A Word from the Mayor

5 October 2017

On the evening of November 22nd 2016 a 5.8 Earthquake centred at Scargill violently shook the surrounding district. This event went largely under the Public and Media radar despite its intensity and considerable damage to many homes and buildings.  

The Scargill- Motunau Memorial Community Hall was severely damaged and its future is undecided. 

A community meeting on the 11th October will discuss options for restoration, replacement, or alternatives for providing a Community Centre.

After WW2 the Government offered Communities funding for Memorials to those who served and died in the War.

The Scargill District Residents chose to use the funds to build a new Memorial Hall, a plaque to remember men of the District who died in WW1 and WW2 is imbedded in the front wall.

Local fundraising was also required and farmers were asked to donate a bale of wool, a large donation in those days.

The new Scargill War Memorial hall was opened in 1954 by the local MP and Minister of Agriculture Bill Gillespie.

Local Halls, full of history, memories, and nostalgia, play an important part in rural communities as a venue for all manner of private and community functions.

One of the most loyal and regular users of this Hall is the ‘Scargill Horticultural and Home Industries Society’, who’ve held their Spring Flower Show there annually since 1955.

The first Scargill Show was held in 1909 in the ‘Company Woolshed’ a communal shearing shed on the site of the present Lime Company, transferring to a private Hall until its long association with the new Hall.

With a damaged Hall, this year’s Show was in doubt, but, ‘The Show Must Go On’, so with encouragement, strong community support, and the offer of the character filled Tipapa Historic Wool Shed Events Centre, the 108th Annual Spring Flower Show did ‘Go On’ last Saturday, full circle, Woolshed back to Woolshed.

It was an amazing event, a credit to all involved, proof that good can come out of adversity.

Small community events are important, but so easy to lose, they take commitment and effort, often by a few, but the rewards are great, bringing the community together for a common cause, and a valuable social occasion.

 

 

 

  

Winton Dalley
Winton.dalley@hurunui.govt.nz