Tuesday December 26 2017
Historical links to Redcliffs fountain feature of restoration
By Sarla Donovan THE DRINKING fountain in front of Barnett Park, Redcliffs, has been restored with help from some of the residents involved in its installation more than 40 years ago. The fountain fell over after the February 22, 2011, earthquake, and has been out of action since. Now the Rotary Club of Linwood-Woolston has paid to fix the fountain, which was repaired by Willcox Plumbing last week. Redcliffs resident Neralie Brittenden approached the club three years ago after the city council told her the repairs were well down its list of priorities. She discovered one of the club’s members had a strong connection with the fountain. The club’s chairman at the time of its installation and now secretary, architect Gerald Austin, designed the original seating area where the fountain had been placed in the early 1970s. The original fountain was installed by Jack Willcox, of Willcox Plumbing, who was also a club member. He was helped out by his son Barry. Jack died earlier this year, and this time, it was Barry who helped repair the fountain. The Rotary club also put in new seating several months ago. Mr Austin said the club has had a long association with Barnett Park. “In the good old days, we used to have a fair, which was a great occasion. We planted trees down the bottom of the park, which are now grown, so we do have a connection.”
BESTIES: Cruise (left) who was adopted in 2014, with best buddy Honey.
HAPPY: Lucy was adopted in 2012.
Doggone good calendars •From page 1 Hank is one of 12 dogs the trust is currently trying to rehome. In a bid to continue rehoming abandoned dogs, the trust has teamed up with Community Energy Action to create the 2018 calendar. The calendar’s message focuses on raising awareness about the rescuing and rehoming of abandoned dogs and aims to educate people about energy efficiency. “It is a combined effort that has gone down very well. Some dogs just do not cope with cold weather,” Mrs Howard said. The trust has been producing calendars since about 2011. Funds raised go towards the operation of the rescue centre. “We have always had huge support from the community but this year we were sponsored by CEA. They have done a fantastic job,” Mrs Howard said. Dogwatch is a charitable trust which rescues and rehomes dogs and puppies that have ended up in the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri pounds. After a seven-day holding period, the council becomes the legal owner and either rehomes the dog or puts it down.
If no one claims the dog, Dogwatch is contacted and if it has kennel space, the dog is taken into its care. •Calendars are available for purchase online at www. cea.co.nz/dogs or from the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust at its adoption centre, 230 Dyers Rd, or at the CEA, 299 Tuam St. TREASURED: Gus (above) and Micah were rehomed by the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust this year and will feature in its calendar next year.
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Published on Dec 21, 2017