Vil­lage spirit is cel­e­brated

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

About 230 peo­ple at­tended the 20th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre re­cently — a chance to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion of the com­mu­nity that fundraised for the fa­cil­ity.

The free event in­cluded a clas­si­cal con­cert by per­form­ers Mar­garet Cooper, Joe Chris­tiansen, Frances Mor­gan, Paul Carnegie-Jones and Dana Parkhill, fol­lowed by drinks and nib­bles.

Mark von Dadel­szen, the orig­i­nal chair of the Have­lock North Com­mu­nity Trust that formed to es­tab­lish a new venue for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter the Have­lock North Bor­ough Cham­bers build­ing was de­mol­ished in 1991, was also on hand to turn the sod of a 7m Red Maple tree planted by the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil to re­place a robinia that fell due to storm dam­age ear­lier in the year.

Mr von Dadel­szen said the event met all ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The build­ing of the new com­mu­nity cen­tre, as it was then called, was an ex­pres­sion of Have­lock North’s com­mu­nity spirit that went back to the start of the 20th cen­tury, and that spirit is still ev­i­dent to­day.

“While it is now called the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre, it is still reg­u­larly used by the com­mu­nity with some com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing there on fairly much a daily ba­sis,” he said.

Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst also at­tended and spoke at the event that she said was was a great cel­e­bra­tion of a won­der­ful com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“The Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil has sup­ported this com­mu­nity cen­tre since day one, and it plays a hugely im­por­tant role pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties for so many com­mu­nity uses.

“We are very grate­ful to the Trust and the team who look af­ter it so well for the com­mu­nity.”

Mark von Dadel­szen turns the sod of a new tree planted out­side the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre dur­ing its 20th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

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