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The Sun

Wednesday August 5, 2015

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Inside the Awatere Information Centre is a display of arts and crafts for sale that have been made by members of the community.

The homemade jam and chutneys on offer.

Centre proves a vital link By Celeste Lodewyk The Awatere Information Centre has become much more than an advisory service for visitors and locals. Operated by the Awatere Community Trust, it’s a place where people can use the internet, display and sell their crafts and even enjoy some company and a friendly chat, says volunteer trustee Lil Broadhurst. “Employees Vicky and Sue do a great job of running the centre and

greeting those who come through the doors. “We have some people who even bring in their coffee and get comfy in a chair,” she laughs. In addition the centre provides information on local organisations and events, travel arrangements, promotes and runs community programmes for all age groups. One example is their Actively Aging programme which provides

social trips around Marlborough. “This is one of many, plus we try to facilitate programmes that people ask for. We welcome all ideas,” she says. Helping to run these programmes is a base of volunteers who dedicate their time to the trust. “We wouldn’t be here if people didn’t support us, so for that we thank our volunteers. They put in a lot of extra hours behind the scenes too, it’s a real community effort.”

Gym goers thrilled with facility By Celeste Lodewyk Anyone looking to improve their health and fitness ahead of summer should take advantage of the facilities offered by the Awatere Community Gym. Operated by the Awatere Community Trust, the gym can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Perfect for people working during the day, says trustee Lil Broadhurst. Gym users can enter by us-

Enter now Entries are open for the Tussock Run, set for Sunday August 23. This event is a combination of road, off-road and trail run or walk. Entry costs $25 for adults, $10 for Youth and $ 60 for a family (two adults, two children). Visit the website www.tussockrun. co.nz for more information.

ing a fingerprint access pad and benefit from the wide range of gym equipment available. The building which was damaged during the Seddon earthquakes has been repaired and has cameras installed for safety and security. To find out more about the gym, visit or contact the Awatere Community Centre.

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