Mar 14 2018

30th Anniversary

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The day dawned sunny but cool, so for a leg-stretch, 18 walkers left from the bowling club for a street walk. We walked a couple of ks to, and through, the new Heathfield subdivision off Gladstone Road into the Woodlands settlement at the bottom of the Mosgiel sign. From here we climbed a steep pinch up to near the Mosgiel sign

(Clive pic.)

which was erected in June 1987 by the local Rotary club under the guidance of one of our tramping club members, Neil Buckley. It is a landmark at the entrance to Mosgiel – our little Hollywood replica!!

After a leisurely coffee stop at the reservoir and the panoramic vista over Mosgiel, – the Silver Peaks to the north – across to the Maungatuas in the West

(Ian pic.)

– and down the Taieri Plains. – A casual walk back into Mosgiel where some had another coffee stop before heading over to the the bowling club for the celebratory lunch.

30 Anniversary of our Club’s Inauguration.

We had 82 members, partners and past members in attendance for a delicious buffet lunch interspersed with a speech from George Haggie representing the early members and one from Dave Mellish, one of our newer members.
Also the Skylarks quartet presented an entertaining song composed by Bruce Spittle to the tune from Gilbert and Sullivans HMS Pinafore, titled “Some Years ago in 1988”. Thanks Bruce Ian Judy D and Margreet.

For a video of “Some Years Ago in 1988” click these words.

A real highlight for the whole event was the presentation to Margaret and Les Smith of Life Membership.

(Shirley pic.)

A real honour and well deserved. Right from the start of the club’s inauguration till present day, of years of service: committee, trip organizing and hosting club activities.

Another memorable event was the launching of Judy Knox’s book:
Taieri Recreational Tramping Club – 30 th Anniversary Publication.

(Shirley pic.)

An amazing record of our history. Thanks to Judy for her research and Ian Fleming’s meticulous care in maintaining the website for access to members, where Judy collected a lot of her information.

Cake cutting was by Molly Vaughan (90+) and George Haggie (almost 90), …

(Official pic.)

… original members and untill very recently, still tramping. An inspiration to us all.

The cake fairies Pam and Dawn distributed the cake. This cake was beautifully decorated using a similar topping as on the 20th year cake, along with little boots, pack and sticks.

(Official pic.)

“Well Done” to the decorator.

Several member also spoke towards the end of the lunch describing various aspects of a very happy fun-loving group of outdoor folks who enjoy a coffee fix at the end of the day regarding encountering the day’s outing.

“Well done” everyone!

(Official pic.)

30 years is a fine achievement, and onwards and upwards for another 30 years.

I would just like to thank the committee and fellow-trampers for making this club so special.

Happy tramping! – Jill Dodd, President 2017 -2018

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