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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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