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Thursday June 2, 2016

Your local community centre: Over the next few editions, the Cook Strait News will profile local community centres dotted across the southern and eastern suburbs. This week we chat to Lisa Matthews from the Strathmore Park Community Centre. By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN

Community gardens surround the Strathmore Park Community Centre, a testament to the pride locals take in the spot. These people make the place, said Lisa Matthews, the centre’s coordinator. “The best part of the centre is the people; we’re always visited by a range of fantastic people, and we’re always quite busy.” The gardens are a project undertaken in the past year, after the Wellington City Council took over management of the centre. The centre used to be run by an incorporated society of community members, but the council stepped

in last year. Lisa said she hopes community members can resume management soon. “We are now working with a group to return it back to community governance, and this June there will be engagement with the community around a constitution draft, and to discuss plans and the vision for the centre. “It’s great when the purpose and the values of the centre come from the community, rather than the council,” she said. In the meantime, residents can continue to enjoy the plethora of activities put on at the centre. “There are many different events and programmes, like a social table tennis night, workshops, budget

advising, and more.” Lisa is looking forward to the addition of a new exercise class to the timetable. “I’m very excited about our new exercise classes. We’ve received funding from Compass Health, so, beginning on Monday, June 13, we’ll have a free class, led by Janeen from Big, Bold and Beautiful. “The fact that it’s free of charge means it is accessible to all,” she noted. The centre is for everyone and anyone in the community. Lisa said, “It’s a place where people can have fun, find support, and become involved in the community, and I’m proud of the way we can support the community, all various types of people.”

Things to watch out for at the Strathmore Park Community Centre: 1.) Social Table Tennis: Test out your table tennis talent at the Wednesday night sessions. You will be able to face off against neighbours or friends on the centre’s three tables. Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm.


Yoga Classes A number of yoga classes for people of all experience levels take place at the Berhampore Centennial Community Centre each week. On Mondays classes take place for those of all levels from 7.30pm. Cost is $5. On Tuesday night from 7.30pm Iyengar-based yoga stretch and release classes take place. For beginners to intermediate, Iyengar-based yoga pays attention to body alignment, allowing time to move between postures and to focus on breathing and body awareness. Please bring a blanket, water bottle and yoga mat, although spares are available. Entry is Free. On Thursday morning a yoga and chai class for beginners takes place from 11am. Cost is $5. A free men’s yoga class takes place on Thursday night from 6pm. Finally on Saturday morning a yoga class takes place for all experience levels from 10am. Cost is $5 or koha. The Berhampore Centennial Community Centre is located at 493 Adelaide Rd.

Lisa Matthews, Strathmore Park Community Centre coordinator

2.)Not Strictly Tai Chi: Work on your balance, coordination, breathing, posture and pain control with a blend of Tai Chi, Mindfulness and gentle exercise, led by Andrew Hardwick. Classes are open to everyone, regardless of age or experience. Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm. $8. 3.) Kaibosh Vegetable: Add some green to your plate by stopping by the centre for some Kaibosh veggies. Monday from 10am to 10.30am. Free. Bring proof of address.

Preparing to move Tips for selling and downsizing

Friday 10 June, 10am Rita Angus Retirement Village Moving and selling a home can be stressful and time consuming, especially if you are planning to downsize and wondering how it’s all going to fit. You’re invited to join us for an informative talk by Judy Thorpe from Taskmaster and Erin Rush from Harcourts Real Estate. Judy will share ideas on how to declutter your home and take the stress out of moving. Erin will explain the different methods of sale, the market value of your home and the ways to prepare your home for sale.


For catering purposes, please RSVP to Catherine on 387 7625 66 Coutts Street, Kilbirnie

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