Cen­tre is cel­e­brat­ing

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page - BY LINDA HALL

Cel­e­bra­tions are brew­ing in the vil­lage as the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre pre­pares to cel­e­brate 20 years.

The cen­tre is the hub of the community — a place both lo­cals and vis­i­tors make full use of.

The func­tion cen­tre is the re­sult of a community that had a vi­sion and fol­lowed through with pas­sion and pride.

Lynda Jones, one of the man­agers of the cen­tre, said it was orig­i­nally named the Have­lock North Community Cen­tre.

“The con­cept for the cen­tre was sparked by Mark von Dadel­szen. He was the mover and shaker who got the ball rolling,” Lynda said.

Mark will be speak­ing at the cel­e­bra­tions to be held at the cen­tre on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

There will be a spe­cial con­cert with per­form­ers Mar­garet Cooper, Dana Parkhill, Frances Mor­gan, Paul Carnegie and Joe Chris­tensen, fol­lowed by drinks and nib­bles by Pure Ca­ter­ing.

The community cen­tre was de­signed and con­structed to provide at­trac­tive, mod­ern and cen­trally lo­cated fa­cil­i­ties for Have­lock North res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

It is run by a trust formed in 1991 which at the time in­cluded cur­rent trustees Colin Shan­ley and Peggy van Asch.

Peggy, who has been in­volved with the cen­tre from day one says they needed a fo­cal point af­ter the li­brary was built.

“Every­one in the vil­lage wanted to be a part of it. There were so many fundrais­ing events — it brought out the lo­cal ca­ma­raderie and showed just what a fan­tas­tic community we had and still have in Have­lock North.

“I’m so proud of the fact that every­one came to­gether — the cen­tre has proved to be a fan­tas­tic as­set to not only Have­lock North but to Hawke’s Bay.”

When it first opened a group of vol­un­teers from Have­lock North Age Con­cern would staff the desk.

To­day it is run by Lynda, who job shares with Cherie Al­mond.

Lynda loves her job and says it was a chance en­counter that landed her the po­si­tion.

“I was in the fish and chip shop when I met the per­son who had just landed the man­age­ment job at the cen­tre. I con­grat­u­lated her and asked her to keep me in mind if any work came up. Two weeks later she called me — that was 18 years ago.

“I just love it. Every­one thinks we just sit be­hind the desk. Far from it — we do ev­ery­thing from run­ning a busi­ness to un­block­ing trains.”

Both Lynda and Peggy say they are grate­ful for all the sup­port they get from the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil es­pe­cially Colin Hos­ford and his team. Look­ing for­ward to the next 20 years they agree that the cen­tre will carry on be­ing the cen­tre of the community.

“We have moved with the times and will con­tinue to do so. The place is look­ing fan­tas­tic.

“We are al­ways get­ting com­pli­ments form peo­ple who use it whether it be two peo­ple for an in­ter­view or 250 peo­ple for a wed­ding or con­fer­ence,” Lynda says.

“Come along and cel­e­brate with us on Septem­ber 16. It will be lots of fun.”

■ If you would like to at­tend the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions RSVP by Septem­ber 6 to 877 3470 or email of­fice@hbfc.org.nz

Lynda Jones, Peggy van Asch and Cherie Al­mond out­side the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre which is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years next month.

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