Spe­cial memo­rial to be un­veiled in hall

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As CHB com­mem­o­rates Armistice Day on Novem­ber 11, the doors of Po­ran­ga­hau Memo­rial Hall will open to a spe­cial memo­rial.

The memo­rial marks 100 years since Armistice Day and a big mile­stone in the re­fur­bish­ment of the hall.

As part of a long-term plan to up­grade the Po­ran­ga­hau Memo­rial Hall, the com­mit­tee, with a grant from the Lotteries Com­mis­sion and the sup­port of the CHB District Coun­cil, has com­pleted a floor to ceil­ing pic­to­rial memo­rial to the fallen sol­diers of Po­ran­ga­hau and sur­round­ing district.

The sol­diers’ names are listed on two brass plaques in­stalled in the hall en­trance.

Re­searched by Carol Slingsby in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Su­san Hig­gin­son, the memo­rial was printed by Su­san at her De­sign Art Stu­dio.

The work has taken two years to com­plete.

Ded­i­ca­tion of the memo­rial in the foyer will be the first time the pub­lic has seen the work, which will take three days to in­stall.

It will be opened by Air ViceMar­shal RNZAF John Hamil­ton, fol­lowed by a shared lunch.

In­cluded in the pic­to­rial is the Roll of Hon­our from Ronga­ma­raeroa Marae and a col­lage of pho­tos.

The ex­ter­nal doors have been re­stored by Puti and Sel­wyn Matete and the in­ter­nal doors re­vamped by War­wick Slingsby so new glass pan­els could be etched by Su­san Hig­gin­son.

At the back of the hall is a com­mu­nity gar­den es­tab­lished by Kim St­ef­ford, with raised gar­den beds, shade house, a mu­ral, seat­ing and more than 50 fruit trees with all pro­duce avail­able to the com­mu­nity.

The CHB District Coun­cil has up­graded the front of the hall with new con­crete, seat­ing, bol­lards and gar­den boxes land­scaped by Ni­cola Hen­der­son.

The com­mit­tee will set hours when the hall will be open to the pub­lic to view the memo­rial and other re­fur­bish­ments.

The com­mit­tee says it is pas­sion­ate about the hall and the im­por­tance of the role it plays in the com­mu­nity.

■ Memo­rial Hall Po­ran­ga­hau World War I com­mem­o­ra­tions and foyer ded­i­ca­tion Novem­ber 11. For­mal cer­e­mony 11am. Fol­lowed by a shared lunch. All wel­come.

A ma­jor ad­di­tion to Po­ran­ga­hau Memo­rial Hall will be re­vealed this week, on Armistice Day.

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