Mr F. Z., D. Ferrimau, when asked to express his views on the Avar memorial proposals, stated- that he' did not altogether favour the idea of the Memorial Hall on account of the cost of upkeep. He pointed out that the old Town Hall in East Street dia not pay its way, and the*, company practically went bankrupt. He agreed, however, that an Agricultural Hall, run on proper lines, would be a .decided acquisition to the town and district. He thought, however, that the A. and P. Association should take the j.m.ajbter in hand And collect funds to erect" a building that would house a libnvr-y. for. farmers and be suitable tor meetings. lectures, etc., and suggested that lectures be given frequently. He also suggested that some of the leading farmers in the district should be invited, through the- " Guardian," to express their views on the matter. Or. It. Kerr stated that anyone who had the interests of Borough progress at heart would readily admit that a hall was necessary for Ashbnrton. He favoured the "Memorial Hall scheme, the building to be utilised in the dual capacity of a theatre, vri* I!'■'extra, accommodation provided .to "If old the Winter" Show. He considered • tbo memorial was a matter for fche- whole of the residents of the County to take ud and formulate a draft . scheme, which could be either enlarged upon or modified according.to the possibilities of support. His desire was to sco a buildia°r erected that would do honour to the memorv'of'the fallen soldiers, and one that would be of'practical'benefit to the whole community. He considered the hall would be preferable to statuary. *
'Commenting on the proposed Memo rial Hall for Hampstead, Mr W. Robinson, chairman of the Hampstead Town Board, informed a. "Guardian" reporter to-day that it was intended to raise the money,' if passible, by straight-out jrifts. Tile Hampstead district urgently needed a suitable builtiincr wherein to hold entertainments, meetings, etc. In regard to the large Memorial Hall for Aslibur.tqri .and district, \he-. stated that he favoured 'the 'proposal for a building which'could, also" foe utilised to house the Winter Show. As ":> member of the committee he■ recognised that the allow could not exrand without a suitable building. If the memorial were to take the form of a theatre, provision should also.be made to "tack on the Agricultural Hajl, and utilise the whole block of buildings in a dual capacity.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919
MEMORIAL HALL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919
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