Stafford Cemetery Concrete Pour
Westland Cuddle Cot
Update on Water Family Graves Stafford Cemetery June 2017
Waters Family Grave
Shirley Godfrey and her son Ross, have been redoing the foundations of their family grave – that of Christianna and George Waters who arrived in Hokitika 150 years ago in July. This has involved removing the granite surround (Granite is an unusual material to be used in a surround – it’s certainly the only grave at Stafford that has one), digging out the grave and backfilling with compacted gravel – all done by the family, with some Lions labour for lifting. Each granite block weighs several 100kg – took 6 of us to lift one onto a trailer – and there are 3 large and 2 small. These were taken down to Thompsons for cleaning at no charge. On Saturday at 11am we will be putting them back – a few Lions will be involved in this again assisting the family. If anyone else is available, please join us – even if you just come to take photos and offer moral support! The headstone cleaning has also started – of more interest Christianna came from Cornwall, and the headstone was imported from Cornwall The family lowered the headstone onto a pallet in order to complete the foundation- this will also be stood back up on Saturday This grave is one of the ones with cast iron that has missing pieces – which were on the list for casting. We’re hoping to show a significant improvement in stability and longevity (future proofing) once all items are back and in place.
June 2017 Oscar Bottom Memorial
You will remember that the club raised sufficient funds to purchase just over 2 Lifepod baby incubators last year ($5000+). The project was spearheaded by Linda Dyzel. Ian Boswell made a replica Lifepod for us to use as part of the project promotion. Jim Butzbach took the replica Lifepod to convention and spoke about the project. Malcolm Williams the District Governor will be taking the replica Lifepod to Akaroa for the next cabinet meeting It will then be sent around the various clubs as a challenge to the clubs for each to raise sufficient funds to purchase one.
Westland Cuddle Cot
Hokitika Lions Club are happy to support Westland Cuddle Cot in their efforts.
In memory of our babies, Mackenzie Symmers and Tiernan Oliver.
We are currently fundraising to purchase a Cuddle Cot for Grey Base Hospital to allow bereaved families the much needed time to say goodbye to their angel babies.
Each year an estimated ten families on the West Coast alone lose their babies due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Not only do these families not get to take their babies home, they don’t get a lot of time to spend with them saying goodbye.
A cuddle cot is a specially designed cooling unit that can be placed in any bed or even directly under baby allowing them to be held in your arms. This allows the families much more time before needing to be separated from their babies.
If you would like to help this cause by making a donation, you can do so online by going to
(Givealittle will issue you with a donation receipt for taxation purposes if requested.)
We will be planting at the Tambo this Saturday from 8am We have permission from Simon Eyre to plant at the Tambo on the banks next to the pathway – as long as we use all the same plants. Which will be the variegated flax which came from the high school – or possibly the astelia – depends which we have most of. So from 8am we will be digging up, splitting and sorting plants and setting them out ready for re-planting. Linda Powell (John Hartley’s daughter) has arranged her church group to assist with planting They arrive from 10.30-12.30 Anyone available to help can arrive anytime from 8am-12 If we finish early, there is then the planting area around the cabbage tree on the Beach St/Stafford St corner that needs to be dug out and planted. And yes, light rain is forecast – so wear appropriate clothing