Couple thanked for efforts
Wednesday mornings in the Heritage Centre at the Firth Tower are always crowded, with about 30 people taking part in the working bee and then enjoying their morning tea.
On Wednesday March 21 it was even more crowded and noisy as nearly 50 people took the opportunity to say thank you to Joan and David Stanley for the years of work they have put in to several Matamata organisations.
As secretary and treasurer of Matamata Historical Society they have for many years provided more than just the basic administration that has held the society together.
Historical Society president Neil Algar said its members wanted to recognise the Stanleys’ ongoing work and their attention to the detail that was absolutely essential in the business of recording history.
‘‘ Without them the Historical Society and the Firth Tower Museum could not have made the progress which has made each such an asset to the district,’’ he said.
Mr and Mrs Stanley have also been involved, from the start, with Continuing Education in Matamata.
This has provided a series of able and interesting speakers almost every month for a number of years.
Lorna Reynolds, who is part of the team which has taken over the running of this programme, expressed her thanks and the thanks of all who enjoyed attending the meetings.
Matamata Centennial Drive Committee president, Dave Dawson, brought the same tribute from his committee.
‘‘Few places have anything to compare with the drive and again Joan and David have brought to it their knowledge and practical application which they have unstintingly contributed,’’ he said.
As a token of gratitude, Mr Dawson presented to Mr and Mrs Stanley a framed photograph of a view of the native section in Centennial Drive which is so dear to their hearts.
There are other contributions both continue to make, such as their steady stream of newspaper articles.
Contribution acknowledged: Joan and David Stanley after being presented with a framed photograph of a view of the native section in Centennial Drive which is so dear to their hearts.