Motupiko Store Fire Adds Warmth to AGM


A muster of dedicated members met in the Wakefield Library on Tuesday 28th May for the Society’s AGM and to listen to Ray Quinney give an eye-witness account of the destruction  of the Motupiko store by fire  in 1969.AGM & Walker 016

The store began as a branch of A.J.Palmer’s store at Foxhill.  The land was bought from William Quinney in 1883. In 1914,  A. Hodgson and Sons  bought the store as a natural extension of their well-established Wakefield business.  It was situated a little south of  the old hall (now a remodelled comfortable family home.)  After 40 years it was sold to E.H. Watts and burnt down in the winter of 1969.  A cracked brick chimney (see photo) is thought to have been the cause.

This slightly out-of-focus shot nevertheless gives a good idea of the Motupiko store  which could have been put to many interesting uses today.

This slightly out-of-focus shot nevertheless gives a good idea of the Motupiko store which could have been put to many interesting uses today.

The store was never rebuilt.  People were already finding it easier in 1969 to drive further afield for their groceries and the road over Spooner’s Range was improving all the time.  Sadly, like the store at Foxhill, a small country store (which today would be quite a novelty) was just an uneconomic venture.

President’s Report

President Wayne Price thanks Roger after his talk on the Motupiko store.

President Wayne Price thanks Roger after his talk on the Motupiko store.

AGM Sees Few Changes

Wayne Price stepped down from an interim presidential term  and Roger Batt was elected in his place.  Wayne offered to become vice-president.   Jeanine Price was persuaded to continue in her role as secretary and Laurie Dale offered to continue his work as treasurer.  Virginia Gray, Barbara Harris and Alexa Langford agreed to join the committee.

At the end of the meeting members enjoyed supper together.

MEETINGS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2013

These will be decided at a planning meeting  on 14th June and the programme posted before  meetings resume  in July.

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