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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2018

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6 Wednesday January 31 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Malvern Lions’ history The Malvern Lions Club president Tony Mitchell writes about the history of the club THE Malvern Lions Club was established in 1971, and will celebrate 50 years as a service club to the local and wider community in September 2021. The club’s foundation president was the late Ramsey Gibson. Mr Gibson and existing member Colin Stott, played leading roles in getting the club chartered. The club has two other charter members in Roger James and John Inch, but also has a good balance of experience and age, with many younger members joining the team in recent years. Optimum membership numbers are maintained at about 50- 55. As a charitable organisation, the club receives many requests for financial and other support from the community. According to our resources, the club responds by making monetary grants and by providing a range of other assistance each year to several individuals, FRIENDS: The Malvern Lions Club at a convention in Blenheim. groups and organisations from the local area, the Canterbury province and nationally. Emergency grants are also made at the board’s discretion. The main source of income for the club is through members catering at several events that take place throughout the Malvern area. The club’s catering facilities have been updated in recent years to provide a very high and efficient standard of service, of which club members are very proud. Other typical activities include running casino nights for organisations as fundraisers, selling pea straw, organising an annual golf tournament for a worthy recipient, publishing a phone directory every few years, assisting with the Coast to Coast event, and helping with street appeals in support of other charities, among other things. The success of the club is due to the dedication and willingness of its members to get behind the leadership, and to freely make themselves available to support fundraising events and activities. Members derive great fellowship and enjoyment from working on the various projects, and through having the privilege of supporting many people, community projects and organisations through our activities. To maintain optimum membership numbers, the club’s board approves, as required, the induction of new members who display a commitment to community service, and who have the enthusiasm and resources to participate regularly in club meetings and projects. Monthly meetings of all members are held at the Coalgate Tavern where we have been exceptionally well hosted and catered for since 1971. district council asked families – including that of Lisa Hurrell who was murdered in 1998 – to clean up the ornaments left at its burial sites, or the memorabilia will be removed Gill Hubert – We had a couple of things on our father’s grave and we had to remove them. ManaEddie Hayes – As much as I understand how important a grave is to a family (my mother died suddenly when she was 44), I do understand the council’s perspective. Some grave sites can be very cluttered and it would make it very difficult to maintain the grounds. Anna Louise – Not on the grass in front of headstone? People may trip? Who the heck’s walking on a grave in the first place? You never walk on a grave. Russell Olds – As far as I’m concerned, the family have paid for that plot so they own it . . . plenty of flowers is great. TREASURED: The district council has asked families to clean up items surrounding grave sites. THE SOUTH ISLAND’S ONLY DEDICATED OUTLET CENTRE Over 50 stores | Free Parking We are Outlet Shopping With 50 stores, including new additions Cotton On Body, Under Armour and Keen. Make amazing savings on recognised high street brands all at outlet prices. Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! HORNBY 409 Main South Road Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 31 2018 7 A reader reacts to Fulton Hogan’s controversial plan to open a quarry off Dawsons, Curraghs and Jones Rds Philip Colegate – I read of yet another planning case where residents wishes are being ignored in favour of commercial interests. This time it is anticipated that Fulton Hogan wish to extract gravel in Templeton and in due course will apply for consent from the district council. The residents are naturally upset and getting together to object to the forthcoming application. District councillor Mark Alexander has advised the residents to form a registered association, raise $150,000 and retain experts to represent them with a view to getting some restrictions on the consent. We recently received similar advice on another, smaller planning case, being quoted $50,000 to fight an application to conduct a commercial business on rural land. We four neighbours who objected found the prospect unattractive and trusted the district council to look after our and the district’s interests. Wrong. Clearly Cr Alexander considers that Fulton Hogan will be granted consent when it applies and it is only open to residents to try and get some limits imposed on the level and time of operation. Residents in Christchurch believe that they will also be affected and are supporting those in Selwyn. I believe that as the Selwyn ratepayers elect their local councillors, they should ask each and every one of them to clearly indicate if they support or object to this activity. This time it may be a quarry but there are a number of other examples where residents opinions have been ignored in favour of commercial development. Who may be next as the system considers that the benefits to residents from the new business more than outweighs the detrimental effects? Tell that to the residents in Templeton. This case will clearly proceed when Fulton Hogan submits its application. It will be notified to those that the district council consider affected, they will object and demand that the case is heard by a planning commissioner. The district council will choose the commissioner who will hear all the evidence and what the council planning experts Mark recommend. Alexander In arriving at their decision the commissioner will bear in mind cases elsewhere and that their opinion is subject to appeal to a higher authority if the aggrieved party has the financial resources to do so. Fulton Hogan clearly do, but the residents? There has to be a better way where residents’ rights are protected (after all their house is probably by far their largest asset) yet balanced to ensure that commercial development is not restricted. Perhaps Fulton Hogan should buy all the property surrounding the proposed quarry? It can then either sell it on with the benefit of a quarry nearby or hold it until work is finished and sell it at that time. We elect our district councillors to protect our district and it is time for them to declare where they stand so that we can remember come the next local election. Enjoy the Romance At Terrace Downs Resort Valentine’s Day DINNER $ 100 Valid 14 February pp A glass of Sparkling Wine, 4 Course Set Menu, Live Music High Country High Tea A Finest Slice of High Country! What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. Available everyday 11am - 3pm $29 per person or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential Minimum 2 people, Gluten free available. Indulge with our special package for Couples Accommodation, 2 course dinner, Breakfast. Available all of February. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 $ 490 per couple Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: $ 1,000to be won in each store south island wide* *Purchase any participating product from selected brands, complete an entry form and go into the draw to win a $1000 Prezzy Card!. See instore for more details. Terms and conditions apply. 3 FOR Sweetcorn Loose $ 2 99 Product of New Zealand Speight’s 24 Pack 330ml Bottles Meadow Fresh Cheese 1kg Mild, Edam & Colby $ 9 99 ea Hellers Streaky Bacon 400g $ 7 99 ea $ 32 99 pk Pams Fresh Cherry Tomatoes 250g Prepack Product of New Zealand Pams Fresh NZ Chicken Kebabs 8 Pack Griffin’s Squiggles, MallowPuffs, Chocolate Fingers, Chit Chat or Mint Treat 180-215g $ 2 79 Specials available South Island only from Monday 29th until Sunday 4th February 2018 or while stocks last. Wine and beer available at stores with an off licence. Wine and beer purchases restricted to persons aged 18 years old and over. pk $ 8 99 pk $ 2 99 ea Tegel Frozen Chicken 1.7kg $ 9 99 ea Mud House 750ml (excludes Pinot Noir) $ 12 99 ea