What's On Mid Canterbury

  • If you are clearing out your wardrobe consider donating to St John Op Shop, Tancred St Ashburton (opposite Westpac Bank). They would appreciate any clean clothing that you may not need or want anymore. Also manchester and small furniture coffee tables, chairs, dressers, mirrors and artwork. Help them help you by raising money for Ambulances & Medical Support Staff. Collection can be arranged of larger items give them a call 307 4221.

 

  • Downsizing or Moving? Whether downsizing, moving into care or clearing out a loved one's home, the task can be daunting. Mid Canterbury Hospice can pick up and collect all unwanted items such as furniture, bedding, clothing & shoes, homeware & small appliances. All donated goods are sold with proceeds used to provide support and services to locals with a life-limiting illness. Keeping it local, the Hospice Shop on Tancred Street. Contact Janis or Nicole 3078387. 

  

  • Ashburton Vintage Car Club has their Museum and Parts Shed open every SAT 10am-12pm. You can find them at 86 Maronan Road, Tinwald. Approx 30 veteran vintage and classic cars and motorcycles from 1906 to 1970s. Plus much more motoring memorabilia on display. Parts available from the parts shed. Museum open at other times on request. Phone Les Bennett 308 4705 or 027 612 1160. 

 

  • Mid Canterbury Anglican Advocacy wants to let you know about free legal advice. The advice can be accessed via Zoom calls with lawyers from the CHCH based Community Law Canterbury. Advice topics include consumer, traffic offences, employment or tenancy disputes and more. Each session is 55mins. The appointments are held at Community House on Cass Street. Book an appointment by contacting co-ordinator Warren James at Community House, or visit the Community Law Canterbury website.  

  

  • Need to get into Ashburton from around the district? Have no transport or don't drive anymore? The Mid Canterbury Connector, run by Mid Canterbury Community Vehicle Trust, is a service that runs on demand 5 days a week for passengers who may be going to appointments in town or just wanting to get out of home for a while. The cost for passengers is low. For example, a return trip from Methven to Ashburton is just $15. Door to door service with friendly, volunteer drivers. For more and to book call 03 928 8164. You can also find Mid Canterbury Connector on Facebook.  The connector is also looking for more volunteer drivers for hours that suit them between 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. Training is provided. If you can help call Lesley 027 5866 556. 

 

  • Litter Free Ashburton holds its group litter collection on the second THURS of each month, meeting 1:30pm on the corner of SH1 and Havelock Street near the former library. It is looking for more members. If you can help, please inquire via the Litter Free Ashburton FB page or simply turn up at the meeting. Resources supplied. 

 

  • Winter Euchre is on at Waireka Croquet Clubrooms in The Domain (off Phillip Street) each WED. Play starts 1:30pm, $4 entry fee. Afternoon tea provided. Come and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in warm surroundings with like minded people. For more call Raylene 027 348 8788. 

 

  • Tappin in Tinwald! Come along for tap dancing classes every SAT at St Andrew's Hall from 11:30am, just $7. Come on down even just to see if it's something you might like to do. Any age and stage. Fun guaranteed. 

 

  • If drumming in a pipe band interests you, now is a great chance to take it up. The Ashburton Pipe Band is currently looking for new members. The band practices MON nights, 7pm at the band’s hall on Creek Rd, opposite Ashburton College. It's a great hobby for all ages, male and female.

 

  • Ashburton MSA Pétanque Club invites you to join on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1pm at 115 Racecourse Road. Equipment and tuition available.

 

  • Searching for funds? If you belong to a community group or charitable organisation that is looking for funding to support your latest project, Advance Ashburton may be able to help. Their grants round is now open and closes FRI 31 MAY. Application forms are available on the website www.advanceashburton.org.nz. You can also contact Carolyn Clough direct on 021 886 087. 

 

  • Variety Theatre Ashburton presents the NBS season of Les Miserables at the Ashburton Event Centre from FRI 17 - SAT 25 MAY. Evening shows 7:30pm, with 2pm matinee on Sunday. With glorious new staging, the acclaimed musical phenomenon Les Misérables returns to our Ashburton Event Centre next month! Set against the backdrop of 19thcentury France, Les Mis tells the gripping story of broken dreams and unrequited love. Passion, sacrifice and redemption all words that come to mind – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Songs like I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, One Day More and Do You Hear the People Sing have helped this epic and uplifting tale become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatre history. Book now via the venue or listen to Luke Howden Breakfast to win!

 

  • Ashburton College Senior A Netball is hosting a fundraising Car Wash on SAT 18 MAY 10am-2pm. At Pearsons Bus Bay on SH1/West Street. $10 per car for a wash and rinse. EFTPOS available. Fundraising for South Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament. 

 

  • Join Carew Peel Forest Home and School Committee for a fun-filled day of food and fashion to raise funds for a new school playground. Bruch & Style is on SUN 19 MAY. We will be taking a bus to a surprise location where you can indulge in a delicious gourmet brunch and enjoy a day filled with the latest fashion trends. Pick up 9am, bus leaves 2pm. We will be hosting both silent auctions and live auctions with some truly amazing sponsors. There will be something for everyone to bid on and win! Dress to impress. Tickets $100 which include transportation to and from the venue, brunch, and a complimentary drink. Payment options include cash and Eftpos. To secure your tickets, please email [email protected]. More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/brunch-style-a-fushion-of-fun-/454268460432763/ 

 

  • Ashburton College Drama is hosting a fundraiser "Scared Scriptless" - live comedy with the Court Theatre Jesters. On THURS 23 MAY in the Ashcoll Auditorium, 7pm. Tickets $20 from the school office. Funds helping assist students travelling to the national finals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. 

 

  • Methven Lions are hosting their Machinery Auction on FRI 24 MAY, starting 11am at Methven Showgrounds. Items include hay rakes, tedders, mowers, side-by-sides, fert spreaders, cultivation gear, tractors, trucks and more. Follow Methven Lions Machinery Auction on Facebook for updated inventory. Or email [email protected] for entry forms and inventory lists. Buyer registration and payment via electronic transfer set up on the day. 

 

  • The Lincoln University Netball Team proudly brings their Rams Netball Muster Roadshow to Ashburton on SUN 26 MAY. The Lincoln University Premier 1 Netball team are calling all keen Yr7-13 netballers to come and be a part of their skill and activity session, specially planned and designed for young and up and coming players. At Hampstead All Sports Club on Bridge Street from 10am-12noon. Fundraiser for the Lincoln Netball Club. Facilitated by Lincoln Head Coach and local Andrea Cousins. Parents welcome to observe. Clubrooms will be open with sausage sizzle to follow. Just $10 per player. Register by clicking the link, or call Natalie on 0272295015. https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/290186.  

 

  • Following the success of last year’s Festival of Choirs, the event returns with five choirs performing at Ashburton Event Centre THURS 30 MAY, 7.30pm. The choirs are Mount Hutt College, Ashburton College, Ashburton Christian School and Rolleston College choirs, Quantum Acoustics Youth Choir and Mid Canterbury Choir. The aim is to support school choirs entering the Big Sing in June. Rolleston and ACS are entering the regional competition for the first time. Ticket prices are adults $25, seniors $20, students $10 and a family $60. Book via the venue. For more contact Carol Gunn 027 287 2468.

 

  • Methven Golf Club are celebrating their Centennial the weekend FRI 7 and SAT 8 JUN. Please note the change of dates. They invite all our current and past members to join the celebration. Registrations are open and are available via their Facebook page, or at [email protected].

 

  • Hot Air Balloon Fire and Ice Glow and Laser Festival is on at Methven A&P showgrounds SAT 22 JUN from 2:30pm. Welcoming Hot Air balloonists from all over Aotearoa. They will perform a tethered Hot Air Balloon Glow Show, with lasers light, coordinated by music. Before and after the show there will be a local live band playing while you enjoy watching the Balloonist inflate and deflate their balloons. There is also an incredible food court with a medley of culinary delights to tickle your taste buds and to wash it all down we have our local Irish bar providing refreshment. Lots of fun for all the family. Find more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/383394850891830/?ref=newsfeed

 

  • NZ Highwaymen are back as part of their Winter Tour at the Ashburton Event Centre THURS 27 JUN, 7pm. The best of Eddie Low, Dennis Marsh, Gray Bartlett and Brendan Dugan. Tickets from the venue. 

 

  • Ashburton Model Train Show is on at Tinwald War Memorial Hall on Graham Street the weekend SAT 6 and SUN 7 JULY. 10am-4pm each day. Model Train show featuring model trains, retailers, second hand tables and other displays. Adults $10 children $3 family (2 adults 2 children) $20. Please bring cash. Find more on Facebook. 

 

  • The South Island Half Marathon (and 1/6 marathon) is being held SUN 4 AUG at Lake Hood. The run will see runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views throughout the run. Then some of the most amazing home and garden settings and reserves in the South Island. South Island Half Marathon will cater for all runners; whether you’re a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest half’s you’ve ever done. There will be a walking section in both the ½ and 1/6 marathon, plus the Hybrid in the 1/2 marathon - "This allows you to run a bit and walk a bit". With the Kidz Dash being a 1.5km run, this giving them a flavour of the experience of running at the lake and subdivision. The Minimum age for the Half Marathon is 13-years of age on Race Day and the 7km is 10-years of age on Race Day. The Course is certified by a Certficated Road Race Course Measurer for World Athletics. Grade and certified in corporation with AIMS. Find more and sign up here: https://raceroster.com/events/2024/78795/south-island-half-marathon?mibextid=Zxz2cZ 

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