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By Melissa Keogh
A family from the UK’s second
largest city, Birmingham, got
a taste of country life when
they visited Littlehampton’s
Four Oaks Farm for a British
TV show recently.
Kevin Raison and Jessie Samra
are one of many couples and
their children “road testing” an
Australian lifestyle as part of
reality TV series Wanted Down
Under which will air on UK
screens next year.
Mr Raison, Ms Samra, daughter
Kuba, nine-month-old son Ché
and nephew Keiran visited Four
Oaks Farm to test their horse
riding skills and interact with
Australian animals, including
kangaroos and emus.
The family was followed on
horse riding treks by a film
crew, which is documenting their
experience of swapping a bustling
city for a quiet Hills town.
Mr Raison, who works as an
exercise coach, said he had
wanted to travel to Australia for
the past 20 years and jumped at
the opportunity to become a part
of the reality series.
“This experience allows us to
consider whether we will actually
pick up our lives and bring them
to Adelaide,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity to test drive
Australia and see if it’s for us.
“We love the lifestyle here in
the Adelaide Hills and the fact
that everyone is always walking
or doing something active.
“You don’t get that back home.”
Ms Samra, a forensic scientist,
said she was most impressed
by Adelaide’s autumn weather,
which she compared to an early
summer’s day in England.
“We’ve only been here a while
and everyone is up by 5am and
trying to fit as much in the day as
possible,” she said.
At the completion of filming,
Melbourne and Sydney over
the next month, the family
will decide whether they will
“We’ve always wondered if the
grass was greener over here,” Ms
“So this show is about showing
people back home that you can
test-drive living abroad, although
not all families end up moving in
Test-driving Hills life
Kevin Raison slowly trots behind Kuba Samra before setting off on a
trek across the farm.
UK mother Jessie Samra is saddled up by Four Oaks Farm
Littlehampton owner Sue Vivian while crews film for an English reality
TV show about families migrating to Australia.
Vale Kym Afford
Well-known Mt Barker artist Kym Afford
was remembered by family and friends at
a celebration service yesterday (Tuesday).
A long-time writer, painter, sculptor and
campaigner on environmental issues, Mr Afford
passed away last Wednesday, April 29, after a
battle with a brain tumor.
He died peacefully at home, with family and
his dog at his side.
A celebration of Mr Afford’s life was held at
Kleeman Funerals on Tuesday, where family
and friends wore their favorite colors to
reflect his passion for art, his family and the
In recognition of his love of a good yarn, many
gathered at the Barker Hotel following the
service to share their stories over a drink.
Mr Afford is survived by wife Carole and
children Megan and Scott and their families.
Mt Barker district residents can drop off
their green waste for free this Saturday.
The Mt Barker Council is holding the drop off
day at the Windmill Hill Transfer Station from
9am to 4.30pm.
Green waste such as lawn clippings, leaves,
prunings and small branches will be accepted,
but blackberry, gorse, boxthorn, hawthorn,
bridal creeper, horehound, cape broom, olive,
English broom, salvation Jane, three corner
jack, willow, kikuyu, couch, bamboo, periwinkle,
poplar and rose will not be allowed.
Free garden waste
Police are still investigating a crash which left a
teenage driver seriously injured at Echunga on
Crews were called to a collision between a truck
and a car on Old Mt Barker Road just after 1.30pm.
The car’s driver and sole occupant – a 17-year-old
Echunga girl – was taken to the Flinders Medical
Centre in a critical condition.
Old Mt Barker Road between Flaxley Road and
Church Hill Road was closed for several hours.
Anyone who witnessed the crash should call
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.
Many drink drivers
Hills police last weekend caught a string of drink
drivers who subsequently lost their licences on the
spot and had their cars impounded.
A Port Willunga man was stopped on the Old
Princes Highway, Nairne, on Friday at about
4.30pm. The 44-year-old returned a blood alcohol
reading of 0.124, had is car impounded and lost his
licence for six months.
He will appear in court at a later date.
Just after 6pm on Friday a Strathalbyn man was
pulled over by police on Wellington Road, Wistow.
The 38-year-old recorded a blood alcohol reading
of 0.193 and lost his licence for 12 months.
He will face court at a later date.
address was also caught drink driving and recorded
a blood alcohol reading of 0.216 when stopped by
police on Albert Road, Mt Barker.
The 47-year-old lost his licence for 12 months and
his car was impounded.
He will appear in the Mt Barker Magistrates Court at
a later date.
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We are delighted to welcome Dr Frances Wong to
our team of GPs in Stirling and Bridgewater.
Frances is an experienced rural GP having
previously worked in Millicent and the Barossa
Valley with many years of hospital experience
including physician training before starting a
career in general practice.
Frances completed her medical training at
Flinders University and will be consulting from
our Bridgewater clinic where in addition to her
regular sessions she will be able to offer our
patients an evening clinic on Tuesdays until 7pm.
Dr Wong will be available to take on the care of
new and existing patients.
The Adelaide Hills Medical Clinics team look
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Dr Frances Wong
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422 Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater 8339 2077
2 Johnston St, Stirling, 8339 4344
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