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Help Keep the Centre Open

Help Keep the Centre Open

Established in 1992, the Featherston Community Centre is owned by a trust on behalf of the community. Rental fees cover half of our expenses. For the rest we rely on grants, donations and services in kind. Please help us by making a tax-refundable donation on our GiveALittle page.

Thank you!

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We won the use of an Electric Car!

We won the use of an Electric Car!

Thanks to Genesis Energy, the Featherston Community Centre can now zip around in an eco-friendly Nissan Leaf , "Little Evie". The vehicle has been branded with the Centre logo and doesn't it look great! The Genesis Local Energy Project is also renting office space in the Centre so if you are considering going solar give Lydia a call at 027 588 4963. Check out this great article in the Wairarpa Times-Age.

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Campaign to Save the Billboards

Campaign to Save the Billboards

Thank you for your kind donations! We have raised $600 and this campaign is now closed. Four of Kathy Bartlett's billboards have been on loan at the entrance of the Featherston Community Centre. Now through this Givealitte campaign you have helped raise $600 for these four plus and additional two remaining portraits in this series. Thank you for helping us keep this taonga for the good folk of Featherston. Link to our Givealittle Billboard Campaign.

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Featherston Toy Library Reopens

Featherston Toy Library Reopens

Fully fenced and freshly relocated to the Centre. We are a small toy library, run by volunteers - to make Featherston more fun for you! Open Tuesday and Saturdays 10:00 to noon. You can join the toy library:

  • Standard membership 40 per year
  • Rostered member $20 per year
  • Grandparent $10 per year

Call 06 308 6148 to volunteer or for more info

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Wairarapa Art Sale May 2017

Wairarapa Art Sale May 2017

Well that was fun. Thanks and see you next year!

Opening - Thursday 11 May 2017, 6pm. Gallery open daily during the Featherston Booktown weekend, 12-14 May 10-5pm ('til 12 on Sunday).

The Wairarapa Art Sale is a great way for us to showcase Wairarapa artists and fund projects that benefit the community. Once again, it will be held during the weekend of  Featherston Booktown, who have kindly agreed for us to operate at the same time.

 

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Fab Feathy: April Update

Fab Feathy: April Update

A Fantastic response!

Have you done the Fab Feathy 5-minute survey yet? The Fab Feathy 5-minute Survey can be done right here, right now - or you can grab a paper copy from the Featherston Library or the Featherston Community Centre.

This morning we reached 193 survey responses!!! Kara Pennington is ecstatic about the number of responses: "Yay - Go Featherston!" She explains that the participation percentage of the Featherston community is well above the average compared to other communities.

She says: "We want at minimum of 200 responses; 250 would be great; 300 would be excellent. We can do it!" If you have already done the survey, please encourage more people to have their say. The survey runs until the end of April.

Community + Potluck = Great ideas & Fun Times!

When there is a good thing happening, our community turns up! And the Featherston community turned up in  large numbers for the Fab Feathy Community Potluck Dinner last Sunday 2 April - we reckon there were well over 200 people, from ages 0 to 90 and from all walks of life. We had the most amazing time - and we hope you did too.

Thank you to everyone who attended, brought yum food, shared your ideas, played music, took photos, set up, cleaned up, and who contributed and supported the event in a myriad of amazing ways! Check out the THANK YOU list here; if you think someone's been missed out, please contact us on fabfeathy@outlook.co.nz.

What happens next?

We are still buzzing from everyone's generosity of ideas and contributions. Please keep in touch and join us again at the next community event Sunday 28 May!

At this meeting we plan to use the feedback we have gathered from the community as a basis from which to develop a set of community goals and to identify what priority projects might help us achieve those goals. We really hope to see you there.

Why Fab Feathy? Why Community-led Development?

In the April Phoenix article we heard from Mark Shepherd, one of the Fab Feathy members, about why Mark chose this particular group to be involved with.

"I am involved with the Fab Feathy project because I have a real passion for the success and growth of our awesome town."

The Fab Feathy Community-Led Development project is building on what is happening now, and working together as a community to create the future that our community wants. Mark explains: "But we can only do it with the backing of our community. That is why we are asking for your suggestions and ideas."

It is important to us that everyone has an opportunity to have a say

Mark also reiterated that we want to hear from as many Featherston people as possible about what they want to see for our great community. "You may have seen our noticeboards and suggestion boxes around town. A big thanks to everyone who has kindly hosted the noticeboards/boxes and to all of you who have shared ideas. We are pleased to say there is no shortage of great ideas in the community - keep them coming!"

 

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Fab Feathy: March Update

Fab Feathy: March Update

Update for March

Have your say with the Fab Feathy 5-minute Survey

Our survey is a really quick and easy way to give us your feedback. For those of you that aren’t connected or don’t like to use the internet, a copy of the survey is published in this edition of the Phoenix. Just fill it out and drop into one of our collection boxes (see survey for more detail).

All completed surveys will go in the draw for coffee vouchers. We have heaps to give away thanks to Loco, Gusto Cafe, and ESCVelocity.

Community Potluck Dinner Sunday 2 April, 5 pm, Anzac Hall.

Come along and share some kai, share your ideas and find out what others have told us they want for Featherston. Hope to see you there!

Community-led Development in Featherston

Community-led development is based on the notion that local ideas, wisdom and locals working together is the best way to bring about the change we want as a community.

We have a wonderful tradition of community-led development in Featherston. The Fab Feathy project is about continuing this tradition, building on what is happening now and working together to create the future that the Featherston community wants.

The first task Fab Feathy have set ourselves is to hear from as many Featherston people as possible, from all walks of life. We need input from the whole community to identify Featherston’s collective aspirations and come up with a plan to achieve those aspirations together.

Thanks for the support and input so far

To collect your ideas, we have had noticeboards and suggestion boxes at several places around town:
• Loco Cafe
• Supervalue
• Featherston Library
• Featherston Medical Centre
• Featherston Train Station
• Featherston Community Centre
• Town and Country Café

Massive thanks to those who have kindly hosted the noticeboards and to all who have shared ideas via the noticeboards.

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Fab Feathy: November Update

Fab Feathy: November Update

What future do you want for Featherston?

Fab Feathy has been beavering away planning opportunities to get your feedback.

We kicked off the process to get your ideas for Featherston’s future with an “ideas noticeboard” at Loco and we can tell you this much, there is no shortage of great ideas in our community! If this is a taster of what is to come; bring it on! To enable more feedback, we are installing more noticeboards around town (e.g. at Supervalue, Featherston Community Centre, Featherston Library, and more) - for all those great ideas that pop up in your head when you are browsing the shelves looking for the next page-turner or getting your lotto ticket! Make sure you seek out these places and give us your two cents.

If you are more of an online creature, we are developing an online survey to seek your feedback. Once we have the survey up and running we will publicise it here, and in the Phoenix.

A quick snapshot of ideas so far includes: community events, walking and cycle trails, improved communication, community orchard and foodshare, developing Wairarapa Moana, safer footpaths, more jobs/training for young people, afterschool care, an integrated town. While we are seeing diversity in suggestions, it is pleasing to see much community agreement on aspirations for Featherston’s future.

Community-Led Development is about our community working together to generate our own locally-led future. This is why is it great to see some of the ideas the community is wanting already underway with locals taking the initiative; especially in the community events and culture space. If you didn’t check out the First Friday Extravaganza in November, then give it a shot this month – this is a vibrant, fun for all ages community event with great tunes!

Last but not least, big ups to all the people who responded to our shout out for help in the November Phoenix article.

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Could you be our new board member?

Could you be our new board member?

The Featherston Community Centre board are looking to recruit more board members to help keep the great working going that we already do. Have you ever thought about joining a board but haven’t made the leap yet? Now is definitely the time!

What I really enjoy about being a part of the board is a sense that I’m really helping to keep a valuable part of Featherston alive and progressing toward a really bright future. Not only that, but I get to learn new things, contribute to ideas and projects that are interesting and meet passionate and clever people. So I would highly recommend coming to talk to us if you think this might be something you’d be interested in. Please call and have a chat to our chair Emily (021 313 8042) or Centre Manager Siv (06 308 8239) or email us at info@featherstoncommunity.org.nz. You totally won’t regret it! (Tamara)

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Annual General Meeting 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014

The Featherston Community Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting for 2014 on the 24 July, 7.30 pm – 9.00pm at the Centre at 14 Wakefield Street. Dr. Harsha will be a guest speaker with a talk on ‘How to Stay Healthy’. The agenda will include a minor amendment to the Constitution and a light supper will follow. To be nominated for the Board, please contact Sonya at 021 302 585 or fns.comcen@xtra.co.nz

Link to AGM2014 Notice Poster

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Welcome back, Siv!

Welcome back, Siv!

Siv Fjaerestad, the Centre’s Manager, who has been on maternity leave since last year will be returning part-time on Friday’s from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Welcome back! For now, relieving Manager Mary Mason will continue Monday through Thursday, 8am – 1pm.

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New Year, New Website

New Year, New Website

We’ve given our website a bit of a makeover. In the first instance, we’ve reorganised and updated the content to make things easier to find especially with regards to what’s on when, who can be contacted, what’s on offer in terms of facilities at the Centre and how you can go about booking it if you were interested. In the second instance, we’ve refreshed the design and look and feel. The idea was to retain the original site’s cleanliness, simplicity and clarity but improve it such that it would work well no matter the device you use to visit the site. This means it should be just as readable and functional on a mobile phone screen as it is on a large computer monitor. If you do find any issues with the site or which to provide any feedback or suggestions, please feel free to send it through.

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Your Centre Needs You!

Your Centre Needs You!

Ask not: ‘what can your community centre do for you?’, but rather ‘what can you do for your community centre?’. Are you a dab hand with a hammer and would be keen to help on one of our biannual working bees? Do you have green thumbs and could help out with our flourishing garden? Are you a computer whizz and able to lend your expertise to maintaining our IT infrastructure or working on our website? Do you have a few free hours to help run the Centre’s front desk and extend the hours that it can be kept open? Do you have skills in marketing, communications, property maintenance or finance that you could lend to one of the Centre’s sub-committees or would you be interested in becoming a Board member? If you do think you might be able to help the Centre in any way (no matter how small) and were interested in doing so, please contact the Centre’s Manager.

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Centre Makeover 2014

Centre Makeover 2014

Thanks to some generous funding grants from our major supporters, we will be able to go ahead with a few renovations at the Centre this year. In particular, our bathroom and the main entrance require some immediate work so that they can be brought inline with the latest Council access and fire safety standards. In addition to those alterations, we’ll be improving the entrance to the Kauri room (aka the ‘Lounge’) as well as creating a brand new office space in place of the underutilised ‘waiting area’. We’ll keep you posted on progress.

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Veggie Patch Thriving

Veggie Patch Thriving

Last year, the Centre received the very generous donation of eight kit-set, raised garden beds and a load of topsoil. They were cleaned, assembled and made ready for planting with the help of a few local lads. The community then rallied to provide seeds and seedlings and now the boxes sport a wonderful array of vegetables, herbs and flowers that would make even Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall proud. We have potatoes, silverbeet, beetroot, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, tomatoes, parsley, radishes, celery, zucchini and peas interspersed with marigolds and wildflowers. Not only is at a very attractive feature to have as part of the Community Centre grounds, it is also a way we can supply fresh produce to those in the community that need it most.

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Spring Clean for Featherston

Spring Clean for Featherston

'Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week' is a nationwide initiative involving towns and communities throughout the country taking the time to stop and clean up their patch. The Centre is now the co-ordinator of Featherston's Community clean up effort. During the official week in 2013, we focussed on removing the litter alongside the railway tracks, along the main road and the block containing the petrol station. The turn-out wasn't quite as strong as in previous years – although suspicions were voiced that thumping rain and a strong southerly might have had something to do with it. Furthermore, there was the distraction of a certain international sailing event being televised at exactly the same time which may not have helped either. Next year we'll be looking to recruit more Featherstonians for Clean Up day by publicising the event more widely, avoiding major sportscasts and praying to the weather gods well in advance.

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