Christchurch Savage Club


Lilian van Elk

45 Compton Street







January 2020

Dear members


Wow two months have nearly gone by already!!  Well, first of all many happy returns for the season and I am hoping you are all well and enjoying the lovely if not a tad hot/cold weather at times!  


This year will be the last year for the club, sad to say.  Unfortunately, our funds are nearing an end.


On that note we are still a legal entity and therefore membership fees of $5 per person need to be paid.


Due 28 February 2020.  

If not received I will assume you will not be with us for the last year.



Coming Event


  • Free Lunch and welcome drink
  • The Richmond Club
  • Entrance Avalon Street
  • Thursday 27 February
  • 11.30 meet and greet
  • tea/coffee on own account
  • can pay membership on this day too


RSVP:  20 February 2020      Lilian




It was with sadness to note the recent passing on 11 January 2020 of a long-term Christchurch Savage Club Orchestral member Pam McLean. 


Pam was an accomplished Viola player and her contribution to the Christchurch Savage Club included as an elected Orchestra representative on the Council.



NZ Kindred Clubs Southern Group Get Together

August 24 and 25 2019


Host: Waimate Savage Club

Members of the Christchurch Savage Club attended this annual event, Savages Maureen Watkins, Jess Mellish, Gary Watts, Lilian and Connie van Elk,

As usual and similar to previous Southern Group’s Get Togethers the hospitality was great.  Also, the organising of this was truly superb.

The Southern Group’s meeting in the afternoon commenced with reports from the eight attending clubs. This included an unfortunate outlining of the many members whom had passed away over the last two years.

Re-elected as Southern Group’s Chairperson; Savage Mr Ian Buckingham and Savage Mr Brian Wilson as Secretary.  Both members of The Waimate Savage Club.

A delicious meal on Saturday night was served followed by excellent entertainment by all attending clubs. Christchurch Savages Jess Mellish, Maureen Watkins, Gary Watts fully participated on stage.

Sunday morning included a lively jam session and a delicious morning tea, this concluded the event.

Many thanks to our 5 members who attended this event and for our overnight accommodation at a nearby Airbnb residence which was tops.

Gary Watts 

Acting Chairperson Christchurch Savage Club Representative)





Grandfathers and Grandmothers. 

A grandfather always made a special effort with his grandchildren. Many Sunday mornings he would take his seven-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some bonding time. One Sunday however, he had a bad cold and he really didn’t feel like being up at all. Luckily, Grandmother came to the rescue and said that she would take the grandchild out. When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see Grandpa. “Well,” the grandfather asked: “did you enjoy your ride with Granny?” “Oh yes, Grandpa,” the girl replied: “and do you know what? We didn’t see a single dumb idiot or lousy sh*thead


Lilian van Elk

45 Compton Street




May 2019


 Dear members

Autumn is here, so cooler weather.

The mini korero was a cosy success, 2 pianists came to accompany the saxophone and flute.  It was a warm sunny day, so easy to venture outdoors. There was plenty of food since 4 people did not turn up.




  • free lunch – mid winter
  • Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • 11.30 meet and greet 
  • 12 noon lunch
  • The Chateau on the Park
  • Garden Court Brasserie
  • 189 Deans Avenue


RSVP:  5 June 2019



Reminder  FEES DUE


There are a few outstanding membership fees to come in.  If I do not receive any by 5 June, I will assume you no longer wish to be part of the group.



All Smiles:

Q. How are stars like false teeth?

A. They both come out at night!

Contact details

Gary L Watts

2a Camden Street
New Zealand 8052
(064) 3 3520441
Mobile: (064) 21 024 36164 

Sadly we have just recently lost Allan. (i.e. Smithy) 


SMITH, Allan Gordon Lindsay: Passed away suddenly on Friday February 15, 2019 in the company of his Wigram Airforce Museum friends. Aged 88. Dearly loved husband for 65 years of Joan and dearly loved father and father-in-law of Jillian and Gary Bonniface and Karen and Bill...


Believe the funeral is being held on Tuesday, 19th February.

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