Stones feature in upgrade to Mayfield entrance

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Photo: Barry Austin and Neil Blake at the new entrance of the Mayfield Domain.

By Mick Jensen

An impressive upgrade of the Mayfield Domain main entrance will be formally unveiled next month.

A stone wall, made from local rocks, frames the new 7m entranceway and invites the public into the multi use grounds.

Mayfield Lions and the Mayfield Domain Board have combined funds, resources and know-how to complete the overdue facelift.

The previous walled entry into the domain was built in the 1930s and had two entrances, which confused some drivers, said Mayfield Reserve Board and hall committee chair Barry Austin.

The old entrance “was past its use by date” and there had been traffic issues over the years because it was not wide enough, he said.

Mr Austin said Ashburton council had offered a modest grant to the domain board to widen the old entrance, but the project had been now completed on a much grander scale with support from Mayfield Lions and the wider community.

The old entrance had been demolished and the new entrance helped the domain stand out and included a new sign, he said.

Neil Blake from the Mayfield Lions said the club had been looking for a community project to complete as part of Lions International centennial celebrations.

“We don’t have too many options here in Mayfield and the well-used domain was an obvious and worthwhile choice for us.”

Mr Blake said stones had been picked from the Hinds River and donated by Stuart Tarbotton Contractors.

A stonemason from The Outdoor Space had worked part time for three months to craft the new entrance. As well as Lions funding, there had been other financial support from the local citizens association, hall committee, Anzac Day committee and a generous donation from a local contractor.

In total the project had cost around $28,000, said Mr Blake.

The new entrance will be formally opened by Mayfield’s oldest resident, 94-year-old Hamish McCormick, at a ceremony at 1pm on December 10.

It will be followed by another ceremony nearby to celebrate 50 years of the domain-based Mayfield Playcentre.