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Fish in top condition

PLENTY of fishing tales were told at the Te Anau Club Fishing Competition last weekend. The competition has been around for 27 years with 23 of those held at Labour Weekend, before the Te Anau Club shifted the event to January. Te Anau Club competition organiser Charlie Drysdale said there were 101 fish caught during the two-day competition and the condition...

Edendale ready to get cranking

THE 32nd Crank Up weekend will kick off with the street parade through Edendale on Friday, January 25, starting from Ferry Rd at 7pm, and ending at the Edendale Recreation Grounds, followed by two days with hundreds of vehicles and machinery on display. Hosted by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club, the annual Crank Up attracts thousands of visitors from throughout...

Signing going strong

SIGN language classes have proved so popular last year, Roger and Philippa Strong, of the Southland Deaf Community (SDC), are looking at increasing the number of classes this year. Mr Strong is so committed to his vision of helping people learn sign language, he is also aiming to become a professional sign language teacher. Through 'distance learning' he is hoping...

Christmas lunch a success

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt with organisers Linda Howard (left) and Teressa Laughton at his community Christmas lunch at the Scottish Hall in Invercargill on Christmas Day. About 150 guests, including those nominated by 16 Southland agencies, attended the function. Mr Shadbolt said it was one of his personal highlights of the year. "It's of fantastic importance to the city because...

Help others have a magic Christmas

WITH no financial backing, organisers of Mayor Tim Shadbolt's Christmas Lunch are looking to the community for help to bring some magic into the lives of those less fortunate this Christmas. "Everyone should get behind this because Christmas is magic. If there is no sparkle in it, there is no magic," co-organiser Teressa Laughton said. Ms Laughton and Lynda Howard are...

Leo club a roaring success

THE southern-most Leo club roared into its 20th anniversary recently. Based at James Hargest College (JHC), the community service club which aims at pupils in Years 11-13, has more than 200 members. The idea to establish a Leo club at the college was suggested by Makarewa Lions Club member Bruce Irwin more than two decades ago, Makarewa Lions Club president Bill...

People’s stories on loan

IT will be a library with a difference, a library where real people are the books on loan to readers. South Alive will host the first Human Library event in Invercargill tomorrow night at the South Alive Community Park alongside the Night Food Market. South Alive manager Cress Evans said she encouraged the community to come along and meet and connect...

Santa Parade spreading Christmas cheer

BELLYFUL Invercargill is receiving some early Christmas cheer. The charity has been selected to be the recipient of the proceeds raised from the Southland Santa Parade street appeal this year. Parade chief elf Alice Pottinger said Bellyful was a small organisation of volunteers who worked to support families with newborn babies. "It’s really cool what they do." Bellyful volunteers cook and deliver meals to...

Support for Women’s Refuge

SOUTHLAND'S vulnerable families will enjoy some Christmas cheer this year thanks to members of the Invercargill Workingmen's Club. Club president Peter Kennedy and his wife Cindy are the driving forces behind an appeal to collect Christmas presents and raise funds to purchase gifts for families being supported by the Invercargill Women's Refuge at Christmas-time. Mrs Kennedy said the club usually supported...

Otautau Playcentre’s success story

ABOUT a year ago, the committee behind-the-scenes at Otautau Playcentre decided to take a gamble. President Shelley Cox consulted with the centre and a valued life member and they decided to increase their service from two days a week to four. "We decided if we didn't make any changes, then things were going to go down pretty fast," Ms Cox said. "It...
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