Ashhurst Vision 2040 --Join us on the 24th of August, and/or participate in a community survey!

What would make Ashhurst the best place to live by 2040? How do we take action to make that happen?

On 15 August, a group of 20 participants who care about the future of Ashhurst joined a workshop to help develop a community vision. Notes from that workshop are now available online.

On 24 August, everyone is again invited (regardless of attendance at the first workshop) to join in another facilitated community gathering to develop the town vision and, in particular, look at ways we can take action. This meeting will be on Wednesday 24 August, 7:00 p.m. start at the Ashhurst Community Library (64 Bamfield St., corner of Cambridge Ave.)

We also encourage all those with a connection to Ashhurst to take part in a survey, available online here, or in paper at the Ashhurst Community Library and delivered with theAugust Village Voice.

Keep your eyes out for PNCC follow-up consultation with a focus on infrastructure, details TBD. Steps are also being taken to engage the children and youth of Ashhurst.

Why are we doing this?

In 1999 and 2006, the Ashhurst community came together in facilitated workshops to create a shared vision for community development. Various community projects arose directly out of those workshops. Many of the suggested actions are now in place. We believe that when communities come together to share their dreams, we can work together to make great things happen.

Mailing Lists Available for Community Groups

We're very pleased to see an increasing number of groups making use of the electronic mailing lists we offer our community, with thanks to funding from Lotteries Community Grants. If you help organise a community group in Ashhurst or the Pohangina Valley, then you're welcome to make use of this service too. Our mailing lists can make it easier to manage sending out emails to all of your contacts, and they're especially helpful if you want everyone in your group to be able to email everyone else while automatically keeping up with any changes in email addresses.

If this sounds interesting to you, we're willing to come to you to show you more and help you decide if an electronic mailing list is a good tool for your group. We're also able to provide free training in the digital literacy skills needed to make good use of the lists. Our aim is to increase local connectivity so that we can make a contribution to a strong village and valley community.

For more information, contact Sharon, You can also see the menu link above ("Lists") for more or click here. Also follow the menu to find out more about RECAP-administered lists for local gardeners and fibre craft workers, and a regional list for those interested in solar and alternative energy.

Be involved!

Two volunteers share their experience with beekeeping during a tour

RECAP is a volunteer-led, registered charity (CC50147) with lots of opportunities for meaningful community involvement. As an umbrella organisation for a range of community projects, we would like to enable people with creativity and initiative to take leadership in areas that are supported by our purposes. Please step forward if you would like to develop a project or offer a workshop to benefit the community through RECAP.

We also have several well-defined volunteer roles, small and large. Contact us to discuss a volunteer role that might suit you. You can also ask to be put on our mailing list, and we'll let you know about working bees as well as other events like workshops, socials, and more. Most of our events are equally open to both members (living in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley area) and non-members. Just send us your name, email address, and mailing address.

Our AGM is usually the first Wednesday in June at the Village Valley Centre. Our email:

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