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Featherston Community Centre House Meeting Thursday 13 March 2014: 7-8pm

Dear Community and Centre users,

Come and help brain-storm about ideas about how the community can work together in new ways and generate our own solutions to local issues! The Centre will present an exciting opportunity for the Centre and the larger Featherston and South Wairarapa community.

The Featherston Community Centre look forward to talk to the community about the Centre’s current and future projects, and receive feedback and ideas that can highlight exciting areas for change, networking and collaborations. As always this meeting is also a great opportunity to share information, network, and ensure good and ongoing attendance of clients and participants, and last but not least hear about what people in our community are doing!

Come along at 7pm! – Please, if you can, RSVP to fsn.comcen@xtra.co.nz or call 06 308 8239 beforehand to let us know you are coming 🙂


Happy New Year!

Welcome to a new year at the Featherston Community Centre. Why not make a resolution to come along and see what we do and enjoy the fellowship of your community!

Our manager who has been on maternity leave will at this stage be returning part time on Friday’s from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Welcome back Siv Fjaerestad. Relieving Manager Mary Mason will continue Monday – Thursday 8am – 1pm.

Christmas Raffle

Our Christmas raffle was drawn at the Featherston Police Station on 13 December 2013. The three winners of our fabulous hampers were M Howard, C Perry and C Swanson. With the generous support of the community we were able to raise $1429.50 for the Community Centre. This is a very useful amount of funds. Thank you and congratulations to the winners.

What’s on?

NEW: Creative Drop In Sessions at FCC – starts Wednesday 12 February 2014

7.30 – 9.30pm, Art Room, Featherston Community Centre.

Koha – $2 per person per session

This is a weekly creative expressions evening is starting at the Featherston Community Centre. If you are working on a project or just want to come and discover your artistic side then come along. You will need to bring your own paper, paint, pens, pencils, clay etc (no teaching, just good company and fun).

Please call if you require more information Beelah 021 255 3166 or Siv 021 2567 441

Counselling for couples or individuals. Contact Trudi Betschart on mobile 021 0450 491. Trudi is a member of MNZAC and is experienced in all aspects of counselling; – adults, adolescents and children. Trudi is also able to see people on a Saturday.

Ongoing Services:

WINZ, CCS Disability Action, Counselling, Pathways Workwise, Wairarapa Community Law Centre, Narcotics Anonymous, CARE NZ.

Ongoing Classes/Groups:

Feldenkrais, Mah Jong, Needlework & Crafts, Quilting, Juesday Art with Julia, Tai Chi, Drop in Knitting & Crafts, Featherston Beautification Group, Footprints in Featherston, Yoga and Scrapbooking Saturday.

Check out our timetable in the Phoenix, online, or on our main street and Centre noticeboards. Keep up to date with our events by visiting our website: https://featherstoncomcen.wordpress.com – Twitter: FeatherstonCommCen – or become a facebook friend with Featherston Community Centre.

Arrow FM 92.7 FM,

the Wairarapa’s community access radio pre-records local radio content every month from the Community Centre. If you have an idea for a radio programme and would like to broadcast with Arrow FM, then contact Lucy, Arrow’s Southern Area Coordinator on 021 08165617 or email lucy_e_cooper2003@yahoo.co.uk To hear great local content from broadcasters in the South Wairarapa, tune in on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month – 92.7FM or click “listen live” at http://www.arrowfm.co.nz .

Speakers’ Corner – starts again 31 July 2013!


‘Localising Food’ Tour Aotearoa – New Zealand presents Politics of Food Security:

The Featherston Community Centre is hosting the  ‘Localising Food’ Tour Aotearoa – New Zealand presents Politics of Food Security: Critical Information about our rights to grow and share food in Aotearoa/NZ. 

Saturday 8 June 7.30pm-9.30pm, pot luck 6.00 ($5) Sunday 9.30 – 4.30 ($5 unwaged -$20 waged)

Join presenters Susie Lees and Robina McCurdy for a pot luck before their exciting talk looking at the current food system. A night that will empower you to help develop and achieve local food resilience for you, your family and others in the community. On Sunday there will be a workshop called “Empowering Local Food Resilience”.  This workshop will teach you using a permaculture design strategy, how to plan your garden in your back yard or on a larger scale and develop a calendar on when to plant, manage and harvest your produce for the year. Robina McCurdy  is employed by the Earth Care Education Aotearoa Trust and is a permaculture and biodynamic educator. She has integrated food security in all of her work. Susie Lees is an organic farmer with a stall at the Nelson Farmers market.  She has been a significant player in the GE Free movement. Susie and Robina have been on a  3 month tour of communities throughout New Zealand.  They are in Featherston just for the weekend of the 8th & 9th June. Everyone most welcome – Contact Claire Bleakley for more details 06 3089842 / 027 3486731.




Job Vacancy

Community Centre Manager (relieving)- Featherston Community Centre  

Do you love Featherston – gateway to the Wairarapa – as much as we do? Do you want to get more involved the community? If so, this is your opportunity. We are looking to appoint a relieving Featherston Community Centre Manager (25 hour a week) from 1 July 2013 to 16 Jan 2014 while the current manager is on parental leave.

We need a person that can manage the day to day operations of the Centre, demonstrate independent decision making and has strong financial management skills.  The core skills for the role also include funding grant application, experience in administrative duties and customer service, commitment to community networking and relationship building, and experience in establishing and managing volunteers, as well as having a nose for marketing. Is this you?

To apply please contact the FCC Manager at fsn.comcentre@xtra.co.nz for a copy of the position description.  The closing date for all applications is the 17 May 2013 and should be sent to: Attn: The Chairperson, The Featherston Community Centre Charitable Trust, 14 Wakefield Street, Featherston 5710.



March News: Volunteering opportunities… and “Dobb in a mate or Yourself”!

Volunteers/Helping Hands
The Featherston Community Centre is looking for volunteers who want to help the centre operate. We are looking for people who are interested in helping with:
• working on the front desk during the week to enable the hours the centre is open to be extended
• filing, data enry and general office administration
• garden/building ‘working bees’ once/twice a year
• computer/website advice/support to the Centre Manager
• working on the Marketing/Communication, Building or Grounds or Finance sub committees
• or even becoming a Board member
If you have enthusiasm, skills/talents and want to give a helping hand- contact the Featherston Community Centre Manager, on ph: 06 308 8239, or email fsn.comcen@xtra.co.nz and discuss your/our ideas! We look forward to hearing from you!

The “Dobb in a Mate or Yourself” Speaker’s Corner Winter Series
The FCC is looking for presenters for 2013 Speakers Corner winter series. Every year, the Featherston Community Centre (FCC) holds a “Speakers Corner”. The Speakers Corners involves having a speaker once a month over winter (up to six speakers a season) at the centre presenting a 1-1/2 hour talk/show on something they are knowledgeable/passionate about.
This is your chance to “Dob in a mate or yourself” as a speaker for the series. If you have mate (with their permission!) or even yourself that you want to ‘dob in’ as a presenter, or you have an idea for Speakers Corner that you want the FCC to see if it can organise contact Sonya on ph 021 302 585. The FCC looks forward to hearing from you.

March Courses and Workshops!

CAP Money course coming to Featherston in March.
Need some help and support to take control of your money? A CAP Money course could provide you with the right tools to help you manage your finances, and take steps to avoid debts. Join the CAP money course coming to the Featherston Community Centre on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in March. A great supper will be provided!
Course dates & times: 12th, 19th, and 26th of March between 7.30pm – 9pm.
For more information or to register your interest please contact Carole Needham on 06 308 9369.

Netsafe Internet Safety Workshop – 11 March 10am-noon.
Netsafe will visit the Featherston Community Centre to speak with community and parents around internet safety. What are the challenges that young people, and parents, need to manage online? From scams and security to harassment and misuse of photos, you don’t have to know technology to benefit from this presentation.

Feedback please :)

We are open again from Monday 14 January 2013. Come in and visit, join a group!

The Centre wants feedback from the community to identify the current and changing needs of the community. Use our feedback boxes at the Centre, or e-mail fsn.comcen@xtra.co.nz .
Maybe you are looking for a support group for young parents, maybe you would like to learn some new cooking skills, lose weight, or you only have time during the week to go to yoga. Maybe you have a child that needs an activity to keep him or her away from playing play-station or hanging with the wrong crowd. This information is important, and it will be provided to key service providers, groups and individuals who are interested in offering new programmes and services to the community. Come and visit us today, give us a call or send us an e-mail and tell us what you think.

Centre Christmas Closure Dates

The Community Centre will be closed from Monday 24 December 2012, through to Sunday 13 January 2013. Should you need to use the centre between these dates please contact Siv at the Centre by 20 December 2012, so that alternative access can be arranged.