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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 NEWS To be auctioned on Sunday 30th October at 2pm by the Professionals, Hutt City Ltd. All proceeds will go towards the new Ronald McDonald House development in Newtown. Auction Information Seminar Professionals will be holding an Auction information seminar on Tuesday the 25th, from 6 - 7pm at Mitre 10 Mega Petone. For further information about this property or to register for this auction please contact Professionals Hutt City Ltd Phone (04) 566 2233 or visit www.redcoats.co.nz/RED02820 'Advertisement proudly sponsored by this Community Newspaper' During the month of October Registered Master Builders Wellington and Mitre 10 Mega are joining forces to build a very special house in the Mitre 10 MEGA car park in Petone, for a very special charity, Ronald McDonald House. October 2011 at Mitre 10 Mega Petone 4093822AA OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? 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Shop 3, 1 Turon Cres, Totara Park, Upper Hutt ½ Price Kids Haircuts with Tash* Does not apply to late nights or Saturdays *Expires 21 October 2011 FREE * BRAKES * CV JOINTS * TOWBARS * LUBES * WOF * TRAILER HIRE * EXHAUSTS * SHOCKS * CLUTCHES * CAMBELTS Phone 527 8577 29 Queen Street, Upper Hutt MAIDSTONE MUFFLERS your undercar specialists Brake & Exhaust Checks 2761602AA Marriage a covenant By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Golden couple: John and Pat Allen. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Marriage is about serving the other person rather than making demands on them, say a couple who have just celebrated 50 years together. John Allen says society has regarded marriage as a contract between two people and one that can be broken. But for Mr and Mrs Allen, mar- riage is seen as a covenant that cannot be broken, and is entered into before God. In a covenant the interests of a spouse always take priority over self, Mr Allen says. Marriage is a two-way street but many go into it with expectations which put demands on their spouse, he says. We've regarded marriage with expectations on ourselves about how we can better serve each other.'' Mrs Allen says you marry a per- son for their strengths and weak- nesses and that, for them, their faith in God has helped them get through challenging times as a family. The Allens were born and raised in Britain. They met at a friend's 21st birthday in Birmingham. Birmingham was Mr Allen's home town and where Mrs Allen was doing her nursing training. They began going out with a youth group from his church before dating on their own. On their third date he proposed and I have never regretted it''. His future wife tentatively accepted, bearing in mind she had a further year of studies to com- plete but knew he was the one''. Her father was living overseas so Mr Allen wrote to ask per- mission for his daughter's hand in marriage. It seemed a long time waiting for his written reply. Mrs Allen's father appreciated being asked and said someone who took the time to write was worthy of his daughter. The couple were married in the Anglican Church in Marston Green on September 30, 1961. Mr Allen, a quantity surveyor, found a new job in Scotland where the couple set up their first home together. Mrs Allen went nursing until their first child was born. In Scotland Mr Allen became involved in local politics. His plat- form was based on doing some- thing about the smell from the local rubbish dump. Elected, the council put him in charge of the tip and he solved the problem by having refuse covered daily with soil. The couple had friends who migrated to New Zealand and they decided to follow. It was the beginning of social unrest in Britain and the Allens did not like what they saw. They arrived in 1974 with their four children, including twins. Mr Allen began work with Civil and Civic Construction Company in Wellington and settled in Pinehaven. In the 1980s he became involved in politics and was National's can- didate against Labour MP Bill Jef- fries in Heretaunga in the 1987 general election. The River Rd had been opened earlier in the year and claimed several lives. Mr Allen reduced Mr Jeffries' majority. Later Mr Allen became a foun- der member for the Christian Heritage Party and was involved in it for three years until he became unhappy in the direction it was taking. Since then he has not taken an active part in politics. Mrs Allen is a past president of the Wairarapa branch of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (now called Voice for Life). She worked as a practice nurse at Silverstream for about eight years. Mr Allen started working for himself and the couple moved to Greytown, where they lived in a historic house for seven years and ran a craft shop. Then they moved to Carterton where they spent six years. After Mr Allen developed health problems the couple wanted to be closer to Wellington Hospital so returned to Upper Hutt five years ago and bought a Mangaroa prop- erty next to their daughter, Caro- line Stephen. Mr Allen retired from work a couple of years ago and earlier this year had a triple bypass. Now feeling much better he does a little quantity surveying work again and is involved in extending the couple's church, Upper Hutt Baptist. He tells people he is a walking miracle. Mrs Allen is a keen quilter and dolls house maker. Grandchildren, especially those next door, also keep them busy. The couple celebrated their golden anniversary with a bless- ing ceremony during Sunday morning church, followed by lunch for their family, the congregation and friends from their former church in Carterton. The couple have four children, Caroline Stephen (Mangaroa), Christine Chesterfield (Carter- ton), Diane Coe (Featherston) and Richard (Queenstown), 11 grand- children and two great- grandchildren.
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