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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2018

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12 Wednesday January 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES SUMMER in SELWYN YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS IN SELWYN In January Check out the Summer in Selwyn events for January! The full Summer in Selwyn guide can be collected from Council offices, Selwyn District Libraries, Lincoln Event Centre or the Rolleston Community Centre. Pop-Up Library at Foster Park Playground Monday 8 January, 2.30–4.30pm Monday 15 January, 2.30–4.30pm Wednesday 24 January, 10am–12pm Thursday 25 January, 10.30am–12.30pm The Mobile Library will be popping up at the new Foster Park Playground during the summer holidays. Take part in free, fun activities, play games, explore the mobile library and more! Kawaii Crafts Tuesday 9 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Thursday 11 January – Leeston Library, 10–11am Thursday 11 January – Rolleston Library, 10.30–11.30am Monday 15 January – Darfield Library, 2–3pm Monday 22 January – Rolleston Library, 2–3pm Thursday 25 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Love Hello Kitty and Pushkin? Have a go at origami, bookmarks, and hand-sewing cute cat cushions! Recommended for children age eight and over, book online www.selwynlibraries.co.nz. Games Challenge Wednesday 10 January – Darfield Library, 10am–12pm Wednesday 10 January – Glentunnel Community Centre, 2.30–3.30pm Tuesday 16 January – Lincoln Library, 10am–12pm Tuesday 16 January – Tai Tapu Library, 2–3pm Thursday 18 January – Leeston Library, 10am–12pm Thursday 18 January – Dunsandel Sports Centre, 2–3pm Wednesday 24 January – Rolleston Library, 10am–12pm Wednesday 24 January – West Melton Community Centre, 2–3pm Bring your family, friends, or just yourself! Games of all sizes for all ages. No bookings required, but spaces limited. Creative Tech Saturday 13 January, all Selwyn District Libraries, 2–3.30pm Come and have a go at our Alternate Reality colouring in, and our Green Screen Selfie Space. Suitable for all school aged children. Bookings not required but spaces are limited. BYOD recommended. Think, Create, Write! Thursday 11 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Tuesday 16 January – Rolleston Library, 10.30–11.30am Monday 22 January – Darfield Library, 10–11am Tuesday 23 January – Leeston Library, 2–3pm Ever seen a ‘zine? Make and illustrate your own digital or paper book. Bookings not required, spaces limited. SUMMER SELWYN YOUR GUIDE TO SUMMER EVENTS IN SELWYN 2017 /18 growing strong communities together in New World Rolleston Picnic in the Park Thursday 18 January, Springfield Domain, 5.30–7.30pm Thursday 25 January, Springston Domain, 5.30–7.30pm Pop down to your local park with family and friends for a picnic. Live music, bouncy castles, facepainting, Pedalmania, entertainment and much more. Activities for all ages and prizes up for grabs. Free sausage sizzle and coffee available for purchase. Lake Crichton Series Triathlon and Duathlon Friday 19 January, 9 February and 2 March, Lake Crichton, Dunsandel Enter individually or in a team, with options of short and long courses available. To enter visit www.selwynsportstrust.org.nz. spaces limited. Teddies’ Overnight Adventures Friday 19–Saturday 20 January, all Selwyn District Libraries Is your teddy looking for a fun adventure? Your teddy is welcome to spend the night having fun at your local library. Collect your teddy the following day and discover what adventures and mischief it had during the night in the library, listen to a story or two, and take some selfies with our green screen! More information at www.selwynlibraries.co.nz. New World Rolleston Teddy Bears’ Picnic Saturday 20 January, Rolleston Community Centre and Rolleston Reserve, 1–3pm Pack a picnic and dress up your favourite teddy! The Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be jam-packed with family fun, including teddy bear parade, face painting, faeries, bouncy castles, toddlers’ gym and more. Faringdon Pool Parties Darfield Pool, Sunday 21 January, 2–4pm Southbridge Pool, Sunday 28 January, 2–4pm Head to your local community pool for a party! The DJ will be playing your favourite songs, with inflatables, games, prizes, a sausage sizzle and loads of fun. Faringdon Summer Skate Jam Wednesday 24 January, Darfield Skate Park, 3.30–5.30pm Head to your local skate park to show off your moves. Bring your own gear or hire for free. Coaching available with experienced skate instructors. Prizes up for grabs for best tricks! Selwyn Summer Reading BINGO Live Prize Draws Saturday 27 January–Thursday 1 February, all Selwyn District Libraries Live prize draws for those playing Selwyn Summer Reading BINGO. Hand in your completed cards to your local library by 5pm Friday 26 January and attend the live prize draw to win! More information at www.selwynlibraries.co.nz. More Events! For a complete list of the Summer in Selwyn events taking place from now through to April, visit Facebook and the Council website. Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date event information. www.facebook.com/summerinselwyn www.selwyn.govt.nz/events growing strong communities together

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January 10 2018 13 News Playhouse built by prisoners to benefit families A WOODEN playhouse built by prisoners will now be used by several families throughout Selwyn. Prisoners at Rolleston Prison built the playhouse as part of their trade training and gifted it to Selwyn Parenting Network before Christmas to be raffled. Rolleston mother-of-two Rachael Lindsay was drawn the winner. But Ms Lindsay bought the raffle tickets to support the network. So when she won, she wondered what to do with the playhouse as her sons, aged 10 and 12, were a bit older. She decided to donate it to the network so other families in Selwyn could enjoy it. Network co-ordinater Kate Webb said it was a lovely thing to do. “She has totally stunned us all with the most kindest Christmas gesture of donating the playhouse to Selwyn Parenting Network in recognition of the work we do in the community – a believer in paying it forward and seeing other young Selwyn families enjoy it.” Formed in June 2010, the Selwyn Parenting Network is a community group providing support and network opportunities for parents and caregivers of children of any age. Ms Webb said the community had changed after the earthquakes, and the network wanted to do more to help families feel connected and supported. It now organises more regular coffee catch-ups, speakers and workshops for parents and caregivers, and fun activities, picnics, and community events for the children. Last month’s raffle also featured prizes sponsored by local businesses, in turn raising funds WINNER: Rolleston’s Rachael Lindsay won the playhouse but decided to donate it to the Selwyn Parenting Network so other families could enjoy it. ​ for the network. Some of the materials for the playhouse were donated by Mitre 10 MEGA Hornby. “It has been such a valuable exercise to collaborate with Rolleston Prison and showcase the trade skills that the offenders are learning as part of their rehabilitation,” Ms Webb said. “We are very thankful for the support of the prison and the men who have built this for us.” Prison principal instructor Gerard Stokes said the construction yard was a working training facility, where prisoners could gain trade qualifications. He said building the playhouse was an easy way for the men to practise their new-found skills, while contributing to the community. Mr Stokes said most of the men who worked on the playhouse were also fathers, brothers, and uncles of young children. “They are very pleased to have been able to contribute to local families.” Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Leeston’s dog park opened • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding LEESTON’S NEW dog park is now open and ready to be used after more than three years in the making. THe Leeston Dog Park recently opened its gates for the first time ahead of schedule. Leeston Community Committee chairman Lloyd Clausen said since the park opened, it has been getting quite a bit of use. While the park is not entirely complete, it was opened for the holiday season so that equipment could be trialled. Equipment includes hurdles, a broad jump, jump through, grooming table, balance beam, pole weave, ramp and tunnel. A pond, litter bins, seating and signage are yet to be installed. The new 1.8ha park is located between the A&P Showgrounds and land leased to the Ellesmere Heritage Park. Mr Clausen said the park has taken awhile to be built but it is a good job. By the time the park is completed it is estimated to cost $145,000. A home pool for summer Lagoon Pools import and install quality fibreglass swimming pools. To compliment the pools they supply good quality equipment including salt water chlorinators, heat pumps, pool lights, fountains and water features, swim turbines, spa jets, robotic pool cleaners and a range of covers and roller systems including hidden and automated. Imported from Leisure Pools in Australia, their Vinyl Ester pools are strong with six layers including protective armour. Each pool is strength tested and has a lifetime structural and osmosis warranty. Lagoon Pools owners Julie and Warren are dealers for Leisure Pools in the North Canterbury to Southland area, and agents for the Elite Hideaway Roller system. Call Lagoon Pools on 0800 927 282 or 349 2160, email info@lagoonpools.co.nz or visit: www.lagoonpools.co.nz They are open by appointment only. www.lagoonpools.co.nz 03 349 2160 0800 92 72 82