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Selwyn Times: October 04, 2016

14 Tuesday

14 Tuesday October 4 2016 SELWYN TIMES A community event - Friday 14 th to Sunday 16 th October Turning 150 years old is a marvellous occasion, so Rolleston is preparing to celebrate its birthday in style! Throughout history, locals have contributed time, effort and money to make Rolleston a better place with the 150th celebrations, an example. “A twenty strong committee of volunteers have been working hard to organise a great weekend for the community with something for everyone,” says organising committee chairman, Jeff Bland. From the time that Mrs Robinson (owner of the Rolly Inn in the 1940s) built a tennis court and playground for the children of Rolleston, to the part residents have played in developing and running the town’s infrastructure, sports events, fire brigade 150th Committee members from left to right: Amanda Smith, Jeff Bland, Sarah Croucher, Dave Tippett and Graham Lawn. and community activities, locals have made Rolleston a better place. It will also be locals who make Rolleston’s 150th something special. If you can help in some way during the celebration weekend, or your community group would like to fundraise, email: rolleston150@ or call Jeff Bland on 027 399 9206. Opening night mix & mingle Friday, 14th October 2016 Rolleston’s 150th will start at 7pm at the community centre where MP Amy Adams will officially open the weekend celebrations and long-time Rolleston resident, Lex Cockburn will cut the cake. There will be exhibitions by local children and Maori, photos of Rolleston throughout its 150 years and a bar for drink purchases with free nibbles. “This free event is for everyone. Come along in period costume or just pop in. The Flying Dixies Jazz Band will be playing and there’ll be a movie for children in a neighbouring room,” says Councillor Jeff Bland, chairman of organising committee. This event is generously sponsored by Sicon. The Flying Dixie Band will be playing at the opening night. The Rolleston Show & Culturefest Festival Saturday, 15th October 2016 10am-4pm – FREE ENTRY There have been good registrations for the Rolleston Show with cars, motorbikes, trucks, ex-military vehicles and traction engines, from vintage to classic and modern day entered. This includes a 1901 Locomobile steam car, Model Model traction engine. T Fords from 1911, 1916 ambulance, 1926 Morris Oxford and rare 2007 Audi RS4. Over fifty agricultural machines, equipment and implements will be on display, including a number of tractors along with a Tractor Pull event, shearing, chaff cutter demonstrations, and active and static New Zealand Army displays. Traction engines there range from a model engine through to two Burrell engines with demonstrations of a Foden steam truck’s three-way tipping deck and traction engines driving a threshing mill, chaff cutter and sawmill. Over by the railway station, accessed from Jones Road, will be two Mainline Steam locomotives, KA942 and JA1240, which will also be on view on the Sunday. The latter regularly travelled through Rolleston when on the South Island rail network. People will have the opportunity to look inside the cabs and view Kiwirail Burrell traction engines and Foden steam truck. memorabilia reflecting New Zealand’s rail history. Anyone with a vehicle or machinery of interest and relevant to Rolleston’s history, is invited to contact the organisers with a view to exhibiting at the show by emailing: Mainline Steam’s KA942 locomotive will be at Rolleston Railway Station. The Rolleston Show has been generously sponsored by Intelligro and Fulton Hogan have generously prepared and sponsored the safety management plan for both the Rolleston Show and the Grand Parade. This even will be held 10am-4pm on Saturday, 16th October, on the corner of Hoskyns and Jones Road with FREE ENTRY. This 1965 MGB Roadster and 1967 Chev Impala will be on show. ALL EXHIBITORS MUST BE ON SITE BY 10AM FOR A SAFETY BRIEFING.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 4 2016 15 CULTUREFEST 2016 celebrating selwyn’s diversity - Saturday 15 th October Cultural groups will be represented at the Rolleston Show and CultureFest as part of the Selwyn Council’s recently developed NewComers and Migrants Strategy, which highlights the district’s multi-cultural emphasis. In its inaugural year, CultureFest 2016 will be an important part of the Rolleston 150th celebration. There will be stage performances of dance, music and other entertainment representing India, China, Russia, Italy, Ukraine and other countries. People will also have the opportunity to try Bhangra traditional dance. Sixteen food vendors will bring food from all over the world to Rolleston; Iranian, Jordanian, Halal, Russian, Tibetan, South African, Malaysian, Polish, German and Hungarian food. Members of the Polish Folk Dance Group in their new Krakowski costumes. THE GRAND PARADE Sunday 16th October 10am To finish off the weekend, there will be a Grand Parade in Rolleston. Traction engines, trucks, tractors, cars, motorbikes, floats, community groups, multicultural society members and the military will be participating in the parade, which will travel along Norman Kirk Drive, Kidman Street, Tennyson Street, Rolleston Drive, and back to its starting point, while the traction engines will head away via the Main South Road. A highland pipe band will head the parade, breaking ranks at the clock tower where they will pipe the rest of the parade with a truck from Road Metals Quarries Ltd leading the oldest through to most recent vehicle, interspersed with business and community floats, and followed by a platoon of soldiers from Burnham Military Camp. Norman Kirk Drive will be blocked off between Rolleston Drive and Kidman Street, from 8.00am to around midday so the floats, vehicles and individuals can be arranged. The organisers apologise for any disruption to traffic during this time. This event has been generously sponsored by Road Metals Quarries Ltd. Polish Folk Dance Group performing at the celebration of World Youth Day, June 2016. CultureFest will also feature arts and crafts including Oriental art sessions where people can have a go. Displays, activities and stalls along with information stands for newcomers and migrants, will also be available while a marquee will be dedicated to Diwali activities, featuring henna tattoos, crafts and more. Children will be entertained with free activities from SNAG Golf to Pedalmania, bouncy castles and more. “Registrations from individuals and groups wishing to exhibit have been overwhelming,” says Dave Tippett, Selwyn District Council’s Recreation Advisor who is working with the Christchurch Multicultural Council, Canterbury Migrant Centre, Rotary Club of Lincoln and the Rolleston Newcomers Network to bring CultureFest to Rolleston. CultureFest 2016 will be held 10am-4pm on Saturday, 15th October, on the corner of Hoskyns and Jones Road with FREE ENTRY. rolleston new world dine and dance The Flying Dixies Jazz Band will be back at the Community Centre to provide background music during the pre-dinner drinks and meal (catered for by Country Feast) at the Rolleston New World Dine and Dance. Following on, the 18-piece Ellesmere Big Band will provide dance music. A highland pipe band will lead the parade, breaking ranks at the clock tower. Tickets for this event are $60 a person and can be purchased from Council reception, Amanda Smith (021 169 3193), or Raylene Clark (027 326 7461), with period costume or black tie the dress code. This event has been generously sponsored by Rolleston New World. The Ellesmere Big Band will provide the dance music at the Rolleston New World Dine and Dance. People who live along the parade route are asked to kindly avoid parking on the road from midnight Saturday 15th October through to 2pm Sunday 16th October.