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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 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 GU01 Hazel Neser MA, H.Dip.Tcg. Bereavement Support Andrew Patterson Dip. Funeral Services Funeral Director imbles reads Patchwork • Embroidery • Crafts • Gifts • Knitting Yarns AND FREE PARKING AT THE DOOR 40 Park St, PO Box 40836, Upper Hutt Ph: (04) 526 6513 email: thimblesand email@example.com 3841750 YOUR Patchwork, Haberdashery, Embroidery and Knitting Yarn Specialists Bernina Sales, Service & Support Spinning out a forty-year-old yarn Keeping the craft alive: Joan Downes spins at a public demonstration in The Mall last Thursday. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN This weekend Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers club celebrate 40 years since the club's formation. They are holding a luncheon for at least 80 past and present members. President Sue Meiklen and life member Joan Downes will cut the anniversary cake. Mrs Downes, 91, joined the club in 1978. She lived on a Whitemans Val- ley farm and was brought up doing handcrafts and working in the woolshed when she was a land girl during World War II. I've worked with wool all my life,'' she says. It has a lovely feel.'' Locals encouraged her to join the club where she learned to spin, weave and needlefelt. She also makes lace and plans to enter a piece of bobbin lace in a national exhibition in Blenheim next year. Mrs Downes has won three national awards for her lace plus spinning and knitting awards. These days she makes scarves, babywear and children's garments. This sort of thing keeps me alive.'' Committee member and past president Trish Carver says Mrs Downes is an inspiration and is always prepared to share her skills with others. Another club member, Elaine Gou- smett, was judged New Zealand's fastest knitter, a title she won three years in a row. She won the last com- petition two years ago, which means she still holds the title. The club was began by Pauline and Norman Gould. Meetings were held in their home for several years until moving to the Onslow Rifle Club rooms at Trentham. As well as keeping their craft alive for the next generation, club members have made and donated many items. These include blankets for teenage mums, hats for the hos- pice, clothes for local premature babies and orphans in Russia, toys for Wellington Free Ambulance and blankets for Ronald McDonald House. Club members have taught woolcraft at St Joseph's School and given a large needlefelted picture of Upper Hutt to the city council. The wool came from a hermit sheep found at Kaitoke, named Shrek II and publicly shorn in the Upper Hutt Cossie Club carpark. Needlefelting fibre artist Carlene Douglass co-ordinated the project. The Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers club will lose Mrs Douglass as she is moving to Australia. Members of the club, who gave a demonstration in The Mall last Thursday, have given two scholarships to teach college students to weave. For more information about the club, or luncheon, contact Mrs Carver 527 8787 or Mrs Meiklen 526 7626. Unique diary of flight memories stolen By JIMMY NESS Dear Diary: Karen Boyes took this travel diary on 1400 flights before it was stolen from Upper Hutt's roller-skating rink. Avid flyer: Mrs Boyes flies 150 times a year and has kept a travel diary since she was 10 years old. Thieves have taken 32 years of memories away from Karen Boyes. A unique travel diary, kept as a personal memento since she was 10 years old, has been stolen. The book has 1400 recorded flights and the Lower Hutt resident always keeps the diary with her. She says it was taken from the Upper Hutt roller-skating rink, on August 20. I had left my handbag in my daughter's coat under one of the chairs, thinking it would be safe. Everything else is replaceable but it's the log-book I need. It would be really quite upsetting if I couldn't get it back.'' Mrs Boyes was given the diary when she was a member of Air New Zealand's Junior Jet Club. Her first logged flight was to Rarotonga on July, 1979, on the same plane that crashed at Mt Erebus four months later. Mrs Boyes founded Spectrum Education in Lower Hutt and won the New Zealand Business Woman of the Year Award in 2001. She works as an inter- national speaker, flying more than 150 times a year. I work in 15 different countries. I work with teachers, teaching them about how children's brains learn and teach- ing them about how to prepare kids for the 21st century.'' Mrs Boyes says she has been in the cockpit of nearly every flight she has been on and always gets the pilot's signatures. They want to meet the crazy lady who has got the logbook. I never grew up, I just continued to log my flights. I love fly- ing and I just thought it's a wonderful record of where you've been.'' Air New Zealand had contacted her earlier about featuring the log- book in an advertising campaign. Mrs Boyes says she just wants the thief to give her book back. Someone might have just thrown it into the bushes and it might be out there somewhere. Maybe they can take it to a police station or just post it back. My business card is in there.''
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