Cou­ple thanked for ef­forts

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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