Methven Care Trust - News


Another successful Czech Cookie Fundraiser

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baking, packaging and distributing 317 boxes of festive cookies all for our fundraising cause, now that's an example of true community Christmas spirit!  That's exactly what, for the second year in a row, a group of enthusiastic Czech Republic friends undertook again to show their support of Methven Care Trust.

Vendy Snajdrova is the driver of this unique idea and co-ordinated sourcing supplies and friends.  Thanks to the Methven Heritage Centre for allowing the use of kitchen facilities for the team to bake away!

Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson, was thrilled to meet with some of the Czech cookie baking crew to accept their donation cheque of a whopping $3,170.00.

Pictured below, (left to right):  Vendy Snajdrova, Joanna Suyker (MCT Chairperson), Jan Lukasek, Bara Cucvarova.


High Country Fete

Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanks to Methven High Country Fete organisers for a donation of $1600.00 resulting from our team assisting with car parking and gate sales at the Methven High Country Fete on Wednesday 22nd November at the Methven Racecourse.

Denise Dixey, co-organiser of the fete said "as our fete grows, so does our ability to assist local organisations through donations or complimentary stalls at the fete.  Methven Care Trust help us on the day by manning the gate and car park, so the majority of our donation goes to their fundraising efforts for the new Methven House."

Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson, said "thank you on behalf of the trust, we are grateful for the opportunity to fundraise in this way and receive such a generous donation.  The fete is a great event for the local community and our team has a lot of fun on the day."

Pictured below: (left to right) Julie Clements, Jo Suyker, Denise Dixey.

2017 Methven Rodeo benefits Trust

Sue van den Heuvel - Friday, September 29, 2017

Methven Care Trust is thrilled to be benefiting from the 2017 Methven Rodeo, to be held at Labour weekend, Sunday 22nd October at the Methven A & P showgrounds.

"The Methven Rodeo committee are again very supportive of our local fundraising cause and approached us earlier in the year to confirm that they would once again be making a substantial donation, I was very happy to meet with them earlier this week to receive the cheque", said Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson.

Pictured above left to right are Methven Rodeo committee members Richard Mee, Steve Sauer (President), Jo Suyker (MCT Chairperson) and Hugh Weir.


House & Garden tour set to entice

Sue van den Heuvel - Friday, September 15, 2017

Tickets for 2017's Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour go on sale soon with the organisers promising a range fo new and exciting properties to discover.

The date to set aside is Saturday 11th November from 10am to 3.30pm.

This is the third annual House & Garden tour held to fundraise for Methven Care Trust, the group spearheading the project to replace Methven House with a new purpose-built rest home within Camrose Estate.  The aim is to allow Methven locals with the opportunity to continue to live in the community they love as they age.

Nine properties will be up for viewing - the same number as last year - with a new attraction being a cluster in the countryside around historic Barrhill Village.  Because of this vehicles are required to get around the tour.

Here's a couple of teasers to whet your appetite.

For gin drinkers, this three bedroom farmers home built five years ago will make you smile.  A painting of a Bombay Sapphire bottle of gin given as a gift to the owner was the inspiration of the blue kitchen.  Having acquired the original Methven BNZ's foyer doors prior to building, it was inevitable these would feature as a truly inspiring entrance.  Visitors will also be rewarded with assorted classic vehicles and stationary engines on display, part of the owner's private collection.

Another rural property features history detailing back to the mid 1800's but the current home was built in 1931 with evidence retained in the original leadlight glass windows and wooden panelling.  The garden consists of a formal area with buxus and rambling areas with a garden path.  The vege garden boasts roses and lavender and fruit trees on its perimeter.  A museum on site will be open on the day

Devonshire teas will be offered again by Methven House staff at one of the properties and raffles will be available so bring plenty of coins.  Volunteers are now being sough for management of the properties on the day.  Email to register your interest or phone 021 274 6657.

Tickets go on sale early October from the office at Mt Hutt Memorial Hall or by emailing  Tour maps are forwarded via email the week prior to the event.

Pictured:  Enjoying Devonshire tea in the garden at 2015 event

New Aged Care Facility - A Step Closer

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, September 11, 2017

Allan and Alma Lochhead, who established the Lochhead Charitable Trust in 1988, wished that a 6150 square metre (one and half acre) block of land on Grace Ireland Drive, Methven, be given to the community of Methven for the establishment of a new aged care facility.

For four decades, the elderly of Methven has been cared for in Methven House, the former maternity hospital on Morgan Street. Methven House is unique in Mid-Canterbury as it is owned by the people of Methven and administered by a Committee comprised of community members.

“Forty years of care, forty years of commitment, forty years of empathy and forty years of devotion has been given to the people that have walked through the doors and made Methven House their home. That, quite frankly, is a mighty effort for a community of this size.” Said Methven Care Trust Chairperson Jo Suyker.


But now the building needs to be replaced and the Methven Care Trust was established in October 2014 to raise funds for and oversee the building of a new aged care facility.  Fundraising has begun in earnest with $5m set as the target.

Advance Ashburton, who has taken over the management of the Lochhead Charitable Trust, is delighted to fulfil the Lochhead’s wishes and transfer the land to the Methven Care Trust.

“Having the land demonstrates Methven Care Trust’s commitment for the project to the district.  Methven has a wide respect for Allan and Alma Lochhead’s philanthropy to our community and we are honoured to be the benefactors of this very generous gift”, said Jo Suyker.

On September 9th, the land valued at $470,000 was transferred to the Methven Care Trust and the new facility, which will provide a modern, sustainable and community-run residential-care home, became one big step closer.


Mrs Alma Lochhead, Trevor Croy (Chairman of Advance Ashburton Community Foundation), Joanna Suyker (MCT Chairperson), Roger Henderson and Colin Lill (MCT Trustees), John Goodwin (Lochhead Charitable Trust Trustee) on site of the planned new aged care facility in Methven.

Mini Olympics Team Challenge is on

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, August 28, 2017

Things are getting busy for the organisers of the Methven Care Trust Mini Olympics Team Challenge, to be held Friday 13th October this year.

Neil Gubby and his partner Sandra, owners of Newzengland Clay Shooting and Archery Services at Terrace Downs had the idea for the Mini Olympics and brought it to the Methven Care Trust who were excited to get on board.

The Olympics event will run for one afternoon and requires four to a team, each participant will compete in all four sports: Clay shooting, Archery, Golf or Gumboot Throwing.  Neil says "experience isn't necessary, so to save you throwing all your gumboots over the neighbours fence, he and his team will give each player training on the day".

The fundraiser is sponsored by Mount Hutt Helicopters, another great local business keen to help with the Methven Care Trust and their new proposed Methven House building at Camrose Estate.

"We have some amazing prizes accumulating, they include some big ticket items for local and high country tourism identities", say's Neil.

Prizes will be awarded to the best themed team, top male and female individuals and the top team will also get a trophy.

Newzengland Lts is one of our local tourist focused businesses and owner Neil certainly has the skills and expertise to go with it.  As a senior instructor for 12 years at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School in England, he not only gained experience in the sport, he competed in many clay shooting competitions in the UK, including the Beretta World Championships in 1997, gaining 2nd in his class.  In his five years at Newzengland, Neil enjoys sharing and teaching his passion in one of the best locations in the world.

Neil held a lot of charity events in the UK before moving to New Zealand 14 years ago and is excited about this fundraiser with a difference, and even more, that all the profits will be going to the Methven Care Trust.

"I want to challenge local businesses, sports clubs and groups to get a team together for this entertaining and challenging day" say's Neil, "it will be an action packed afternoon where you may try something new, get to know a few other locals and end the night with great food and lots of fun".

While the event is to be held at the proposed new building site in Camrose Estate, the prize giving will be at the Blue Pub's Samuels Bar, in Methven, a spit roast dinner will be provided while the teams are awarded prizes for their efforts and enjoy a well deserved drink.

Registrations have started coming in for the Mini Olympics, so get your team together and don't miss out on this day of fun and fundraising.  The event is catering for adults 18 years and upwards and there will be up to twenty teams of four on the day.

Businesses, why not make this a unique Christmas function, or sports teams and groups - drum up some competition between yourselves and enter.

Further details contact sue 021 274 6657 or Neil 021 158 4259.



AGM Treasurers Report 2017

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, August 14, 2017

The Methven Care Trust has had another amazing year of Fundraising. To have a surplus of $218,534, up on the previous year by nearly $40,000 is a credit to the trustees and volunteers, of this worthy local cause. 

However, the reality is that $5 million needs to be raised within 5 years to be able to complete this project, to the timeframe set. The only way this can be done is by the community believing this is a worthy cause and supporting this project.

We ask, have any of you or do you know of any members of the community that would like to see this project succeed and are prepared to donate to this cause?

Some of you may have thought about leaving a gift to a charity in your will. If this is the case, have you considered giving why you are alive – this way you get to see where and how your money is spent.  You also get 33 cents back, from the government, for every dollar you donate. This benefit is not available for donations made via your will.

We would appreciate hearing from anyone who may be interested in discussing this further.

As awkward as it is to ask for money – this is not for us, but to build a fabulous facility for our locals.

Please also be assured, that by showing an interest you will not be expected to donate, but we would love to share our vision more with anyone on an individual basis.

Also – no donation is too small -  or too big.

Thank you.

Trust benefits from Mud Plug

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, July 03, 2017

Methven Care Trust was thrilled to accept a donation of $5,000.00 from the Mid Canterbury Four Wheel Drive Club Inc following the huge success of their Mud Plug event held on Sunday 7th May at Alford Forest.

Sunny skies on the day of event following a few wet day's prior provided the perfect mix for enthusiastic mud pluggers who challenged themselves and their vehicles around the slippery track.  Spectators were entertained with plenty of engine revving and mud roosting!

We were asked to support the event by means of providing volunteers to assist with car parking and crowd control on the day, in return for a donation, we were obviously very grateful to be considered by the club and extremely pleased with the value of the donation received.

The event also benefitted the Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Pictured below is Jo Suyker (MCT Chairperson) receiving donation from Marcus Ewart on behalf of the Mid Canterbury Four Wheel Drive Club Inc

Rare opportunity to see salmon release up-close

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, June 19, 2017


The opportunity to get up close to watch the release of young salmon is the latest fundraising event for Methven Care Trust.

The Annual Salmon Smolt Release in conjunction with Montrose Estate and Fish&Game has been organised by neighbouring Rakaia Gorge farmer Donna Field.

On Sunday 23rd July (the last day of the school holidays), thousands of salmon smolt will be released by Fish&Game to boost the salmon population in the Rakaia River.  This only happens once a year providing a unique opportunity to learn about the life cycle of one of New Zealand's most popular fish.  The 5km drive to exit Montrose Estate via adjacent Cleardale Station allows locals to get a taste of high country life and the grandeur of the gorge.

With a sausage sizzle and coffee providing refreshments, the 9am to 1pm event is definitely worth getting up early for.  The actual salmon smolt release will happen between 10am and 10.30am.  However the salmon hatchery will be open for people to look around and lots of young salmon will still be in the creek.  When the salmon are released, children and other volunteers will be given the chance to carry buckets of smolt to the creek to tip them in.

As the location requires travel over farm tracks, the experience is not suitable for low clearance cars.  Interested parties are advised to wear warm clothes and wear gumboots or boots.

Donna says the Annual Salmon Smolt Release is a follow up to her previous fundraising venture in the form of the "Rakaia Gorgeous Ball" held for six years with half the money going to Methven House.

"I've always been keen on looking after the older people in our communities and the release of the salmon smolt will be a celebratory occasion in a beautiful spot and interesting to watch."

"My favourite part of the release is watching the eels come out to eat the smolt and getting so full they can barely move.  The eels are huge and impressive fish and it is wonderful to see them."

"It is impressive that the people of our town can find the energy and enthusiasm to fund housing for the elderly.  So many older people want to stay in Methven close to family and friends rather than go to Ashburton and we are creating that opportunity.  I would like everyone to get behind the project and contribute in any way they can."

The salmon smolt release - on the last Sunday of the school holidays - will provide an unforgettable experience before school routine kicks back in.  Mark Sunday 23 July in your diary now as we'd love your support at this inaugural event.



Mini Olympics come to Methven

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, June 12, 2017

Medal fever will hit Methven in October with the announcement of the inaugural Team Challenge Mini Olympics - a new fundraising event for Methven Care Trust.

Sponsored by Mt Hutt Helicopters 2013 Ltd and organised by Newzengland Clay Shooting and Archery Services Ltd, the event will see teams of four compete in archery, golf, clay bird shooting and gumboot throwing.

There will be prizes for the top male and female competitors, the top team, best 'themed' team and a presentation of a trophy for overall winning team.  The Mini Olympics is open to those aged 18 years and over.

Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel says the trust was very excited when Newzengland Ltd, a local tourism company, brought the idea to them.

"Newzengland Ltd saw it as a good way to give back to the community as they run tourism activities from Terrace Downs and is keen to expose locals to their services.  And Mt Hutt Helicopters 2013 Ltd has come onboard as a sponsor to help lift the profile of this inaugural event.  The trust is very grateful to both businesses for their support.  We're now hoping locals will support it as a work outing, team building exercise or early Christmas function."

The Mini Olympics takes place Friday 13th October at the site of the proposed new resthome for Methven within Camrose Estate.

It will be an afternoon of fun competition with all profits going to Methven Care Trust, which has a goal of raising $5.5million to rebuild the resthome.  All equipment and coaching will be supplied and experience isn't necessary.

Local businesses, sports clubs and community groups are invited to register teams with intense rivalry expected.  Out of town teams will also be sought to up the stakes.

Entry into the competition includes a complimentary beer or wine and a spit roast dinner at the Blue Pub at the end of the day.  The prizegiving will also feature an auction and raffles.

Please click here for registration form and further details.

Pictured on-site at Camrose Estate Jo Suyker (MCT Chairperson), Adam Kershaw (Mt Hutt Helicopters), Neil Gubby (Newzengland Ltd)

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