Nelson Leader : November 14th 2013
20 THE NELSON LEADER, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 NEWS who created the community of Fairfield House and spear headed its renovation. Alan Stanton, who has motor neurone disease, received the award at Nelson Hospice last week, where he was recovering from a cold. His wife Christine Bourke and other family members were there to celebrate with him. In the late 1970s he staged a one-man sit-in to protect the house from vandalism, and later, demolition. Meetings he organised through the then Nelson Evening Mail generated a huge swell of interest and led to the formation of Friends of Old Fairfield, or FOOF. Now the house is a Nelson treasure and Mr Stanton has written a book, Anything is Possible, Flowers for House hero N elson mayor Rachel Reese’s first Mayor’s Bouquet has gone to a man tracing the history of its renovation. The book will be launched at a Fairfield function at 5pm on November 21, with the public welcome to attend. ‘‘He had amazing foresight and determination to bring a community together to save a significant heritage building in Nelson,’’ Ms Reese says. ‘‘He’s left a wonderful legacy for all Nelsonians to enjoy.’’ She said the great thing about Fairfield House was its accessibility and connection to the community. ‘‘It has been part of significant moments in many Nelsonians’ lives. I’ve attended weddings, funerals, birthdays, conferences, planning workshops, and music events.’’ Mr Stanton said it was a lovely gesture. ‘‘I was really chuffed.’’ There were two nominations for Mr Stanton – from Margie NorrisBrown and Dixie Lane. Dixie Lane has known Mr Stanton ‘‘for 35 years or something ridiculous’’. ‘‘To me it’s like a fairy story, he went in and he realised that place was so beautiful and could be saved. And it has been. ‘‘I’m really glad this is happening. Fairfield was a bit out on a limb in a way – the community just thought it was a bunch of scrawny hippies saving the planet, but it’s such a centre now. It’s a very important part of Nelson.’’ Bouquet: Newly elected Nelson mayor Rachel Reese presented her first Mayor’s Bouquet to Alan Stanton in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community for his involvement with Fairfield House. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK First book launch Sunday A childhood interaction has provided the inspiration for a Stoke woman’s first children’s book. Rebecca Metcalfe read her book The Girl Who Loves To Sing to pupils at Stoke Kindergarten on Tuesday. It was the first time she had read the book aloud to a group of kids. Rebecca, a mum of three including Bella, who attends Stoke Kindergarten, says the book was based on an experience she had as a child. She says it is about a little girl Audience found: Rebecca Metcalfe with her daughter Bella at the first reading of her book The GirlWhoLoves to Sing. Photo: SALLY KIDSON who loves to sing, but stops singing after a nasty comment from a boy her age. She has to decide whether she chooses to let the words and actions of others impact on her. In her decision making, she learns the importance of self- belief. Rebecca says like the girl in the story, she decided not to let the boy’s comments get to her. ‘‘I never stopped singing.’’ Emma Marie Glintmeyer has illustrated the book and it is also the first children’s book she has been involved in, Rebecca says. ‘‘It was a new experience for both of us.’’ Rebecca is launching the book on Sunday, November 17, at the Nelson Public Library, from 2 till 4 pm. There will be free face painting by FidgettyFoo, entertainment and a book reading and signing by Rebecca. She is also reading the book to children at local primary schools and aims to have a discussion about the book’s message following the reading. ❚ As the book is about building selfbelief and confidence every book purchased receives a 50 per cent discount voucher for a term of lessons (Professional Music and Arts Education) at Soundstage Nelson, and for every book sold through Stoke Kindergarten, $1 will be donated back to the kindergarten.
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