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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
If you are reading this and went to Feild-
ing Intermediate in 1986 you may be
able to help. Especially if you were in
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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