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Update on Water Family Graves Stafford Cemetery June 2017

Thank you to everyone that has helped thus far
The photos are a progression from what is was, family digging out granite surround, dug out and compacted and backfilled, headstone cleaning started.
Cleaned granite arriving back being lifted by family, Lions members and volunteers. Headstone being put back in place.
Granite surround back in place, braced and waiting for concrete pour which is planned for Saturday 24th.
Thus far has not cost Lions anything except some time and sweat.

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

Oscar Bottom Memorial

The memorial before renovations.

Lions assisted with paying for the gilding

Lifepod Update

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.

Hokitika Fire Service 150th Anniversary

The Gibbens family helped with the Boys Brigade hall function this weekend.

Charlotte Gibbens is going on AFS exchange to France in 2017.

Jamie Gibbens has just been accepted to University for teachers degree and Lila Gibbens past Lions young achiever of the year is busy completing her computer graphic design course – wants to do work similar to Weta workshop.

We used the St Mary’s ceiling and a very long extension ladder.

Westland Cuddle Cot

Hokitika Lions Club are happy to support Westland Cuddle Cot in their efforts.

Westland Cuddle Cot’s Facebook Page

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


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