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Wednesday October 11 2017
News Fun to be had at gala SPRING HAS sprung, and Heathcote Valley School is gearing up for their annual twilight gala. It’s the main fundraising event for the school and organiser Jina Russell said she’d been planning since June for a “brilliant” community get-together which usually attracted around 2500 people. “I really love the atmosphere of getting it ready and everyone helping out. And just seeing kids running around having fun and families relaxing and being able to catch up.” This was her first year running the event, which was “scary, as the previous years it has been an amazing lady called Mel. I’ve got bit shoes to fill.” The Friday night timeslot made for a “relaxed, after-work environment for families,” Ms Russell said. “It’s a great way to end the week.” The evening involves games and activities to suit all ages, live entertainment and music from school and community groups, stalls, food, raffles, chocolate wheel and bake sale. A silent auction will run all night and there are mystery
THANK YOU: John Fogarty QSM presented Jason Campbell with a gold star for 25 years of service to the Lyttelton Fire Brigade.
COMMUNITY: The Heathcote Valley School kapa haka group will perform at the opening of this year’s twilight gala.
boxes to buy as well. “You are guaranteed to double your money,” said Ms Russell Local companies and services have donated over $7,000 worth of prizes for the auctions. “We have a fantastic array of craft stalls this year. (People can) support local makers and
even do some early Christmas shopping.” Ms Russell is hoping the gala will raise $15,000 this year, which would go towards school repairs. •Heathcote Valley Twilight Gala, Friday, November 3, 5-8pm.
STATION OFFICER Jason Campbell has been honoured with a gold star for 25 years of service to the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade. Mr Campbell started with the brigade on March 9, 1992, and retired on September 14 this year. He was presented with his star, and a statue (above) by QSM John Fogarty and past president of United Fire Brigades Association, Alan Cockburn at an awards evening held at Heathcote Valley School hall. Mr Campbell is the 32nd recipient of a gold star in the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade. Tom Reid from the Gold Star Association also presented
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Mr Campbell and his partner Anna Scott with medals and Mr Campbell received life membership to the association. Ms Scott was presented with a certificate of appreciation and flowers for her support of her partner. Mr Campbell also received life membership to the Lyttelton Brigade, and a recognition plaque and fire fighter statue from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, presented Area Commander Dave Stackhouse. Also in attendance were local MPs and Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner along with Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade current members, life members and invited guest.