RDA Hastings Clubhouse
We are eternally grateful to our sponsors. Their generosity allows us to continue offering our services to disabled people throughout Hawkes Bay. As well as donations from the groups shown at the bottom of our website, we have regular contributors who sponsor or part sponsor our ponies.
The Clubhouse Project
In 2007 we started fundraising and initiated the resource consent process for a new clubhouse. Up until then we had been making do with a very old converted orchard shed that was starting to show its age. We had held an Open Day in April 2007 and were lucky enough that one of the visitors was Barry Simmons, who operates an Earthmoving business; Barry is related by marriage to one of our riders. He approached us and asked if he would be able to help to get a new building underway.
Fundraising started in 2007 and continued right through 2008 and into 2009. We are very grateful to the many people who gave generously to our “Buy a Brick” campaign. Additionally, we received funding from several local and national Charitable Trusts. Our committee of the Hastings Group RDA organised a range of fund raising events including sausage sizzles, horse treks and wine tours. As a voluntary group we are indebted to the wonderful people who give so generously of their time and skills, and this project uncovered many previously unknown talents in our community.
The new building was designed by Clapcott Consultancy to give us more space and light, and much better facilities for our riders and volunteers. We now have plenty of hot water, two toilet areas and a roomy office for the inevitable paperwork. It includes separate areas for all the horse tack and gear and a much-needed feed room to keep all the feeds and supplements in good condition.
The actual building work started in March 2009 and the concrete base was poured in early April when it actually started to feel like a real building. There were some holdups, as always with building projects, and we impatiently waited for the framing to arrive. This was put up in November 2009. From then into 2010 steady progress took place starting with the beams for the veranda and the entrance way, the roof and walls.
Through 2010 the committee and supporters of Hastings Group RDA watched the “Barry Simmons” building take shape. Due to changes in the building regulations extra costs had to be met, upgrades to the roofing timber were necessary and there were hurdles with waste disposal. However the quality of design and workmanship became obvious as the building took shape. We all agreed this was a project that we would be proud of for many years to come.
We hosted a “Roof Shout” for all our contractors and friends on Friday December 3rd 2010. This was to thank all those who had contributed to the building with time, expertise, grants and donations of goods and services. In the best Kiwi tradition, the new building was home to a party before it was even finished.
On the 6th December our committee and volunteers enjoyed a pre-Christmas party on the veranda. The following Monday we finished the year with the certificate presentation and party for all our riders. It was wonderful for everyone to see our new building in use and to have a close up look at the new facilities.
Our official opening was Sunday 30th January 2011 which was attended by our friends, supporters, committee and our patron, Mrs Ann Bary. Our president Murray Revell made his welcome speech to the visitors and thanked all the people who contributed to the long-term project. The building was officially opened by His Worship the Mayor of Hastings, Laurence Yule, and Mrs Ann Bary as they cut the ribbon. We followed this with an open day of the centre, with pony rides, games and a barbeque.
We are looking forward to many successful and busy years in our wonderful new facility.
Thank you for your help with our project.
Barry Simmons, our project manager we couldn't have done it without you.
The following charitable organizations:
Eastern & Central Community Trust
Graeme Lowe Foundation
Hastings Host Lions
Joan Fernie Charitable Trust
John Holt Memorial Trust
Rehabilitation Welfare Trust
Springhill Charitable Trust
Sutherland Self Help Trust
Trust House Community Trust (Flaxmere Licensing)
The following businesses and individuals who gave their knowledge, time & products:
Abel Industries Ltd (thank you Noel)
Always Hire Ltd
Artworks Engineering Ltd
Atlas Fibrous Plaster Co
Barry Wilson Electrics
City Hire Centre
Clapcott Consultancy Ltd
Dominator Garage Door Centre
First Windows and Doors
Hagen & Owen Master Plumbers
Hynds Pipe Systems Ltd
Jacksons Flooring Commercial (HB) Ltd
Kevin Molloy Joinery
Milo Wakefield Plumbing
Mitre 10 Mega Hastings
Napier Timber Processor
Peter Freeman Concrete
Pinkfit HB (Hamish Donald)
Steeles Plumbing and Bathroom Ltd
STRATCO HB Longrun
Williams’ Harvey Limited
Mr. Len Hoek
Mr. Rich Wernham
Every individual who 'brought a brick' and many others who gave their time & labour or made a donation.
Charity Reg. No.:CC22371