Newspaper Article – Wind-up of Woodville A & P Association


Mr A. Compton presided over a fair attendance at the meeting held last evening to finally wind-up all business dealing with the Woodville A. and P. Show Association following its decision to close down.

The meeting considered recommendations made by sub-committees for the disposal of assets, adopting in most part the recommendations as submitted.

It was agreed to offer all buildings to the Woodville branch of the Pahiatua Pony Club, subject to satisfactory arrangements being made with the Woodville and Pahiatua Racecourse Co. Ltd.

Considering the piece of land owned by the association, situated near the ramp on the Gorge Road it was decided to hold the land in trust for the local Young Farmers’ Club, the trustees appointed being W. M. Bly, A. Compton, E. W. Norman and R. A. Smith. It was resolved that at all times there should be four trustees.

Hurdles, pony jumps and all gear for jumping will be donated to the Woodville branch of the Pony Club.

In regard to sheep yard hurdles it was decided to donate 50 hurdles to the Pahiatua A. & P. Association, the rest to be put into the hands of a broker and sold by public auction.

It is estimated that cash funds of the association will be in the vicinity of £800. After two additions made by the meeting to the recommendations submitted, for the disbursement of all money, it was agreed to make the following donations: Woodville Free Ambulance, £50, Woodville Old Folks’ Association £50, “Rahiri” Home, Dannevirke £50, Woodville Volunteer Fire Brigade £50, Woodville and Pahiatua Racecourse Co. Ltd. £50-£100 for a special trophy, the balance of the money to go to the Woodville Swimming Pool project.

The committee had met on several occasions, said Mr Compton and had spent much time in considering the disposal of cups and trophies.

The meeting adopted the committee’s recommendation as follows: Dog Trial Tray, to be donated to the Kumeroa Dog Trial Club; Worboys trophy, Pahiatua A. & P. Assn.; cattle, Gaisford Memorial, M. D. Murray; Murray cup, M. D. Murray; Leach Memorial Cup, F. V. Bryant and Sons; Jersey Glen Cup, H. E. Moss; Gallon Cup, Wairarapa Friesian Breeders Assn; Barker Cup, Woodville Boys and Girls Agricultural Club; sheep, W. H. Nelson cup, returned to donor’s daughter, Mrs H. P. Horne; Bibby cup, returned to donor; Wright Stephenson cup, J. Mitchell and Son; L. D. Kent cup, J. Mitchell and Son; W. H. Bly cup, J. D. Worboys; W. H. Bly cup, W. M. Bly; Harding cup, Bush Rugby Union; it was noted that Mr E. J. Harding, the donor, was one of the original Bush rugby reps.; horses, Mitchell cup, Kumeroa sports club; Johnston cup, Mrs Johnston; Papatawa cup, Woodville branch pony club: Challenge tray, Miss R. Bailey.

All trophies previously competed for in pony Classes to be handed over to the Woodville branch of the Pahiatua Pony Club.

It was resolved that the trustees execute the winding-up of the Woodville A. & P. Association.

Mr S. J. Worboys moved a vote of thanks to Mr Compton for the invaluable work he had done in the winding up of the association. It had been an unenviable task, said Mr Worboys but one that Mr Compton had carried out remarkably well. Members supported the remarks.

Mr Compton thanked Mr Worboys for his remarks saying that though the “sorry hour had arrived,” what he had done he had regarded as part of his job.

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