Dorothy Dolan was very active in the Methven Community over the years. In 1979, she was awarded the Queens Service Order for her 36 years of Voluntary Service. In 1973, she opened an Opportunity Shop in the town which she named ‘Fourways’. As it was a place to drop off spare clothing. A Place to buy a bargain. The money generated, went to a number of good causes and it kept her out of mischief!
After 9 years of operating Fourways, the local Red Cross took over, running the shop from their premises on Forest Drive. Dorothy passed away in 2010 in her 95th year, so the family decided that in 2015, to celebrate her 100th Birthday, they would all congregate in Methven in August, to remember her, but in the meantime, one of her Grandsons was getting married on New year’s Eve, so it was decided to wait and combine their commemoration and the Wedding around the same time.
One of her other Grandsons suggested it would be rather special to mark the occasion by planting a tree or putting a seat somewhere in the town, so things started moving. A seat was organised and with permission granted by the Council it was decided to install it at the Methven Cemetery, where we used to enjoy a stroll regularly.
We had wanted to have the seat in place when the family were all home in January, as 9 of her 11 Grandchildren were in attendance along with 13 of her 20 Great Grandchildren, but we had to wait until just recently to have it installed.
A big thank you to Jimmy O’Shea for installing the seat. Ably assisted by David den Baars.
It was a great time to have a Family Reunion of sorts, and the Mt Hutt Chalets proved to be an ideal setting for all the families for the occasion.
As I was back home for the Snowfed 30th Reunion, it was an ideal opportunity for my Sister and Brother to join me and have our own time to sit on the seat and ponder.