It’s a bittersweet farewell for Jenny Foster who will be stepping down as manager of Howick Town Centre after careful consideration.
After taking up the role more than ten years ago, Jenny believes the town has “come a long way” with now being recognised as a vibrant hub.
“The success of the Howick Village market is something I am proud of, as well as the many annual events that have become well established, and now a part of the Howick community’s ‘must attend’ calendar,” she said.
“[Stepping down] has not been an easy decision to make as the friendships and contacts I have made over the past ten and a half years have been an incredibly
enjoyable part of my life.”
During her time as manager, Jenny has overseen the establishment of successful community initiatives, including the Howick Radio, the Christmas Light display and the new Visitor Initiative whichpromises further economic development for the town centre.
As for what’s next,Jenny, along with a business partner, has purchased Minos Pizza Restaurant in Ross Court, and she encourages her fellow Howickians to pop in for a bite to eat.
“It’s now a new direction for me – but still a part of Howick.
“The pizzas are great, as are the lasagnes and mousaka, so I look forward to seeing you all there.”
A farewell will be held for Jenny at 6pm on Wednesday, April 26 at the Howick RSA, 25 Wellington Street. All friends, colleagues and business associates are invited to attend.
Who’s the King of the Prospect?
Congratulations to this year’s King of the Prospect Cup, Bill Douche! The King of the Prospect fi shing competition, held on Sunday, April 2, has been going strong for three decades now.
“He’s been trying to win the cup the whole time it’s been going,” said The Good Home owner Barry O’Shaughnessy, “and he was absolutely over the moon about it!”
Around $3000 worth of prizes were up for grabs on the day, held in association with Bosuns Bar Fishing Club and The Big Fish Bait & Tackle Co, Pakuranga. It was a fantastic day out, said Mr O’Shaughnessy, with a good crowd and stunning weather to boot.
Books for all ages
When popular author Gavin Gosney recently relocated to the King Country, fellow crafters and authors at Classy Crafts market galvanised into action.
They immediately undertook to promote and sell his children’s adventure books featuring Howick’s iconic cat, ‘Sammy Two Shoes’.
“My passion is for children’s literacy,” states ex-school teacher and author Marilyn J Bakker.
“Gavin’s books have excellent local content. A young mother recently told me how she developed the interest of her reluctant reader son by reading Sammy Two Shoes and
Cornelius C. Mouse, thereafter taking him to the historic Selwyn Church so he could see the setting of the book at first hand.
“The books even include a map of Howick. It is a great way to promote the local area too.
“We all miss Gavin’s wicked sense of humour and we want to encourage him to keep on writing.”
Along with a wonderful range of New Zealand handcrafted products there are other books written by local authors suited to a wide age group and available every month
on at Classy Crafts market on the first and third Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm.