11 June 2018 Read: 705
On Friday evening, the 1st of June, the historical Pine Tree Lane at Merensky High School was the guest of honour during an exquisite dinner party. It would be the last supper beneath the trees which have stood watch over the grounds of this high school over time immemorial.
It was an air of melancholy that surrounded the evening as the many former Plasies reminisced about countless hours spent amid the shelter of these giants who guarded their childhood. The decision to fell the trees did not come easily to the members of the school governing body, but was a necessary evil as dictated by the three years of negotiations between the school and their insurance company. The trees had grown old and their branches brittle. This caused a major hazard to not only the surrounding structures, but vehicles and people who passed through the lane.
Gratifying news, though, is that new indigenous trees will be planted to form a brand new lane where memories, moments and magic will once again await future Plasies. The last dinner in the Lane initiative by the governing body served a duel purpose; to raise funds for the new gymnasium as well as providing a fitting farewell salute to these giants, who for many years have provided shelter and shade for generations of Plasies and visitors. For a more detailed look at the history of the Lane, be sure to read your June edition of the AgriBulletin at the end of the month.