Tregea­gle’s trea­sured trio to be hon­oured

Hall guardians will be recog­nised at morn­ing tea

The Northern Star - - NEWS - ALI­SON PATER­SON ali­son.pater­son@north­ern­

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.”

Photo: Ali­son Pater­son

TREGEA­GLE TREA­SURES: Long-serv­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Tregea­gle Hall, Kevin Her­mon, Dorothy and Allen Davis, will be hon­oured at a morn­ing tea.

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