Centre News

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!

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News, Local Events

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.

Posted by Paul Mason in Announcements, Centre News

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

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News, Local Events
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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Join the Board of the Featherston Community Centre Charitable Trust

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!

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Recruitment Poster

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@fcc.nz. You totally won't regret it! (Tamara)

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News, Community News

Featherston Community Garden Group

The Featherston Community Garden group is a group of volunteer 'Gardeners' who have come together to grow, build and educate a community in producing their own food. The Featherston Community Centre is very excited to have this group at the Centre, and we can't wait to see the results!

Meeting times

At the moment the Featherston Community Garden group mets regularly on an informally basis for weeding, digging and cleaning up the Community Centre grounds. If you want to be included in the next clean up, please email Elsa at kellyelsam@gmail.com so you can be added to our email list. The next 'sit down' meeting is penciled in for the 9th February at the Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Contact: Elsa Kelly, kellyelsam@gmail.com, 021 263 9403 or join Featherston Community Garden on Facebook.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

Cooking like your Nana!

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Cooking like your Nana is a course with all the goodness and know-how of your Nana, that offers simple, YUMMY recipes for families.  This is happening Thursdays 5-26th Nov, 10am-12.30pm.

Making the stress of 5pm disappear, providing new ideas, great companionship and a delicious meal at the end of it! What's not to love? Bring a friend, and if you have small children, let us know. $2 per person, per session. Get in quick: classes limited to 6 people. Call 06 308 8239 or e-mail info@fcc.nz to register by 23 October. Brought to us by Supergrans in partnership with the FCC!

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News
Featherston Toy Library Re-opens this Sunday at the Centre!

Featherston Toy Library Re-opens this Sunday at the Centre!

Toy Library Opening & Car Boot Sale: 11 Oct. 10am-12noon. The Featherston Toy Library is celebrating the opening of the new Toy Library premises with sausage sizzle, morning tea, free give-aways for the kids including kids face painting. A balloon artist will be making animals for the children!

For just $5 per stall, you can come and sell your wares. Proceeds to the Toy Library. Come along, grab a bargain and join in the fun!

For more info contact May Brown 06 308 6912, the Centre 06 308 8239, or Featherston Toy Library Facebook.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

Annual General Meeting 2015: 30 July, 7.30-9pm

At the AGM, the Board will share the financial statement and report on the great things that have been achieved by the Centre and Board over the past year.  It will also be a time to learn about the Centre, share ideas and to hear about opportunities to volunteer or serve on the Board.

As guided by our new constitution, there will not be any resolutions or voting at the AGM. Agenda papers are available at the Centre and on Website address below. A light supper will be served after the meeting.

Please RSVP by 6pm Monday 27 July 2015 to fsn.comcen@xtra.co.nz or info@fcc.nz or call 06 308 8239.

Posted by Paul Mason in Announcements, Centre News

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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Budgeting and Money Management Course

Need some help and support to take control of your money? CAP Money offers a money management course at the Centre this month. A CAP Money course can provide you with the right tools to help you manage your finances, and take steps to avoid debts. It has already started but you can still join them for the second session – they will help you catch up!

Course dates & times:
May 14th, 21st, and 28th : 7.30pm – 9pm.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Carole Needham on 06 308 9369 or Jo Gibson on jo.gibson@orcon.net.nz

Food provided.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

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

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.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

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.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

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.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News

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.

Posted by Paul Mason in Centre News