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Southern View: February 14, 2017

Southern View: February 14,

FREE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14 2017 379 7100 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) March 19 2017 14km 6km ENTER NOW $25 Online • PakNSave • New World • The Athletes Foot • YMCA Children 10 years old and under free Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston OVERGROWN: Kersten Ching stands in a forest of over grown weeds at the Sydenham Cemetery. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Call to clean up cemetery • By Caitlin Miles ONE OF the city’s oldest cemeteries is overgrown with weeds and the graves and headstones are breaking away. The Somerfield Residents’ Association was scheduled to discuss the problems at the Sydenham Cemetery at its meeting last night. Chairwoman Julie Tobbell said she would like to see the city council consider doing maintenance work on the graves. “I feel it would be nice in their plans to look after some of the older ones. It is tricky, though, as it has to be respectful,” Mrs Tobbell said. Last year, the residents’ association held four events to get the community involved in the clean up and weeding of the graves. “It’s a big cemetery; it takes a lot of time to do it and clean it up,” she said. Local resident Kersten Ching wants the city council to step in and help. “It has a lot of history there and it deserves to be respected,” Ms Ching said of the cemetery, which opened in 1896. It is the family of the deceased person’s responsibility to keep the grave sites and burial plots maintained and tidy. “Elderly people struggle to weed the plots and some don’t have any family so the sites are left to become over grown,” Ms Ching said. She said all the heritage the plots should be better looked after. “Soon you won’t be able to see the headstones through the weeds,” she said. The residents’ association try and encourage the community to help clean up the graves, but Ms Ching said it shouldn’t be the community’s responsibility. “Why can’t people serving community service be used to tidy the plots?” she said. The city council has contractors to clean around the graves and maintain the cemetery, not individual plots. HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the city council should maintain burial plots and grave sites? Send your views to caitlin.miles@starmedia. kiwi ouse of earing CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 Ashburton 03 307 8949 BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 www.blindcare.co.nz Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5.00pm