Scouts learn from mas­ter model maker

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A ‘‘mas­ter’’ model maker who helped the Mata­mata Scouts kick off a con­ser­va­tion project died be­fore he could see it reach com­ple­tion.

Mata­mata Scout com­mit­tee mem­ber Michelle Gill says the Scouts were learn­ing about con­ser­va­tion as part of a na­tional pro­gramme.

She de­cided to put their own spe­cial spin on the project by learn­ing about ways to con­serve en­ergy through home in­su­la­tion by us­ing a small model of a home.

She ap­proached Mata­mata man Roy Allen to build a small house.

Roy, whom Michelle de­scribed as mas­ter model maker, was well known for his work on doll houses in par­tic­u­lar.

He died about two weeks ago, within a few days of the project be­ing com­pleted.

‘‘Lots of chil­dren in Mata­mata will have a doll house that Roy has made, my daugh­ter has one.’’

Michelle says Roy cut the house out and took it to the Scouts.

Over a few weeks he su­per­vised them as they glued, sanded, painted and nailed it. She says it was a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

‘‘They loved it. They were sur­prised by how much work went into mak­ing one. They got an

‘‘Lots of chil­dren in Mata­mata will have a doll house that Roy has made, my daugh­ter has one.’’

in­ter­est in see­ing the mod­els and how they were put to­gether and how in­tri­cate they could be.

‘‘They had such a sense of ac­com­plish­ment to have fin­ished it. ‘‘Roy loved teach­ing the kids.’’ The doll house was made en­tirely from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

She ap­proached Mata­mata Colour Plus and Water­sons Fur­ni­ture Court for do­na­tions of some paint and car­pet, both of whom were only happy to oblige.

As the Scouts had moved on to a dif­fer­ent project, Michelle set to work on ap­ply­ing the fin­ish­ing touches to the house with the in­ten­tion of do­nat­ing it.

She had pre­vi­ously vis­ited Kids on Broad­way and spot­ted a doll house that she recog­nised as one of Roy’s, but it was in a very well loved state. She knew the young kids would ap­pre­ci­ate a new house to play with.

‘‘I knew Scouts wouldn’t use it, so I got in touch with the cen­tre and of­fered it to them. They were thrilled. The smiles on the teach­ers and kids faces was in­cred­i­ble.’’

She said straight away the preschool­ers were fold­ing the roof back and putting their lit­tle peo­ple in the new house.

Mata­mata Scouts are look­ing for lead­ers, see page 1.

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