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As I’m writing this it is less than 9 weeks until Christmas, how did that happen? We are very pleased to be able to support this year’s Christmas festivities with funding approved for MADCAPs who are organising the Christmas Parade and as sponsorship for Christmas Magic in Martinborough organised by Fiona Couchman. 

The parade will kick off from Dublin Street at 5.30pm on Saturday 8th December, followed by a raft of entertainment in the Square including kids’ entertainment, business house carol competition and the MADCAPs Christmas singalong. Thank you to Fiona and MADCAPs for organising this fantastic community event.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a community group in time to run our traditional bonfire night and fireworks this year. A real shame, but we do now have volunteers to organise next year’s event.  

We’ve had a range of feedback about parking in Martinborough recently, we would like to hear your views, please keep an eye out for our parking survey on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/MartinboroughCommunityBoard/.

The upgrade of the Cenotaph continues with damage to the newly concreted plinth being assessed for repair. Council have allocated budget, in their 2019/20 financial year, to provide circular seating in the centre of the Square in line with the Square Development Plan. This will be a lovely place for quiet reflection once complete. The wider Square is known as Soldiers Memorial Park and will be recognised as a Place of Remembrance by the New Zealand Poppy Places Trust. Thank you to Maree Roy for her hard work on this project.

Finally, the Community Board were lucky to have a sneak preview of the nearly completed Waihinga Centre this week. We were impressed with the new Centre and really pleased to see how well the Hall and Supper Room are looking. This has been a mammoth project and it is a credit to all involved. Whether you are an avid supporter of the project, ambivalent or dead against we’re looking forward to seeing all members of our community making the most of this space. 

Lisa Cornelissen

Any suggestions or comments please feel free to e-mail Martinboroughlisa@cornelissen.co.nz.

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