Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
15 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 NEWS 4311397AA THE COACH HOUSE FEILDING & DISTRICTS Horse-Drawn Era Museum 4247988AA MOVING WITH HUMAN & HORSE POWER The Coach House Trust members came to appreciate the full value of the competition that Feilding Herald promoted last year, where a community group would have the benefit of many hours of pre- season assistance from members of the Feilding Old Boys/Oroua Rugby Club team -- 'The Stags'. Twenty three members of the Club assembled at Hobson Street to fulfill their contribution of moving a selection of The Coach House vehicles to their new place of display at South Street. There was much banter and ribbing as the young and older 'Stags' sorted out the vehicle most appropriate for them to pull the 500 metres down Manchester Street, around the clock tower and on to South Street. Many of the light gigs and buggies had already been commandeered by 'older' Coach House volunteers as their part towards moving the vehicles that were of sound condition, sufficient to roll on their own wheels, without risk of damage. The younger bloods had the larger, heavier vehicles to pull along the street -- not a huge task, but one that drew comments about their pre-season fitness as they negotiated the apparently flat streets of central Feilding. The crowd, who were already enjoying the Feilding and Districts Historic Society's, 'Settlers Day' activities, had an added bonus of seeing thirty vehicles from 'The Coach House'. Led by Doug and Ben Wilson with their two horses, pulling the 'Feilding to Kimbolton' Coach, around the Clock Tower with a brief description of individual vehicles from Trust Member, David Stroud. Many of the friends of the Coach House continued on to the South Street premises where a cool drink and sandwich awaited the rugby players and many other people who had been helping to make the move from Bowen Street to South Street such a success. The Coach House Trust members appreciated the celebratory occasion that the 'Stags' contributed to - their youth, strength and cheerful disposition was very much appreciated and we hope they enjoyed the occasion they participated in. Thanks to Doug Brew, Wayne Harding and Tony Meads for rallying the 'Stags' to play a part with their help for a community based group. We hope it will not be the last time we work together. Brian Hunter Manawatu Historic Vehicle Collection Trust Chairman Museum heads south Sitting pretty: Dressed appropriately, Community Archives volunteer Janet Doyle and her daughter, Alana, were passengers in the replica Kimbolton-Feilding coach as it led the parade of horse drawn -- or on this day, mostly human-drawn -- vehicles through the centre of Feilding on Saturday. Hard haul: Strong arms were needed and supplied by Feilding Old Boys-Oroua (stags) rugby players to haul wagons from the Coach house back entrance in Hobson St to their new home in South St during the Settlers Day celebrations on Saturday. Photos: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the new horse-drawn vehicle museum when it opens in March can con- tact any member of the Coachhouse working committee or Brian Hunter on phone 06 323 7736. Volunteers are needed to help with display building, land- scaping, cleaning and other tasks, as well as to assist as tour guides through the completed displays. Anyone with an inter- est in helping at the Feilding and District community archives, which are being rehou- sed into the same build- ing, should contact Mari- lyn Wightman 06 323 4233.
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