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Selwyn Times: July 26, 2016

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 26 2016 7 News Selwyn history in print • By Tom Doudney DAYS GONE BY: Rolleston in the late 1950s. Celebrations planned to mark the town’s 150th anniversary have inspired a new book on Selwyn’s history. ​ A NEW book which would be the first to extensively cover Selwyn’s history is in the works. The impetus for the book came out of planning for Rolleston’s 150th anniversary celebrations in October. District council staff member Wayne Stack, who has a masters degree in military history, volunteered to write it after an approach from district councillor and Rolleston anniversary committee chairman Jeff Bland. It is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. Mr Stack said the exact scope of the book has yet to be decided but it was likely to be a substantial work covering the history of the whole district, rather than just the Rolleston area. “There have been books written about the Ellesmere county and the Malvern county which were part of the amalgamation to bring Selwyn together but there is nothing there to actually put Selwyn on the map as a district in itself,” he said. Selwyn was formed in 1989 when the Ellesmere and Malvern counties and the rural half of the Paparua county were amalgamated. Cr Bland said the writing of the book was an exciting development. A previous book had covered the history of Rolleston up until the period before the town’s growth had really taken off but with the milestone coming up it was important to have a book which also reflected recent history. “Since we have been talking about this 150th it has become obvious that we need to update our history,” he said. “We think of history as 40, 50, 60 years ago but hang on, history is yesterday as well.” Mr Stack will also be working on a display of historic photographs and other items from the Rolleston area which will be part of the 150th anniversary celebrations. It will be one of a number of displays and events to take place over three days from October 14 to 16. The main celebrations will be held on October 15 at a site on the corner of Jones Rd and Hoskyns Rd. •Anyone able to contribute historic photographs, or other items and material which might help Mr Stack with compiling the book and 150th anniversary exhibit can phone 347 2851. Roundabout work to start WORK WILL start within a week on changes to a five-legged roundabout in Rolleston. The Goulds Rd, Tennyson St, Springtson Rolleston Rd and Lowes Rd roundabout is ‘not suitable’ for the growing amount of traffic using it. The access to the roundabout from Goulds Rd will be cut off later this month and will be permanently closed from August 1, changing the current five-road intersection to four. Goulds Rd will become a dead end near the dog park. The Selwyn Times previously reported that the Rolleston Residents Association and Rolleston College has safety concerns around students navigating the roundabout once Rolleston College opens next year. Broadlands Drive has been extended past the college to create a roundabout at Springston Rolleston Rd. The extension to Broadlands Drive past the college to create a roundabout at Springston Rolleston Rd have finished so now work to change the fivelegged roundabout will begin. District council asset manager of transportation, Andrew Mazey said the changes will be made because the roundabout has had an increasing amount of traffic use it . “The existing layout of the roundabout as a five-road junction is not suitable given the growing vehicle numbers and the change is designed to improve the roundabout’s safety,” Mr Mazey said. During the work on the roundabout people will still be able to access it from Goulds Rd until August 1. Traffic lights are planned to be put in place at the intersection in three year’s time. TWELVE YEARS IN PREBBLETON • WOF Safety inspections • Full mechanical repairs • Servicing and warranty servicing • Tyres • Full diagnostic equipment • Cars, 4WDs, light commercial, all cars including European vehicles • Loan cars available (conditions apply) Photograph by Lily Nicholas Our newly painted premises More than repair work has occurred at Marks Automotive Ltd lately. The landlord has had the building strengthened to bring it up to code and Kumho have painted and sign-written the premises. Owners, Leona and Mark Nicholas are delighted with the changes, and proud to be members of the Kumho Tyre Team which allows them to offer excellent prices on new tyres. Marks Automotive provides a range of automotive repairs and servicing including European vehicles, campervans, quad bikes, small trucks and horse floats. They carry out WOFs, sell tyres and batteries, and offer Gas Bottle swaps. Mark has the latest scanning diagnostic equipment allowing diagnostic analysis on a variety of vehicles and with Mark and Sam’s enthusiasm for automotive electronics it is not surprising that they take care of this work in-house. Mark and Leona have another workshop with resource consent to perform the larger jobs such as engine and transmission replacements. As a member of the MTA, their high standard of workmanship is also assured. This fits with their policy of affordable and sensible repairs whilst emphasising vehicle safety. It explains why so many people locally and from further afield, are loyal customers who they look after. The team at Marks Automotive Mark’s Automotive Ltd Hours: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.30pm PHONE 349 3344 | 559 Springs Rd, Prebbleton Email They have five loan cars. The mechanics note servicing and repairs that will be due in the future while WOF, service and recommendation reminders are sent out to clients. A new mechanic, Fyn has also joined Mark, Sam, Matt and Macca in the workshop, supported by apprentices, Will and Isaac and four efficient office staff (Jamie and Leona, full-time and Ellie and Sarah, part-time), along with after-school helpers, Matt and Dylan who keep the workshop tidy and loan cars clean. “Our team’s awesome. It’s a polite and happy group including Rosie our dog,” adds Leona.