Spontaneous, but telling
Below is a spontaneous (non-prompted) letter to the editor of Hawke’s Bay Today. In it, M. Elms makes some valid points about the future of Stoneycroft. It is worth reading.
MORE THE BETTER: Small clubs or church groups could also hold meeting in one or two rooms at Stoneycroft House.
Ideal site for archives
I am all for Stoneycroft House, the historic building in Omahu Rd, now owned by the Hasitngs District Council, being used by the public and the more people the better.
Of the three submissions made recently, I support the application made by HB Digital Archives.
I’ve not visited Stoneycroft, but I am sure it is large enough to accommodate the wood turners as well.
There may even be a room or two available where small clubs or church groups could hold meetings and perhaps even space for a small localised history museum which I believe Hastings lacks.
I am not knocking the wine and food idea, but feel HB has ample outlets for wining and dining.
The latter, I would imagine, could increase the potential fire risk. The recreational needs of Hastings residents and visitors who have interests other than wine and food should be catered for.
YOU CAN BE PART OF IT
Email James Morgan at [email address withheld]
He will speak to you, your family or your group
Phone [phone number withheld].
This is newsletter No 5 from the Community Foundation (HB), which is mentoring Hawke’s Bay’s own version of the Alexander Turnbull Library
Research, study, entertainment, oral history, document, picture and film galleries… most importantly, capture studios second to none outside Wellington.
No other plan does as much to solve the problem of a much-needed archive.
HAWKE’S BAY DIGITAL ARCHIVE
There is no better place in the world than Hawke’s Bay to save copies of the region’s history, in digital form.
$120,000 to refurbish
$550,000 for equipment
Name the library. Identify a gallery. Sponsor equipment (from $500 to $110,000). Or contribute to the perpetual fund. (Proceeds from this permanent fund will continue to preserve Hawke’s Bay’s historic treasures long after we have gone.)
Administrator Janice Gilmour.
Centracorp Finance Building, 727 Heretaunga Street West
Phone 06 870 4648.
PO Box 2025, Stortford Lodge, Hastings
Website: [www].thefoundation.co.nz [NB website address inactive 2017]
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
A little generosity goes a long way.