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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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16 Tuesday June 27 2017 Our People Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Tickets on sale NOW! Bringing Lincoln a men’s shed Pat Nicholas, 75, of Prebbleton, proves there can be a busy life after retiring. With a heavy involvement in the Lincoln Rotary Club, his latest project is to open a men’s shed in Lincoln. He spoke to Georgia O’Connor-Harding. You are involved in a lot of organisations, what project are you working on at the moment? There are several. I keep thinking now I must not take on anything else. The regular organisation I am involved in is the Lincoln Rotary Club which I have been a member of since 1998 and in that time I have done various things within the club and I was president from 2006 to 2007. That year was a particularly busy year and the club did a project that raised about $60,000 for The Bone Marrow Cancer Trust’s Ranui House. We did that with a dinner and auction – it was a delightful night. It blew me away how much money was raised in that short time. I was very proud to be the president of the club at that stage. You were on the board of Lincoln Community Care? I have been up until last month. I went on the board in 2001. I had recently shifted to the Selwyn area from Christchurch and I felt I needed to get involved with the community as a rotary representative. My intention was to be there for two years but I was still there this year. I am not good at sticking to my plans. I was the chairman from 2004 to 2009. I think the big achievement is we were able to get a new building. We now have a purpose built building that accommodates the three staff and there are more nursing staff at the end of the building. The other community thing I do is I am a Justice of the Peace. I had a bit of pressure from other areas to say, you would be good at doing this sort of stuff. I don’t know if I am good at it or not but it is something I have enjoyed from meeting people who come to get their documents done and signed. Tell me about the rotary’s current project, the men’s shed of Lincoln. What stage is it up to? Here’s a history on how it came about: A retired president of the rotary club was moving off his lifestyle block who had quite a bit of equipment because he was a builder/joiner in his working life. He offered his equipment to the rotary club and I said it sounds like Lincoln needs a men’s shed. For about the last four years we have been working to get a site and raise money for a shed. We now have a site thanks to the district council which will be down by the Lincoln Rugby Club. It is probably going to take a couple of months. Is it to give retired people something to do? It is for old blokes like me who sits around at home and is a pain to their partner and look out the window and say there is nothing to do. But if they go along to this they have got other fellows there they can talk to, perhaps do a few projects they have put off around their house. It gets them out of their rut and brightens their day. It must be difficult for people who have been working all their life. It is and I don’t think men are good socialisers. Ladies go off and have a coffee but men don’t tend to do it. And I wouldn’t see much excitement sitting in a pub having a beer and looking into COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Pat Nicholas was chairman of Lincoln Community Care for five years and currently working on to open a men’s shed in the area. space. I think there are more productive things you can do by being at a men’s shed. What do you think of the Lincoln and Prebbleton communities? We are in a relatively new subdivision and we got involved in setting up the Hampstad Lane Neighbourhood Support group. It has been very successful. I think it is a very friendly little village and Lincoln is the same. Lincoln is probably a bit bigger so it doesn’t make it quite so friendly. That is not criticising Lincoln but it is quite big. Has Prebbleton changed a lot in the last decade? It is a huge change since we came here with all the subdivisions going in. When we bought the section the developer indicated we would be the last subdivision. They are still being PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS developed. I wonder where the people have come from. The population is growing so fast the primary school is bursting at the seams. How did you end up spending so much time in Lincoln? I got involved with the Lincoln Rotary club when I bought a lifestyle block at Greenpark back in 1996. I had worked at the post office most of my working life. And with the changes that came round in 1986, by 1993 I was made redundant. I was at the stage where I wasn’t easily employable for my age so I decided to have a crack at having a lifestyle block. I had been brought up on a farm on the West Coast. We did that for 10 years and decided we needed a life and not a lifestyle and we came to Prebbleton. It was a hard journey, I spent a couple of years without work and finally got a job with a company that does suspended ceiling systems. The new owners took me on as their manager of the company and I was there for about 12 years before being made redundant again. That stage I decided no more redundancies for me and retired. Where on the West Coast did you grow up? In a little farming valley on the Taramakau Settlement. I was only 16km from Kumara but those miles on the gravel road used to take half an hour to drive. We had a school at the settlement. They are always talking about these openplanned classrooms. We had an open plan – just one classroom for 12 to 14 kids. I then came to Christchurch and boarded at St Bede’s College which was a huge shock to the system. How did you find it? Difficult, totally out of my depth because the education in the primary school was not anywhere up to the scale of other primary schools. I got into the fifth form and left after the first term. I started delivering telegrams in Greymouth in 1957. It is totally different now to when I was with them. The mail system has been overtaken by the electronics. The day when we went to the letter box is now well gone. You have travelled quite a bit? Started in Greymouth, moved to Blenheim, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Dunedin and then back to Palmerston North and to Christchurch. I thoroughly enjoyed Palmerston North but I am very happy in the Christchurch area. People say Prebbleton is a long way out, it takes 15 minutes to get to central city. Once the new motorway is finished it will be much quicker again. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 27 2017 17 ADVERTORIAL THE RICCARTON MARKET IS NOT CLOSING! During winter, as expected, the number of stall holders and the number of people coming to the market reduces but we still get in excess of 4,000 people coming every week. One of the strong points about the Riccarton Market is that both entry and parking is free to the public”. HUNDREDS OF STALLS Don’t believe everything that you hear! Despite numerous rumours the popular Riccarton Market is not closing. “It is easy to understand the confusion” says Craig Murphy, President of the Rotary Club of Riccarton. (The Riccarton Market is owned by the Riccarton Rotary Charitable Trust and managed by the Rotary Club of Riccarton). “With much publicity being given to the proposed new housing subdivision on some of the land currently occupied by the Riccarton Racing Club people have missed the point that not all of the land is going to be utilised. Over the next few years land will be progressively developed into residential sections along Yaldhurst Road and Steadman Road and then into other parts of the property. It does not however intrude into that portion of the land currently occupied by the Riccarton market”. Plans released by the developers, Ngai Tahu Properties, show the proposed subdivision being done over 6 stages which when completed will provide approximately 600 new residential sections. “In preparation for the development the Riccarton Market has reduced its footprint and condensed the number of stalls available. The Racing Club has offered other land closer to the entrance in exchange for land surrendered by the market. These new areas will be incorporated into the market over time” advises Ross Binning, Chair of Riccarton Rotary’s Market Committee. “By reducing the footprint now we have been able to provide additional parking for our customers making coming to the Riccarton Market even easier. Over the summer months we have been getting crowds in excess of 10,000 people every Sunday. The Riccarton Market has been in operation for 29 years. Over that time it has moved location several times. From its origins as a ‘car boot sale’ located at the Riccarton Mall carpark, it moved to The Bush Inn, then outgrew sites at Riccarton High School and then at the University, relocating to the racecourse site more than 15 year ago. It has become an institution in Christchurch – described by the Christchurch City Council as ‘an icon’ for locals and tourists alike. It is the largest charity market in New Zealand and with room for over 300 stalls it is arguably the largest weekly market in the country. During this period Riccarton Rotary has donated more than $3 million to local charities and individuals as well as supporting other national and international projects especially at times of emergency. “It is disappointing that people still talk about the Riccarton Market closing” says Craig Murphy. “In many cases those people are directly associated with competitive markets around the city so they no doubt see it to their advantage by creating uncertainty about the future of the Riccarton Market. Be assured the Riccarton Market is here to stay. We have a secure long term arrangement over the Riccarton Park site and apart from some relatively minor redesign of the footprint over the next few years there is nothing that will change as far as our many loyal customers are concerned. They will be able to continue to come for their vegetables, meats, other food items, hardware, tools, furniture, plants, artworks, jewellery, cat and dog needs, clothing as well as to be entertained by the live music and stay and have their lunch from one of the numerous ethnic and specialised food and refreshment stalls located around the central ‘commons’. If you would like to know more about the Riccarton Market please go to RICCARTON MARKET OPEN EVERY SUNDAY 9am - 2pm | Riccarton Racecourse HUNDREDS OF STALLS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EXTENSIVE FOOD COURT For more information visit our website: