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A very Regal way for Rovers to celebrate reunion

Balloon stallholder Taki Takida, with parent Shizuka Winder and her daughter Lily (2) at the Seatoun School gala. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Hundreds of parents do their bit for school gala By Jamie Adams From left: John Pedersen, Roger Tidman, Alan Hart, Wayne Moore and Neil Prestling at the reunion of original members of the Regal Rovers at their Newtown den on Sunday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

There was a special dual birthday celebration at the Regal Rovers Scout Den in Newtown on Sunday. The Regal Rovers decided to acknowledge 100 years of Rovers worldwide by also noting the year the crew was officially established 46 years ago – and did so by holding a reunion of original members. About 20 Rovers from the 1970s joined present members for the reunion, some travelling from as far as Palmerston North to be there. The troop was formed in 1971 and registered the following year after the Taputeranga and Tainui troops folded in the 1960s. While Rovers, the adult section of Scouting, is open to anyone aged 18-26, original member Alan Hart says members used to be as old as 31

and included Scout leaders and even sometimes Guide leaders. While Rovers earned badges like their younger counterparts, the aims in adulthood were more community-focused. “We’re more service-oriented. We did community service work like tidying back yards, painting churches and building children’s playgrounds.” The crew also raised money to build an extension to the den, which at one point catered to 40 members, and throughout its history ran events for the Wellington Zone in Scouting, as well as a national Rovers event. Regal veteran Neil Prestling acknowledges there are many things competing for young adults’ time nowadays but he is confident the movement will continue to tick along. “Something important so long ago is still important today.”

Seatoun School became a hive of activity on a glorious Sunday morning with the return of its biennial gala for 2018. The gala, organised by the Friends of Seatoun School (FOSS) committee, involved more than 300 parents offering their services to help raise funds for the school and its The gala featured donated works from 28 local artists for both a live auction and a silent auction. Some of them were from well-renowned Shelly Bay painters Juliet Best, Jane Brimblecombe and Jane Blackmore. Every classroom had an array of items on sale, all of which were sourced by parents. They included books, DVDs and toys donated pupils, as well as items such as

jars, prints, beeswax and driftwood signs that were made by parents. Even the library was utilised, with the space converted into a “Spooky Tunnel”. While the live auction took place in its atrium, there was a carnival atmosphere in the playground, including a local live band called Caesar’s Paradise. FOSS chairperson Briony Davies says the gala was a “real team effort” of the school, the parents and the committee. Gala spokeswoman Sarah Chowen agrees, describing the community event as “incredible” in its scale; she believes more than 300 parents and their student children gave their time and resources to it. “There were even people who were here nine years ago contributing.”

Cook Strait News 15-03-18  

Cook Strait News 15-03-18

Cook Strait News 15-03-18  

Cook Strait News 15-03-18