Time to get on the wagon bandwagon

By Holly Tregenza

AFTER 51 years of helping others, the Stanhope Lions are putting the call out for a little help themselves. 

They're looking to refurbish a more than 100-year-old wagon that was donated to them by the Enders family and is believed to have been built in 1901. 

"We're looking to preserve the wagon so that people in the next century can stop and see a small piece of history and see the way our pioneers lived," Lions president Avis Weller said. 

The volunteer group has looked after the wagon, which lives in Stanhope Lions park, for more than 35 years, and is worried that without significant work it will waste away. 

In that time they've had to install a cage around the wagon after parts of the structure were stolen.

"We are a small group but have done a lot of good stuff in the local area and would very much appreciate an hour or two of your time to get this project off the ground," Ms Weller said. 

The Enders family are one of the oldest in the district, and it's believed the wagon was used to cart produce and hay in a time before cars. 

It may have even been part of some of the earliest Mardi Gras parades in the area. 

The wagon needs significant sanding and a new paint job, as well as some general repairs on the wooden bench seat. 

With just seven on the Lions team, they're putting the call out to anyone who might be able to lend a hand. 

"If we don't look after it, we will lose it," said Ms Weller. 

Contact Avis Weller on 0409 438 386 or any member of the Stanhope Lions club if you can help.