4 Tuesday November152016 Perfect for that Summer Wedding Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Shows continue to succeed News • By Amy Adams, Selwyn MP CANTERBURY’S muchloved Cup and Show Week has been and gone, but there are still a number of local shows on Amy Adams over next few months, Selwyn including MPthe Courtenay A&P Show in Kirwee this coming weekend. It is great to see that these shows are continuing to attract so much support after being in existence for 140 or 150 plus years. I believe that the success of the shows is their ability SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 www.smithandboston.co.nz the calendar Fashion Gardening to move with the times, for example, with innovations including a dedicated smartphone app to help visitors get the most out of the Canterbury Show. Meanwhile, local shows here in Selwyn have picked up on current themes such as Motoring MasterChef-style cook-offs and wearable arts competitions to inspire new generations to get involved. Importantly though the shows do remain true to their origins in focusing on our rural producers, whether that be crop and feed growers, sheep, cattle or dairy farmers, walnut orchardists or wine-makers. Our rural sector has certainly diversified over the past few decades, with a greater focus on artisan products and the growth of farmers’ markets, as many people have become more interested in finding out exactly where their food has come from. Recent shows that I have attended, including the Ellesmere Show, the Ashburton Show and the Canterbury Show, have all reflected this diversity well. The shows are an opportunity for rural communities large and small to get together and share ideas and results and connect with suppliers and customers alike. A&P shows take a lot of planning and organisation CELEBRATING THE COUNTRY: The annual Courtenay A&P Show will be held on Saturday. and without the hard work of the show presidents and organising committees these events would not be possible. Of course, A&P shows are not the only significant events happening around Selwyn at this time of the year. November 5 was a big day for the region with the hugelysuccessful Hororata Highland Games once again an entertaining day out for many. This was followed by an evening of public fireworks displays in Rolleston and Motukarara. Well done to all of those involved in planning and running these events, many of whom are volunteers. From church fairs to council-run events and everything in between, we are very lucky here in Selwyn to have such a range of opportunities to make community connections and family memories throughout the year. Tasty GET STYLE Bites & PRIVACY Money Buy any pair of Blundstone boots this month and grab 4x bottles of 1.5L Coke on Amare Christchurch! 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 Blundstone 991 - $169+GST ($194.35 incl) DIRECT access to best brands Download our latest catalogue 38 Brisbane Street, Sydenham | Ph 377 7994 www.amaresafety.co.nz Offer valid for the month of November2016 only.
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November152016 5 ews Community committee elections get under way ashion IF YOU thought elections in Selwyn were over and done with – think again. Elections for Selwyn’s 63 community committees will take place between this month and February. The committees assist with running local facilities like com- ardening munity halls, swimming pools, reserves and local township or residents’ committees. The district council is appealing for people to consider joining a community committee and help shape local services. Mayor Sam Broughton (below) said community otoring committees had an important role to play. “By joining a committee, you help make decisions about local facilities and services in your area and give advice to council to help us provide the right services for your area,” Mr Broughton asty Bites said. “We really appreciate the voluntary work that committee members do and I would encourage people who use and LOCAL MANAGEMENT: The Southbridge Hall and Prebbleton Community Cottage (inset) are two of the many local facilities which local community committees help run. enjoy local facilities and services to consider joining a community committee.” Township or residents’ committees are allocated discretionary funding to pursue improvement and beautification projects, and facility and reserve committees oversee the maintenance of local facilities and parks. Each committee sets its own meeting schedule, with most committees meeting once every month or every two months. Anyone interested in joining a committee can visit www. selwyn.govt.nz for a list of upcoming local election meeting dates. Cup Week mates have a grouse time A GROUP of former Hutt Valley rugby teammates and good friends travelled from across New Zealand and Australia to stay at Lincoln’s Famous Grouse Hotel for Cup and Show Week. The group was keeping alive a tradition which started about 50 years ago as two separate annual trips by players from the Hutt Valley Marist and Petone rugby clubs. About 30 years ago they combined their trips into one and the Famous Grouse Hotel has hosted them for the last six years. Group members now come from as far apart as Australia, Auckland and the Kapiti Coast, as well as the Wellington area. Organiser Brian Tebbutt, of Upper Hutt, said he was one of about “five or six” original members of the travelling group who still made the trip. There were usually about 20 in the group each year, including several, like himself, aged in their 70s. Mr Tebbutt, who used to play rugby for Petone, said the group had often stayed at Christchurch’s Sandridge Motel in the past but decided to make The Famous Grouse their regular home away from home when owners Craig and Bridget Bradford sold the former and bought the latter. “One of the highlights of the trip is the way that Bridget and Craig and the people at the [Famous Grouse] hotel look after us,” he said. Mr Tebbutt said this year’s trip had been fantastic, even if the bets they placed at Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse had not been lucrative. “A few guys had a good collect but most of us left quite a bit of North Island money down there as we normally do,” he said. Mr Bradford said the group was fantastic. “They are just a brilliant bunch of guys and the nicest blokes you could ever run into,” he said. “The locals love them, even though they take over half the pub.” oney Work that’S Worth it! Your plumbing & gas fitting specialists Ethical work CJ’s Plumbing Call noW Ph 03 347 4475 www.cjsplumbing.co.nz IT’S EXTREME! Quality work WeedonS Road, West Melton Adults $20 Pensioners $15 with gold card Family $40 (2 adults & 4 children under 15) Accompanied children under 15 years $10. Infants under 5 FREE. (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Info line Ph 021 070 3140 www.mooreparkspeedway.co.nz Welding & Engineering Services available: • Welding, metal fabrication • Engineering repair • Farm, factory and site work undertaken Well equipped workshop Widely experienced, many years Wilson Engineering Workshop, 486 Two Chain Road, Burnham. Phone 347 6760 or 021 329 605 SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER FROM 1pm Moore park SPRING SLAM SIDECARS and SOLOS FULL SUPPORT PROGRAMME 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6.00pm, Sat 8.00am-12.00pm 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 New Builds Alterations & Renovations Project Management Construction Services NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL We are your local builders. Call today FoR a FREE QUotE www.bownessbuilt.co.nz • firstname.lastname@example.org • Phil: 021-0769-669