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My village, my sandcastle

Evelyn Page residents recreate their village in sand

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A creative group of Evelyn Page residents didn’t have far to look for inspiration for the annual sandcastle competition on Orewa beach – they decided to recreate the village using sand!

Making up the team were Kevin and Myra Hunter and fellow residents Fran and John Pritchard with the two couples trying to match last year’s winning effort by Evelyn Page caregiver Katherine Urquhart.

Village manager Lynn Charlton said the weather conditions were ‘absolutely horrendous’ but that didn’t stop it being one of the best turnouts yet for the Destination Orewa and More FM-organised event.

“There were 54 squares this year compared to about 5-10 squares when it first started,” Lynn said. “It’s just grown and grown and grown.

“Last year one of our caregivers, Katherine, entered and she won, so this year we thought we’d encourage the residents to get a team together.”

The team was supported by a large number of other residents and staff too, Lynn said.

“Just as we got down there the heavens opened and we had to take shelter under the Girl Guides’ tent – it ended up costing us a fortune in Girl Guide biscuits because we stayed in there so long!” she said.

“But despite the rain pouring and the wind howling around them they weren’t swayed – they were on a mission!”

Lynn said no prizes were won this time, but the residents’ impressive efforts made them all winners in her book.

“Their attention to detail was amazing – they had brought grass clippings and flowers for the village green areas and glass beads for the fountain.”

However, the level of competition was high, Lynn said.

“There were some amazing sculptures, the bar has really been set high. There were people there with wheelbarrows and equipment and we were there with just our two buckets! So next year we’ll be onto even bigger and better things.”

The highlight for Lynn was seeing so many residents and staff coming along to watch and even lending a hand.

“It was a real village event,” she said.

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