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Loyal Howickians get together

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Doug White outside White’s General Store, Howick Historical Village

Over 30 years ago when a group of people from Howick and Districts attended the funeral of an old Howickian, a comment was made that it was a shame to meet only in sad circumstances.

Thus, a decision was made to gather together with old friends and neighbours on the first Sunday of October and this tradition has continued through to 2023.

Howickians from Howick and Districts are gathering to enjoy a shared luncheon at the Howick Bowling Club on Sunday, October 1, between 11am and 2pm.

It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and neighbours, and have a good chin-wag about shared memories, mementos and photographs of Howick and Districts.

This year the committee is encouraging the next generation to come along and join in the fun.

If you have had a long association with Howick and Districts and have a heart for Howick, why not get together with a small group of like-minded friends (be they old school mates, old friends or family) and come along.

  • What: Howickians Get Together
  • Where: Howick Bowling Club
  • When: Sunday, October 1, 11am – 2pm
  • Ladies a plate and gentlemen $10

Contact: Gay Bevan 021 269 6112, Barbara Carr 534 6616, Wally Rice 0276018362, Marilyn Bakker 021 707 066, Grant Taylor 534 6695.

In remembrance of Doug White

The Howickian Committee acknowledge the contribution of Doug White, a valued committee member, who sadly passed away in May this year.

Doug was a generous and active member of the community and a regular volunteer at the Howick Historical Village where he was often seen dressed as a clergyman, conducting a short sermon, or behind the counter at White’s Family Store offering visitors ‘Sarah’s (Sarah White) biscuits’ that he had baked the night before.

Descended from early settler James White, and proud of their Fencible heritage, the Whites generously donated the White Family Homestead to the Howick Historical Village in 1995.

The family, including Doug and his sister Brenda, walked alongside the homestead as it was transported from Glenmore Road, Pakuranga, to its new home at the entrance of the village.

Doug was a committed Christian and involved in a broad range of volunteer work.

This included almost 30 years of continuous service to Bible in Schools which he and his pupils enjoyed.

A kind, humble and much-loved man, Doug was honoured, and his many achievements were remembered, by his family and the large assembly of people attending his final farewell.

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