TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 Connecting Your Community www.star.kiwi Loose dogs annoy quarry park users Burnside High golfer takes out top award Free After Hours Care for Under 13 Yrs OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: 343 3661 | 4 Yaldhurst Rd • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding IT WAS over a beer at a busy pub that Avonhead’s Bill Vail and his friend Adrian Dalton decided the north-west of the city needed its own brass band. The idea was sparked Page 5 Page 15 MUSICAL FAMILY: Nor’West Brass Band musician and conductor Bill Vail with his daughters Alannah, 18, and Sylvia, 21. Booming brass band exceeds expectations after Mr Dalton, a teacher at Burnside High School was concerned his brass students had no local band to play in. The two musicians decided to do something about it and the Nor’West Brass Band was formed. Five years on and the booming band, based at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, has surpassed its original goal to have 80 band members over three tiered levels. In the time it has been running, it has grown from about five to 85 members. The band scheduled a concert to mark its five-year anniversary on Sunday which featured a performance called Christchurch Alive! written by Mr Vail’s son Dale, who has received a fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. •Turn to page 7 www.riccartonclinic.co.nz Closure of police station frustrates residents • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE CLOSURE of Hornby’s police station due to the terror attack has heightened calls from the community for more accessibility to police. Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board chairman Mike Mora said there has been a lot of frustration from residents in Hornby who can’t access the police station. Police said last week in the wake of the attack on March 15 that Christchurch Central Police Station is the only station open until further notice. It is due to staff who would typically work at the front counter being needed elsewhere following the event. But Mr Mora said the issue of the police station being closed when it should be open has been going on for about eight months. He said the fact the police station will be closed into the foreseeable future makes life a “bit difficult” for people who want to make complaints. •Turn to page 7 • help us to help others • donations appreciated • open 6 days We welcome you to come in for a chat! Free picK up can be arranged for your quality donations - noW also aVailaBle saturdays phone 349 4163 Dress Smart Goulding Ave main south rd We Are here! hornby Family store 1 Amyes Rd, Hornby Ph. 349 4163 Corner Aymes & shAnds roAds- hornby Present this advert along with your truck donation for a $10 credit (Conditions Apply) shands rd Amyes rd Can you spot the difference? Worried about wearing hearing aids? Come in for your free hearing check and to talk to us about the latest hearing technology. p Sound p Style Offer! Buy one hearing aid and get the second aid p Connectivity p Discretion Call us to find out more Ashburton 03 307 8949 Fendalton 03 351 3535 Ferrymead 03 376 4483 Special 1/2 Price Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 *Offer on the purchase of selected hearing aids, valid to 31 May 2019 T&Cs apply.