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Next fundraising committee meeting date......

Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our fundraising committee meets on an eight weekly cycle, taking the next meeting date to MONDAY 15th AUGUST, 7pm at the St Johns Presbyterian Church meeting room, Jackson Street, Methven.

If you would like to find out more about our committee meetings or just have a chat regarding our fundraising campaign please don't hesitate to email our Fundraising Co-ordinator,

Looking for fundraising ideas, big and small.......

Sue van den Heuvel - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There are many ways you can donate to Methven Care Trust.  Pete and Maryanne Hayward didn't want attention for their efforts, but we wanted to tell their story.

Last year the Methven couple provided a paddock just outside of Methven for the trust's cropping activities.  With inputs including labour supplied by Colin and Jocelyn Lill, a crop of barley was sown, cultivated and sold for a tidy profit of just over $24,000.  The Haywards were reluctant to go public about their involvement.

"I didn't do this to talk about it," says Pete.  But when pressed, he admits it's a good feeling to help a community cause.  "it was well worth it.  We didn't miss the paddock.  It was only out for one year."  The Hayward's paddock was old pasture beforehand so the time out has set it up well for future options.  "There were definitely some advantages for us.  We've been able to donate something to the cause without having to think about it too much."

Maryanne says the couple are fully behind the rebuild project for a new aged care facility for Methven.

"It's absolutely imperative that we have something like this in the future.  We definitely support it."

She hopes other landowners and farmers will similarly consider donating either cropping or grazing land for a period of time to support the trust.

"This has been relatively painless for us.  It's something we could do to contribute in a small way to the future of Methven."

Other fundraising streams underway for Methven Care Trust include the sale of pea straw and baleage.  Delivery for pea straw within the immediate Methven vicinity is $5 per bale.  Both can be purchased by contacting our Fundraising Co-ordinator. 

Meanwhile personal donations keep rolling in.  The trust's residential flier distributed to Methven households two months ago has resulted in close to $20,000 in total being donated.  At BNZ Methven, the ladies report anonymous donations turning up via electronic banking and coffee cup money boxes arriving over the counter.  It doesn't matter how big or small the donation is, Methven Care Trust appreciates all of the support we receive.  Every donation adds up, no matter how small.

The next meeting of the trustees of Methven Care Trust will take place mid-June.  Please contact our Fundraising Co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on or 021 -274 6657 if you have fundraising ideas or suggestions for the trust.

Picture above:  Pete & Maryanne Hayward

Pictured above:  Pete & Maryanne Hayward on-site with Methven Care Trustee, Colin Lill

Our next fundraising meeting date....... Monday 27th June

Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Thanks to those who attended our last committee meeting.  It was great to have a good number of people in attendance and even better to have some new faces join us - thank you!

The fundraising committee will meet on an eight weekly cycle, taking the next meeting date to MONDAY 27th June, 7pm at the St Johns Presbyterian Church meeting room, Jackson Street, Methven.

If you would like to find out more about our committee meetings or just have a chat regarding our fundraising campaign please don't hesitate to email our Fundraising Co-ordinator,



Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our next fundraising committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 2nd May 2016, 7pm at the St Johns Presbyterian Church meeting room, Jackson Street, Methven.

It would be great to have some new faces join us, come along and hear what is going on behind the scenes of our fundraising campaign.  There is no pressure to do anything more, other than have a listen and offer suggestions maybe as to an idea you may have?

For further details please don't hesitate in giving our Fundraising Co-ordinator a call on 021 274-6657 or email us,

Hope to see you there........


Save the date - 2016 Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour

Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Due to the overwhelming success of our inaugural Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour last November, we have confirmed that we will be making this an annual event for our fundraising campaign.

So, mark in on the calendar - SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2016.

Our committee is already working behind the scenes to secure another unique and special range of properties for your inspection and enjoyment this year.  Tickets will go on sale in early October at both the Methven and Ashburton I-Sites, or email

Methven Summer Sounds - Thank You

Colm McGrath - Monday, February 29, 2016

Thanks to all the Methven Care Trust and Methven Lions Club members who volunteered there time to assist on the entry gates at the Methven Summer Sounds Concert on Saturday 20th February.  Also, a big thanks to Farm Source Methven for supplying us with our new high-vis vests for the job also, complete with our Methven Care Trust logo!

Pictured here Angus McKay, Trudy & Ross Gordon.


Pictured Graeme Campion (Methven Lions Club President), Paul and Pip from CrossRoads/The Lodge.



House & Garden Tour a success!

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, November 30, 2015

Our inaugural 'Through the Years - Methven and Foothills House & Garden Tour' held on Saturday 28th November proved to be a shining winner for our fundraising committee.  We would like to congratulate the thirteen properties, eleven homes and 2 gardens,  on the high standard of presentation of their properties and all the hard work in the lead up to the event that the property owners obviously had invested. 

Our stellar volunteers are also obviously key to the smooth running of the day, as without them we can't do it! 

Please check out our photo gallery to view photos taken on the day, also here are a few comments from those who did the tour....


"Thank you for the lovely tour on Saturday.  You must have ordered the weather especially for the day.  A huge thank you to all the people who opened their homes and gardens for us to visit, we would love for the day to happen again so we can get around more places.  Maybe we lingered too long at some places, but we were made to feel very welcome.  Well cone to all involved".

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in organising and running this event.  I know there must have been a lot of preparation and planning gone in to such a well organised and seamlessly run day.  Can I also say a massive thank you and congratulations to the amazingly selfless people who opened up their homes and gardens for us to be in awe of.  Each and every one of the properties is just spectacular and the owners should be so proud of their beautiful properties - most of whom have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into restoring and maintaining their beautiful character homes.  Each and every one of the properties is worthy of being shown off to the nation - simply stunning".

"Thank you so much for a wonderful day.  Having the opportunity to visit such truly beautiful gardens and homes was an absolute pleasure.  Our thanks to all those who opened their gates and allowed us to wander.  It was an absolute pleasure and truly appreciated.  What talented people we have amongst us.  To all on the organising committee and those helping at various steps along the way - thank you.  What a day you made for us!"

Rock Fundraiser for Methven Care Trust

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, November 16, 2015

Always wanted a feature rock for your garden, several to create a rock wall or to finish landscaping your section?  Methven Care Trust is selling Rhoylite rocks sourced from the Mt Alford area until Friday 4th December.  The fundraiser coincides with the trust's Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour which will be held Saturday 28th November.

Trust Chairwomen Joanna Suyker says Mt Alford farmer and fundraising group member Dan Symons came up with the idea.

"It's a perfect fit following our House & Garden tour as people will be inspired by what they see and may want to undertake a landscaping project,"  says Joanna.

Dan's original motivation was getting rid of the rocks covering part of his foothills farm.  But after talking to neighbour Jack Harmer, the pair decided larger rocks on the Harmer property would be more attractive to buyers.

Dan worked with Harmers Transport to bring three sample rocks to town and small, medium and large speciments can be viewed on the front lawn at Methven House, 24 Morgan Street.  Wareings Transport helped lift the rocks onto the site and KT's Contracting will assist with free delivery around Methven township during December.  KT's Contracting has also donated a series of smaller limestone rocks for the fundraiser.

Orders can be placed by emailing until Friday 4th December and the fundraising committee will deliver during December, making them a perfect Christmas present for that hard to buy for partner, family member or friend!  For deliveries outside Methven, buyers can negotiate a delivery price.  The approximate rock sizes are; small - H25cm x W35cm x L30cm $50, medium - H40cm x W60cm x L50cm $100, and large from H70cm x W80cm x L60cm $200-$400, and some extra large specimens are available - price to be negotiated.

Methven Care Trust holds AGM and looks forward to House & Garden Tour

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, November 09, 2015

Two new faces have joined Methven Care Trust.  Teacher Jan Anderson and farmer Roger Henderson were announced as trustees at the recent AGM.  Chairperson Jo Suyker thanked both for committing their time and energy to Methven Care Trust.  The AGM began with an acknowledgement of the contribution of former trustee Ian Totty.

"Ian's passion and commitment as a trustee and also chair of the fundraising committee was worn for all to see.  A true gentleman to work with we were most fortunate to have had his input in our first year.  Any motivation needed, on our part, to see this project through will come from our thinking of Ian and wanting to honour his memory," said Mrs Suyker.

The trust now turns its attention to the forthcoming Methven and Foothills House and Garden Tour on Saturday 28th November.  Tickets are on sale at both the Methven and Ashburton iSites for just $20 with all proceeds supporting the project to build a new aged care facility for Methven.  Thirteen properties will be opened up in our district; eleven houses and two gardens.  Some spectacular homes and gardens are promised and interest in tickets is already strong so make sure you don't miss out.

Another exciting innovation is a rock fundraiser.  Methven Care Trust has been offered a paddock-full of weathered rocks perfect for landscaping and garden placement.  Examples of the foothills-sourced rocks will be made available within Methven township shortly with orders being taken for delivery before Christmas in the Methven area.  More details on this fundraiser can be requested by emailing


Methven Care Trust Update

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, October 01, 2015

First of all, Methven Care Trust would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to our former trustee Ian Totty. Ian’s passing was a huge shock and upset, not only for the trust and the fundraising committee he led, but for all the other groups and causes Ian was involved with, and not least his family and friends. Ian was certainly pivotal to getting Methven Care Trust up and running and showed great leadership in enthusing our group of volunteers and developing the vision for the replacement for Methven House. We will miss him deeply.

Last month, Methven Care Trust held our launch public meeting to unveil the concept plans for a new Methven aged care facility. In freezing conditions, we were delighted with a turnout of more than 150 people at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall. The response and interest on the night confirmed that we are on the right track. Questions were asked and answered about the design of the complex, how it would be staffed, where the funds would come from and how long it would take us to build it. The current plan is for a new facility offering rest home level care with 20 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms. The facility will be sited on land gifted by the Lochhead Charitable Trust on Grace Ireland Drive. It will be designed so future stages can be added as funds allow and demand dictates. The big question on the night was how much will it cost? Currently estimates have brought the build in at around $5.5million. A base level amount will be fundraised locally and then regional and national grants will be applied for. In the next few months, Methven Care Trust will work with local groups and volunteers to run a series of fundraising events. The first confirmed event is a ‘Foothills House and Garden tour’ on Saturday Nov ember 28. Further volunteers are still needed to be hosts at the 12 properties which will be open during the tour. You need to be available between 9am and 3.30pm and two hosts will be stationed at each house. Please contact Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on or 021 274 6657 if you can help. Other ideas under development include a trial bike ride, a four wheel drive tour, a vintage car rally and vintage machinery open day and coin trail. All of these ideas have been contributed by the community but require manpower and support to happen. And we are not stopping there. Further suggestions are welcome as we have an ambitious target and our strategy is to involve as wide a cross section of the community as possible.

In the meantime, have a look at our new website and check out our GiveaLittle page. Methven Care Trust signs and posters are now displayed around town and brochures freely available at the supermarkets and local shops. Finally, for those of you who came to the public launch meeting, took away the BNZ fundraising cups and have since handed them into BNZ Methven with donations, thanks for your support! We have more cups available if anyone would like; particularly to involve children in the fundraising campaign. Again contact Sue on the above email and mobile number.


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