Connections near and far

Earlier in the winter we received a warming email from Weimar, Germany:

“On 30 may and 1 july we had a sucessful conference with more than 220 participants at the eiermannbau apolda. Beside the conference we showcased the ReUse-exhibition with 45 pictures of empty and vacant places …with more than 30 international references, that show ideas and tools, how to re-use, re-cycle or re-activate a former used place.  Amongst others the ‘Vogelmorn Bowling Club‘ was mentioned in the exhibition-category ‘new standards.’

“This is from the International Building Thuringia – an association “that tests new procedures and implements pilot projects and performs self-initiative projects.”  If you speak German and would prefer the original, find their site here!

It’s heartening to know the movement for community building is shared worldwide- thanks to the Goethe Institut Wellington for the heads-up on submitting to this. Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 3.43.12 pm

Closer to home, as the Vogelmorn Community Group finishes up the subdivision on the property and we head into another financial year for the green’s owners, the Wellington City Council, we have some access through a gap in the fence for ‘light use.’

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Time for mucking in

Thanks to Volunteer Wellington and volunteers from the ANZ bank this week the kitchen of our beloved club got a really awesome scrub down and will soon be newly painted.

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In the winter it can be really lovely in the Club as the sun pours into the North facing windows.  The wifi is pumping and soon the kitchen will be sparkling new. It feels great!

We’re looking for people to help host at the Club as they share the office downstairs. Hosting just means answering questions, showing visitors around and sometimes making tea !  We’re happy to talk about a good office price if you host for a day or more – if this sounds like you please contact vogelmornbc@gmail.com

Football and Fashion

It was a busy time on Friday night with so many Brooklyn football kids hanging out and playing as they waited for their photos to be taken. Just terrific to have BNU hire the space for this broad reaching event – and the photo taking itself went really well – over 300 kids went through very smoothly.   BNU got a bar license and Garage Project and the Brooklyn Bar and Bistro helped out with supplies which was a great experiment.  Kids were offered sushi, chippies and BBQ sausages and flavoured water thanks to the Healthy Future Families trust –  a nice change from soft drinks.

Coming up on Saturday 9 July at 7pm – ReDunn Upcycled Fashion Celebration

We celebrate local up-cycling fashion legend Janet Dunn (ReDunn Fashion) with a parade of her  clothing from the collection of Barbarian Productions. Janet (currently working at the Southern Landfill) will also speak briefly about her kaupapa as a designer with re-cycling, re-purposing and re-using clothes and materials, and will introduce her new winter collection – for sale.

Tickets at the door – entry is $10 waged $5 low or unwaged or $2 for under-10s. Entry includes a glass of mulled wine.

Wait -if you show up in an Janet Dunn original then you get in free! Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade Brown models a coat below!

Subdivision and solstice underway

As winter rolls around it’s a good time to be getting cosy at the Bowling Club – we’re delighted to be gearing up to host an amazing feast and literature Lōemis solstice event presented by Pirate & Queen on June 25th.

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Transferring ownership of the club progresses as we cut holes, dig drains and move metal. Are you handy with a spade/wheelbarrow? Please get in touch.

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Jason Perawiti getting down and dirty with a storm water bubble-up sump. “The most unusual thing about this job is how smoothly it’s gone!”

 

See the action

The club has played host to about 120 events over the past year – Friday night fish&chips, theatre and dance workshops, parties, dinners, festivals and community consultations. It’s been amazing to see the diversity of our community in this time.