Cashmere News Diary: 17 October 2013 - Community BBQ + Cashmere Residents' AGM
* 19 October, Saturday from 9am, Cashmere Newsletter deliveries begin - small bundles with a map, from Leona's front porch. Please email reply if you can assist for your street, or phone 337-2051.
* 23 October, Wednesday 1.30pm, CREST - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team, our local preparedness group seeks a range of volunteer skills - meets at Cashmere Presbyterian Church and all are welcome to attend (see update).
* 3 November, Sunday 3-5pm, Cashmere Presbyterian Church Centre front lawn - Neighbourhood Week community barbecue and exercise of our local emergency support plan. Refreshments, activities and information from Civil Defence and associated agencies. Children's play facility onsite. Come join us for a snack and a chat, and enjoy meeting more neighbours.
* 12 November, Tuesday 7.30pm, Cashmere Residents' Association Annual General Meeting - drinks and nibbles from 7pm. 7.30pm AGM: reports & officer elections. 8pm speakers: Prof. Bryan Jenkins - Lower Avon Heritage Trail Project; Margaret Sweet - Friends of Ngaio Marsh House; an update on CREST followed by an open community forum.
* CREST - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team, our local preparedness group - is developing the Cashmere community response plan. The committee meets at 1.30pm at Cashmere Church on the fourth Wednesday each month and is open for anyone to attend, in search of skilled volunteers. Ongoing commitment is being secured from equal partners at the round table, identified so far as: Cashmere Residents' Association, Cashmere Presbyterian Parish, St Augustine's Anglican Church, Rotary West Christchurch, Cashmere School, and Christchurch City Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management. The list of participant groups is only just started, and individual contributions are equally welcome; for example, do we have an electrician who is reading this notice and could help CREST, with wiring a generator etc, if local electricity fails? The committee has formed to increase local preparedness and resilience, to organise for Neighbourhood Week (3 Nov), and new members are invited to join. Next meeting is Wednesday 23 Oct, 1.30pm at the Cashmere Church Centre. Civil Defence is encouraging a team of volunteers to become our ready-responders, with a local hall cup of tea, contact point and reassurance, in the event of emergency. Neighbourhood Week 2013 is an opportunity to test our response capacity. Details of our Cashmere emergency plan so far are here: http://www.cashmere.org.nz/news/Cashmere-Emergency-News-20Jun2013.html
We are setting in motion the work needed to develop this plan more fully. Contact CRA or the Church if willing to help please, and attend on the given dates. Thank you to those who have come forward already.
* Cellphone towers - these have been a major issue for Cashmere over the years, with pockets of poor coverage still being remedied through new towers recently. CRA received renewed complaint, thus, and polled for more feedback from residents. Thank you to those who expressed views; there weren't many, but the concerned outnumbered those stating satisfaction. CRA is therefore unable to represent a strong community view on this matter and we encourage residents to speak directly to the news media about it if they wish to. CRA can supply journalist contact details.
* Cashmere High School - host families wanted for
international students, paid a weekly amount - contact Deb, Homestay
Coordinator, DDI: 337-4725, Office: 332-9129, Cell: 027-292-4859, Email:
* CRA Subscriptions 2013/14 - Association membership and renewals, at the household rate of $5 per year, can be made in person at AGM, or via our Kiwibank a/c 389005.0688810.02 - Please notify deposit by email, for confirmation by our Treasurer, and a receipt will be issued if requested: email@example.com.
* CRA committee - always open to new members and ideas, meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 7.30pm. The AGM on 12 Nov is an opportunity to refresh the committee. Please consider joining, to help build the active community we need and that has such long traditions.
On a personal note, may I thank those who voted in the 2013 local elections, for participating in democracy. Well done, for contributing importantly to the Christchurch rebuild!
As an incoming Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board member, I will keep advocating for more support for community groups like CRA, and won't let you down. To be seen to be doing that fairly, however, for all neighbourhoods in the Spreydon-Heathcote council ward evenly - whom I now serve - I shall have to stand down as chairman of the Cashmere Residents Association, at next month's AGM.
Thank you for having supported me in this role, and I shall continue to work hard for the association in a less prominent capacity. It is time for new leadership to step forward in Cashmere, if you can consider it please.
Until soon then, thank you for your support of CRA, and enjoy the spring sunshine!
CRA Chair, 332-1069
Cashmere Residents Association (CRA)
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