Selwyn Times: May 15, 2019


10 Wednesday May 15 2019

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Catholic church ready to reopen


Lincoln is holding an open day

to look through its new “longawaited”

church on Gerald St,


The event will be held on May

26. Parishioners will be available

on the day to meet and greet all

who visit the new church, which

cost about $3 million to rebuild.

The sod was turned on June 20

last year, and now more than 10

months later, the church is “so

looking forward” to the opening,

St Patrick’s Parish Pastoral

Council chairwoman Patricia

Smith said.

It seats 200 people and features

an internal timber structure and

exterior cedar timber cladding.

Damage from the 2010 and

2011 Canterbury earthquakes

meant the original church – built

in 1957 – had to be demolished.

Since demolition eight years

ago, Catholic church-goers in

the area have been hosted by the

Anglican community.

“The Catholic community

has been truly grateful to the

generosity and hospitality of Rev

Mark Barlow and the Anglican

community for the use of their

churches at Lincoln, Springston

and Rolleston over the past eight

years,” Mrs Smith said.

All Catholic churches are kept

OPENING: St Patrick’s Parish Pastoral Council chairwoman Patricia Smith and parish priest Father

Job Thyikalamuriyil outside the new church.

open during the day for people

to come and visit the Blessed

Sacrament and pray therefore, St

Patrick’s Church will be open for

anyone to come and spend quiet

time in prayer and reflection

from May 26 onwards, Mrs

Smith said.

•The St Patrick’s Church

open day will be held on

May 26, from 1-4pm at 31

Gerald St

Top three finishes for Selwyn ploughers

STRONG: Retired Lincoln farmer John Stalker finished third in

the vintage tractor plough.

• By Anan Zaki


the district achieved top three

finishes in the New Zealand

Ploughing Championships over

the weekend.

Courtney farmer Ashley

Seaton came second in the

reversible plough and retired

Lincoln farmer John Stalker

finished third in the vintage

tractor plough.

Meanwhile in the silver

plough, Kirwee farmers Simon

Reed and Jeff Cridge finished

fourth and fifth respectively.

The competition was held

at the Wilkinson’s Farm in


The event was hosted by

the Rakaia Ploughing Match


President John Davison said

match ploughing as a sport dates

back to the 19th century.

“When it started there were

only horses ploughing and

the last of them [horses]

ploughed competitively in the

late 1940s or early 1950s,” Mr

Davison said.

But popularity in clydesdale

horses has marked a return in

horse ploughing, he said.

Winners from the ploughing

championships qualifies for

the global event in Russia next






Fire rages, homes at risk


Selwyn-Waihora water zone

committee chairman Allen

Lim will run for Environment

Canterbury on October 12.




FORMER Selwyn-Waihora

water zone committee chairman

Allen Lim will run for a regional

council seat in the October local

body elections.

Mr Lim will contest for one of

the two

Mid-Canterbury seats

at Environment Canterbury.

Incumbent Mid-Canterbury

councillor John Sunckell will

also seek re-election.

Mr Lim stepped down as chair

of the zone committee earlier

this year, after serving for four

years in the role.

Mr Lim is still a member of

the committee.

“I want to be a part of

preserving our environment

for future generations to enjoy,

while making changes in a

way that supports growing

communities,” Mr Lim said.

Cr Sunckell said it had been

“an honour”

to represent Mid-Canterbury.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed

the opportunity to represent the

Selwyn and Ashburton districts


the council table over this term

and believe that I have made a

positive difference to both the

environment and the lives of

people across Canterbury as a

whole,” Cr Sunckell said.

How to Train your Dragon:

The Hidden World (PG, 2019)

Spend your Friday night relaxing in the warmth

with the screening of How to Train your Dragon: The

Hidden World (2019). Discover the ‘Hidden World’

with Toothless the dragon. Bring your own blanket,

bean bag, or cushion and enjoy the night with family

and friends.

$5 per person, $10 for 3 people, $15 for 4 to 6 people

Bookings essential.



Friday 24 may, 7-9pm

Rolleston College

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