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August 15


  • Ashburton Musical Club

Ashburton Musical Club were delighted to host “Opera Here…anyone, anywhere, the brainchild of Lois Johnston (soprano) who along with Claire Barton (mezzo soprano) and Jeremy Woodside (piano accompanist) entertained an appreciative audience on Sunday August 11.  The Opera excerpts were mainly sung in French, German and Italian, but songs had been translated into English on the programme so that the audience could relate to each popular Opera sung.  Lois began with Barcarolle from the opera The Tales of Hoffmann – Offenbach sung in French.  Claire followed with O Mio Babbino Caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi, by Puccini sung in Italian.  Non So Piu from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart sung in Italian – Claire.  Steal Me Sweet Thief/What a Curse for a Woman is a a Timid Man – Menotti sung in English by Lois.  Va Laisse Couler Mes Larmes by Massenet sung in French by Lois.  A piano Solo Medley from the opera Carmen by Bizet was then presented by Jeremy.    Dido’s Lament/When I am Laid In Earth from the Opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell sung in English by Lois then Claire sung Chacun a son Gout from the opera Die Fledermaus by Strauss in German.  Lois and Claire sung the Flower Duet from the opera Lakme by Delibes in French, followed by Claire singing Pres des Remparts de Seville from the opera Carmen by Bizet – sung in French.  Jeremy was welcomed back to the stage to play a Piano Solo -Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. Queen of the Night from the Magic Flute by Mozart sung by Lois in German.  Stride La Vampa from the opera Il Trovatore by Verdi sung in Italian by Claire. Juliet’s Waltz/Je Veux Vivre from Romeo and Juliet by Gounod sung in French by Lois.  A standing ovation was awarded these three very talented performers and an encore of the Drinking Song from La Traviata was sung by Lois and Claire to finish a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment.  Afternoon tea and a chat followed.



  • Ashburton Writers’ Group

President Julie welcomed all present at the August meeting of the Ashburton Writers’ Group held recently.

Julie read a quotation –

“The most beautiful way to start and end the day is with a grateful heart”.

Rae presented a report on the Short Story and Poetry Competition.  The usual prize ceremony was successfully held at the Museum, with the Mayor presenting the prizes. Consideration to be given to having an adult section in the next Short Story Competition.

The Assignment for the meeting was “Out of Place”.  Members wrote of learning yoga, wedding, birth defect, plane landing and unknown family.

The instant exercise was “black tar like substance”.  Members wrote of looking goth, on the cheeks, radio-active substance, homeless person, and knife into his chest.

The meeting concluded with the serving of afternoon tea, also Stacey telling us more of her recent overseas book signing trip.

The September assignment is “Outside the Window”.  Visitors are welcome, contact Rae on 3088927.



  • Plains Rotary club

President Philip welcomed a good number of members to the weekly meeting and also welcomed guest speaker Pup (Paul) Chamberlain.  Philip advised that the group of 4 members who were planning to spend a week helping with the Fox River clean up were advised that they were not required as the first phase being undertaken by volunteers has been completed. A get together of members and partners interested in going on the Stewart Island trip early next year will be held on Friday evening. After the meal, Sergeant Ray conducted a lively session in fining various members, sometime twice for any indiscretion’s over the past week.  A letter of thanks has been received from the Cancer Society Mid Canterbury group for our $1000 donation for helping run the Wellbeing and Resilience presentation last month.

Ray McLaren introduced guest speaker Pup Chamberlain. Pup of course was our own well known and respected community constable and he now works for the CDHB promoting wellness and mental wellbeing. Pup told us of his 38 years in the police force with some interesting and amusing experiences and also shared with us the difficult times of having to deliver bad news to loved ones. Without realising it he discovered the pressure and anxiety of this had caused serious effect on his own personal wellbeing and mental state. This prompted him to leave and start with helping others through the difficult times. His 5 ways to wellbeing are.

Connect; talk and listen. Be there. Feel connected.

Give; your time, your words, your presence.

Take notice; remember the simple things that give you joy.

Keep learning; Embrace new experiences. See opportunities. Surprise yourself.

Be active; do what you can. Enjoy what you do. Move your mood.

A great presentation and thank you Pup for sharing it with us.

Our guest speaker on the 21st will be Hamish Riach who will speak about the Ashburton District Council and Crusaders. This will be a partner’s night and members are encouraged to bring a guest.

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  • Run and Walk Ashburton

Another hosted run on Saturday August 3 was enjoyed from Gary and Dawn Whiting’s.  13 walkers and 2 runners left Falcon Drive, taking various routes around Allenton on a beautiful sunny winter’s afternoon. Some folk walked for 45 minutes others for 1½ hours. Afternoon tea topped off a successful afternoon.  Sunday August 4 several members took part in the SI Half Marathon at Lake Hood, in both walking and running sections.  The weather delivered ideal temperatures keeping competitors cool and great results were achieved.

21km Open Walkers – Women: Judith Crozier 2nd place 2:39:24; Robbie Williams 4th place 2:41:52 and Jeanette McGrath 03:32:20. Open Walkers – Men: Darryn Harris 2nd place 2:35:33; Paul Severins 4th place 2:36:48.

7km 20-39 Open Women – Run: 6th place Kate Soal 38:19. 40-49 Veteran Men – Run 3rd place Eamon Hooper.

21km 20-39 Open Women – Run: Tamara Grant 1:48:39 (PB); Toresa Hooper 1:58:06.  Congratulations everyone.

Due to the weather on Saturday August 10 we cancelled our trip to Staveley and moved this to town, however there were only the two crazy runners who braved the driving rain and cold managing 11km before returning for a warm cuppa at Robert Harris Café.  Fast forward to 6:30pm and 20 members came together for the annual quiz and pot luck dinner which was held at Mania-O-Roto Park Scout Den.  Quiz Master Dennis Taylor had put together a terrific group of multi choice questions which had everyone reaching for their thinking caps. The trophy this year was awarded to David Bayne with a top score of 18/25.  Good luck to those competing next week in the Governors Bay to Lyttelton 10km road race. Until next time, keep moving everyone.



  • Wakanui WI

Wakanui WI’s July meeting started with a social outing to the Regent Cinema to watch the movie “The Chaperone” followed by lunch at The Stables Restaurant.

A short meeting followed chaired by Vice-President, Dianne Carter. Claire West and Jeanette Cuthbertson were thanked for supplying flowers for the Hospital.

Wakanui had a successful day at the Federation Cup Day and Quizco winning the Rugby Cup for most points in the table entries and one team coming second in the Quizco.

Several members had helped with sewing quilts for the St. John rooms – a Federation activity.

Further to Christine Wilson’s talk regarding the Mid-Canterbury Hospice at the June meeting it was decided to donate $200 to the Hospice.

Arrangements were made for 6 members to deliver Meals on Wheels on August 7 and names were given to enter a team in the WI Indoor Bowls competition on August 30.

Next meeting will be held on August 28 at 1.45pm.