Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In the Club

Top: Ellesemere Brass Band Hall, Leeston, South Canterbury. Ajr
Bottom: Temuka Boxing Club Hall, Temuka, South Canterbury Ajr
I think one of the loveliest things about exploring the little rural villages that spot their way across the Canterbury Plains - or villages anywhere in New Zealand actually - is the discovery of charming old club buildings. These are two I found the other day - the brick Temuka Boxing Club hall in Temuka; and the old Ellesmere Brass Band Hall in Leeston, nearer Christchurch. They say so much about the nature of rural communities; and in many instances, they are the remnants of a whole other social era.

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