New entrance at Rathdowney Memorial Ground a community effort

WELCOME: The gates and entrance to the grounds upon completion.

WELCOME: The gates and entrance to the grounds upon completion.

The Rathdowney Memorial Grounds received a deserved makeover last month.

After months of planning and obtaining the materials needed for refurbishing the gate and the entrance to the Memorial Grounds the job was completed in time for Anzac Day.

Someone has remarked “It looks exactly as it did before” and that is the result that was wanted.

The timber was procured and milled in Coffs Harbour and Keith Harper assisted by Ted Maslen and Rodney Donaldson took on the task of constructing the gateway and repairing the gate.

This was a painstaking and intricate job but the results make it all worth while.

When the work in Keith’s shed was finished the bits and pieces were transported to Rathdowney to be put together.

Locals work on the finishing touches to the gates.

Locals work on the finishing touches to the gates.

Several working bees were held and over several weekends men and machinery dismantled the old entrance then dug and very carefully placed the new pieces where they had to go. 

This all had to be done in a very specific order as there were no nails used in the original gate and gateway.

There was a moment or two when disaster could have struck but in the main it all went well.

Since the project was completed local turf grower Duncan Swinton has provided and laid turf to complete project, John Salisbury waters the turf daily and Teddy Maslen has made a photographic record of the process.

The people of Rathdowney have a gateway that they can be proud of for at least another 50 or 60 years.

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