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Selwyn Times: August 30, 2016

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26 Tuesday August 30 2016 MY PRIDE & JOY 150 Years of transport through Rolleston Allan Familton at the controls of his Burrell traction engine SELWYN TIMES Rolleston is turning 150 with celebrations planned for the weekend of 14th to 16th October. Rolleston’s presence alongside state highway one and the railway lines heading south and west, was for many decades a quiet one. The idea of Rolleston as a satellite town to Christchurch came and went, with slow growth until the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes which led to accelerated growth with an unstoppable impetus. It is somewhat appropriate then that Rolleston is celebrating its Model traction engine 150th at a time when its industrial presence is expanding, with industry and agriculture served by two inland ports with direct links to Lyttelton and Timaru for transport to international markets. Burrell traction engines and Foden steam truck The evolvement of agriculture, industry and transport in the area, is the theme of the 150th celebrations. On the Saturday, people will have the chance to wander around displays of farm equipment and machinery, vintage engines, tractors, traction engines, trucks, cars, motorcycles, military displays, and other interesting vehicles of all eras, as well as cultural displays while food and refreshments will be available. Mainline Steam will also be bringing a steam engine to the Railway Station. “It will be the latest beside the oldest for people of all ages and especially children to see how things have advanced and changed over the years,” explains Jeff Bland who is chairing the organising committee. Rolleston 150th Committee Member, Allan Familton will oversee the displays of agricultural, industry, transport and railway history that was either used in the district or reflects an era. Allan will also be exhibiting a model traction engine that has been in the district for around twenty five years, along with two Burrell traction engines and a Foden steam truck. As the two traction engines spent their lives in agriculture they are representative of machinery that operated in the district from the late 1900s to 1950s though traction engines were used around Rolleston earlier than that. “The model traction engine was built by Alan Lake from Christchurch, who used to bring the engine out to Rolleston,” explains Allan. People will also be able to see traction engines operating a threshing mill, chaff cutter and sawmill while Allan will be demonstrating his Foden steam truck’s three way tipping deck. Owners of vintage to modern machinery or vehicles that have a connection with Rolleston or reflect an era are invited to display these (regardless of their condition) and to be part of a Grand Parade on the Sunday. The organisers also invite people with old photographs to bring these to the Rolleston Community Centre on Friday, 18th September from 1pm to 5pm so they can be scanned and a brief history noted, for inclusion in displays and a book on Rolleston’s history. Rolleston’s 150th is for everyone with many opportunities for people to take part. Simply email: 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email It’s our Birthday Shout and as a big thank you to our clients here’s our gift to you: 3 Until the end of September all WOFs are $40.00 • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars Be part of our celebration! Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & tV while you wait. We are currently looking for vehicle registration in our 150th Parade and Show Day. Vehicles from all Eras... Entry can be anything from a restored Traction Engine to a brand new Ferrari, classic & restoration, hotrods to bikes. If you would like to join in this wonderful occasion for our Township please contact or pick up a registration form from the Selwyn Council Office, Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 Please cut out and bring this voucher to redeem specials. Mon-Fri 6.45am-6.00pm, Sat 8.00am-12.00pm 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 847 jones rd, rolleston •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 30 2016 27 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Panelbeating business meets challenges Almost ten years ago, Scott Jefcoate had the opportunity to purchase the business he was working for, R O Jones Panelbeaters. Scott was 24 years old at the time yet keen to put his personal touch on the business and be his own boss. Since then, Scott has experienced the ups and downs of running a business such as after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake when the inner city was cordoned off and R O Jones could not operate for six weeks. “All our customers left overnight. They were city based and there was no central city anymore so trading was very quiet when we were allowed back in,” explains Scott who dealt with the situation by getting on with it. After cleaning up and dealing with the damage, Scott had to rebuild his business, during which time he kept all his staff. Further on, and they received just one month’s notice to vacate their Bath Street building, which was to be demolished. He had to very quickly find new premises and shift the business before the wrecking ball came in. Through the challenges, it has been Scott’s resilience, a supportive team and a friendly approach that has seen the business go from strength to strength. Two years ago, Scott took over Laycock’s Collision Repairs providing a convenient outlet for people on the south west side of the city. Both R O Jones Panelbeaters and Laycock’s Collision Repairs offer a full service of collision repairs, general panel beating and spray painting, for all motor BURNHAM auto services Keep your motor running smoothly this summer vehicles and commercial fleets. They will touch up scratches and knock any annoying dents back into shape. With spray bake ovens in each of the outlets and fully qualified staff, repairs can often be turned around within a week. Customers can drop off their vehicle on the day or the team will arrange towing where damage is more severe. They do work for all insurance companies and have a fleet of over twenty loan vehicles between the two branches so there is no need to be without wheels while the car is in for repair. Nine staff are based at Laycock’s Collision Repairs in Sockburn and eight in the central city branch, R O Jones Panelbeaters. Staff are i-car trained where they have received off-site job training to industry standards for panel beating and with a mix of ages the older hands pass their knowledge onto the younger ones. This diversity also means that jobs can be allocated according to the person’s skill base. Call into R O Jones Panelbeaters at 107 St Asaph Street, or Laycock’s Collision at 17 Epsom Road in Sockburn, or phone 0800 ROJONES and you will be put through to the outlet you require. You can also email an enquiry to:, check out on their website: and find them on Facebook. “We’re here to help people in a bad situation,” adds Scott Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs • WOF • Challenge Service Station • Vehicle Servicing We are now open from 7am-7pm Mon to Fri • Tyres/Puncture • Repairs • Courtesy car 36 Russell Road, Ph: 03 347 6607 • Txt: 021 522 150 Email: • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston