By DAVID HILL
The Rangiora Museum is seeking new volunteers as long-serving members look to step back.
President Ann Jelfs and curator Pam Mackintosh plan to step from their roles with the Rangiora and District Early Records Society at its upcoming annual meeting.
The society is keen to hear from prospective new volunteers and committee members.
While there is a nomination for president, the roles of curator and secretary look set to be vacant at the AGM.
“Our secretary has moved into Christchurch and our minute secretary would like to retire as well,” Mrs Jelfs says.
“It’s all come at once, which is one of those things.
“We’re happy to take all ages and we have a young fellow from Rangiora High School who comes in as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award and he’s wonderful with his knowledge of technology.”
She has been president for 21 years and previously held the role of curator.
Mrs Mackintosh, who like Mrs Jelfs has lived in Rangiora all her life, says she joined the society in 1992.
“I went to the Rangiora Show in 1992 and there was a display and I found I knew more than they did about Rangiora history, so they said ‘when are you going to come in?’. I’ve been involved in some capacity ever since.”
The two long-serving volunteers say there is plenty to keep them busy at the museum, with Mrs Mackintosh working on a Rangiora houses project and the society’s growing archive urgently needs sorting.
She is gathering a photographic collection of old Rangiora houses with information about their history.
“Many of the old houses now have trees in front of them, so they’re hard to see, while others have been pulled down.
“We’re looking for some of the older people who grew up in Rangiora, if they’ve got some photos of houses, if they can bring them in, we can scan them and return them.”
Mrs Jelfs says there is a growing interest in the town’s old houses, particularly from new residents.
“That’s what we’re finding more and more of. People move into Rangiora and they want to learn about the history of their house, so it’s about building up a picture archive of the town.”