Neigh­bourly book club

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - REXINE HAWES

When go­ing door-to-door to pin posters on win­dows or in­for­ma­tion boards proved use­less, one wo­man on a mission to set up a book club turned to her on­line com­mu­nity of neigh­bours.

Rhonda Fawcett has a love of books, and was keen to share her pas­sion with like minded peo­ple by start­ing a club.

Plac­ing posters up around town re­sulted on one re­sponse, but within 12 hours of plac­ing the no­tice on Neigh­bourly, she had sev­eral peo­ple keen to be in­volved and now has a book club with seven mem­bers.

"Oh my good­ness, I got sev­eral re­sponses straight away. It’s def­i­nitely the way to go," says Fawcett.

Neigh­bourly is a free pri­vate on­line com­mu­nity service pro- vided by Fair­fax Me­dia. It is de­signed to help you stay con­nected with their neigh­bours and com­mu­nity and cre­ate a safe and bet­ter place to live.

Fawcett says she just loves books and has al­ways wanted to be in a book club and be able to share her pas­sion with oth­ers.

The group met for the first time last week, and there is space for at least five more mem­bers. Peo­ple can sign up to Neigh­bourly and get the de­tails, or ring her on 888 4022.

Fawcett plans to reg­is­ter the club through an on­line New Zealand group called Book Dis­cus­sion Scheme. She says they have catalogues of the lat­est books than clubs can hire for one month at a time.

To sign up with Neigh­bourly, reg­is­ter at www.neigh­


Rhonda Fawcett used Neigh­bourly to ad­ver­tise start­ing a book club, get­ting re­sponses within hours.

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