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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MARCH 13, 2013
Master of the black gold
POUR MAN: Shannon Gilmore is
preparing to pour hundreds of pints
A PREBBLETON BARMAN,
Shannon Gilmore, will not be
working late at Finnegans Irish
Bar on Saturday night.
To a hardened Irish drinker, or
one of the thousands who turn
Irish'' for St Patrick's Day each
year, Mr Gilmore is the most
important man of all on Sunday
and needs to be well rested.
Late last year, the experienced
barman won the title of pouring
the best Guinness in Canterbury.
He said winning the compe-
tition had a strong effect within
the Irish community.
It has definitely made a big dif-
ference. We get a huge amount of
Irish coming through and they all
know about us winning the award
for best Guinness.''
Mr Gilmore is expecting the
traditional huge crowd on Sunday,
with traditional Irish dancing and
games, live music, a chance to win
an overseas trip and -- most
importantly -- to enjoy what the
locals say is the best Guinness
It gets pretty full on, so I'll be
flat-out pouring Guinness all day
and late into the night.''
Drivers risking lives at intersections
CARE NEEDED: Billboards have gone up around the Selwyn District
encouraging drivers to take care at intersections.
DRIVERS IN the Selwyn District
are being urged to take more care
Of all vehicle crashes in the dis-
trict over the last five years, 37
per cent have occurred at intersec-
tions, but Selwyn road-safety co-
ordinator Ngaire Tinning hopes a
new campaign will improve the
Over the five year period, 450
crashes were recorded across the
district at intersections, resulting
in three deaths, 61 serious and
240 minor injuries.
Ms Tinning said the campaign
is designed to reduce the number
and severity of crashes.
We want to remind people that
every time you approach an inter-
section and don't give way, you are
risking your life.''
Ms Tinning said drivers need to
realise stop signs are in place for
The campaign is using slogans
such as take another look at
intersections'', stop means stop''
and no excuses, no exceptions'', to
remind drivers that they need to
be more cautious.
Ms Tinning said complacency is
a major factor leading to people
making poor decisions.
Don't risk a turn if traffic is
travelling quickly, as it could
easily result in a crash.
Showing courtesy to other
drivers and patience at intersec-
tions will also make you a much
Billboards, advertising and road
safety resources are being used to
increase driver awareness of rules
and obligations that apply at
intersections until the campaign
ends on May 13.
Selwyn residents can pick up
free note pads and pens labelled
with the road safety messages
from Selwyn District Council
libraries and service centres.
Lincoln turns 150
Celebrations for Lincoln's 150th
birthday begin on March 19.
Selwyn mayor, Kelvin Coe, will
open an invitation-only ceremony
on Tuesday, but community events
will run daily from Wednesday to
Sunday. For a full programme, see
Selwyn District Council's website:
Census collectors are into their
final week of going door-to-door to
collect completed forms. Anyone
who has not filled in their 2013
census form can still do so online
until April 10. Anyone who was in
New Zealand on March 5 is
required to fill in a form. Census
officials urge anyone without an
internet access code or paper
forms to call 0800 236 787
Lincoln publican Craig Bradford
teamed up with Jesse, Racquel
and Peter Wilson to lose their
locks for a good cause. The
quartet had their heads shaved by
Crusaders' Corey Flynn and Tom
Donnelly at Mr Bradford's pub, The
Famous Grouse Hotel in Lincoln,
raising an impressive $4400 for
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New
South Island Agricultural Field
Days will return to the Lincoln
University farm on March 20-22.
More than 400 exhibitors have
registered for the 2013 event --
the last field days to be held at the
Lincoln University farm site. From
next year, it moves to a bigger site
to allow for growth and retain the
traditional demonstrations. The
Lincoln University farm is on the
corner of Shands and Ellesmere
Junction roads, with field days
open from 8am till 5pm.
Draft plans for the Ellesmere
Heritage Park can be viewed on
site, March 23-24. It will be at the
Selwyn District Council's old works
yards on High St, next to the
Leeston Showgrounds. Backers
say several offers of donations of
artefacts and machinery had been
made. The park, expected to be
fully operational in time for the
town's 150th celebrations in
2014, is hailed as an ''exciting''
project. The Leeston Historical
Society, Leeston Business
Association and the Leeston
Community Committee are
discussing ways to celebrate the
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