[EditionNovember datE] Tuesday 7 2017
Plenty to do at McKenzie Lifestyle Village
ART: Folk paintings will be back on display in St Albans on Saturday.
Folk art returns to St Albans By Julia Evans A FOLK art exhibition is returning to St Albans after a 10-year hiatus. On Saturday, the sale and exhibition of the New Zealand Folk and Decorative Artists’ Guild is being held at the Forfar Courts Community Hall. The guild used to hold an exhibition in the area but stopped to have a stall
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at the Great New Zealand Craft Show in Lyttelton about 10 years ago. “We decided it would be a great opportunity to have a sale and exhibition on our own again as we have many very beautiful pieces of decorative painting that have been donated to our guild since it was started in 1990,” guild immediate past president Chris Threadwell said.
She said the pieces do not often get a chance to be on display to the public so this would offer a chance to show off the art’s beauty. “The public can see the beautiful work that can be achieved, with practice, and become heirlooms of the future. Most of these pieces have been donated by tutors who have come from overseas on teaching appointment,” she said.
The last stage is under construction at McKenzie Lifestyle Village but there are still good sites available. We also have a number of affordable villas ready for immediate occupation. Prices range from $330,000 and our monthly outgoing fees are fixed for life. Our beautiful Leisure Centre is very popular with the residents who make full use of the swimming and spa pools, gymnasium, craft room, library and lounge area. Outside, the Bowling Green is also popular along with Petanque, Mini-golf and Table Bowls. This coming summer will see Croquet being played on our Village Green. The residents’ monthly activities calendar boasts the following; bowls events, concert going (Operatunity), shopping trips, lunch
outings, yoga, housie, Qigong (Tai Chi), happy hour, knitting, quiz nights, cards and games, book club, Bible discussion, craft sessions, and there are regular visits by the hairdresser, massage therapist and the podiatrist. Geraldine is a great little town with a very pleasant microclimate. There is plenty to do in and around the town with art galleries, theatre and cinema, interesting shops and boutiques, two museums and a wide range of good places to eat. For the more adventurous there are river and forest walks nearby, opportunities for biking and a choice of two local golf clubs. For more information you can talk to David Connolly about this on 0800 84 55 24.
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DISTURBING: Linwood North School after an arson attack.
School blaze and Guy Fawkes keep firefighters occupied By Mark Thomas – specialist fire investigator I’VE BEEN away from Christchurch for a couple of weeks. I missed the arson attack on Linwood North School on October 21. I’m mentioning it here because school fires are one of the most unsettling for communities to deal with. Students, teachers and parents often feel personally violated when their school is attacked in this way. In my experience and knowledge, it is very rare that school arsonists are old enough to vote.
In fact, often they are recent pupils themselves of the school concerned. It’s disturbing and sad that there are young people who can hate their teachers, peers and community enough to destroy the buildings that are the bricks and mortar of that school community. I hope the Linwood North arsonists are caught. If only to prevent a similar reoccurrence. Guy Fawkes will be over by the time this column is published. While things have improved from the wild west days of multiple fires and horrendous injuries, it mystifies firefighters why
full fire bans are the norm for very good reasons for 51 weeks of the year but are totally suspended for one week. All to somehow celebrate the murderous intent of a terrorist who was caught red-handed 500 years ago on the far side of the world. We are often called to rescue cats up trees. Last Wednesday at Jellie Park, there was a tree involved but this time a child was stuck. They’d been rescued by the time our troops arrived. Might have just saved them some embarrassment at school.
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ARE YOU READY TO DOWNSIZE? Paying rates for a house that’s too big? Paying maintenance and heating costs for space you don’t use? A move to one of our architecturally designed villas at McKenzie Lifestyle Village in Geraldine will cut those costs. Three villas are available for occupation now, priced from $355,000. Talk to David Connolly today on 0800 84 55 24.