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Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - Terry Sem­mens Sheree Hart, co-owner New World Mata­mata

I’m writ­ing to con­grat­u­late the coun­cil on the up­grade to the Mata­mata in­door pool. I used the in­door pool for the first time on Wed­nes­day since it’s up­grade. The pool looked ab­so­lutely pris­tine and invit­ing. I found the new ramp made for easy ac­cess in and out and the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture was very much to my lik­ing for ex­er­cise. Go­ing by the smiles of the other users at the time, they were en­joy­ing the pool as much as I was.

The coun­cil can feel proud that they have pro­vided such a won­der­ful in­door fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity, for lean to swim, walk­ing, hy­drofit, hy­dropa­thy, leisure swim­ming and fun.

Since then, I have also used the the out­door pool. It def­i­nitely doesn’t have the eye ap­peal of the in­door pool be­cause of the seal­ing used and it did seem strange the wa­ter bub­bly in the mid­dle lane.

But once in the pool and swim­ming I gave th­ese mat­ters no sec­ond thoughts. I know the coun­cil in time will rec­tify th­ese prob­lems and have the out­door pool look­ing as pris­tine as the in­door pool.

I was also sur­prised to find that my mem­ber­ship card had been ex­tended by an­other three months. A very kind ges­ture. ser­vice will not be con­tin­u­ing as dur­ing the two month trial not enough pen­sion­ers took ad­van­tage of the ser­vice to jus­tify us in­vest­ing money in a van and driver etc.

I will miss the lovely ladies I met dur­ing the trial – gee our el­derly have a great sense of hu­mour and have a lot of won­der­ful life ex­pe­ri­ences we can learn from.

Be­cause we wanted to en­sure those pen­sion­ers who took part in the trial are aware of other op­tions avail­able to them, we did some re­search and passed it on.

The feed­back we have re­ceived from our ini­tia­tive has been so amaz­ingly pos­i­tive and our pen­sion­ers were very grate­ful for the ser­vice. It’s just a shame the num­bers were not there to con­tinue.

Al­though the ser­vice will not be con­tin­u­ing, I would like to en­cour­age any­one out there who has an el­derly neigh­bour who needs as­sis­tance get­ting to places, give them a help­ing hand – our el­derly should be trea­sured. Last week saw the first use of the newweather-ac­ti­vated road signs over the Kaimai Range. What do you think of the tech­nol­ogy? ‘‘Great to see this hap­pen, hope­fully our am­bu­lance and fire staff will get a break now from pick­ing up the car­nage on the hill. Some of the driv­ing I have seen on the hill is real scary stuff.’’ – Yves Mortensen HAVE YOUR SAY: Let­ters should not ex­ceed 250 words and must have full name, res­i­den­tial ad­dress and phone num­ber. The editor re­serves the right to abridge or with­hold any cor­re­spon­dence with­out ex­pla­na­tion. Let­ters may be edited for sense, pa­per’s style, brevity or good taste. Let­ters may be re­ferred to oth­ers for right of re­ply be­fore pub­li­ca­tion. Write to PO Box 148, Mata­mata or email teresa.hattan@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

The first Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling was a suc­cess.

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