New Levin chap­ter for the Childs

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

‘‘From the sea­side to the coun­try­side’’ is how Henry and Glad Child are de­scrib­ing the next chap­ter in their lives.

The 85 year olds, who have lived in their Moana Rd, Plim­mer­ton, home for more than 40 years, were not sad about giv­ing up their spec­tac­u­lar view of Kare­hana Bay and Mana Is­land to move to Levin. Quite the op­po­site.

‘‘No, no, this is the chance for us to go to a lovely home on a flat sec­tion, near our fam­ily, and in a beau­ti­ful ru­ral set­ting,’’ Henry said.

Kapi-Mana News spoke to the Childs last year about the rates they pay to Porirua City Coun­cil. Their home had been in the fam­ily for 64 years, but pay­ing nearly $5000 a year in rates was be­com­ing too much.

The con­stant up­keep on the big home and a re­cent nasty fall for Glad on some steps sealed the deal for a move.

The com­mu­nity stal­warts were seen off in the past fort­night by their neigh­bours – some of whom came back early from a hol­i­day to at­tend the bar­be­cue – and what Glad de­scribed as a heart-warm­ing farewell at Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club.

Glad was a long-time mem­ber of Plim­mer­ton Women’s Bowl­ing Club and Henry held a num­ber of roles at the men’s – and later com­bined – club, in­clud­ing pres­i­dent be­tween 2005 and 2007. The duo were made life mem­bers in 2014.

More re­cently, Henry en­tered the club’s champs with Fin­bar McGuigan, where they dipped out in post sec­tion play.

McGuigan is 16, so the age dif­fer­ence be­tween the pair­ing was eas­ily the widest at the champs.

‘‘We played well in our pool but things didn’t go well af­ter that,’’ Henry said. ‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic club and I worked out the other day I’ve raised $114,000 for it over the years. It was an im­por­tant part of Glad’s and my life for decades and it’s been bril­liant, es­pe­cially the galas, where ev­ery­one comes out. There aren’t many places you can go where you don’t see a fa­mil­iar face.’’

Both say Porirua was a great place to raise a fam­ily.

‘‘We’ve had many happy times in Plim­mer­ton,’’ Glad said. ‘‘What we’ll miss most is the peo­ple. We’ve made many friends here.’’

Henry and Glad Child, stal­warts of Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club, who are leav­ing to live in Levin.

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