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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Phone 528 2331 at any time www.geeandhickton.co.nz GU02 Dana Brown Nat Cert FD Funeral Director Gavin Murphy Dip. Funeral Services General Manager www.cellfield.com cellfield Testing and treatment for Dyslexia www.kipmcgrath.co.nz 3716177AA Cellfield in association with Kip McGrath Upper Hutt Give your child the gift of reading. For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help contact Patrick on 528 7707. If your child: Struggles to read fluently Dislikes reading Has trouble with comprehension Has trouble remembering what they have read Lacks motivation Can't spell Reading difficulties can cause a lifetime of problems. HELP IS AVAILABLE now through CELLFIELD 90-year-old young at heart By AMY JACKMAN Tennis great: Great-grandmother Bess Davis is still at home on the tennis court at 90. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Great-grandmother still plays tennis and bowls Six-time great-grandmother Bess Davis celebrated her 90th birth- day recently and can still be found swinging her racquet at the Upper Hutt Tennis Club. Mrs Davis, a self-confessed chatterbox, celebrated her birth- day with friends and family, from a 95-year-old bowls' friend to her five-year-old great-grandson. She has been a member of the tennis club for more than 50 years, plays lawn bowls in Lower Hutt every weekend, belongs to various other clubs in Upper Hutt and regularly goes out for lunch with friends. I love being with young people. I think that is part of keeping you young and thinking young, as you have to move with them and keep up with them up to a point. I joined bowls when I was 78 because I thought What if I can't play tennis? What am I going to do?' She did not need to worry as she played at the Waipawa veterans tennis tournament until she was 86 and still plays midweek tennis at the Upper Hutt Tennis Club. I never let the grass grow under my feet. I always have things to look forward to.'' As well as playing tennis, Mrs Davis has been club secretary, club captain, a member of the Upper Hutt tennis committee and the Hutt Valley junior and senior management boards. She also belongs to a group of women who have been going to all the Davis Cup matches in New Zealand for about 30 years. We have a luncheon every six weeks and put money in the kitty, so when we go we have nearly everything paid for, we take all our own food and grog and there are no men allowed. It's absolutely brilliant.'' Mrs Davis was born in Auck- land and grew up in Russell. She moved back to Auckland as an adult and trained as a nurse at Auckland Hospital. She said she was always interested in tennis, but did not begin to play until she moved to Upper Hutt in 1953. She has four children, nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. I'm a sentimentalist. I don't live in the past, I live in the pres- ent, but I know all about the past and I have a lot of friends who are going down the Alzheimer's track and it's just awful. I mean, I don't know why all these things happen to people. I know I had a heart attack, God knows where that came from, but I have recovered well and have been told I can go back to tennis and I have played games of bowls already so I am back on track. I'm now looking forward to 100. I told my family I'm going to live to be 100 and they went God, you're not are you?' It will be great.'' During her time off the court Mrs Davis has travelled the world including four trips around South America where she learned to speak Spanish. People say every day is a bonus, but I think it is my right, not a bonus. I think I deserve to be here. You have to have a positive outlook. I have never had a lot of money, but I have been around the world on an absolute shoe- string and I don't owe anybody a cent. I can go out and do whatever I like, I am very lucky and I think a lot of it is having a variety of friends in different age groups.''
May 18th 2011