Challenging project ahead of its time

SANDRA CROSBIE
Last updated 12:00 27/03/2014

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Why settle for one clock tower when you can have two?

This month a new structure was added to Feilding Lions' Mini Golf on Church St and will look familiar to many.

Standing just over 3 metres tall is an impressive replica of the Manchester Square clock tower.

Its construction and design by club members was more than a labour of love.

It was May 2012 when the project was first mooted. Initial pricing as a commercial project was $20,000, which made it unaffordable.

Former head of technology at Feilding High School and Lions Club member Robert Heath took on the role as project co-ordinator. But it was a project which had challenges.

The first drawings had council building inspectors recommending a height restriction, and earthquake and wind bracing calculations to be provided.

The mini-golf mini-tower had to go through a building consent process until it was discovered that playgroup equipment could be exempt from regulations provided the design was approved by registered civil engineers.

Once version six and a budget of $4734 was finally approved by the Lions committee, work began in October 2013.

"The club members contributed labour time to the construction and painting, with many working bees, including getting the structure into its position," said Mr Heath.

The clock has been named "Hickory Dickory Dock" as it is not meant to be a perfect replica of the town's landmark clock tower, but the resemblance is strong.

It is more than 30 years since the course was opened.

The course's original constructor, Bruce Burne, played a role in the building of the clock tower.

Club members volunteer half a day about every five weeks to man the counter at the course, handing out clubs and balls.

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- Manawatu Standard

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