and financial support such as home visits, respite care, support for groups catering for particular cancers, driving patients to Christchurch or Ashburton Hospitals, accommodation services, and petrol and grocery vouchers.  Eighty volunteers including thirty drivers help in Ashburton.  Local cancer patients should advise the local Cancer Society.  The Cancer Society can’t help someone if they don’t know they are ill.  Money raised locally can be tagged so that it remains in Ashburton to help the Ashburton Cancer Support Group.

Meetings second Tuesday of month, Seniors Centre 206 Cameron St, 9.30am.  Visitors welcome. Phone Alister 307 1207. 



  • Ashburton Golf Club

It looks to have come down to a four horse shoot out in the DCL cup. My maths is not the best, so don’t take as gospel, but on my working out we have Dylan Stoddart leading with 137 after 2 rounds followed by Greig Sparrow on 139, with Matt Tait and Ian Rive sat in the early 140’s. Looks like it’s all Dylan’s to lose, but Greig will push him hard. Old Spud has found a new lease of life since his application to join the bowls club was rejected and he has had to concentrate more on his game.  Round 3 is this Saturday, should be a cracker.

This Saturday is also the final scoring round of the RMF Silva Cup, after Saturdays results are sorted the top 30 cut is made, at present 38 points gets you in the top 30, but that is sure to change, by my reckoning 47 players have got a mathematical chance of making the cut.  Jamie Stone won the 12 points last week and catapulted himself from 50th to 27th, it could be your turn this week. We will look a bit more in depth at the final series next week.

On Sunday we have the County Stroke and Mayors Cup at the Brandon. The 4 other clubs in Mid Canterbury, Tinwald, Mayfield, Methven and Rakaia all bring teams of 4 ladies and 4 gents to do battle. Bruce and Sally have been running the rule over all their players, and are looking at picking a very strong Ashburton team. I have not yet had my shoulder tapped, but Bruce may have misplaced my phone number. If you are not picked in the team, still come down and play, there are trophies and great prizes for all individual scores. It’s always a great fun day.

The 9 holers are having an away day today at the Lake Hood course at the invitation of the Head professional, head greenkeeper and Lord Mayor of Lake Hood John Fechney. I’m sure our girls and boys will have a wonderful day there. John has done a great job on the course. If you find yourself out at the lake pop over and have a bash.

On the sponsors front, I happened to snaffle myself a voucher for a free drink off one of our wonderful sponsors recently, Hamish Niles of Property Brokers fame sponsors our nearest the pin, in 2 shots on number six, and heaven knows how I got on the green in two, never mind near the hole, but win it I did. The voucher is in my wallet, I’m just waiting to see Hamish at the club so I can smile at him while drinking it. Thanks again to Hamish and all our wonderful sponsors, we really are blessed to have so many great friends of the club. Until next time, good golfing.



  • Ashburton Hearing Association Bus Trip

It’s often said “what happens on the Bus stays on the Bus”.

But members of the Ashburton Hearing Association don’t mind sharing their recent Bus trip experience.

First stop was at Miaflora the fabulous café, gift shop and garden centre in Winchester.  While there we enjoyed morning tea and browsing.  Miaflora owners John and Bruce have Ashburton connections.  From there we went to Geraldine.  The plan for Geraldine was that we didn’t have a plan, except to spend a leisurely couple of hours enjoying the many attractions the town has to offer.

And enjoy them we did, with members doing as they chose which included sampling fare from various restaurants.

We travelled home via Mayfield – for the traditional ice cream stop – and Mount Somers.  Our Bus trip was an enjoyable outing.

Having said there wasn’t anything which happened on the Bus which needs to stay on the Bus one member did make an interesting remark as we passed the Mount Somers Holiday Park.

This member who shall remain nameless but who just happens to be our President recalled some funny antics enjoyed by another organisation she belongs to when they stayed there.

The next event on the Hearing Association’s calendar is our Christmas lunch on Friday November 29.

And in a message from the North Pole Mr S Claus says he is looking forward to joining us that day.

In case you’re wondering, Aine Whiting is the President of the Ashburton Hearing Association.



  • Ashburton High School Old Pupils Lunch

Sixty five people attended the Ashburton High School Old Pupils Association annual lunch last week coming from as far afield as Auckland and Invercargill.

Among those present were Jeannie Gluyas (nee Grattan) a former teacher and old pupil; Ruth Simpson and Rosemary Lange, daughters of the late W. L. Jolly, the last Headmaster of the School.

Those who enjoyed catching up represented several decades of the School’s life and included 6 from the second to last intake in 1963.

Ashburton High School which was established by an 1878 Act of Parliament opened on February 7 1881 initially as a boy’s school until a girls section was formed in September 1884. It became co-educational in 1894 when the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools amalgamated on the site that is now the Intermediate School.

Ashburton High School closed in 1964, at the time the fifth oldest secondary school in the South Island and amalgamated with Hakatere College to form Ashburton College.

So it has been fitting that in recent years the Annual Lunch has been held in the College Staffroom and the catering has been undertaken as a fund raising activity by a College group. This year the very tasty meal was a fundraiser for the Phoenix Rising Choir and a Science Group.

The Ashburton High School Old Pupils Group maintain a database of those former pupils who wish to be advised of the Annual Lunch. If you wish to be included on this list please contact Margaret phone 3081996 or Bernard phone 308 3999.



  • Ashburton MSA Petanque Club

On Sunday October 6 we hosted the Piste of Origin tournament, and for the first time 6 clubs were to be participating.  Ashburton, Ascot, Christchurch, Papanui and for the first time Timaru and Ascot.

Papanui didn’t field a team so we put in a second team to avoid having a bye.  Six of our top players were in the first team, and the second team was made up of 2 of our top players, 2 who had been playing for less than a year, and 2 who had been playing for just a few weeks.  Our first team won the trophy and this was for the first time.  Our second team didn’t win as many games but also gave a good performance.  In fact the 2 newest ones were the only ones who won all their doubles games.  So well done to all who took part.

Saturday we had 4 of our players take part in the South Island Singles in Christchurch with Richard Browne coming second in the championship consolation, and Neville Bensdorp was third.

Sunday 5 took part in the South Island doubles and all 5 finished in the top 8.  Karen and Neville Bensdorp came 2nd in the championship, and Richard Browne and his partner finished 3rd.

Jan Guilford and Marion Harrison were 3rd in the championship consolation.  A good effort where there were 28 entries in the singles and 18 in the Doubles.

At the moment we are organising the Chartered Clubs Tournament, and so far we have received entries from Papanui and Timaru.



  • Ashburton Musical Club

“Grande Finale” was the title of the final concert for the year held on October 12 at the Sinclair Centre.  The programme was varied and greatly enjoyed by the audience.

Piano Duet, Russian Song & Inspector Gadget – Saphra & Thalia Peterson. A fun item.   Trumpet solo, Rondo for Liffey – Leonard Bernstein – Eva Bedggood.   Piano Solo, Progression 1 – Manfred Schmitz – Tamieke Kuipers.  Piano Solo, Nocturne, Tchaikovsky – Saphra Peterson.  Piano Solo, Two Little Birds, Frank Hutchens – Thalia Peterson.  Piano Solo, Allegro from Suite in G Minor, Handel – Tiffany Yang.  Cornet Solos, Liebestraum – Liszt, If I was a Rich Man (From Fiddler on the Roof – Jerry Bock & March, Handel – Harvey Wood.  Piano Duet, Presto, Dvorak – Katie Gluyas & Helen Hinson.  Piano Solo, Moderato – 1st Mvt from Sonata in G minor, Haydn – Eliane Vinculada.  Trio, Allegro Moderato 1st Mvt. Op 119 Flute Trio, F. Kulau -Bryony & Tom Bedggood & Helen Hinson.  Piano Solo, 2nd Mvt. Sonata Pathetique Op 13, Beethoven – Eva Bedggood.  Piano Solo, Prelude & Fugue in D Major, Bach – Katie Gluyas. Piano Solo, Prelude in C# Minor, Rachmaninoff – Sam Kuipers.  Accompanists:  Pearl Wood and Helen Hinson.

Katie Gluyas and Eva Bedggood each received a Scholarship of $700.  They are both regular performers who wish to take their interest in music further. Supper concluded a very enjoyable evening of music by talented members of the Club. President Janice thanked members and Committee for their support throughout the year. Our next concert will be April 2020.



  • Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club

President Avis Kingsland welcomed members to the October meeting of the Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club.    The National Anthem was sung, birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated.   New member, Judith Grigg was welcomed and inducted by the President and advised that the Club was for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.   Almoner Ann McKay told members of the forthcoming Christmas bus trip to Sheffield in December.  Also senior members (89+) are to meet for afternoon tea on November 29.   A lunch is planned for October 30, it is hoped that these will be held on months which have five Wednesdays.   Cleaning products for Ronald McDonald House were collected at this meeting.  The mini speaker was Karen McIntyre who spoke of one of her hobbies, which is icing cakes.  She started in 1956 by icing the golden anniversary cake for her grandparents.  Photos of her many creations were shown, one wedding cake took 35 hours to complete.  Her second love is dressmaking, making many bridal gowns, 330 pearls were sown on one gown.

After morning tea Derek and Emma from Kiwibank told of four common scams which members should be aware of.   These included phishing, computer-hacking scams, computer “service” calls and emergency scams.   They are usually trying to steal money, so members were advised to keep their wits about them.  Members were also told that from February 28, 2020 Kiwibank would not be issuing or dealing with cheques.   Other options were suggested.   If in doubt about this to call in and talk to the bank staff.  Derek and Emma were thanked for their informative talk.

President Avis closed the meeting with the Thought for the Month –

We cannot give of ourselves if we do not have a self to give.



  • Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural Women

Waitaha Primary Health’s 50+Connexion Showcase, Embracing Life over 50 is being held at the Event Centre Wednesday October 16, 4-8pm.

Mid Canterbury Rural Women are participating in this event.

There will be over 50 stalls, plus speakers and demonstrations. A great opportunity to check out social options, clubs etc available for Women in the Ashburton District.  Entry is free.

Our second major undertaking this month is being part of the “Safety Village” at the Ashburton A&P Show November 1 & 2.  “Keeping ourselves and our families safe.”

Rural Women are once again promoting the very important message of “20k either way past a stationary School Bus” when children are entering or exiting the bus.

12 community agencies who are accredited to the Safe Communities Ashburton District, will be there. Heaps of information and activities for all the family.

Watch the kitchen fire demonstrations.

Check out the “Escape my house” virtual reality headset.

Have your blood pressure taken.

Lots more, giveaways, activities for the children.

Make sure you find time to visit this new Safety Village Site.



  • MSA Outdoor Bowling Club

It’s been a busy time on the greens around the county recently with plenty of bowls being played.  We have completed our annual in house Ted Peck Trophy progressive tournament and this was taken out by skip Linton Muir, second Robin Petrie, and lead Neil Stuthridge.  Well done team.  Hampstead half day triples last week saw the team of Colin Dennis, John Argyle and Charlie Cleghorn have 3 wins finishing runners up.  We have two teams traveling to Methven on a Tuesday afternoon to play in their popular Noel Bilby triples tournament, these teams are placed mid field and looking to improve their placing this week.  Congratulations to two of our members whom were chosen to represent Mid Canterbury in the triangular representative tournament at the weekend.  Tony Inwood in the men’s team and Linton Muir in the Development team.  While Tony and Linton played our junior, Shane Calder ventured up to Christchurch to compete in the Canterbury junior singles doing very well getting the 3 wins needed to progress to the knockout stage in a fortnight.  Well done and good luck.

On the local scene we need players to get their names in for the Sub Centre Interclub which is played on a Wednesday evening commencing November 6.

Also names needed for our annual Loftus Cup home game against Richmond programmed for November 3, please see notice board.  Good bowling



  • Netherby Women’s Institute

The October meeting was held at the home of Sharyn and Ian Moore’s.

Several of our member’s husbands attended and whilst we held our meeting Ian showed them his collection of cars.

President Denise Clark welcomed 22 members. The usual format of the meeting followed with the Aspirations being recited together.

The Motto “You are only young once, never old twice” was read by Bev Jackson.

The raffle was won by Ivy McCormick.

Report on Half Yearly Meeting at Rakaia on September 27 was read by our Delegate Valmai Mitchell.

Netherby did very well in the competitions, winning the Begg Trophy for the most points and the Hampstead Trophy was won by Nancy Christey for Artificial Flowers in a Teapot.

We also gained 2nd place for the Annual Report.

Other results were:

1 Daffodil 1st Patsy Huggins, 2nd Barbara Burst

1 Trillium 2nd Valami Mitchell

1 Iris 3rd Catherine Thomas

1 Tulip 2nd Nancy Christey

Arrangement in a watering can 3rd Nancy Christey

1 Floating Camellia 1st Catherine Thomas

2 Placemats 1st Joan Henderson

Knitted or crochet Baby’s Singlet etc. 3rd Joan Henderson

3 Savoury Muffins 3rd Nancy Christey

1 Jam jar of Lemon Curd 2ndBarbara Burst

Photography – Lines 2nd Catherine Thomas

Photography – School age child 3rd Catherine Thomas

All and all a great effort from a few members.

After the meeting we were able to walk around Sharyn’s extensive garden and also have a look at the cars which was enjoyed by all.

The men joined us for afternoon tea.



  • Plains Rotary

One of the good things about Rotary is the opportunity to visit great business operations in Mid Canterbury.   There are many wonderful stories of success here in our own District.

Former member and past President Ray Mayne hosted us at his recently established Industrial warehouse business premises for a site visit.   From Irish farming stock he came to NZ in 1974 as a 19-year-old with just 1 suitcase of possessions, hope, a mind-set full of optimism, and resolve.

His first job was as a menswear shop assistant at Sparrow Bros Ashburton.  An acquaintance in the stock-car fraternity led him to a role of Firestone Tyre Servicing Manager where he sold many a tyre to Briggs Bros Irrigation.   In 1982 with spray irrigation in its formative years he joined that company as it specialised in the manufacture and sale of irrigators and hoses as the Sales Rep.   That business became Rainer Irrigation where Ray continued as sales consultant in the new entity trading as a full servicing company of farm irrigation design, pumping infrastructure installation, and manufacture of Rainer Irrigators, and hose supplies.

By an opportune employment connection, Ray in 1991, decided to take the road of self-employment and Ray Mayne Hose and Fittings was born with an exclusive ‘Snap-tite’ Hose franchise.   Hose supply, related products, high pressure guns, and farm service soon grew.   By the early 2000’s low pressure centre pivots equipped with GPS variable rate application technology and telemetry monitoring has led to a highly efficient irrigation industry.   In 2009 Ray added the world’s oldest and largest manufacturing company ‘Reinke Irrigation Systems’ to his supplier portfolio.

It was a pleasure to visit the new premises of Ray Mayne Hose and Fittings Limited.


The following week at Rotary we were given an excellent talk and slide show about the Ashburton Aviation Museum by Owen Moore.   The Aviation Museum is a worthwhile place to take visitors to our District.   The collection of aircraft on display is surprising with several aircraft on display that you will not see in many other places and some in no other parts of the Southern Hemisphere.



  • Run and Walk Ashburton

Greymouth Harriers relay Saturday October 12. A strong representation of walkers and runners competing in both the two person and four person relays at Greymouth. The 25.7km relay started in Kumara and finished in Blaketown.

Lap 1: 7.9km; Lap 2: 5.2km; Lap 3: 6km; Lap 4: 6.6km

Walkers Four Person Relay

2nd place Mixed O60 – Bill Hood 1:12:29; Karen Hodgson 0:45:40; Noel Batty 0:43:23; Colin Phillips 0:59:20 Total time of 3hours 40:52.

Walkers Two Person Relay

1st place Mixed O60 – Dave Strong 0:58:58; Janet Hood 0:40:13; Dave Strong 0:42:46; Janet Hood 0:55:59 Total time of 3hours 17:56. 2nd place Mixed O60 – Robert Moffitt 1:02:38; Lori Rusbatch 0:37:36; Robert Moffitt 0:50:42; Lori Rusbatch 0:51:14 Total time of 3hours 22:10.

Runners Two Person Relay

1st place Women Open – Toresa Hooper 0:38:18; Tam Grant 0:22:58; Toresa Hooper 0:30:16; Tam Grant 0:32:46 Total time of 2hours 04:18. 2nd place Women Open – Gabby Simpson (solo) 0:47:07; 0:29:08; 0:35:09; 0:37:51 Total time 2hours 29:15. 3rd place Mixed O40 – Lisa Campbell 0:41:07; Ronnie Campbell 0:22:35; Lisa Campbell 0:32:03; Ronnie Campbell 0:30:01 Total time 2hours 05:46. 4th place Men O40 – Laurie Cain 0:49:38; Eamon Hooper 0:25:59; Laurie Cain 0:37:07; Eamon Hooper 0:38:43 Total time of 2hours 31:27.