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THANKS DON: Don Walls is thanked for his efforts by Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe.
HARD WORKING Lincoln and Dis-
tricts Community Care volunteers
were celebrated at the Lincoln
Events Centre last week.
The week previous, Lincoln and
Districts Community Care chair-
women Janice Burnett and long-
standing volunteer Jenni Heffer
received a Volunteering Canterbury
Volunteer Recognition Award on
behalf of their Lincoln group.
The pair represented more than 50
volunteers at the Volunteering Can-
terbury Recognition Awards.
It was not possible for every mem-
ber to attend the Christchurch
awards, but Selwyn mayor Kelvin
Coe presented each volunteer with a
copy of the award at the events cen-
tre.Lincoln and Districts Community
Care manager Lois Thomas said it
was unbelievable'' how many people
were prepared to selflessly give up
time out of their busy lives to help
She said Lincoln and Districts
Community Care was privileged to
have such enthusiastic volunteers
that were an asset to the community
and deserved to be acknowledged.
A number of the current volun-
teers have been involved since the
organisation's inception more than
30 years ago.
Mr Coe said volunteers are the
heart and soul of the Selwyn com-
munity. Lincoln and Districts Com-
munity Care has been providing a
range of health related services to
the wider Selwyn area for 34 years
and is heavily reliant on volunteers.
All for a good cause
By MAT KERMEEN
GOOD CAUSE: Margaret Nicholl and Liz Stewart (aka Captain Cook) got into
the nautical theme for a good cause at Ladbrooks Hall.
CANTERBURY EAST Federation
of Women's Institute members
came together for a deserving
cause on Friday -- celebrating
their annual Quiz Co day at Lad-
brooks Hall with a nautical
There were many laughs,
games, acts and songs, but there
was a serious undertone.
The group, most of whom are
from Selwyn or Halswell, sold raf-
fles and took donations to raise
money for the Winter family of
Chase Winter has just turned
three, but he has the courage of
someone 10 times his age.
The brave toddler was diag-
nosed with posterior urethal
valves months before he was born.
In August he will undergo a life-
saving kidney transplant at Auck-
land's Starship Hospital. Chase's
father is donating a kidney, and
the Women's Institute is making
sure the family does not go it
The institute nationally is rais-
ing money for the Kidney Kids
charity but the link with the Win-
ter family is more personal to the
Canterbury East president
Rosemary Edward's daughter was
Chase's mother's midwife.
Mrs Edwards said it was a
privilege and pleasure to be help-
ing Chase, who she considers to be
They are a delightful family
and it breaks your heart to know
that he is so young, but so sick.''
The group has been flat out
fundraising for Chase to help
cover non-funded costs associated
with his surgery.
The Winter family will need to
be based in Auckland for three
months after the transplant.
Chase's mother, Danielle Win-
ter, said the situation is very
demanding'', but she is glad the
transplant is finally scheduled
after 18 months of waiting.
The support of the Women's
Institute had been amazing, she
They are unbelievable. They
are out fundraising, then they are
bringing groceries around. We are
very lucky to have their support.''
Mrs Edwards is also a driving
force behind other groups fundra-
ising for Chase.
The Paua Cantata Choir is
holding a concert on Saturday,
July 13 at the Westpac Hub on
Jack Hinton Drive, with proceeds
going to the Winter family.
More information can be found
on Chase's website, http:/
Celebrating a century of Ladbrooks gatherings
CENTENARY CELEBRATED: Secretary Margaret Bothwell and chairman
Maurice McCarthy have been working hard in preparation for the celebrations.
By MAT KERMEEN
OVER 100 people are expected to
gather at Ladbrooks Hall next
Saturday night to celebrate 100
years of history.
Past and present residents of
the area will be able to swap
stories and memories of the hall's
Maurice McCarthy, chairman of
the hall committee, has been look-
ing into the history of Ladbrooks
over the last few years and
uncovered many talking points.
The hall, which had substantial
extensions added in the 1960s,
has had many long serving com-
The longest -- with a record
breaking 51 years -- was Arthur
Hight, followed closely by Tom
Mr McCarthy said gas lighting
was used to light up the hall for
its first five years, until the ease
of a lightswitch arrived by way of
electricity in 1918.
Many years ago, the hall was
well known for its Bachelors and
Spinster Ball, as well as Ladies
Balls and Benedicts Balls.
Longtime Ladbrooks resident
Gerald Ware recalled the first
time he went to a Ladbrooks ball
as a young man in the 1940s
It was like stepping into
another world,'' he said.
An image of swirling dresses
and flying heels. The older gener-
ation of farmers seen in their
three piece suits and their danc-
ing partners in flowing ball
The ball days may be gone, but
Mr McCarthy said the hall still
received a lot of use from dancers.
Contemporary, jazz and hip hop
dancing lessons all take place on
the 100 year old rimu floor, along
with yoga and karate.
Indoor bowls has been played at
Ladbrooks for more than half of
the hall's life.
Another long term tenant of the
hall is the Country Womens Insti-
tute, which started at the hall in
1932 and is still using it today.
An informal centenary gathering
is being held at the hall on the
evening of Saturday, July 13, from
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