Ashburton Courier: November 14, 2019


Toddler get­togethers a

boon for young and old


what you think!

Regular toddler gatherings

at aged care facility

Radius Millstream are

proving a winner for

young and old.

Babies and other preschoolers

attend fortnightly

themed play sessions

in the resident’s


Residents can either

watch or join in with

activities that include

music and parachute sessions,

teddy bear picnics

and a recent halloween

themed gathering.

Future sessions will

use playdough, bubbles

and water to focus on

sensory activities.

Mid Canterbury Plunket

community support

co­ordinator Sue­ann

Carr, who helps run the

sessions with Radius

Millstream, said the

inter­generational get

togethers were positive

for everyone involved.

‘‘Not everyone has

grandparents nearby,

and not all grandparents

have grandchildren, so it

brings vastly differing age

groups together.’’

Play visits ran from

10.30am until 11.30am,

were held on the first and

third Fridays of each

month and were not

restricted to Plunket


A fun, festive visit is

lined up on December 20.

Photo: Enjoying some

play fun at Radius Millstream

are, back, Tama

Pirika, 4, with brother

Shane, five months, front,

Malia Symonds, eight

months, Ben Petersen and

Cole Parish, both 10


College choir heads north

with stops along the way

Ashburton College’s

Phoenix Rising choir

departs in early December

for Kaikoura and the

start of its Top of the

South tour.

On the way the choir

will sing at a school in

New South Brighton and

will then be based in

Nelson district for much

of the six­day trip.

Performances are

lined up in Nelson’s cathedral

and at the Jack

Inglis Friendship Hospital.

The choir has also

been invited to sing with

the Nelson Male Choir as

part of their annual concert

in the Nelson School

of Music.

In between there will

be the chance for some

impromptu street singing

and a couple of flash

mobs in sunny Nelson.

Choir members and

supporters have been

fundraising for anumber

Tinwald Domain awinner

of months and have been

well supported by Ashburton

Lions, Pakeke

Lions and the MSA

Men’s Choir.

This will be the fourth

Top of the South that has

been ‘‘orchestrated’’ by

choir musical director

Angie Cresswell.

Her first tour saw 18

students head off in two

mini vans and this year

there will be 43 singing

members, three college

staff members and long

time accompanist, ex

The Tinwald Domain has

been named among New

Zealand’s best parks and

outdoor spaces.

Thedomainisone of 29

Green Flag Awardwinning

parks and open

spaces in New Zealand

named for the 2019/20


The Green Flag Award

is an international programme

that recognises

and rewards parks and

green spaces that provide

high quality and

innovative recreational

experiences for communities.


standard for recreational

outdoor spaces


No other South Island

Phoenix Rising member

Olivia Pike, who has been

on every tour to date.

Ashburton councillor

Leen Braam, amember of

the MSA Men’s Choir, will

take a short break from

council duties and is the

coach driver on the trip.

The return trip will

include a dip in the hot

pools at Hanmer Springs.

Photo: Phoenix Rising

choir members with musical

director Angie Cresswell.

park or space was among

the 29locations named.

The GreenFlag Award is

seen asawayfor localparks

to enhancepublic attraction

and engagement, maximise

fundingand revenue opportunities

and give communities

asense ofcivic pride.

More information on the

Green Flag website


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