Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
2 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 NEWS CONTENTS The only publication that reaches every property in the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts 29,000 READERS EVERY WEEK EDITOR 323 5839 MDC Bulletin . . . . page6 Bulls Feature . . . . page12 Arts and Entertainment page 19 Farming . . . . pages30-31 Sports .. . . pages32-33 Classifieds . . pages33-38 FEILDING FARMERS' MARKET EVERY Friday Manchester Square, Every Fri 9am-2pm Rain, hail and shine! Apple quarters Apple cider, alcoholic and non-alcoholic Cider vinegar Apple brandy Pear brandy Berry liquors Ideal for a very different Christmas gift Mulch Har vest Mixture of untreated wood shavings and horse manure, processed through a mulching system. Great for your summer garden. Chitz Chicken Buy your Corn fed free range eggs To make lovely Christmas cakes, Pavlovas and Puddings Bulls Bacon This little local piggy went to Market -- Feilding Farmers Market that is... To bring your Bulls Bacon -- The best the money can buy BUY BUY BUY From Bulls Bacon Beths Baking Impress visitors with full cake tins. Christmas baking or plus the normal Biscuits, slices and cakes. Fresh Flowers Brighten up your home or great to give. www.john.co.nz at the market rain or shine. LAMB PORK EGGS BACON SAUSAGES SEAFOOD BAKING CHICKEN JAMS CHUTNEYS PLANTS & SHRUBS FLOWERS FRUIT BREADS SOAPS PESTO SAUCES HERBAL TEAS RELISHES VEGETABLES CIDER & LIQUORS WINE FUDGE & HONEY MULCH 4229221AA Leaking gas causes chaos in town centre By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Plugging the hole: Workers try to stop the leaking gas in Kimbolton Rd on Monday. Evacuated: Staff from businesses in the Feilding CBD evacuated because of a gas leak on Monday, gather in Manchester St outside the cordoned-off area. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS A gas leak on the corner of Stafford St and Kimbolton Rd initiated the evacuation of all buildings from Manchester Square to the Ware- house and Postie, Fergussonand Bowen streets. A small digger being used as part of the Kimbolton Rd roadworks had ruptured a gas main at about 8.45am. Nearby businesses such as Mcdonalds, BP Connect and also the Feilding police station were immedi- ately evacuated and a cordon set up around the closest block. KiwiRail was contacted to stop train traffic, causing a delay of about 45 minutes for the regular freight service. Gas was smelt at Aorangi Medical Centre so they were prepared when the call came to evacuate. Dr Bruce Stewart alerted Manchester House staff to abandon a meeting. By 9.30am, gas could be heard gushing from the roadside pipe, fire engines and an ambulance were on standby and the smell was strong as far away as Denbigh Square and Manchester Square. While workers were trying to shut off the gas line, the cordon was extended to the whole of Fergusson St and Kimbolton Rd as far as Manchester St.Shops and offices were hastily closed, and staff gathered outside the cordon. Radio and Stuff.co.nz reports warned people not to come into the Feilding CBD. Buttercup Cafe were told to close at 9.15 and carried out their practiced evacuation procedure. But Rosebowl Bakery owner Robert McNabb was unable to get back to his business because of the road block, and found the phones had been blocked too. Baker Derek McNabb had to make a decision whether it was more dangerous to leave hot ovens full of baking goods or to stay. He chose to stay while the rest of the staff left the Fergusson St building. At their busiest time of the day, three cafes in the closed-off part of the CBD were closed for business. By 10.30am the gas supply had been cut off, staff returned to shops and it was business as usual. Bin Inn owner Ian Mason said the evacuation disrupted business in the morning and was carried out without fuss, but it was frustrating that the radio stations did not let their listeners know when the town was reopened. This meant people did not come into Feilding for the rest of the day, and businesses lost custom because of this.
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