Marlborough Mid-Week : September 30th 2015
6 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 stuff.co.nz Four of the six past Marlborough Historical Society presidents, from left, Prue Matthews standing in for her late husband Nevil Matthews, Kevin Andrews, Derek Cordes, PamWoodward and serving president Dale Webb. PHOTO: RACHEL MCFADDEN/FAIRFAX NZ Historical Society marks 60 years RACHEL MCFADDEN From modest beginnings with less than a dozen history buffs to a membership of more than 300, Marlborough’s Historical Society had much to celebrate when it turned 60 this month. More than 20 people came to listen to the tales and great yarns of the society’s early days at an event on Sunday, with recollections from Prue Matthews, Kevin Andrews and Derek Cordes. The three recounted the great men and woman who dedicated hours to building the small society into a lasting Marlborough institution. The most notable achievement during this period was the astounding effort of the volunteer society to lobby for the construction of the Marlborough Museum and the establishment and management of Brayshaw Heritage Park. The speakers, who have each had a lasting involvement with the society, were both modest and humble in their contributions, preferring to speak about what their involvement gave them. Prue spoke on behalf of her late husband, Nevil Matthews who was president from 1969 to 1984, along with Derek Cordes (president from 1988 to 1996) and Kevin Andrews (president from 1984 to 1988). Derek joked about how friends and family asked whether the newly built museum had a sleeping quarters for him because he had spent so much time there. He, Prue and Kevin spoke about historical road trips, lectures and acquisitions of great historical significance, but what was most resounding was the friendships that flourished over a shared love of history and commitment to recording it for future generations. Serving Marlborough Historical Society president Dale Webb says the importance of history is monumental. ‘‘Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it,’’ he says. The future for the Marlborough Historical Society looks bright, with new recruits continuing to grow the membership base past 300. Few youngsters are signing up, but that is not a disparaging sign, Dale says. ‘‘You become aware of history’s place as you get older. You have to have some of your own personal history before history becomes interesting,’’ he says. The society will host a special din- ner to celebrate the 60th anniversary in November, Dale says. Take in spring with a Blenheim garden tour RACHEL MCFADDEN The beauty of spring will be on display when St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church hold their Around Town Garden Tour. Now in its second year the self- directed tour will take participants on a journey through 12 gardens in Witherlea, Burleigh, Islington and Springlands on October 9 and 10. St Andrew’s fundraising com- mittee member Gill March says she hopes the popular event will exceed everyone’s expectations. ‘‘This year we have some beauti- ful gardens on the programme,’’ she says. Beautiful flowering trees and wrought iron archways will draw one into the enchanting world of gardens. There will also be fruit trees, rose gardens and hazelnut orchards will also be on display. ‘‘This year we have some beautiful gardens on the programme.’’ Some of the gardens have water features and separate courtyards, while one boosts Pacific Island features. The tour will run from 10am to 4pm and participants are free to wonder through the gardens at their leisure and meet the owners. Book and food stalls, art and plants sales will also be available with one destination providing Devonshire tea. Entry is $15 and tickets are avail- able from the Springlands, Roselands and Selmes Trust Garden centres, Cresswells Shoes in Blenheim, Awatere Community Centre in Seddon and Take Note in Picton.
September 23rd 2015
October 7th 2015