Monday, March 5, 2018

Thames (NZ): Friendship Plaques revealed

Back in 2016, I researched and published a booklet on "Thames Memorials and Plaques."
At the time, I was confident that I had found and documented most of the plaques and memorials in the town - well alas I have found an interesting spot on the foreshore just north of Pak'n Save that proves I was wrong!


 The plaques are located on the western side of the walkway. The area is marked with a large piece of granite rock, surrounded by trees, with small plaques scattered around on the end of wooden piles. The sad thing is that the area is somewhat overgrown, and on the day I visited full of rubbish.

The area has been established by the Thames Coromandel Friendship Force Club, the sign below states that they are one of 500 clubs in over 50 countries around the world.

There is a large piece of granite rock (photos below), that was donated by the Ward Family. Then, there are small plaques that denote when a group from another country visited the Thames group.
Clubs that have visited include: Greater Manchester (2017), RioDe Janeiro (2017), USA groups (2012, 2013, 2016), Germany/Austria (2015), Noumea (2012), and Melbourne (2014).

The names of trees planted are also identified. The Naio tree below was said to have been planted by the Friendship Force of Thames Coromandel, in celebration of the Millennium in 2000. (photo below)


Next time you are passing, stop and read the plaques and admire the variety of trees that have been planted adjacent to the entry of the walkway.

Further Information.
Details on the Friendship Club available online.