Thursday, January 24, 2013

Balmforth book goes down well

Steve Balmforth and Len Machin
MANY happy memories were shared when local history fans flocked to the New Norfolk Newsagency just before Christmas for the launch of Steve Balmforth's book on Glenleith estate. Mr Balmforth said the December 22 book launch had gone very well, with more than 60 copies sold during the morning.

Mr Balmforth was thrilled with what he called an unexpected level of interest from locals and those who had links to the Glenleith property. The current owner of Glenleith, Peter Cooper, was among the interested onlookers at the book signing, as was Len Machin from New Norfolk (pictured with Steve Balmforth, left,) who is featured in the book as part of the 1954 Plenty football team, and has many personal memories of the stories as outlined in the book.

Photos appearing in Glenleith Memories and Stories will be provided to the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre. The book has 100 pages and includes chapters on families including the Balmforths, Harwoods, Shaws, Woolfords, Menzies, Rainbirds, McMahons among many others, as well as hop-picking, the Plenty Church, Plenty Hall, Plenty Football Club, local identities and family memories.

The book will continue to be sold via the New Norfolk Newsagency until stocks run out. "Leigh Martin and his staff have been exceptionally supportive of this local project," Mr Balmforth said. For those unable to visit the New Norfolk Newsagency, the book can be ordered direct by contacting Steve via email or by calling 03 9486 5975.

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