Feilding Herald : December 1st 2011
7 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 NEWS 4186943AF SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER From 9am The Country Road Market & Red Cross Christmas Fair 4pm Christmas Parade "Powered by the People" From 5pM Christmas Concert & Carols 8.45pm Christmas Tree Lighting Calling all craft and food artisans Book a site in The Square and reach 20,000+ people next Saturday, looking for that special local Christmas gift. Contact Red Cross NOW! 06 3568152 For more information on these events and many more go to www.manfeild.co.nz, check us out on Facebook, or give us a call on 323 7444. Feilding IA & P Show December 2 - 3 Feilding IA & P annual horse show with flat classes, show hunter and show jumping including World Cup jumping which attracts many of the country's top riders. Public welcome to come down and check out the action. Entry is via South Street, gates open both days at 8am with a $2gate fee. Stadium program (pony grand prix/young rider/world cup) starts at 4.30pm, $5 for seating downstairs, $10 for upstairs seating.For more information check out www.feildingshow.co.nz. Wellington Intermarque December 4 A low-key, but professionally run, track based introduction to tarmac Motorsport. In the format of a dual car sprint, typically with 8 cars on the track at one time. Racing starts at 10am, entry is off Rata Street and spectators are welcome. For more information please visit www.thesurgery.co.nz. Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular December 7 A fabulous evening of family entertainment culminating in the largest and most spectacular fireworks display in the region. Gates open at 6.30pm with entry via South Street or Kawa Kawa Road. Tickets available from iSites Feilding & Palmerston North and at the gate on the night. For more information check out www.manfeild.co.nz. V8 Race Experience December 9 Strap in and hold on as you feel the rush from burning around Manfeild raceway in a Holden V8 Commodore being driven by one of our seasoned professional drivers. A completely unforgettable experience. For more information check out ww.v8raceexperience.co.nz. 4221688AA Volunteer gets fruit of service By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Double: Ron Sims, right receives his second bar to his St John Service medal denoting 22 years with St John from Rex Wheeler. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Ron Sims and his wife, Lois, joined St John in Coroman- del in 1989. Last week he was presented with a second bar to his St John Service Medal denoting 22 years with the service. The service medal is awarded for 12 years service and a bar is added for every five years of service, whether as a paid staff member or a volunteer. He carried out the required one year training to be an ambulance officer and during the next two years built on that training to qual- ify as a paramedic. In January 1993 he moved to Feilding as a staff paramedic and has been a familiar face on the ambulance and the Feilding Area Committee ever since. Mrs Sims also gave 13 years as a volunteer, reluctantly retiring as the shift work did not fit with her work at the Palmerston North Hos- pital emergency department. Shift work is just a part of life for an ambulance staff member. When Mr Sims came to Feilding his work- ing week was 24 hours on-call for four days, so half his life was devoted to St John and during that shift even gardening was out of the question, as you had to be available at all times to leap into uniform and rush to an emergency. Now the shifts make a life more compatible as he works two 11-hour days, followed by two 14-hour nights, then a break of four days off. My pleasure is being able to make someone's journey from home to hospital less stressful than it would have been in a car.'' Until 18 months ago, Feilding prided itself on staffing the ambu- lance at all times with two people. Now, because of the lack of fully trained volunteers, there are many occasions when the ambulance is single crewed. We would love to see more people applying to do the training to become a volunteer ambulance driver. It is a commitment, but it is well worth it,'' Mr Sims said. Mr Sims was particularly pleased to receive his service bar from Com- mander of the Order of St John Rex Wheeler, as he had often worked on the ambulance with Mr Wheeler as a volunteer driver. Other Feilding St John members who received awards included ambulance officer James Bulford, Penguins leader Barbara Field and shuttle drivers Bills Yates, Joyce Hammond and Robert Little. Feild- ing youth leader Hamish Bell, and shuttle driver John Stent have both served six years as volunteers. Rangitikei St John members who received service awards included Joanne Hartley of Bulls (three years) who is an ambulance officer for the Whanganui service, Hunterville Area Committee mem- ber Jean Signal and Marton shuttle drivers Graeme Bradley and Danny Edwards, who have both given six years service to the Order. Trudy Taylor, a Marton Ambu- lance paramedic received her 12-year Service Medal. Time's up If you are reading this and went to Feild- ing Intermediate in 1986 you may be able to help. Especially if you were in Room 18. You may remember filling a time cap- sule with instructions that it was to be opened in 2011 on Friday, December 9. The time capsule has been looked after by the Manawatu District Council for many years and along with other valu- able community records it was given into the care of the Feilding & Districts Com- munity Archive in 2009. The volunteers at the archive are excited about the planned opening of the time capsule.If you were part of FIS in 1986 and especially if you were in Room 18, please come to the Coach House Museum on Friday, December 9 at 7pm when the lid will be lifted.
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