Savage Clubs gather for great reunion

The Waimate Combined Singing Group joined others from around the central South Island over the weekend for a celebration of song.

Around 70 people from Dunedin, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, as well as Waimate met at St Patrick's church for the biennial Savage Club southern group get-together.

The showcase included instrumental pieces.

The Waimate Savage Club comprises about 100 members who meet monthly and visit other clubs around the South Island.

Club treasurer Heather Spell said the club had been busy practising for the performance and was pleased with the turnout.

The Savage Club was established in London in 1857.

A band of authors, artists, musicians, singers and dancers formed the club after meeting during leisure hours.

Well known members have included WS Gilbert, Mark Twain, Albert Chevalier and several members of royalty.

The club was named after Richard Savage who was a shady satirical poet. He died in 1743 after a chequered career, more than a century before the Savage Club was born.

Savage Club New Zealand began in Dunedin in 1885. There are 24 Savage and Orphans Clubs throughout New Zealand under the auspices of the Association of Kindred Clubs Incorporated. Clubs around the country use the many and varied talents of their members to bring enjoyment to people in retirement homes and at other functions. Waimate Savage Club was established in 1923.

The Timaru Herald