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26 Supporters seek MP’s help to ‘Save Kiwi Shane’!

Rothwell resident Shane Grilsh- nan has sought the help of Roth- well and Elmet MP, Alec Shelbrooke in a final attempt to convince the Home Office to allow him to remain in the UK. On Friday 16th July, Shane and his wife Janette Hartford-Grilshnan, along with dozens of his support- ers, handed the MP a petition signed by over a thousand support- ers after meeting with the couple in the Morrisons’ store to hear Shane’s case. Alec Shelbrooke commented after- wards, “Mr Grilshnan has given me a very supportive petition and I will take this to the Home Secretary. I have confidence that the Home Of- fice will make the right decision.” On Monday 19th July, Mr Shel-

Prom saved from disaster

brooke met with the Home Secre- tary’s deputy in Westminster and handed over the petition. Alec added, “As an MP it is my job to hear the facts and forward any in- formation onto the Home Office. I have asked Rothwell’s Councillors to give support locally and I’m hop- ing we will hear an answer from the Home Office soon,” For several weeks banners, posters and flyers have appeared around Rothwell declaring ‘Save Kiwi Shane’, as his friends began a campaign to save him from a de- portation order which was issued to him after a final appeal to stay in the UK was turned down. Mr Grilshnan, who has lived in Rothwell for eight years originally came to the UK on a six month holi-

day visa, but suffered a shoulder in- jury during that time and was ad- vised by doctors not to travel for several months. As a result he had £21,000 of surgery and rehabilita- tion on the NHS and since then has pursued several applications for the right to remain in the country, all of which were refused. The latest ap- peal was declined in May this year and requires Shane to provide de- tails of his travel arrangements for leaving the UK as soon as possible or risk being detained and forced to leave by the UK Border Agency. Their spokesperson said, “When considering Mr Grilshnan’s applica- tion the UK Border Agency took into account all of the relevant factors, including his wife’s human rights, but it was considered that any inter-

Coordinator Sarah Dowse, was already busy hunting for a replacement venue to accommodate the prom and within hours had relocated the event to the Ramada Jarvis at Seacroft. The Holiday Inn team then went the extra mile to source food and drink for the buffet, as they could not return to the hotel to retrieve what was inside and the Ramada realised they would not have enough. The team and chef from the Holi- day Inn then travelled to the new venue to help out with the function. The school noti- fied all students and thankfully they all managed to rearrange their transport to take them to the new venue, which inciden- tally ranged from an out of service fire en- gine, motorbikes and stretch limousines.

Royds School’s Year 11 prom was saved from pos- sible disaster at the beginning of last month as dedicated staff from The Holiday Inn Hotel in Gar- forth came to their rescue. The event was thrown into doubt when the huge fire at the WasteCare site just over the road, resulted in the hotel being evacuated and closed while firefighters tackled the blaze. Royds’ students were just hours away from their big night when they heard the news. However, their Event

Prom nights are fast becoming the highlight of any school calendar and students go to tremendous effort to dress up to the nines and arrive in style. Royds would like to say a huge thank-you to Sarah and her colleagues from the Holiday Inn for saving the day and ensuring the evening would still go ahead and be the big success that it was. Sixteen year old Olivia Wil- son and her boyfriend Joe Auckland, also sixteen, were delighted to be crowned overall prom king and queen on the night.

ference with these rights would be proportionate and temporary while Mr Grilshnan returns to New Zealand to apply for the correct entry clearance.” Janette fears he has only a tiny chance of being allowed back into the UK and that she will be forced to choose between her husband and her family and life here. Despite having no other immediate family in the country, Shane is re- garded as family to many people, particularly Victoria Ledger, who started the campaign to save him. “Shane is like a best friend and brother to me. My three children know him as Uncle Shane and everyone who knows him loves him,” she said. “It will be devastat- ing to all of us if he is sent back to New Zealand as that is not his home anymore.” Shane added, “I know I have made mistakes but I could not bear to leave my wife and loyal friends be- hind with no guarantees of being back any time soon. I hate seeing Janette in such a state and could not comprehend leaving her or her having to leave her family either. We are all hoping the MP can help us. It’s my last chance! I love this country, this is where I want to die.” Shane will now have to wait for fur- ther news from the Home Office. “I just hope good news comes before anyone turns up on my doorstep to kick me out!” he added. You can follow the ‘Save Kiwi Shane’ campaign on his Facebook group.

New car boot sale

Rodillian School will be hold- ing their first car boot sale on Saturday 18th September from 9am - 12noon. Pre-booked pitches are £8 per car and pitch on the day will be £10 per car (subject to availabil- ity). Contact Friends of Rodillian at for further information or to book a pitch.

Library dates

Rothwell Library has the fol- lowing activities lined up for the summer holidays: Wednesday 4th August - 'Space Hop' Activity - Space themed stories, games and activities 1.30-2.30pm. Tuesday 17th August - 'Space Connections ' workshops. Go along and learn about space food and make gliders and planes 2.30-4pm.

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