Tramping club to mark 50th; ex-members sought

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The Hokonui Tramping Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary in October.
An anniversary dinner will be held on Saturday, October 29, followed by a tramp and barbecue on Sunday, October 30.
The club is keen to contact past members so they can register for the celebration.
Club member Trevor Woodrow said the club was also keen to attract new members to its ranks.
While the club will celebrate its 50th birthday in late October, its history goes back many more years, Mr Woodrow says.
‘‘In 1966 the club was resurrected after being in recess since before World War 2.
‘‘It included a handful of members from the 1930s Gore Tramping Club, who helped the new faces set up the current club.’’
Within two months 70 people were coming to club meetings. There were many young people in the club in those days, resulting in several marriages among club members, he said.
In the 1960s many parts of Fiordland had not yet been properly explored and there were several unclimbed minor peaks, he said.
Now the club’s membership stood at 50, he said.
‘‘We welcome new members and encourage people to come along and join us on our tramps.’’
The club has two trips a month, a day tramp and a weekend excursion, and frequently the walks have more than one option, making them suitable for all.
For the past six years the club had organised a pest destruction programme in the Hokonui hills, he said.
‘‘We have three trap lines and have caught over 100 pests, including stoats, weasels, rats, hedgehogs, possums and ferrets.’’
Since the programme started the bird life in the area had improved immensely, he said.
Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the St Andrew’s Church hall, starting at 8pm.
‘‘Tramping is a great way to see the country and our trips range from the West Coast to Stewart Island and all places between.’’ – For further information contact Margaret Hughes on (03) 208-7053 or email crhughes@xtra.co.nz