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Selwyn Times: April 07, 2017

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16 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 Replica early railway station Darfield sits in the centre of the Canterbury Plains, surrounded by farmland with primary producers contributing to mainly dairy, sheep and cropping sectors. Inside its boundaries, Darfield’s residential base has been growing; its population 1,935 in 2013 was estimated last year to have risen to 2,957. On weekdays, the commercial centre bustles with travellers on their way to the West Coast, skiiers heading to nearby ski fields in winter, and locals shopping and mingling at the local bakery, café, wine bar or hotel. Enthusiastic volunteers support a wide selection of sports and interests such as ballet, arts, crafts, gardening and a toy library. There is netball, squash, tennis, swimming, skateboarding, BMX, cricket, hockey, indoor and outdoor bowls, running, fishing; shooting, walking, equestrian events, rugby with a century old connection to Malvern, and many more community wide events. The annual high school production is well supported and the town’s youth are catered for with a youth group and sporting activities. There are places to walk, like McHugh’s Plantation or Darfield’s neatly trimmed streets and the domain for a picnic and game of cricket or footie. Discover the town’s history in Tussock Square, the old gaol, war memorial, replica early railway station and stone clock tower. Darfield businesses include seed processing, brick manufacturing, farm service outlets and retail stores selling groceries, meat, pharmaceuticals, haberdashery and giftware. There is also a postal service, newsagent, service station, art gallery, plant nursery and Saturday morning market. Nearby the Fonterra milk production factory has also contributed to the growth of population and supporting businesses in the area. Education providers cover all age groups from preschool to high school along with community facilities such as churches, a library, volunteer fire brigade and medical professionals. darfield Points of interest are the: • The T W Adams’ Arboretum, site of the first sod home built at Greendale in 1865; • Kimberley’s cemetery and reserve; • Kirwee’s memorial to Colonel De Renzie Brett, instigator of the water race system; • Courtney – once a stopping point for Cobb and Co. coaches heading west and travellers crossing the Waimakariri River; • Fonterra’s milk powder processing plant at Racecourse Hill; • The Oak Avenue of Remembrance at Waddington; • Malvern A & P show held every March at Sheffield; • Springfield’s big donut and Rewi Alley memorial; and • Historic Homebush, Coalgate and Glentunnel Jo Sel Cu gro hou Do hor hou in t num Un the No a b cen sup giv to c win hom aro On the

selwyn district residents' guide 2017 17 west melton , g ri Joining the ranks of the growing towns of Selwyn is West Melton. Currently in the middle of a decade of growth that began with the Gainsborough housing sub-division, followed by Preston Downs then Wilfield, the land on which horses once trained is now filling up with houses and more urban development is in the wind. There are also an increasing number of lifestyle blocks nearby. Until recently, the service station was the only, rather busy retail outlet in town. Now there is a new shopping centre with a bakery, hair salon, beautician, medical centre, pharmacy, real estate office, small supermarket and new bar and restaurant giving residents another dining experience to complement the hotel, and café and winery a short drive away. A myriad of small home-based businesses are also spread around the greater West Melton area. On Saturday mornings, a market is held in the grounds of St Paul’s Church. West Melton has a twice daily city bus service, visiting mobile library, primary school to year eight, two preschools, play centre and Plunket rooms, two churches, an engineering business, community hall, clubrooms, volunteer fire brigade and playgrounds. A new recreation centre is to be built soon. Even with its growth, West Melton has not lost its sense of community and friendly atmosphere with many locals joining together for numerous sporting activities and interests. Strongly supported are rugby and netball followed by tennis, bowls (indoor and outdoor) and soccer. There are also pleasant paths on which to walk and walking groups. Interest groups include: craft, coffee n chat; gardening; gymnastics; films; men’s group; photography; preschool music; rural women, women’s and youth groups; scouts; young farmers and Zumba. Points of interest are the: • The Canterbury Astronomical Society’s Observatory in Bells Road which is open to the public most Fridays evenings; • The Canterbury Aero Club’s aerodrome and Moore Park Speedway in Weedons Ross Road; and • Business breakfasts at Edendale café. d ; l; l