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January—February 2011 No. 49 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
St Ninians Update
As at the time of preparing this newsletter (January 11), St Ninians is still fenced off. Last I heard before Christmas, the painting had fairly well been completed, but contractors were still working on landscaping at the front and rear of the building, to do with the lead contamination problems. Our first meeting this year is scheduled for 5 February. If St Ninians still isn’t available (but I hope it will be), we’ll meet at Memorial Park if fine.
Auckland Regional Gathering 2011
The Federation has approved that AWHS host the Regional Gathering. At the moment, I’ve set 28 August as the date, to coincide with a Wurlitzer concert that afternoon. The gathering would be held at St Ninians (hopefully!). I’ve made enquiries already regarding the concert with the Wurlitzer Trust, and I’m looking into catering options with the view to possible sponsorship. More details as they come to hand.
News about members
Ida Kiss, a member of AWHS since January 2003, died on 24 December 2010. She regularly attended our meetings up until her final illness last year, and donated $200 towards the Rosebank Horticultural Study (in progress). Ida will be missed by both AWHS members and the wider Avondale community. AWHS member Bill Shears and his wife Royce celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 25 November 2010. Congratulations! Our Trading Table coordinator and AWHS member Dawn Moffatt was in hospital during Christmas. Thankfully, at the time of writing, she is back home, and recovering. All the best to you, Dawn — get well soon!
Avondale Primary Swimming Pool
The Principal, Greg Chalmers, has asked for a renewed letter of support from our Society. At our December 11 meeting, it was moved by myself, seconded by Margaret O’Connor, that the letter be prepared.
Well, the developer of the business site at 317-321 Rosebank Road (the old Connell place) has appealed the Commissioner’s decision not to approve his application to take the tree down, so everything is back to hearings and submissions. On behalf of the Society, I attended the commissioners hearing late last year.
NZ Federation of Historical Societies Tauranga Conference 2011
My thanks to the Society for assistance towards travel, accommodation and registration for the Annual Conference at Tauranga in April this year. The Society also appointed me as the AWHS delegate. The Conference runs from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th April, held at the Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga. If anyone is interested in coming along (the Conference is open to all), let me know and I’ll send you a copy of the registration and programme information.
We received 1000 envelopes late last year, which will save our Society $670 in postage and envelope costs. Our thanks, once again, to NZ Post for their continued support and generosity.
Next meeting: Saturday 5 February 2011, 2.30 pm St Ninians Church (hopefully!) St Georges Road, opposite Hollywood Cinema