Clubs’ trial au­gurs well for merger

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The trial merger of the Mata­mata Club and the Work­ing­men’s Club has been such a suc­cess the trial may be short­ened.

The trial started on May 29 and Mata­mata Club pres­i­dent Ivan Jenk­ins said ‘‘there has been noth­ing but good com­ments about it and no griz­zles from my peo­ple’’.

He said he would like to think the trial won’t last 12 months if the two par­ties can come to an agree­ment.

Work­ing­men’s Club pres­i­dent Wayne Holmes said he would com­ment on how long the trial would last af­ter it had been go­ing for six months. He agreed that there had been very few griz­zles, but ac­knowl­edged there were a few teething prob­lems.

‘‘There is still a bit of an ‘us and them’ men­tal­ity and that is go­ing to be hard to change, but it will change over time,’’ he said.

Once the trial is over the groups will dis­cuss erect­ing per­ma­nent sig­nage to show the Work­ing­men’s Club is now lo­cated at the Mata­mata Club.

The trial came about be­cause Mata­mata Club needed more mem­bers and the Work­ing­men’s Club felt the pinch on their only rev­enue stream, selling al­co­hol, af­ter tougher drink driv­ing laws were brought in.

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