Tregeagle’s treasured trio to be honoured
Hall guardians will be recognised at morning tea
A TRIO of volunteers whose combined dedication to the Tregeagle Hall committee adds up to 140 years will be farewelled and honoured at a special morning tea today.
Dorothy Davis, 88, her husband Allen, 89, and their good friend Kevin Hermon, 91, have given 44 years, 47 years and 49 years respectively.
Amid much laughter the three recalled many happy days in which they juggled the hall committee responsibilities and many other organisations.
The three recalled among hundreds of events held at the hall, which was built in 1912, there were celebrations to welcome the men who had served in World War II.
“We held farewells when they went off to war and then welcome-backs on their return,” Mr Hermon said.
“There’s been every kind of celebration you can think of.”
Mr and Mrs Davis are also founding members of the Tregeagle Indoor Bowls Group, which meets each Wednesday at the hall to play indoor bowls.
“Indoor bowls has been played at the hall for 54 and half years,” Mrs Davis said.
“Functions here have included private events like birthday parties, monthly Friday night wood-fired pizzas, school plays, Book Week Parades for the Tregeagle Public School and other school functions such as graduations.”
Mr Davis said as well as weekly playg roups, the hall had seen weddings, school discos, charity fundraising events such as Light the Night (Leukaemia Foundation), church services, Lismore City Council meetings, Southeast Community Panel meetings and Landcare meetings
Mr Davis and Mr Hermon were school mates at Tregeagle Public School, next door to the hall.
Mr Davis worked as a dairy then beef farmer, while Mr Hermon worked initially for The Northern Star as a copy boy, then later as a courier and driver for some leading Northern Rivers firms.
Mrs Davis said she met her husband at a dance at the Lismore Masonic Hall, while Mr Hermon met his wife Valda at school.
Committee secretary Janelle Jeffrey said the trio had made a wonderful contribution.
“These dearly loved members of the Tregeagle community have been loyal members of the committee,” she said.
“They are reluctantly retiring and have worked tirelessly to make the hall a better place.”
TREGEAGLE TREASURES: Long-serving committee members of the Tregeagle Hall, Kevin Hermon, Dorothy and Allen Davis, will be honoured at a morning tea.