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Scouting is set to return to Winton
for the first time in more than 20
years, after a public meeting in the
town on Monday night gave the
Western-Southland zone leader
David Frew, who has been
spearheading the proposal, said
there was a great turnout of
people and it looked like Winton
would be getting its own Kea,
Cub and Scout groups in the near
He was delighted with the support
and believed that Scouts would be
good for Winton.
“We’ve made a concerted effort to
go to Winton because we think the
children of Winton deserve this.”
Another meeting, to enrol children
and finalise group meeting times
and venues, would be held in
Winton next Wednesday, although
times and a venue had yet to be
Mr Frew said Scouts built skills like
confidence and cooperation and
was a great way to prepare young
people for the workforce.
“We’re trying to set these children
up for the future – it’s really the
start of their CV.”
something of a
revamp in recent
into its brand and
Mr Frew felt this
interest in the
In the Western
there had been
a 30 percent
increase in interest
in just the past 12
months, he said.
There were now
Riverton, Nightcaps and Balfour,
while Te Anau boasted the fifth
largest membership in New
Zealand, he said.
“We believe in what we’re doing
– we’ve got 100 years of Scouting
“We can see that the structure’s
right in the results that we get.”
Keas and Cub leaders recently
visited St Thomas Aquinas School
in Winton talking about Scouts
and assisting children in making
crafts and learning about outdoor
cooking. Many of the children from
that school now wanted to join the
organisation, he said.
For more information contact Kate
Smithies on 236 0866, or David
Frew on 234 8426.
Scouting for Winton kids
Scouting around: Ethan Dudin, takes Abbey
Henderson, Jack Dyer and a group of St Thomas
Aquinas Primary School students for a ride, during
a visit to the school by Scout leaders promoting the
organisation in Winton last week.
The Otautau Town Hall
is set to close after the
Board decided against
a $500,000 upgrade
and maintenance bill
forecast for the next 20
The hall was found
to be an earthquake
prone building after an
engineering report commissioned
by the board.
Southland District Council
(SDC) property manager Kevin
McNaught said at the time the
report was done the Building Code
also changed – with increased
requirements for earthquake
Mr McNaught said structural
problems and other issues such
as routine maintenance and
operational expenses were to be
targeted during the next 20 years.
The Otautau Returned and
Services Association (RSA) and
the Western Southland Floral Arts
Club have been the main users of
Otautau RSA president Brian
Drummond, who is also a
Southland district councillor
representing the Wallace ward,
said the RSA had not been
consulted on the matter.
“It’s very disappointing. We’ve got
no idea whatsoever of where the
RSA are going.”
He said there was an agreement
between the Wallace Community
Board to supply a building for the
RSA to use.
When asked to comment in his
capacity as a district councillor,
Mr Drummond said he was
disappointed that the hall was
going to be shut.
Wallace Community Board
chairman Mike Whale said the
board decided to close the hall
instead of spending the large
amounts to upgrade it.
“It was going to cost around half
a million dollars for ratepayers for
the upgrade,” he said
Mr Whale said apart from the two
main users of the hall it had about
10 other users through the year.
“The community board’s been
very reluctant to close the hall
but it’s hard to justify the cost for
the ratepayers with the hall’s low
usage,” he said.
He said the board was looking at
an alternative community centre,
with the Otautau sports complex
the most likely option.
Several replacement venues had
been suggested for the RSA but
it was too early to say where they
would end up, he said.
Final curtain for hall
By Marcia Ahern
New Zealand singer Jackie Bristow
will be performing in Winton this
Saturday as part of her national
Saints and Sinners tour.
The concert has been organised
in conjunction with the Clutha-
Southland branch of the Young
Nats as a fundraiser. It starts at
7pm in the Salvation Army Hall.
Bristow has performed with
international stars Phoebe Snow,
Jimmy Webb and Ricky Skaggs.
She has also toured with Art
Garfunkel, Madeleine Peyroux and
She began singing in choir at age
eight, in Gore, and by the time she
was 14 she and her sister Katrina
–performing as The Bristow
Sisters – were seasoned pros.
In 1995 she moved to Australia.
Five years later, she was signed
to write for Mushroom Music and
record for Liberation Records. Her
songs have been used repeatedly
in Australian film and television
in hits such as “The Secret Life of
Us” and “Home and Away.”
She will be joined in Winton by
2009 Gold Guitar winner Helen
Van Der Lindon.
Bristow to perform in Winton this weekend
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