Memorial marked

Waipa Post - - Front Page - BY DEAN TAY­LOR

A re-ded­i­ca­tion Ser­vice at Te Rore War Memorial last week was held to mark the conclusion of a re­fur­bish­ment project un­der­taken by the Te Rore Hall As­so­ci­a­tion.

The con­crete mon­u­ment and flag­pole on a plot of land on All­cock Road was es­tab­lished in the 1940s, near the hall and the school (since dis­es­tab­lished), to com­mem­o­rate the men of the district who had served their coun­try in World War I and World War II — es­pe­cially those who died.

Orig­i­nally a rose gar­den memorial, the beds had since been re­moved be­cause grow­ing con­di­tions had changed.

The hall as­so­ci­a­tion de­cided to re­fur­bish the site it­self, as well as con­duct more re­search into the fam­i­lies of the men involved in the con­flicts.

Project or­gan­iser Carol Lodge says fund­ing grants from Waipa¯ District Coun­cil her­itage fund, Te Awa­mutu RSA, Mt Piron­gia Lions and Waipa¯/King Coun­try Ru­ral Women and free work on the old gate by Perry Metal Pro­tec­tion made the project pos­si­ble.

She says RSA district li­ai­son of­fi­cer Irene Ward­law was in­valu­able to the group and she also as­sisted with the for­mal­i­ties of the re-ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice.

The old fence was re­placed by a mod­ern de­sign of Mt Piron­gia, con­ceived by Fran All­cock, wife of hall com­mit­tee chair­man Tony, and con­structed of metal by Stewart & Cav­a­lier.

Wreaths were laid by the hall com­mit­tee, Mt Piron­gia Lions, the Lorimer fam­ily and Coun­cil.

In fit­ting ru­ral style, the ser­vice was fol­lowed by home­made morn­ing tea and hot drinks in the hall.

Carol says the project group is proud of the out­come and thanks ev­ery­one involved for do­ing such a great job.

“The War Memorial is once again a fit­ting trib­ute to those who served and made sac­ri­fices for their fam­i­lies and coun­try.”

■ Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing taken for the next round of the Waipa¯ District Coun­cil her­itage fund — see P3 for de­tails.

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RE-DED­I­CA­TION Ser­vice at re­fur­bished Te Rore War Memorial.

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WREATHS laid by groups involved in the re­fur­bish­ment project.

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