Leigh library secretary Wendy Brown, front centre, gets a big cheque from Mahu Community Trading Post chair John Carr, front right. They are surrounded by Trading Post volunteers.
Continuing its tradition of supporting local good causes, the Mahu Community Trading Post has presented Leigh Library with funds to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Library secretary Wendy Brown says the grant has lifted a huge weight off the anniversary organising subcommittee’s shoulders. Instead of spending a lot of time and effort raising money, the committee has been able to focus on research and planning the celebrations.
The 150th celebrations will be held at Leigh Library and Leigh Hall on Saturday, May 22, from 11am.
They will comprise the unveiling of a historical board in the library grounds, a display of photographs and artefacts in Leigh Hall, and refreshments.
All descendants of the founders, former and present members of the library, volunteers and committee members, plus Leigh, Whangateau and Pakiri residents are welcome to attend.
Notable local family names associated with the library include Clarke, Wright, Greenwood, Matheson, Wyatt, Witten, Dunning, Torkington, Meiklejohn, Cruickshank, Birdsall, Gravatt, Ashtons and Whitaker.
Anyone with old photographs, memories or mementos of the library, which they feel could be useful for the celebrations, should contact Wendy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org