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Otautau’s popular You ’n Lamb Festival
will return in November – a year earlier
than originally planned.
Last year’s inaugural festival, the
brainchild of the Otautau Lions Club, was
a huge success, raising $14,000 which
was last month presented to the Otautau
Sports Complex to assist with upgrading
the hot water system and completing the
women’s changing area.
Festival committee chairman Ken Taylor
said long-term it was hoped to run the
festival every second year but members
decided to push ahead again this year,
while momentum was still strong, to
ensure it was cemented as an Otautau
event and not replicated by another
This year’s festival will be a two-day
event but on a smaller scale than last
year. A farmers’ field day would be held
on Thursday November 24 with the
community activities at Holt Park on
Saturday November 25.
Final details are yet to be confirmed but
events would include a triathlon and top
team and Agrisport challenges. At this
stage no boning or cooking displays had
been planned, but the sumptuous multi-
course lamb dinner will be reprised with
catering again supplied by Mash Catering.
The guest speaker is TV1’s Sunday
reporter Ian Sinclair whose grandfather
was the pharmacist in Otautau before the
Carletons. Mr Taylor said Mr Sinclair had
always been keen to visit and planned to
spend a few days in the area.
Evening entertainment will again be
supplied by Invercargill group Lipstick.
Funds raised from this year’s festival will
go to the Otautau Baths Committee for
maintenance and upkeep of the local
Otautau Sports Complex chairman Peter
Morris said the money received from last
year’s festival was hugely appreciated.
It would be invaluable in completing
work to the changing areas deferred due
to insufficient funds when the building
opened about 1990. It would also help
meet the costs of ongoing maintenance
and a much-needed replacement of the
water heating with a gas system.
Grants from the Southland District
Council amenity fund, Southern Trust and
Victoria Trust had also been gratefully
received, he said.
Lamb festival returns this year
Guests at last year’s Otautau You ‘n Lamb Festival tucks into a sumptuous multi-course lamb-
inspired banquet. The profits from last year’s festival have been donated to the Otautau Sports
Complex and planning for this year’s festival are well advanced.
The Order of St John Winton Area
Committee held a function at the Winton
Ambulance Station recently to honour
those who have contributed to the
Around 50 ambulance officers,
volunteers, shuttle drivers, local
supporters and their partners gathered
to farewell five ambulance officers – Ray
Boyle, Heather Findlater, Wayne Giles,
Karen Tidey and Alastair McLees – who
are heading for new ventures.
The afternoon, which coincided with
St John awareness week, was also an
opportunity for the committee to thank
five generous firms who assist Winton
St John by either providing services
or paying towards the upkeep of the
Health Shuttle and the printing of annual
Darrel Robinson from Dunedin, an
Officer of St John and liaison officer for
the Southern Region area committees,
performed the formal part of the
proceedings in regalia. This included the
presentation of a service certificate to
area committee chairman Sam Dynes
in recognition of his 37 years’ service.
Certificates were also presented to
major supporters the Community Trust
of Southland, Irwin Motors, Linton
Contracting, Macks Panel and Paint,
McDowall Southland Ltd and Winton
Medical Services. The other major donor
represented was Meals on Wheels.
The presentation ceremony was followed
by afternoon tea.
Other St John personnel in attendance
were Southland operations manager
Pauline Buchanan, rural support
officer Jan Douglas, South Island Trust
Board deputy chairman and Riverton
Area chairman Perry Ferguson, officer,
chaplain and Invercargill Area chairman
Rev Richard Gray and Dame of St John
Marie Wilkinson, of Mataura.
Ambulance service recognised
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