East Bowl­ing club build­ing de­mol­ished

South Waikato News - - Out And About -

The for­mer home of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion Love Soup in the East Bowl­ing Club build­ing at the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports­ground is no more.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil has de­mol­ished the build­ing to en­hance the sur­rounds and im­prove the vis­i­bil­ity of the sports­ground from the State High­way.

‘‘The re­moval of this build­ing was de­cided in 2010 as part of the to­tal Toko­roa Sports­ground Me­mo­rial ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ini­tia­tive,’’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs said.

The more re­cent de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with the de­mo­li­tion if the coun­cil was un­able to find some­one will­ing to move it was made in July which was re­solved and sup­ported by all coun­cil­lors bar deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock.

The old clu­b­rooms had been dis­used for a num­ber of years since the Toko­roa Bowl­ing Club had ceased to op­er­ate and the build­ing be­came a coun­cil as­set once the club be­came de­funct.

In re­cent times Love Soup es­tab­lished there but only on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, a fact sup­ported by the coun­cil’s in­ten­tion to re­move the build­ing from 2010.

The coun­cil made ef­forts to find Love Soup a new home, in­clud­ing com­mit­ting fund­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing new build­ings, sup­port­ing grant ap­pli­ca­tions through con­tin­ued and reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions, and meet­ings how­ever this did not even­tu­ate and Love Soup is now op­er­at­ing from the Sal­va­tion Army.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said the coun­cil has been heav­ily crit­i­cised over it’s han­dling of Love Soup.

‘‘Much of what is said on so­cial me­dia es­pe­cially is sim­ply not true or ac­cu­rate. It is up­set­ting to hear such crit­i­cism when the coun­cil has done ev­ery­thing it pos­si­bly could to as­sist Love Soup,’’ he said.

Sev­eral build­ings at the Me­mo­rial Sports­ground are iden­ti­fied for re­moval. The An­nouncer’s Tower and the old First Aid Room were re­moved last year, fol­lowed now by the East Bowl­ing Clu­b­rooms and the old ref­er­ees A-frame is soon to fol­low. South Waikato au­di­ences will have a chance to see some­thing never wit­nessed be­fore when two top con­cert pi­anists play as a pi­ano duo with four hands on one grand pi­ano.

The con­cert at The Plaza next month will see the trans-tas­man com­bi­na­tion of Glenn Rid­dle, from Mel­bourne, and Kather­ine Austin, from Hamil­ton, join to­gether.

Both are top-flight per­form­ers of pi­ano con­cer­tos in their own coun­tries and are in­ter­na­tion­ally re­garded pi­ano teach­ers, but they will com­bine their con­sid­er­able tal­ents in an ex­plo­sive per­for­mance for NZ and Aus­tralian au­di­ences.

Austin tours fre­quently for Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand, and is a Na­tional Record­ing Artist.

It is an ex­cit­ing new ven­ture for the two soloists who are also ac­claimed ensem­ble play­ers.

At their re­spec­tive uni­ver­si­ties they both teach pi­ano with great pas­sion, and now they want to bring that same en­ergy to their duo per­for­mances.

The con­cert fea­tures mu­sic by Mozart and Schu­bert in the first half, but in the sec­ond half takes off to Rus­sia with Stravin­sky, Tchaikovsky and Rach­mani­nov.

The sound of four hands play­ing Rach­mani­nov will be some­thing spe­cial with a com­poser who makes a big sound even when he uses only two hands.

While we can’t prom­ise you the sort of pi­ano duo com­edy made fa­mous by Vic­tor Borge, the in­ter­play be­tween the two per­form­ers will be elec­tric, and the con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence un­for­get­table.

* Trans-tas­man Pi­ano Duo, Glenn Rid­dle and Kather­ine Austin, Fri­day 9thseptem­ber, 7.30pm, The Plaza, Pu­taruru, Ad­mis­sion $25, Stu­dents free, Door sales only (no eft­pos).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.