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Grand plans for old Wool Bar

AFTER being un›used for decades, the former Wool Bar at Invercargill’s Grand Hotel may be reborn as a community and arts space. 'It’s a massive room and at the moment it’s just being used to store stuff...' Leasee Linda McGaw, whose fam› ily has owned the 103›year›old hotel since 2009, hopes a community committee will take over the space. ‘‘It’s a massive...

Permanent base sought for club

THE Invercargill Coffin Club is ‘‘progressing very well’’ coordinator Kath Gaines says, but requires a permanent home. The club was looking for a space where members could work on the construction, painting or decorating of their coffins, she said. ‘‘We need premises which can be locked up where we can leave our tools and where people can call in when they...

Collectors sought for clean-up days

OPERATION Zero Rubbish is under way in South Invercargill, and anyone who would like to can take part, South Alive manager Cress Evans says. The community clean-up is taking place throughout this month, with different areas targeted for an hour each Sunday. ‘‘Our aim is to pick up rubbish in areas of South Invercargill which haven’t been adopted under our Operation...

30 years of teaching celebrated

CHILDREN and staff at the Surrey Park Early Learning Centre (SPELC) celebrated the centre’s 30th anniversary last week. What started out as a childcare centre with three teachers and eight to 10 children has now grown to astaff of 35 teachers plus support staff and a roll of 200. Cook Rose Harvey, one of the original staff members, said one of...

New home needed for vintage railway stock

THE Southland District Council (SDC) is calling for expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations prepared to lease vintage railway stock and display it to the public. It was hoped two wooden carriages, a guard’s van and a diesel locomotive shunter would be restored and displayed, along with information about the rolling stock’s original owner, the Ohai Railway Board, community...

Munro made a life member of club

SOUTHLAND motorcycling legend Burt Munro is now a life member of the Southland Motorcycle Club (SMCC), albeit posthumously, and has also been nominated to become a life member in Motorcycling New Zealand’s (MNZ) Hall of Fame. SMCC committee member Stephen Winteringham said he was surprised when he discovered Munro wasn’t a life member, especially as the club had organised the...

Burning of used oil prohibited

Organisations which have been burning used oil in small scale fuel› burning appliances will soon have to find alternatives. Burning used oil will be pro› hibited in Invercargill and Gore airsheds this time next year as more of Environment Southland’s (ES) revised Regional Air Quality Plan rules come into force. ES revised the air plan last year to address the region’s...

Browns Sports Day brings back memories

COMMONWEALTH Games gold medalist Dick Tayler remembers fondly running the track at the Browns Domain back in the 1970s. Tayler was the special guest at the Browns Athletic Society’s 118th annual sports day on Saturday and said it was ‘‘quite special’’ to come back to the track for the first time since then. ‘‘These community tracks and coun› try competitions were...

Signs lead to long career

RAY Whitaker credits an inspirational art teacher for his decision to begin a lifetime career as a signwriter. Mr Whitaker, who began as an apprentice in 1965, has operated his own business since 1971. At the end of last year he sold his clients to Creation Signs and will work for them part›time. Mr Whitaker (67) said he decided to scale back...

Turtle carcass creates excitement

OVER the years, Lloyd Esler has recreated the skeletons of creatures ranging in size from rats to an ostrich. 'When I am visiting schools I do a lot of talking about birds and animals and anatomy.' — Lloyd Esler But the Invercargill teacher, his› torian and author is particularly excited about his latest challenge — reassembling his first sea turtle. ‘‘This is the...
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