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Special occasion...Kirsty Burnett, Presbyterian Support South Canterbury marketing and fundraising coordinator with a centenary cake and mosiac created by the Croft residents. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

Things were lively at the Croft in Timaru late last month as Presbyterian Support South Canterbury celebrated its centenary.

A church service was held earlier in the day, then a barber shop quartet and Dixieland Jazz Band with Cheryl Blanchard entertained.

Residents, families and former staff enjoyed the afternoon, chief executive Carolyn Cooper said.

Some staff and invited guests dressed up in period costumes.

God vibes…Cheryl Blanchard and the Dixieland Band entertain. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

Presbyterian Support’s other retirement homes, Wallingford Rest Home and Margaret Wilson Rest Home, are also marking the centenary.

Today Margaret Wilson Home hosts a high tea. On October 12 Wallingford will have a Devonshire afternoon tea.

The Croft’s nurse manager Helen McLeod said their function had taken months to organise, and each decade of Presbyterian Support had been recalled with photos and other displays through the corridors.

A centenary book written by Timaru woman Carol Angland was published earlier this year.

Presbyterian Support started in Timaru when a children’s home was opened in North St in 1918, followed by Margaret Wilson Home for the elderly in 1948.

Family group…Rita Hyndman, left, Bob Hyndman and daughter Susie Brooking enjoyed the music. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

The Goodwill Shop opened in 1973, as a way of raising money by selling quality used clothing. The Croft was opened in 1980, Wallingford in 1984 and a Childcare Centre and Family Support unit in Marchwiel in 1985, a forerunner of what is now Family Works.

Day care services for the elderly (later called Enliven Day Care) started in 1990, and in 2005 Community First began as a way of caring for people in their own homes.