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Selwyn Times: April 27, 2018


14 Selwyn District Residents' Guide 2018 P REBBLETON The township of Prebbleton dates back to when the Prebble family settled there in the 1850s. Younger brother, Edward opened a general store and “Prebble Town” was born. It is one of Canterbury’s oldest settlements, and its long history still whispers through the streets and buildings. Prebbleton’s proximity to Christchurch, only 5 minutes from Hornby and 15 to 20 minutes to the CBD, make it a very popular residential area. It is supported by its own retail precinct, with cafes, fuel and car repairs, local produce and groceries, restaurants, takeaways and the Prebbleton Tavern which harks all the way back to Edward Prebble himself. Surrounded by orchards, olive groves, race-horse stables and horticulture, Prebbleton has retained a village feel. There are preschools, a primary school, sports fields, a skate park, and a community hall. The monthly Sunday market is popular, weather permitting, and there is a walking group and activities such as indoor bowls and Tai Chi. The local hall houses many private celebrations as well as community gatherings and events.

Selwyn District Residents' Guide 2018 15 L EESTON Leeston is the principal town in the Ellesmere district, servicing the rich farmlands and surrounds. As the population grows, so to do the services available to residents. There is a medical centre, rest home, RSA, fitness centre, library, toy library, volunteer fire brigade and schools from pre-school to high school. There is a supermarket, cafés and bakeries. There is Airbnb accommodation in the area, and the Crate and Barrel, a family run hotel and restaurant, also has rooms available. Lakeland Art is a new gallery in Leeston, showcasing local artists in many genres. The Ellesmere Big Band has been based in Leeston for more than a 115 years. The multi-award winning band performs regularly at shows, festivals, weddings and more. Leeston township dates back to the 1860s, and many families have a strong connection to the area. Airborne Honey is the oldest surviving brand of honey in New Zealand. William Bray and Alfred Barrett moved their operation from Banks Peninsula to Leeston in the late 1920s, and it is still based there today. A cenotaph, honouring the men and women of the district who served and died in numerous wars, occupies centre stage at the entrance to the town. ANZAC remembrance is held there every year. Leeston has a strong sporting community, utilising large sports fields and the rugby clubrooms. There is also tennis, shooting, and archery in the area. Scouts, Girl Guides, and St. John cadets also have a presence. Te Waihora/Lake Elesmere is an internationally recognised wetlands and wildlife reserve. It has great cultural significance and history to Ngai Tahu. Many restoration projects maintain this beautiful area. A walk to the Harts Creek bird hide is easy for all the family, and only several minutes from Leeston. A highlight of the year is the annual Ellesmere A & P Show which will be held on 13 October this year.