Hall Renovation Update

Hi everyone

I have been a bit quiet for a couple of weeks as we have reached a point where there have been lots of bits and pieces to do to bring the project to completion that have been less amenable to “working bee” logistics.

I have included some photos form the last 6 weeks so you see how much progress has been made, thanks to the regular crew.

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Over the last two weeks the plastering has been completed and after I applied the sealer Terry sanded this and got the first coat of paint on.  This was great as it enabled me to get the two top coats on this weekend ready for the light and power fittings to go on.

When I got to paint and sand all of the walls and ceiling I got to appreciate what a big area it is and also to appreciate how much effort Terry has had to put in dealing with the complications in the varying wall and ceiling surfaces in the build and gibbing. It is far from straightforward. (For those interested in facts and figures we have about 143 square metres of surface area excluding doors and window. That’s a lot to cover.)

Chris Ewers  has been working away on the wiring ( unfortunately our photographer wasn’t around while he was there) so the new mains wire is in and the transformers all wired up ready for the main LEDs.

Next steps before the grand opening date to be set:

  1. This week we get the “stable door” installed and the locks etc. fitted.
  2. We are waiting for the special ‘tumescent” fire protection paint for the steel beams.
  3. Sanding and polyurethaning the floors  (A few repairs and filling of the old wooded floor to be completed first).
  4. Electrical wiring completion with lights. Power points and heater fitted. (Chris has been waiting patiently to get this finished—he has already got the new heaters). We will be doing some upgrading upstairs at the same time to make good use of the electrician’s time.
  5.  QM store doors made and installed. (Shelves will depend on funding position).

Working becoming up 19 July

Look out for message from me for a working bee to do a few last things including for the community garden. They would really appreciate some help getting all of the regenerating weeds and roots out of the Terrace we have created behind the new retaining wall.  A bit of our concrete back-fill is incompatible with what they want to plant (wrong Ph!). It will be really nice to get this tidied up to complete the effect of an attractive area outside the renovated basement.  (I think we need a new name –basement sound a bit like dungeon!!)

I am away this weekend, so will probably all be done on the weekend of the 19th July. Be prepared.



New Scouts being Invested and Awards Presented


Last Tuesday we had a number of scouts invested, as well as a number of awards, Photos taken by Emerald McGlashan.

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  • Dawn McGlashan – Bronze Award
  • Joshua Stewart – Silver Award
  •  Gavin McGlashan – Gilwell scarf and Wood Beads from Paul Appleton

Time Capsule Laid To Rest

Yesterday the time capsule was put to rest with the renovations moving into the final stages.  Starting with the sealing of the new time capsule, to Rex Collett (Basement Renovation Project Manager) turns the first screw on the Capsule’s hiding place

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Pictures of the Senior Scout Camp 14 and 15 June 2014

The weather looked great for the Senior Scouts weekend at Saywells, a fun weekend with some leadership activities thrown in, for all scouts currently in years 9 and 10 at school.

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Cubs Survival Night

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The Cubs did an outdoor survival night where they made waterproof jackets out of bin bags, they were then split into two teams and given a challenge to make a shelter from tarpaulins, ropes and poles that would accommodate their whole team.  While sitting in their shelter they made a list of items to have in a survival kit. Next week we will keep the outdoors theme by cooking on hobo stoves and learning about lighting fires.

Akela (Duane)

Two fine days in the Tararuas – Brooklyn Scouts out and about at Queens Birthday weekend

Scouts are nothing if not adaptable.   As we gathered outside the Scout Hall early Saturday morning, we learned that unlucky Edward had taken a tumble and possibly broken his wrist.  So Jenny and Mark were occupied with Xray duty rather than car shuttles in the Wairarapa.  Undeterred, we quickly adjusted plans and set off.

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Celebrating the beginning of winter, our intrepid party of 6 scouts and venturers, and 4 leaders/ parents, tackled the two day trip from Holdsworth road end to Walls Whare on the Waiohine River.   This is a classic Tararua trip;  the steady uphill on the gentle Annie, the reward of a sunny lunch stop at Rocky Knob with its great outlook and then the tree root infested steep downhill to the Totara Stream.  The new track is in good shape across undulating ridges, finally reaching the new bridge 1km up from the confluence with the Waiohine River.   Tired trampers went one by one across the old swingbridge in blissfully calm conditions and reached the Totara Flats hut late afternoon, shortly followed by Oliver and Thomas who had done a spectacularly fast trip from Walls Whare.  The hut was full  – but at least it was warm.  A vicious card game of “Presidents and Scum” followed a pasta and beef dinner.   Terry enjoyed the tent helpfully pitched by scouts – others slept on the floor and benches inside.

Sunday morning was the most glorious day and we set out with the sun down the Waiohine valley.   We encountered tramper/ photographer Tony  who helpfully did a portrait shot of our group – except Oliver and Thomas who had headed off to do the car shuttle from Holdsworth.  After a pleasant morning tea spot near the river, we travelled on down the riverside track.  Now you would think that riverside means steady downhill.  It does not.  On the Waiohine it means up down, in and out of gullys, hand over hand up steep banks, and endless encounters with the Tararua mud.   Everyone soldiered on and a sterling effort by Zoe, who was enjoying her first tramping trip, supported by Andrew.

About an hour out of the track end, we were met by Thomas and Oliver, still bursting with unused energy after their fast trip to Holdsworth.    We all enjoyed the spectacular new swing bridge across the Waiohine river.   The campground is quiet now that the road is closed by slips, and requires and additional 1km walk to the temporary car park.   Still worth the walk in to experience the wonderful views of the river and gorge from the bridge.

We returned to Wellington after a car shuttle back to Holdsworth and completed our journey in the setting sun across the Tararuas.  A perfect two days and a great sense of achievement for 7 scouts and venturers.   Now on to plans for the next tramping trip, and we are thinking that a nice flat walk into the Orongorongos would be good for our beginner trampers, and any families who would like to join us – stand by for more details and let us know if you have tramping suggestions.

Our party:   Venturers Gussy and Caitlin, Scouts Harriet, Zoe, Thomas, Lucas and Leaders/ Adult support   Oliver, Denise, Terry and Andrew.   Well done all.