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Thursday November 16, 2017

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Iconic Island Bay bookshop set to close its doors Continued from page 1. The couple had to sell their house to buy the shop and move their merchandise into it; a move they welcomed as it had more space for the various books and toys that were popular at the time, along with stationery and Golden Kiwi tickets. Fay says the building that houses the existing shop had changed ownership and function seven times since it was first used for business by Vern Dallow in 1914. “This old building has been a hairdresser’s and a florist,” she says. “It’s served three or four generations.” The couple want to give a big thanks to everybody who has supported them over the decades. “Island Bay is a really familyoriented suburb, we know everybody,” Fay says. “They’ve been really good to us,” Bill adds. “Meeting the children and families has been the highlight throughout.” Fay laments the fact that

Bill and Fay Far are retiring after 47 years of running their book and stationery shop. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

bookshops, like many other retail outlets, are dying in the age of online shopping, and is especially annoyed by the advantage websites have of not charging GST. But she does have some hope for bricks-and-mortar businesses, which still offer the

tactile experience. “People want to touch things which they can’t do online. It’ll take a while but I think the novelty will wear off.” The real reason the Fays are shutting shop is age. Bill is 92 and Fay 84, having been married for an impressive 62 years.

Fay doesn’t have any plans hobby-wise though Bill is keen to spend a lot more time gardening. A short film has been made about the Fars and their bookshop. The trailer of For Children is available for viewing at vimeo.com

Berhampore group to hold inaugural AGM

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A recently established representative group in Berhampore is holding its first annual general meeting this Saturday. Berhampore Community Association secretary Liz Springford says it’s an exciting time to get involved, connect with neighbours, begin new projects and represent the suburb’s interests to council. “It’s a chance to grow skills, become friends and grow a great lively association - and have fun,” she says. Saturday’s meeting begins with Red Cross community development worker Jamie Shackleton talking about building com-

munity. It will then feature several of the candidates vying for election as southern ward city councillor in the by-election, giving their “vision for supporting Berhampore”. The meeting will finish around 4pm with a chat over afternoon tea. The 70-strong association is keen for more members, especially for its fledgling committee, as there are plenty of issues to cover, one of the biggest being affordable housing. “Two-thirds of us rent our homes in Berhampore and half of those homes are social housing,

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and at the same time, house prices have escalated, pushing up both the decile and the roll of local Berhampore School,” Liz says. The association, since incorporating on November 22 last year, has been meeting on the third Thursday of every month. Highlights have included our three Disaster Response Workshops sparked by the Kaikoura earthquake wakeup, beautifying Berhampore projects and representing Berhampore in council consultations. The association complements the huge online following of “Berhampore Peeps’ Facebook

page which is heading towards 900 members. “Our local businesses work well together - including joining with local schools and BCA recently to press for enforcement of our 30kph speed zone, with a new speed monitor installed,” Liz says. The AGM will be held at Berhampore’s Centennial Community Centre, 493 Adelaide Road. Liz says the Berhampore Community Association is open to everyone who lives or works in Berhampore, owns a business here or represents an organisation serving Berhampore.

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