Lions Club marks double celebration with seat, table donation for Richmond

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne, left, sits with Richmond Lions Club member Struan Robinson on new street furniture ...
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Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne, left, sits with Richmond Lions Club member Struan Robinson on new street furniture donated by the Lions Club.

As a new-look Queen St starts to take shape at Richmond, a donated wooden seat and table outside the library is already drawing people.

Gifted by the Lions Club, the wooden seat curves around a matching table outside Richmond Library, next to a newly planted garden, atop freshly laid paving.

Members of the Lions Club of Richmond unveiled the new furniture on Tuesday morning where a member of the public was already enjoying the sunny spot.

Two plaques on the back of the seat record the double significance of the donation – to celebrate 50 years of service to the community by the Richmond Lions Club and to mark the centennial celebration of Lions International. 

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne made the most of the opportunity to take a pew with Richmond Lions Club incoming president for 2018-19 Struan Robinson.

Kempthorne said the seat was functional, enjoyable and looked nice.

"They say that libraries are the hub of the community and they are," he said, adding that the hub would now stretch on to the footpath with the addition of the seat and table.

"We really appreciate what you've done here ... it's really wonderful."

Robinson said he hoped the furniture would provide years of enjoyment for the public.

Also on hand for the event was Lions district governor Peter Gamble, of Christchurch. He said the new street furniture was a legacy project – a gift to the community to commemorate the centennial of Lions International.

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Another feature of the commemoration was the centennial service challenge in which the organisation aimed to serve more than 100 million people internationally through projects focusing on youth, hunger, vision, environment and diabetes over four years to June 2018. By lunchtime on Tuesday, the total of people served topped 177m.

"We're doing quite well," Gamble said.

Lions Club of Richmond secretary John Baty said the club had 18 members and would like more.

Robinson said he joined about five years ago as a way to help the community. The club also provided good camaraderie, he said. 

Meanwhile, a street food festival is planned for Saturday, October 14. Called The First Taste, it is a chance for Queen St food outlets to offer their wares from 11am to 2pm along the completed section of the new-look main street.

 - Stuff

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