High tea to dress up street

TERRY KARATAU
Last updated 14:36 09/07/2013

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Posh frocks and frilly hats will be the order of the day when the Mangaweka Ladies Book Club holds an old fashioned but ritzy high tea to raise funds for Julie Oliver to continue her project in the main street - Broadway, Mangaweka.

One of the organisers, Irene Loader, said the ‘a la Ritz' high tea is already creating a buzz and she is expecting the 40 tickets available to sell quickly.

"The high tea menu will be prepared by our book club ladies, all fine cooks. There will be a waitress for every two tables and an elegantly-clad doorman in dinner suit will welcome guests. So ladies and gents and well-behaved children are requested to dress for the occasion and enjoy the company of other distinguished guests, including our MP Ian McKelvie and his lovely wife."

Trevor Morley from Wellington will be supplying the music via his vintage gramophones, playing a selection of popular 78 vinyl records.

For $1, guests can request their choice and there is room for a little foxtrot to Glen Miller or Tommy Dorsey and the like.

Following the high tea menu, Julie Oliver will talk about the project.

"Bring a little extra cash as there will be raffles on sale and a few surprise temptations," Ms Loader said.

The project to bring colour and uniqueness to the village's main street has the support of the whole community.

Last Tuesday morning Ms Oliver was handed two local donations, one of $1000 and another of $500.

"I was completely overwhelmed," Ms Oliver said.

"It has given us the incentive to forge ahead."

The earlier funding that Ms Oliver received from NZ Creative Communities has helped produce painted cutout characters, five of which were erected last weekend, however more is needed.

Ms Oliver said an approach was made to Bunnings in Palmerston North as they have the sign board she needs, however the merchant said they could not help at this time.

Fundraising and sponsorship approaches do not stop.

The community is helping.

"It is all very exciting - the true picture of what we can achieve for this small town is very much becoming a reality," Ms Oliver said.

* For tickets to Mangaweka's high tea contact Irene Loader on 06 382 5886.

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