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Selwyn Times: June 07, 2016

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18 Tuesday June 7 2016 Our People SELWYN TIMES Jenny Gallagher Kirwee resident honoured for years Kirwee’s Jenny Gallagher has received a Queen’s 90 th Birthday Honour for her work within the community. She talks to Caitlin Miles about following in her family footsteps, travelling from Halkett to Riccarton every day for school and her plans for the future. Congratulations on receiving The Queen’s Service Medal for work in the community. It must be very exciting? Yes it is. I’m very humbled by the honour. Was it a surprise? Yes it was. Must be nice to be recognised for all your hard work? It is, it makes me feel very proud of what I’ve done and pleased that I have done it. But I haven’t done it on my own, there is also a great team of people involved in the community work. You’ve received several other awards, is that correct? In 2002 I got an award at the Malvern Sporting Awards as the outstanding summer sports administrator for tennis, a Malvern Community Board community service award in 2003 and a Selwyn District Council community volunteer certificate in 2011. I was also given a certificate of merit and long service award by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society for my work for the Kirwee and Malvern Plunket Association in 1989. How long have you lived in the community? I was born and raised in Halkett, and when Terry and I were married I moved to Kirwee, so we have been for 45 years. Being from a small town did you both go to the same school? No, the closest high school was Darfield but there was no bus from Halkett, so I went Riccarton High School. You must have seen some big changes within the community? Yes I have. Seeing the community grow is probably the main reason I’ve stayed so involved. The sports clubs and township have grown. As a community we have done some great things, like getting the Kirwee community hall rebuilt and working with the Kirwee Tennis Club to get two more courts built. But these things happen because the whole community works together. You’ve been on several boards and committees over the years, can you tell me a little about those? There have been a few over the years. I’ve been involved in the Kirwee Model School Committee, Kirwee and Malvern Plunket Association, Kirwee Hockey and Tennis clubs, Courtenay Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Kirwee Community Hall Committee, I have been the Chair of the Darfield High School Parent Teacher Association from 1990 to 1992 and I’m a member of the Kirwee Civil Defence Response Team and the Malvern Lions Club. How many children do you have? We have three children, two boys and one girl, well, they’re adults now. We have eight grandchildren as well. You also joined the school boards when they started school? Yes, I got involved with the Kirwee School committee when the children started there and as they grew up and went to Darfield High School I was on the Parent Teacher Association there too. I was the chair from 1990-1992. You were instrumental in setting up the Civil Defence Response team in Kirwee, can you tell me about that? Getting the civil defence up and running was a big thing for me. The council had a civil defence evening and said the community Remove bathroom smells and steam! Ventilation Equipment Suppliers to trade and retail Ready for the Ball? See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Remote extraction fans ● Domestic ● Commercial In the flower business 24 years. broadfieldflowers P 325 2621 | 1094 Shands Road Just 5 minutes from Lincoln Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is now based at the new Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: (03) 375 4418 ● Industrial Wall or ceiling mounted fans Smooth-Air has a wide range of ventilation equipment to bring fresh air into your home QUALITY IMPORTED FABRICS AT WHOLESALE PRICES High quality contemporary and classic designer curtain, furnishing and upholstery fabrics, cushions, wallpapers and chalk paint. Visit our shop at 601 Birchs Rd, Lincoln 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) 264 Annex Road, Riccarton Christchurch 8024, NZ Ph +64 3 343 6184 Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5pm

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 7 2016 19 of service in the community should have a plan to look after themselves. I believed it was possible to do something like that here so after some discussions and some ground work the scheme got up and running with coordinators in each street. Their task was to check their street after a disaster. Was this before the earthquakes? Yes it was, so when the September earthquake hit, our coordinators were on the streets checking in with all the residents. When the council could see how well our plan had worked they decided to put the plan throughout the district. I felt very humbled to be involved in something that was helping the community in such a big way. What makes you so passionate about helping your community? My family have been involved in community projects for generations, my father and grandfather worked for their communities too. It’s probably the satisfaction I get from seeing communities making goals and helping them achieve them. I have been lucky to be involved with a community that is so passionate about their own success. Has there been a certain experience working with the community that sticks out to you? There have been many like that but I think the one that sticks out the most was the morning of the September 2010 earthquake. It was really amazing and wonderful to see everyone rally together and support one another. You played a key role in raising money for the Kirwee Tennis Club, what was that like? It was a great experience doing that. I was the treasurer and Secretary of the club for 21 years and while I was in that position the tennis club wanted to get more courts. It took a few years to get all the funds we needed but we did it and it was a lot of fun for the club. I have been very fortunate to be honoured with a life membership to the Kirwee Tennis Club. You certainly have done a lot for the community. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. I also could not do it without the support of my husband Terry and my family. He has been a really great support and he has encouraged me to do this work. You are also a Justice of the Peace? Yes a member of the community approached me several years ago and asked if I would be interested in doing it. So I TRAVEL: Jenny and hes husband Terry took a trip to India, paying a visit to the Taj Mahal along the way. ​ decided I would. It took about 18 months before I officially became one, that was in 2008. You are very busy with the community, do you get a chance to relax? Yes I do, I have a big garden and I find it really relaxing to get out in the garden. We like getting to spend time with our grand children too and we’ve done a bit of travelling overseas. What has been your favourite trip so far? Different places have stuck out for different reasons. We went on a river cruise of Amsterdam and Budapest which was amazing, I really loved that. We also travelled around India which was very unique. I also went to Yubestu in Japan. I went with the high school and I represented the Malvern Community Board because we have a sister city relationship with Yubestu. Will you continue to work within the community? Getting this Queen’s service medal won’t change that because of the enjoyment I get from working with in the community and seeing the results we achieve. 25 th June Tickets are available at Rolleston Community Centre Time running out to book for beer festival With only a few weeks to go, time is running out to secure tickets for the annual ‘A Mid-Winter’s Ale Festival’ being held later this month in Rolleston, when the best of Canterbury’s craft beers will again be celebrated. Last year’s inaugural event was a complete sell-out with festival-goers being turned away on the day due to limited door sales. This year more tickets have been made available, but it is envisaged the event will again sell out. Tickets can be purchased through the website www. An opportunity to enjoy locally brewed beer at its finest, the event is bringing together the cream of Canterbury’s craft breweries as well as some future stars of craft brewing. As a celebration of the growing craft beer industry, it allows festival-goers to try new beers brewed on their doorsteps. Over 50 different beers will be available this year, plus ciders, with newrelease local beers served fresh direct from the brewery. Among the breweries represented will be Eagle Brewing NZ, Wigram Brewing, Vulcan Brewers, Fiasco Brewing, The Nuts Brewing, Concept Brewing, Emporium Brewing, Yellow Box Brewery and the Brewers Union. International breweries will also be showcased with beers from the United States, England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Japan. Another exciting aspect of the festival will be the first-ever wearable beer art fashion show, FASHIONALE, for which designers are to produce a wearable design made from recyclable materials related to beer. Of course, no festival is complete without live music to add to the atmosphere, and this will be provided by local bands Assembly Required, The Fishermen and Picking Up the Remnants. Plus, the popular Japanese Drummers will be giving their best performance for the show. A Mid-Winter’s Ale Festival 2016 Rolleston Community Centre June 25, 2016 11.30am - 7pm Tickets are available at Event is R18