Ashley Perkin and David Leggett sit on their new couch, purchased during the Nelson Suburban Club Auction on Sunday. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Suburban Club downsizes


The Nelson Suburban Club said goodbye to its surplus stock on Sunday, in an auction that featured around 140 lots.

The restaurant, main hall and one function room set to be pulled down as part of a redevelopment.

The club will now be operating within a much smaller footprint and board member Stan Holland says they will be renovating this new space to better suit their club members.

The items that went up for auction included around 66 tables and 270 chairs, speakers, a full-sized billiards table, items from the former restaurants commercial kitchen and a range of miscellaneous items.

Auctioneer John Walker kicked things off at 11am, with items selling to a range of buyers, including several local businesses.

Mrs Smith’s Café and Vegetables in Riwaka took home kitchen equipment and bar stools, as well as a sound system which was an item they hadn’t planned on bidding on, but couldn’t pass up considering the “iconic” brand.

Nelson North Country Club’s vice president Mark Anderson and club manager Deirdre Prattley were successful in buying several tables and chairs, which would be “perfect for the club when we have our annual speed shearing and pig hunt events, as well as other functions,” says Deirdre.

Sport Tasman purchased 140 chairs which will be used in one of their facilities, while Wakefield Hotel owners acquired several items including kitchen equipment and seating, as well as the full-sized billiards table.

Ashley Perkin and David Leggett were buying for an entirely different reason, taking home a table, bench seat, sofa and footstool, and tea caddy for their new home. This is the first auction they’ve been to in search of furniture, saying it had been great to grab several bargains.

Nelson Suburban Club had hoped to unveil to members a draft plan and a draft timeline of the redevelopment as it effected the club, however that is still being discussed with the Gibbons Group.

The new date for the unveil is this Thursday.