Cel­e­brat­ing Te Poi years

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Last week, the Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety marked Te Poi Hall’s 90th birthday at their an­nual Cel­e­brat­ing Coun­try Halls meet­ing.

The event be­gan with the so­ci­ety’s monthly meet­ing, which had been held at the hall many times over the years.

Te Poi Centenary Com­mit­tee mem­ber Mary Cob­ham in­tro­duced a num­ber of guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing Te Poi Hall Com­mit­tee chair­man David Wearne. Peo­ple were asked about the Te Poi dis­trict’s his­tory and the hall, which was built in 1922.

Af­ter a cake cut­ting the Grey War­blers singing group en­ter­tained the crowd and a few joined in some old-time danc­ing.

There was also a chance to see the book 100 years in Te Poi, which is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries from Te Poi peo­ple.

If you are in­ter­ested in buy­ing a copy, please contact Te Poi Centenary Com­mit­tee chair­man Richard Grayling on 888 2667.

Grate­ful: Te Poi Centenary Com­mit­tee chair­man Richard Grayling thanks Joan Stan­ley and Gaye Bel­ton for their con­tri­bu­tion to the book 100 years in Te Poi. Mile­stone: Chris McNeil and Te Poi Hall Com­mit­tee chair­man David Wearne cut a cake to mark the hall’s 90th year.

En­ter­tain­ing: Colin Kem­plen and the Grey War­blers per­formed some old-time hits.

Waltz­ing: There was an op­por­tu­nity to take a turn on the dance floor at the Te Poi Hall cel­e­bra­tion.

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