With an initial meeting in September 2010, when names were volunteered to form a working party, the Rangiora Menz Shed was formalised the following November. (Earthquakes tend to slow things up!)
It was soon
discovered that finding a suitable location for a 'shed' and raising
the necessary funding was going to be a lengthy process.
Many who joined us initially could obviously not 'run the course'
and have simply left. With a fluctuating membership it was decided that we
needed something temporary in order to maintain interest and actually
offer something to members, rather than simply talk of what we would wish to
do; if, and when, our funding requests might reach the right
'understanding and sympathetic ears'.
With subsequent suggestions for something suitable, members volunteered to investigate these potential opportunities. With the ongoing Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes, and the subsequent large influx to Rangiora of 'migrants' from Christchurch, buildings which may have previously been available to us then had people competing to pay rent for the use of such buildings. We have very, very little money!
It had been decided earlier that we have a nominal $10 subscription in order to (a) show that while requesting funding we were doing something for ourselves, and (b) to show a committment by members to the 'Shed' and, identifying those who might be there 'simply for the ride'. However, this subscription was certainly not sufficient to compete with businesses prepared to pay a realistic rent.
persuing potential sites for a permanent building and continuing the
long process of fund raising, despite a number of temporary locations
proving to be impractical or unavailable, perseverance finally paid off.
An initial contact by a member, followed by a formal request from
our Chairman to the Committee responsible for the
Rangiora Agricultural and Pastoral Showgrounds, revealed the
possible availability of a portion of a shed used simply for
storage, which was in need of being sorted, tidied up, and have
electricity installed. Subsequent visits by our Chairman and members
of our working party showed that this shed area could be tidied and
electrified, and there would then be space available for us.
As a community orientated group we would be able to repay the kindness
of the A & P President, Committee and last, but not least, the Grounds
Manager, by undertaking small, but possibly labour intensive,
maintenance of the Showgrounds.
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