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Selwyn Times: October 25, 2016

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22 Tuesday October 25 2016 News SELWYN TIMES Pie maker leaves his legacy to family A pioneer in pie making died early this month. Bridget Rutherford reports FROM RAISING four children to making half a tonne of pastry a day – Bert Hillyer was a busy man. The co-founder of Hillyers of Lincoln passed away earlier this month, aged 87. Mr Hillyer’s son Grant said his father was always cheerful and most happy when he was with his family and friends. Mr Hillyer and his wife, Irene, started Hillyers of Lincoln in 1967 after Irene had been baking for the local bowling and tennis clubs. Her food became so popular, the council told her she needed to get commercial premises to continue doing it. So that is exactly what the Hillyers did. Their good friend Jim Burke offered his building at 9 Robert St in Lincoln to them, which had previously housed a butchery. “Hillyers would have never existed without the help of the Burke family,” Grant Hillyer said. PIONEER: The late Bert Hillyer set up Hillyers Bakery with his wife Irene about 50 years ago. Mr Hillyer had been working as an engineer at Springston Agriculture Engineering and wanted a change. “Even the first oven they had was rescued from being thrown out from the dump.” Mr Hillyer was raised in mid- Canterbury and went into an orphanage after his mother died giving birth to his younger sister. At the age of 12, he left school to work on farms before he became an engineer. Although his background was not in baking, he still had input into the recipes and was tasked with making half a tonne of pastry a day. “They would never work less than 80 hours a week. It was a really hard life, but one that was very rewarding for them,” Grant Hillyer said. The pie has always been the bakery’s forte and it began experimenting with different flavours and combinations. Grant Hillyer said it was at a time when there were only mince, bacon and egg and steak pies to choose from. EARLY DAYS: Some of the original staff and family outside Hillyers Bakery in Lincoln. He said the steak and mushroom was the first gourmet flavour they introduced and, by 1980, they brought in the now popular steak and cheese. “And for three years, nobody would buy them, nobody liked them.” The steak and oyster pie was introduced shortly after, which generously had three Bluff oysters in it. “My mother only did things over the top. She didn’t like to skimp.” They were being sold for $3.50 at the time, which was “very expensive” compared to the other pies. However, they were popular, Grant Hillyer said. “The students came down with their pocket money on Thursdays and Fridays and would buy two of them.” Further down the track, the chicken, cranberry and brie pie was put on the menu, which was inspired by a pizza flavour at Winnie Bagoes after it had just opened in the 90s. Hillyers was a real family business – with Grant and his wife Nardia taking it over and daughter Wendy having an input into recipes – until it was sold in 1995 but it still retains the same name today. “The strength of our business was the family,” Grant Hillyer said. However, when family members moved away, it felt like the right time to sell, he said. Mrs Hillyer passed away 16 years ago, but some of her recipes are still being used at Hillyers now. Grant Hillyer said the family still did a lot of baking and cooking – sister Wendy, who has had a lot of input into Hillyers and its recipes, is married to award-winning chef Rex Morgan. THE HOME OF GOOD BAKING SOUTHERN PLAINS BREAD VARIETIES 2 FOR $ 5 00 CHOC CARAMEL SLICE Choc sweet pastry encases the gooey caramel filling, all coated in choc icing. ONLY BISCUIT BITES TRAY PACK NEW LARGER PACK! $ 3 49 Afghan, Apricot LAST WEEK TO ENTER! Yoghurt, Choc Chip, ONLY EA Shortbread, $ 3 49 Super Choc Chip. EA PURCHASE 2 X DAIRY DALE 2L MILK TO ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN 1 OF 50 PLAYSTATION GAMING PACKS! 50 WINNERS - 2 PER STORE Promotion valid 1st - 31st October 2016. Winners will be contacted Monday 7th November 2016. Terms & conditions apply. Full terms & conditions can be found at www.couplands.co.nz MILK Dairy Dale 2L varieties. $ 5 98 2 FOR or $3.19 each FAMILY MINCE & VEGE PIE $ 4 99 EA Promotional pricing available while stocks last from 24/10/16 to 30/10/16. Images are serving suggestions only. Open 7 days | 8 Convenient local locations Hornby • Barrington • Ferry Rd • Papanui • Riccarton • Upper Riccarton • New Brighton • Rangiora BAKERIES www.couplands.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 25 2016 23 ACHIEVERS Selwyn Waihora Zone Talk to us about your land and water management JUST REWARD: The hard work of West Melton School new entrants and year 1 teacher Christina Sands, pictured with her Piwakawaka 2 class pupils, has been recognised with an advanced classroom expertise teacher award. The ACET programme was set up by the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the New Zealand Educational Institute to recognise teachers with exemplary classroom practice and to encourage highly experienced expert teachers to stay in the classroom. Ms Sands is the third teacher from the school to have received an ACET award, joining Liz Coster and Di van der Zwet. Looking back SPRING SCENE: The Gardens at Otahuna in September, 1911. •Heritage photos supplied by Selwyn Libraries on behalf of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via www.selwynlibrary.co.nz The Selwyn Waihora Zone Team is hosting drop-in days in Darfield every second Wednesday to talk with people about local water management, and offer support and help. We hope you can come along and get to know the team working in your area. The next meetings are on Wednesday 2, 16 and 30 November. Selwyn Waihora Zone Team drop-in day: When: Wednesday 2, 16 and 30 November, 1.00–4.00pm (no appointment necessary) Where: Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Clinic, South Terrace, Darfield (alongside the bakery) Brought to you by Environment Canterbury working with NEW TORO DH 210 FOR ONLY LAND THE ULTIMATE RIDE-ON MOWER $6,995 AND GET A TOW HITCH TRAILER FREE! DH 210 SPECIFICATIONS toro.co.nz • Powerful Briggs and Stratton Intek 500cc engine, with hydrostatic transmission • Tight 50cm turning circle • Width of cut: 102cm • Monster 300 litre rear catcher, or switch to rear discharge or mulch with a tap of the foot • Height of cut: 25mm – 76mm • Front nudge bar and halogen headlights Book a test ride online or visit our showroom today. 03 343 8960 455 Blenheim Road, Sockburn