Current Situation

The necessary rebuild of our premises, after the damaging earthquakes of 2011, has encouraged us to think about how we fit into and can support and promote our community as it is revitalised. We have so much history which we want to acknowledge and retain. So much has been lost in Lyttelton; we have an opportunity to both save the past and look to the future.

We intend to be the preferred community premises and preferred venue for touring performers in the wider Harbour area in addition to providing a social venue for our members. We are not a traditional Working Mens Club; we have a broad focus beyond service to our members.

We have altered our rules to reflect our strong desire to promote the performing arts in the Harbour among adults and children alike, as well as promoting recreational, sporting and cultural activities.

Our current focus is to complete our new two-storey premises which includes a commercial kitchen, a bar area and a large upper floor multi-purpose space. We are particularly proud of the inclusion of a fly tower in the building. This is specifically to encourage performing arts, both local and touring.

We are proud of how far we have come in our rebuild. We are grateful for all the assistance, financial and otherwise. We need further assistance with the final push to completion.

We are seeking a significant contribution to the completion of the building work which will allow our committee and members to look beyond the building process and organise the actual use and administration of the premises for the benefit of our community. We have worked hard both in fundraising and work in kind to get where we are. We are proud of our achievements to date.

We are grateful to all the organisations, companies and individuals who have assisted in our journey to completion.

As a community asset, a not-for-profit incorporated society and one of the few remaining historical buildings and organisations in Lyttelton, we deserve support. Please donate to help us...

Definition of 'fly-tower' (from Wikipedia)

"A fly system, flying system or theatrical rigging system, is a system of lines (e.g. ropes), blocks (pulleys), counterweights and related devices within a theatre that enables a stage crew to quickly, quietly and safely fly (hoist) components such as curtains, lights, scenery, stage effects and sometimes people (e.g. in Peter Pan). Systems are typically designed to fly components between clear view of the audience and out of view, into the large opening, fly loft, above the stage.

Fly systems are often used in conjunction with other theatre systems, such as scenery wagons, stage lifts and stage turntables, to physically manipulate the mise en scene".

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