Scout hall’s long his­tory ends

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The Lin­den Scout Hall, de­scribed as ‘‘quite a com­mu­nity as­set’’ in its time, was de­mol­ished just be­fore Christ­mas.

Ac­cord­ing to Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety chair­man Bruce Mur­ray, a scout troop was founded in Lin­den in 1946 by Ron Tay­lor and Stan Cle­ments.

‘‘They got an old army hut as a Scout den, and they were al­lowed to place it on what is now known as Kowhai Park. It not only had its Scout uses, it be­came a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity as well, and served th­ese twin pur­poses for most of its six decades.’’

In July 1949 the first Pres­by­te­rian church ser­vice in what was then Tawa Flat was held in this tiny build­ing. Later that year the Angli­can Church pur­chased it and moved it to the site on the cor­ner of Collins Ave and Hinau St in Lin­den, while money was raised to build the new St Peter’s, opened in 1955.

In its place a new and larger Scout den was built on Kowhai Park, and was ready for ac­tion in 1951.

‘‘The com­mu­nity use for this im­proved Ss­cout fa­cil­ity con- tin­ued, and it be­came quite a lo­cal as­set. For ex­am­ple, once a month in 1951 and 1952 it was hired by the fledg­ling Tawa Bap­tist Fel­low­ship for ser­vices till their new church was opened in Oc­to­ber 1952.

‘‘Bal­let school, pre-school, and af­ter-school care groups used it. Craft fairs on Satur­day morn­ings were held there, and mar­tial arts ac­tiv­i­ties used it.’’

It was also used as the tem­po­rary Lin­den Surgery while the med­i­cal prac­tice’s new fa­cil­i­ties were built a few yards north on Hinau St.

The end of the build­ing’s use came in the 1990s, when the Scouts moved out. With­out reg­u­lar users, main­te­nance be­came prob­lem­atic, and it was an as­set Welling­ton City Coun­cil could not main­tain, Mr Mur­ray says.

‘‘Its pass­ing will re­move from the land­scape a sim­ple but ba­sic com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity which has more than played its part in the devel­op­ment of the Tawa com­mu­nity and district.’’

Photo: BRUCE MUR­RAY

Coming down: The build­ing, on Kowhai Park, is de­mol­ished last month af­ter Welling­ton City Coun­cil de­cides its main­te­nance is too ex­pen­sive.

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