The Lawrence Hall held its 107th annual flower show on Saturday, which included a special presentation and farewell to long serving Lawrence Hall committee member and treasurer, Mrs Alma McLachlan, who retired from the hall committee, after 41 years.
Mrs McLachlan served as treasurer on the hall committee, for at least 37 years; always keeping a close eye on finances.
Fellow committee member Lorna Reeves said that Mrs McLachlan was also caretaker of the hall, ensuring it was kept in good order. She also looked after the function bookings, for the hall.
“Alma was also responsible for planting many of the trees which can be seen around the village of Lawrence today,” said Mrs Reeves.
“She watered them in the dry times and during the wetter times, kept them clear of weeds and grass, making sure that they survived.
“Today, the village of Lawrence looks lovely, especially in springtime, when most of the trees flower.
“Alma also organised our annual flower show, which is the halls major fund raiser each year.
“She always made sure she had enough workers to help, enough food for the kitchen and also plenty of entries for the show.
“Alma ensured that there were always fresh flowers on the afternoon tea tables. All in all, everything that needed to be done was done,” said Mrs Reeves.
Over the years Mrs McLachlan exhibited many flowers and plants from her large garden and if someone was away while the flower show was on, she would pick their flowers for them and enter them in the show, on their behalf.
During Saturday’s flower show, President of the hall committee Peter Kelsall presented Alma with two awards and congratulated her for her many years of community service.
The first award was a ‘Certificate of Service’ from the NSW Lands Department, in recognition for over 20 year’s service to the hall (the hall committee are trustees for the Lawrence Hall, which is built on crown land and owned by NSW department of Industry – Lands).
The second award was from the hall committee and community, acknowledging Alma’s contribution to the Lawrence community.
This year’s event was a huge success with a record amount of around $1600, raised for the hall.
The weather was kind and those who attended had an enjoyable day.