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Selwyn Times: October 04, 2016

12 News In Brief Tuesday

12 News In Brief Tuesday October 4 2016 NEW BUSINESS NETWORK The Lincoln Envirotown Trust is looking to establish a ‘Selwyn Responsible Business Network.’ A meeting about the network and the future of the Sustainable Business Awards will be held at the Rolleston Community Lounge on October 11, 7pm. For catering purposes people are asked to RSVP to rbacoordinator@gmail. com STATE HIGHWAY 1 MEETING The Weedons Resident’s Association will hold a meeting on October 11 to update residents on the State Highway 1 four laning work associated with Stage 2 of the Christchurch Southern Motorway. The meeting will cover approximate starting dates and the manner in which the work will be undertaken. It will be held at the pavilion in Weedons Reserve, from 7.30pm. CORRECTION Last week’s edition of the Selwyn Times made reference to Joan Simpson who attended the 150th anniversary celebrations for Lincoln Primary School. The article incorrectly stated that Mrs Simpson’s maiden name was Bray and that she was 96. Mrs Simpson’s maiden name was actually Smart and she is 94. Leeston man makes Solomons safer NEW LOCATION ADVERT.pdf 1 1/05/2014 11:51:35 a.m. A LEESTON man is helping make communities in the Solomon Islands safe by clearing explosive remnants of World War 2. Able Diver Craig Smith has been taking part in Operation Render Safe, a multinational operation led by the Australian Defence Force to dispose safely of unexploded World War 2 munitions. “It’s been fantastic to help them out and they are also our main source of information,” ADR Smith, from the Royal New Zealand Navy diving and mine countermeasures ship HMNZS Manawanui, said. “The Solomon Islanders have been living in an area scattered with tonnes of explosive ordnance for the past seven decades,” he said. “Removing these hazards will give them a safe environment to live in and the kids will be able to jump in the water without being afraid of injuring or killing themselves.” In the first week of the Render Safe operation, the combined multinational teams recovered 1389 items, weighing 3.7 tonnes, of unexploded ordnance. The team of divers from Manawanui and explosive ordnance disposal experts from the Canadian Defence Force have recovered and detonated safely about 60 unexploded munitions, including a 250-pound bomb, during the operation. ADR Smith joined the navy four years ago, after graduating from St Thomas of Canterbury College. “I wasn’t sure if I should follow my brothers’ footsteps and go to university or get ‘out of the box’ to see the world and have an interesting lifestyle,” he said. “I know that sounds like a cliché but since joining the navy I’ve had many opportunities to see the world, including South- East Asia.” He said his role as a diver aboard Manawanui included maintaining the dive equipment, the decompression chamber and the diving bell. ADR Smith spent his early years in Perth but moved with SELWYN TIMES FROM THE DEPTHS: Able Diver Craig Smith, from HMNZS Manawanui, holding an unexploded World War 2 munition he recovered on the sea floor in the Solomon Islands. PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ​ his family to settle in Leeston when he was 13. He said he was still a true-blue Aussie, even though all his friends were All Blacks supporters. “It’s good to keep up the rivalry in Manawanui,” he said. About 200 personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and the United Kingdom have been participating in Operation Render Safe. VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION LOCATION 430 ST ASAPH STREET! Hours of Business: 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs Fri 8am to midday or by appointment with Keith 027 566 3909 RECOVER YOUR LOVED FURNITURE No job too big or small Still able to offer you the finest top quality new furniture Visit us online www.qualityfurniture.co.nz P. 371 7500 QUALITY FURNITURE SPECIALISTS RE - UPHOLSTERY SPECIALISTS KEITH HARTSHORNE 0275 663 909 ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS BRAND NEW VILLAGE CENTRE AND CARE CENTRE – NOW OPEN! Welcome to our new village centre and care centre. We’re excited to let you know that we recently opened our village centre! The village centre is the heart of our Summerset community with residents already enjoying the fantastic facilities, like the café, lounges, indoor swimming pool and spa, library, exercise room and outdoor bowling green. The village centre is also home to our care centre, which offers a range of care options up to rest home and hospital-level care. For more information about our village, please call Anne on 03 741 0872. Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 wigram.sales@summerset.co.nz Love the life WORK6839

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 4 2016 13 News Plans to rebuild historic cottage • By Tom Doudney A FORMER Rolleston cottage, which may have been built as early as 147 years ago, could be rebuilt following the excavation of the site where it once stood. The Dynes Rd site was excavated 18 months ago, with an old land deed revealing that it was almost as old as the town itself. Rolleston will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 11 days time. Records showed that the crown sold the land to K. Kelly in 1869. A Witter Archaeology report concluded that, while that did not necessarily date the building, “such a structure might be expected to follow soon after.” The site’s owner, former district councillor Annette Foster, said she and her family were in the process of having plans drawn up to rebuild the cottage based on a photograph sourced from the Canterbury Museum. The photograph, taken in 1928, had appeared in a 2007 book by George Singleton about the former Ellesmere county. Mrs Foster and her late husband, David, had deliberately retained ownership of the cottage site on Dynes Rd when they sold the surrounding 121ha for the Faringdon subdivision, Foster Park and Rolleston College. “We thought it was really important for Rolleston to actually have something which related to its history, because Rolleston PIECES OF HISTORY: Annette Foster with late 19th century Rhine pattern china found in the excavation of a site on her property where a cottage was built 147 years ago. PHOTO: TOM DOUDNEY wasn’t really a place where people settled, it was a transient area and a lot of the land was owned by people in Leeston, Springston and Lincoln and was used as their dry land run-off,” she said. AS IT WAS: This photograph of the former cottage was taken in 1928 and later appeared in a 2007 book about the former Ellesmere county. Mrs Foster and her family plan to rebuild it. PHOTO: CANTERBURY MUSEUM “I think you would struggle to find anything in Rolleston that is older than this site.” Excavations unearthed artefacts dating to the 1880s, including Rhine pattern china, glass, wire, metal items and the remnants of household furniture. Mrs Foster said her intention was to hold occasional open days once the cottage was restored so people could view it. The cottage had been originally built as a sod cottage, but then was built on to with cob, which was unusual. It was thought to have belonged to the Kelly family who owned the property at the time. Before his death more than a year ago, Mr Foster, whose family had owned the property for 75 years, had been able to recall as a child seeing a mound of sod with remnants of a chimney where the house stood. Although the excavations were carried out 18 months ago, the report into the site was only completed about three months ago. Spring Clearance Sale Up to 50% off storewide. Limited Time Only! (Some exclusions apply, see instore for details.) 2239 Main South Road 5 minutes south of Rolleston www.ynots.co.nz ynots.gifts@xtra.co.nz 03 3476190 NEW ARRIVAL ORGANIC BAMBOO Babywear *Superbly Soft *Hypo-allergenic *Stretchy & breathable *Antibacterial *Pesticide & chemical free Boody baby nur tures both babies and the world they will grow up in. Barrington Pharmacy Next to CouplaNds, 256 BarriNgtoN st Ph 332 3156