East Bowling club building demolished
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).