Feilding Herald : January 10th 2013
4 THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013 NEWS Big win for Feilding woman By BOBBIE NICHOLLS and JOAN FORD ‘‘Feilding businesses have been so generous,’’ Joan Familton said. The Feilding resident won a Suzuki Swift and a trailer full of prizes in the Feilding ‘‘Wheelie big shopping reward’’ shopping promotion. ‘‘For the first time, when my husband and I next visit our family in Sydney, we will be checking in luggage. We normally travel with just carry-on luggage, but we will be taking the big suitcase which was part of the prize, and it will be full of all kinds of toys and sports gear for the grandchildren. ‘‘We plan to have a pizza party to share the pizza vouchers with our friends and there is a celebration cake in the prize list too. It’s all fabulous stuff. ‘‘My niece will get paint for the house they have just bought, and when our bathroom alteration starts in two weeks time, we now have new bathroom furniture.’’ Mrs Familton said she enters every competition she comes across and had consistently entered her receipts from her Feilding shopping over the nine weeks of the competition. ‘‘This is the first time I’ve won anything big,’’ she said. ‘‘We have lived in Feilding for 30 years, and we do all our shopping in the town. I am in town most days, as I usually walk in with just a back pack for a few things.’’ When Mrs Familton was in the CBD on Monday, she took the time to visit businesses which had been part of the promotion and thank them for their generosity. ‘‘It was like that game show The Generation Game where the prizes kept on coming,’’ she said. ‘‘I will have coffee beans to last a year, clothes, shoes and a family portrait. ‘‘They are all lovely things which I wouldn’t normally buy for myself. ‘‘I didn’t think I could use two hours labour from an engineering firm, but a friend was very pleased to be able to use it for work on his caravan. ‘‘It’s lovely being able to share the prize around.’’ Mrs Familton was the fourth person in the line-up from the nine weekly winners to try her key for the competition to win the car, trailer and all the prizes from Feilding businesses. The nine weekly winners nervously drew a key that was put into envelopes numbered 1-9. As the first three tried their keys unsuccessfully, the odds were increasing for the six remaining key holders. As an eager crowd of onloo- kers and supporters of the nine lucky key holders could hear the much-anticipated click the clapping and cheering broke out. Mrs Familton gasped with surprise and then whooped with elation. Mrs Familton’s receipt was from Smith’s Amcal Pharmacy. Darraghs Mitre 10 ensured the other key holders did not go away empty handed and each was given a shopping voucher. John Cotton, chairman of the business committee for Feilding Promotion, thanked the business community for all its hard work and effort in making the giveaway a success. Winning key: When Joan Familton tried her weekly winner’s key in the door of Suzuki Swift last Friday, it won her the car and a trailer full of prizes to share with family and friends. 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A food safety inspector’s report paints a grim pic- ture of the unnamed family-owned food premises that public health officers forced to close for a cleanup after it failed a routine inspection. ‘‘Open meat pies were being filled by a person who was holding an infant whose nose was running so profusely that contact with the pies was unavoidable. ‘‘The milkshake blender was heavily encrusted with rotten milk. The operator declined the health officer’s invitation to lick the device but was, however, prepared for it to come into contact with customers’ milkshakes.’’ The report, published by the Rangitikei District Council, noted the family had ‘‘very limited’’ knowledge of basic hygiene and food safety practices. The report said cleaning practices at the shop were sufficiently below standard to require the premises to be closed for cleaning, which the owners did voluntarily. The premises have now reopened but will come under frequent scrutiny by food safety inspectors. Two in court over armed robberies By KATHRYN KING Two men have been charged with aggravated robbery after three Countdown supermarkets including one in Feilding, were targeted by armed intruders. Rodrigo Magele, 18, and Jason Hooper, 22, were arrested last week and are jointly charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. They appeared in the Palmerston North District Court and were remanded in custody to January 15. Neither applied for bail. The men are alleged to have been behind two armed robberies of Countdown supermarkets, one on December 23 at the Broadway Ave store and a second at the Feilding store on December 27. Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney said the pair were likely to face further charges over a third incident, where the Kelvin Grove Countdown was similarly entered by an armed and disguised intruder shortly before the Broadway Ave store was robbed. All of the incidents happened in the hour before the store closed at night. The amount of cash taken is unknown, but has been described as ‘‘significant’’. The robberies prompted Countdown, owned and operated by Progressive Enterprises, to review and increase store security. Paul Bradsworth, Countdown’s national opera- tions manager New Zealand, said staff received training for situations such as these, and were told their first priority was their own safety. All victims of the robberies were coping well and none had taken up the company’s offer of counselling.
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