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FROM THE FRONT
back in black
By CHE BAKER
Three years ago the Alexandra
Blossom Festival almost become
Thanks to hundreds of hours
dedicated by the community it
now has a healthy bank account.
At the festival's AGM last week,
committee chairwoman Clair Hig-
ginson said it was hoped the
committee could recruit more
community groups wanting to
fundraise to help with festival
preparations instead of the com-
mittee granting money once the
festival was over.
Funds raised from the festival
were usually distributed for the
benefit of the community but to
ensure security of funding it was
hoped groups could be hired to do
''the work'' and include it in the
''It helps community groups fund
their activities but also helps us
complete our goal of supporting
community groups,'' she said.
More people will become involved
in the festival because they
become involved in the work, she
said. Last year members of the
Alexandra Rugby Club were hired
as labourers and helped set up
venues for festival events.
Event manger Martin McPherson
said the club earned enough
money from the work to buy
uniforms for its junior teams.
Last year's festival earned $13,500,
down on its $27,000 profit in 2011,
but still great news after it lost
almost $23,000 in 2007, $38,000 in
2008 and $73,000 in 2009.
Because there was five Sundays in
September, this year the grand
parade and Saturday in the Park
will be held on Saturday, Sept-
ember 28. Mr McPherson said
there was a bit of confusion out in
the community regarding the
festival's dates this year with it
usually falling on the fourth
Saturday in September.
Child centres a sign of the times
By CHE BAKER
Easy as ABC:
learner Ella Todd,
2, enjoys playing
with letters with
3, head teacher
Mary Black and
Jasmine Kelle, 3.
Photo: CHE BAKER
Central Otago child care centres
are in hot demand as roll growth
pushes centres to capacity.
Molyneux Educare centre
manager Beth Phelps said the
centre, based in Cromwell, had
seen a significant roll growth in
the past two months.
It was believed a strengthening
economy in the town, which
was creating more jobs, was
attracting families to the
area, Ms Phelps said.
''The economy definitely
reflects on to our centre,''
Head teacher Mary Black said 12
children had joined the roll in the
past month and the centre was
almost at capacity with a maxi-
mum number of 40 children
allowed at one time.
Some were from families new to
the area and some had mothers
returning to the work force, she
The centre was also searching for
more staff to keep up with the
Alexandra Child Care Centre
head teacher Mary Lemon said
the centre was at full capacity and
had a ''very large'' wait list.
The centre was licensed to have 22
children but parents could be
waiting up to a year for an
opening on their individual
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