Friends of Opapa Railway Station Inc.
July 1st 1996.
Hello members and future members.
Welcome to the first newsletter of F.O.O.R.S. inc, it has taken us three and a half years of grind to get our group incorporated and to secure the lease of the station and grounds. After some ‘groundwork’ meetings with Warren Blackburn, Ray Beattie and Spud Langley, we have set up the first gathering of interested people at the Railway Manor at Opapa to vote on the constitution which was adopted after one paragraph was altered. We became an incorporated Society on January 30th 1996.
On the 21st May, the first meeting of the committee and members was held at the Te Aute Store Museum, to discuss the raising of funds and the payment of the legal fees to the District Council which came to $247 and has been paid by a member to be repaid to that member when funds become available. Other costs include $26 for the Common Seal and insurance cover for public liability. At the time of the printing, the station surrounds had been cleared of blackberry, weed and rubbish and a start on the station building with a mainroom and waiting room being swept and scrubbed from top to bottom. Working bees will be advertised in newsletters and phone calls.
The meeting decided that subscriptions be set at:
$25 per year for full members
$10 per year for spouses
$5 per year for school age children
A joining fee of $10 for each and every member to help establish a fund to pay legal fees etc.
The financial year is set to begin on March the 1st and end the next calendar year at the conclusion of February.
Anyone wanting information on the group please contact Spud Langley (Chairman). [Address and phone number withheld – KB]
Subscriptions to Mike Betts. (Secretary/Treasurer) [Address and phone number withheld – KB]
Now we have come this far we hope that the station group may succeed and grow and eventually become a Historical piece of Hawkes Bay.
All the best.
K.R. (Spud) Langley
The Common Seal of FRIENDS OF OPAPA RAILWAY STATION INCORPORATED