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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2017

Selwyn Times: September 12,

FREE TUESday SEPTEMBER 12 2017 379 7100 SUNNY WITH BLUE SKIES YOUR SECTION HAS A GREAT OUTLOOK Selwyn FRESH START WARM COMMUNITY Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) The forecast is bright! Stage 22 now selling. Sections 400 to 907m 2 from $164,000. Call Bruce Harvey 0800 667 849 or visit You’re home. Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthur’s Pass, Kirwee Neighbours tackle fire after lightning strikes tree THIRSTY: Craig and Bridget Bradford celebrate the opening of the Crate & Barrel. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER New Leeston pub opened • By Gabrielle Stuart AFTER SIX long years without a pub, the Leeston community turned out to open the new Crate and Barrel last week – and the doors have barely stopped swinging since. Publican Craig Bradford said business had been “flat out” all weekend after the grand opening on Thursday. The grand opening began with a parade through the town, featuring a horse and cart, a steam engine and vintage vehicles. •Turn to page 10 • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding QUICK THINKING from Rolleston residents saved a shed from catching fire after a lightning strike on Sunday. Andre Berkett and a neighbour John Atherton used garden hoses to put out a tree fire after it was struck by lightning between 12.30-1pm at Goulds Rd across from Clearview Primary School. Mr Berkett said within 10sec of the lightning strike, the flames were as high as the treeline and heading fast towards a neighbouring property’s shed containing jet skis and a car. Using garden hoses, it took a •See pages 22 and 23 bare-footed Mr Berkett, along with a neighbour, about 30min to extinguish the flames. “(I) didn’t have time to put my shoes on,” he said. Mr Berkett and his partner Sarah Laird were making bacon and eggs for lunch when they heard a loud bang which sounded like a gas bottle exploding. “Everything was grey we could see the flames over the door . . . dogs all nutting out and going off and I was like holy s***,” Mr Berkett said. The flames were reduced to embers by the time firefighters from Rolleston and Burnham Camp attended the incident. •Turn to page 4