Best bit about to start

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Gate­house’s ac­tual build­ing should be com­pleted by the end of this week.

And then comes the amaz­ing bit which is turn­ing the ba­sic build­ing into what will be­come our beau­ti­ful Gate­house.

The team who are do­ing the work are back in Mata­mata.

They have worked on The Hob­bit, the Green Dragon at Hob­biton and of course the first stage of our Gate­house. It’s nice to have them back. Peter Hawke (known to all, as Baldrick) is the man who has cre­ated the beau­ti­ful win­dows and doors.

Wini­ata Tapsell is work­ing on a carv­ing to go over the win­dow fac­ing the He­tana St car park.

Al, Tohi, Gazza and Mabs have been help­ing Dar­ren and his boys with the beams etc.

Rob­bie Nairn is work­ing on the chim­ney (con­crete made to look like rocks).

Ro­man has started the (plas­tic) thatch­ing and Kay has been out to Swaps quarry to hand-pick slabs of rock which he is us­ing to cre­ate the stone steps for the new back en­trance.

Mar­jorie will be back in the next cou­ple of weeks to start­ing the paint­ing.

The work is over­seen by Brian Massey who has very high (ex­act) stan­dards.

I just make the boys short­bread and hope I make the right de­ci­sion when asked, but mostly I just try to keep out of their way.

I have had a num­ber of ap­proaches from peo­ple want­ing to sup­port the PRA with our Gate­house project and ‘‘buy’’ a piece of the Gate­house.

We are tak­ing pho­tos of those who are giv­ing us very gen­er­ous do­na­tions then Mem­o­rie and Hay­ley will use their scrap­book­ing skills and place the pho­tos in our Con­tri­bu­tions Book.

This week the com­mit­tee ap­proved plans for a sun­rise open­ing on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 11. (11-12-13, easy to re­mem­ber!)

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to join us as the hoard­ings come down to re­veal our beau­ti­ful, fully com­pleted Gate­house.

The ex­ten­sion will be opened by Mayor Jan Barnes.

We will keep you in­formed with de­tails.

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