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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2018

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6 Wednesday February 14 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News ‘Pud’ bows out after 40 years Allan ‘Pud’ Fletcher has been honoured after 40 years of service with the Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade. Georgia O’Connor- Harding reports THE 79-YEAR-OLD first joined the Fire Service in 1977 and remained in active service until December 31 when he officially retired. Mr Fletcher, also known as ‘Pud’ Fletcher, first joined after his wife Jo was rushed to Christchurch Hospital when she collapsed from an asthma attack. He said the Springfield community was “marvellous” to his wife while she remained in hospital for about a week with residents bringing items such as nightgowns, facecloths and towels to Jo. He said Springfield School in particular did a lot for Jo, who was a former secretary at the school. The children sent bunches of flowers, basket of fruits and cards while the teachers travelled to visit her. Mr Fletcher said he wanted to find a way to give back to the community. “I thought so hard – ‘what am I going to do, what am I going to do’, so I decided to join the fire brigade,” he said. About 40 people attended a celebration at the Springfield Fire Station recently where Mr Fletcher was presented a blazer, fire jacket, shield and certificate in recognition of his work. After working at the AA Vehicle Testing Christchurch centre in Hornby, he decided to retire last year and move with his wife to Geraldine. Before working at the testing centre, Mr Fletcher had a job as a mechanic in Christchurch before he worked on the railways in Springfield. Originally from New Brighton, England, Mr Fletcher moved to CELEBRATION: Allan ‘Pud’ Fletcher served with the Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade for 40 years and officially retired in December. ​ New Zealand in March 1971. He said he and his wife are now taking it easy after they were involved in a car crash at the intersection of Winchester- Geraldine Rd and Coach Rd early last year. Mr Fletcher said they were driving towards Winchester at 90km/h when the vehicle crashed into a campervan which was pulling out of Coach Rd. The campervan rolled and landed on the passenger side, but Mr Fletcher said the two Germans inside were okay. “It affected our lives quite badly. I lost some of my balance, affecting my nerve system. My wife ended up in hospital getting pneumonia and nearly died,” he said. She developed severe pneumonia about five months after the accident. But Mr Fletcher said she fought back. He said their Ford Falcon was a “write-off” and if it had been any smaller, he did not believe they would be here today. “We are both very lucky,” he said. In his time with the Fire Service, one of the largest fires Mr Fletcher attended was at Burnt Hill, Oxford, in the early 1980s. He said they battled the blaze for two and a half days and it ended up near the Waimakariri Gorge bridge – travelling 1km every 2min. Chief fire officer Grant Williams said Mr Fletcher was good value, entertaining and conscientious of other members in the brigade. Your place to meet, discover and connect Bring this ad into any Selwyn District Library and receive a free DVD hire! GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI TIME for FUN! Every Saturday. Every Library. For the Saturday afternoon activities schedule visit www.selwynlibraries.co.nz PUB QUIZ Tuesday night Bring the Teenagers – they know stuff! Pizzas $20 | Desserts $10 Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday February 14 2018 7 BE IN TO Abbeyfield House opens in Leeston •From page 1 It is the latest Abbeyfield House to reach completion. There are now 13 Abbeyfield Houses in New Zealand. It is operated by volunteer committees affiliated to Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc, a registered charity. The Leeston house cost $2.6 million to establish. House committee chairwoman Anna Carter said it felt too many elderly from the Ellesmere community were moving to Christchurch or Ashburton. “We just feel it is incredibly important for our elderly to stay in the community where they feel safe and comfortable,” she said. District councillor Pat McEvedy said further development of retirement facilities in Selwyn depends on the community. He said in larger communities like Rolleston NEW: One of several units available to residents living at Abbeyfield House. and Lincoln commercial retirement villages will get up and running. “But in the country communities like here in Ellesmere and perhaps in Malvern – we don’t have the same opportunity for a commercial operation,” Cr McEvedy said. He said while it is a place for people still reasonably independent – it is about offering companionship and sustainability. Abbeyfield House is supported by the Rata Foundation, Housing New Zealand, the district council, Ellesmere Lions, Ellesmere Vintage Club and benefactors. Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade A PORTABLE BBQ $ & 1,000 4KG GAS to be BOTTLE won in each store south island wide* ONE PER STORE , SOUTH ISLAND WIDE Sweetcorn Loose Product of New Zealand at four square New Season Oakley’s Golden Gourmets Potatoes 1.5kg Prepack Product of New Zealand ANY 3 FOR $ 2 49 $ 5 49 pk Pringles 134g or Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Lift or L&P 2.25 Litre Hellers Fresh NZ Burgers 400g or Pre-Cooked Sausages 1kg Plain (excludes Flavoured Variants) Lindt Lindor Gift Box ANY 2 FOR $ 5 99 ANY 2 FOR $ 11 99 $ 10 99 ea Wheels & Wings fundraiser - saturday 7 th april 2018 or postponement date Sunday 8th April Kimberley road, darfield (will be sign posted) any aircraft, Motor Vehicles, Motorbikes & much more! Start Time: Gates open from 7.30am Adults $10 Children under 15 free Trade sites $40+ depending on how much room you would like For further info: Aircraft (Charlie) 03 317 9044 or 027 433 2628 Aircraft (Graeme) 03 318 3688 or 027 604 1824 Vehicles (Nev) 03 318 3818 or 021 650 554 No alcohol or dogs of any size allowed Hot food and drink available Pams Finest Ice Cream 900ml $ 6 99 Hippeastrum ea Gift Wrapped Potted $ 19 99 ea Tegel Frozen Chicken Portions 1.5-2kg www.foursquare.co.nz $ 9 99 Single Long Stem Red Rose facebook.com/FourSquareNZ Specials available South Island only from Monday 12th February until Sunday 18th February 2018 or while stocks last. ea $ 10 99 ea