Youth cadets on pa­rade

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a cadet train­ing re­view, a com­mu­nity cham­pion is re­mem­bered and march­ing teams com­pete

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10 years ago June 6, 2001 Cadets pa­rade for De­fence Min­is­ter

The re­view of the Toko­roa Air Train­ing Corps by De­fence Min­is­ter Mark Bur­ton on Fri­day was a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in these young peo­ple’s lives.

The New Zealand Cadet Forces are a vol­un­tary train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for boys and girls aged 12 to 18.

They foster dis­ci­pline and team build­ing with an eye to pre­par­ing them for ser­vice in the coun­try’s forces in the fu­ture.

Although Toko­roa only has an Air Train­ing Corps, Raewyn Blake said any­one in­ter­ested in the other forces or ser­vices was wel­come to at­tend the corps pa­rades.

They meet on Thurs­days in the old army hall on Bridge St at 6.30pm.

Ms Blake said the Pearl Har­bour movies pre­miere at Toko­roa’s Cinema 3 tonight would be a sell­out.

Money raised would go a long way to help­ing the lo­cal Air Train­ing Corps find a new home, she said. 25 years ago Com­mu­nity work is re­mem­bered March 18, 1986 Fire ser­vice per­son­nel, Kin­leith per­son­nel, Ma­sons, Lions and Toko­roa res­i­dents joined fam­ily and friends of Ge­orge Pen­nell to hon­our a man whose work had ben­e­fited many dur­ing his life­time.

The con­gre­ga­tion for Mr Pen­nell’s funeral over­flowed from St Mark’s Pres­by­te­rian Church last Thurs­day and the ser­vice was broad­cast to al­low those stand­ing out­side to hear and take part.

The funeral was con­ducted by Rev Jack Foster and read­ings were given by Mr Jack Vick­er­man.

Mr Vick­er­man de­scribed his first en­counter with Mr Pen­nell, whom he later came to know well as a worker and a leader in the com­mu­nity.

They met in 1951, when Mr Pen­nell was one of three men to work with Mr Vick­er­man, then a civil en­gi­neer at Kin­leith, set­ting up the Pokai­whenua water sys­tem for Kin­leith. 50 years ago 26 march­ing teams will com­pete March 16, 1961 Twenty six teams in­clud­ing the New Zealand se­nior cham­pi­onship team, Waikato Mas­cots, will be tak­ing part in the Waikato cen­tre’s last march­ing field day for the sea­son which is to be held at the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports Ground on Satur­day.

The Toko­roa March­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which is or­gan­is­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, will be rep­re­sented by two ju­nior teams, Foresters and Nomettes.

Judg­ing of the midgets will com­mence at 10.30am and a street march of ju­nior and se­nior teams will take place from Leith Pl at 11am.

Judg­ing of events will be done by Mr K Kil­patrick of the New Zealand March­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and judges from the Waikato cen­tre.

The Pu­taruru Brass Band and the Mata­mata Pipe Band will also be in at­ten­dance.

ON PA­RADE: Toko­roa Air Train­ing Corps cadets are in­spected by, from left, De­fence Min­is­ter Mark Bur­ton, South Waikato District Mayor Gor­don Blake and New Zealand Army Chief of Gen­eral Staff Mor­ris Dod­son.

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