Sunday, 8 March 2009

Re-opening of Thomson Park

St Andrews Scout Group celebrated the re-opening of Thomson Park, their scout camp on Knutsford Road today. A fire in 1996 left the building in bad shape. It has been rebuilt with a large bunk room with interconnected double-bunks, a large kitchen and meeting room, and an outdoor covered deck area. The property has also been levelled in places to create areas suitable for tents.

The facilities include a new barbecue area away from the building, and a beautiful section of native forest with a creek running through it. I heard or saw tui, bellbirds and kereru during my short visit. It is an ideal spot and I heard many times that people would like to build their house there. The views overlooking Otautau are spectcular.

This is not only a tremendous asset to the scout group but to any group that would like to hire it for meetings or workshops.

Here are a few moments during the celebration.

Ray, Chairman of the Scout committee, welcoming everyone.

Stewart Bull, Kaiwhakahaere (Chairman) of Oraka Aparima Runaka, was on hand to congratulate everyone on their efforts to rebuild the whare and to bless the facilities.

Scout leaders and members of the committee.

Ernest on the left and Pete McClelland on the right, but I didn't catch the name of the leader in the middle.

Members of the troop and community waiting for a delicious afternoon tea that included a wicked banana cake and other wonderful goodies.

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