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Selwyn Times: September 27, 2016

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2 Tuesday September 27 2016 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News..................................... 3-11 ONE HUNDRED years ago many from the district were staring possible death in the face every minute of the day and night. They also had to contend with the mud, the rain, the rats and the sickness. I’m talking of course about those soldiers fighting a war on the other side of the world, a lot of it handto-hand in the trenches to achieve one simple goal – stay alive. On page 3 today we highlight a tour next year to the Belgium village where one of New Zealand’s finest, Private Henry James Nicholas, of Lincoln, received the VC for outstanding bravery during an attack on Polderhoek Chateau on December 3, 1917. The 10-day centenary tour will commemorate the Battle for Passchendaele. Also today we put more questions to the mayoral contenders (page 5). – Barry Clarke Big turnout for kapa haka event SCHOOLS 13 Our People....................... 8 Local Schools...........12, 13 Sport.................................. 17 News..........................................18 Community Events...19 Gardening.............................21 Driven................................24 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch starmedia.kiwi NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 tom.doudney@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR Your fence, your style! QUALITY • STYLE • PRIVACY CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 27 2016 3 News Lincoln VC winner will be commemorated THE BELGIUM village where a Lincoln soldier was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1917 will be commemorated by a party of New Zealanders taking part in the 100th commemorative tour of the Western Front next year. Private Henry James Nicholas (right), received the VC for outstanding bravery during an attack on Polderhoek Chateau on December 3, 1917. Professor of war studies at Massey University, Glyn Harper, said the “on tour historian” accompanying the commemorative tour, will describe the action that took place there following the Battle of Passchendaele. The tour party will commemorate the heroism of Private Nicholas and lay a wreath at a monument to the Kiwis who lost their lives at La Basse- Ville, a village close to Messines, where another New Zealand soldier, Corporal Leslie Andrew, was also awarded the VC. The 10-day centenary tour which commemorates the Battle for Passchendaele, where the New Zealand Division suffered 2700 casualties including 845 fatalities, is being organised by Stephen Parsons House of Travel. It starts in Paris on October 7, 2017, and departs from Brussels on October 16. The tour visits a number of battlefields and memorials, attends the official Battle of Passchendaele Commemoration and visits the grave of 1905 All Back Captain, Dave Gallaher. Private Nicholas was the first Cantabrian to receive the VC. A member of the 1st Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment, he attacked a German machine gun post single-handedly, shooting the officer in command and overcoming the remainder of the 16-man garrison with bombs and bayonets, capturing four wounded prisoners and the machine gun. He received the VC from King George V “for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack.” As Sergeant Nicholas, he was killed in a minor skirmish only 19 days before the end of World War 1. Leslie Andrew survived World War 1 as a second lieutenant and remained in the military until being appointed commander of 22nd Battalion in 1940. His battalion saw limited action during the Battle of Greece but was involved in the defence of Maleme airfield in Crete which was eventually overrun by German forces. He relinquished command of the 22nd Battalion in February 3, 1942 and returned home to command the Wellington Fortress Area. He died in Palmerston North on January 8, 1969. • The tour is open to the public. Phone Stephen Parsons, House of Travel (06 350 7366) or stephenp@hot.co.nz HERO: The statue of Private Henry Nicholas VC near the Bridge of Remembrance. LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 7 pm start | Doors & Bar open 6.00pm Jeremy Corbett | | Justine Smith | Ben | Hurley | Jamie | Tom Bowden Furniss at The Famous Grouse Hotel or email lincolnticketsnz@gmail.com In Brief FIREWORKS DISPLAY The annual Rolleston fireworks display will be held at Foster Park for the first time. Broadlands Drive will be closed between Goulds Rd and Springston Rolleston Rd from 4–10.30pm. The display will be held on November 5. The organising committee believed that staging the event at Foster Park would cause less disruption than keeping it at Rolleston Reserve. ROLLESTON MEN’S SHED The new Rolleston Men’s Shed was opened by mayor Kelvin Coe at Rolleston’s Foster Park on Friday. The shed is open 9am–noon each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. ALLEGED DRIVER NAMED A Lincoln area man who claimed his car was stolen when, police allege, he had actually crashed it himself while drink driving has been named as Kane Jarod Jordan. Jordan, 23, has been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol, careless driving, failing to accompany police and making a false complaint. He entered no plea at his first appearance in Christchurch District Court and was bailed to reappear on Monday. Introducing John Sunckell – ECan candidate A third generation farmer from Leeston, married to Karen with two children, I have been involved with St John Ambulance in Selwyn for the past 34 years and also participate and lead in many other sports and community groups. For five years I have been involved with the Selwyn/Waihora Zone Committee and also with the development of the Selwyn Waihora subchapter. I am standing for ECan in the knowledge that we are changing practices and moving our environmental footprint forward with a population also accepting of the need for change. To overcome and continually improve the environmental challenges we face, genuine engagement on farm and in our vibrant rural communities is required – working together. As well as environment issues, ECan is also about the continued building of infrastructure, connectivity and transport vital for our future in Canterbury – especially in the rural hinterland. Our governors need a collaborative approach to take us and our communities forward. I believe that with my strong community focus and knowledge of water and agriculture, I will make a strong governor for Canterbury and representative for Mid Canterbury. John Sunckell ECAN 2016 “Working together taking us forward” • A steady experienced hand • Strong Mid Canterbury voice • Thriving sustainable communities • Responsible resource use • Simple regulatory processes 0274 542 554 john4ecan@xtra.co.nz john4ecan Authorised by John Sunckell, 100 Caldwells Road, Leeston