The importance of our community halls
On Sunday afternoon last, I popped in to the almost completed Oropi Hall. Richard Somerfield, one of the many extraordinary locals who has driven this project showed me around a series of warm rooms and large spaces that will underpin our Oropi community for the next two generations. The passion and determination that has gone into the project has been momentous and the locals who walked around with me could the value of community everywhere that they looked.
On Friday I caught up with Sylvia at the Papamoa Community Centre. She recounted the great celebrations that were held recently to acknowledge 10 years of the centre serving and being a vital part of the community. Sylvia shared the diverse range of local groups that use the centre. From genealogy to pilates and yoga, Weight Watchers, our fantastic JP’s, Drama groups, Grey Power and the Walkie Talkies morning tea group are but a few of the groups that enjoy the space to the benefit of our locals.
Visiting two of our community centres in two days was a privilege. It demonstrated again the power of community volunteers with vision and determination and the understated value community halls have in connecting us through our daily lives.