Topic: Rolleston Community Centre

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News Articles relating to the RCC. Eg: "After many years of planning Rolleston Community Centre was opened in 1999."

Preliminary plans were drawn up in October 1983 by J. L. C. in the area bounded by Moore St and the Springston Rolleston Road. They  featured a gymnasium/hall with stage, lounge and bar and a space for a playcentre or scout den. The Community Centre was placed in a recreation area surrounded by three Tennis/ two Netball courts, a Bowling Green and areas for Rugby League and Softball, Rugby  and Soccer/Hockey or Cricket. An Adventure Playground was also included as well as space for passive recreation amongst trees.

Plans in April 1993 by Lewis and Barrow Ltd placed the Community Centre in the middle of a complex which also contained Tennis Courts, and a Bowling Green and ajoining playing fields. Squash Courts were included in the building. The building was concieved in three stages. First stage was  the Memorial Hall, which was 32 x 18m, large enough for a full size netball or basketball court ,and ancillary offices and toilets. Stage two was the lounge/supper room, 16 x12 m and finally the squash courts and meeting rooms.

 The Landscape Concept plan was drawn up by John Marsh and Co, Landscape Architects in April 1998. The planting plan was described as "Exotic specimen and shade trees in the car park and on the lawns, supported by a strong Canterbury Plains idigenous planting theme."

From: Community Centre News, June 1999
For those who have not already met me my name is Craig King and I am the Community Centre Manager.
I hope to make this article a regular feature in the Rolleston Review, and would like to take this opportunity to invite those who have not yet seen through the Community Centre to call in during the day to see what we have.

The Centre is now staffed from 8.30 to 5.00 weekdays.

Whats Happening: -

SPORTS & GROUPS Social Netball is operating Monday nights at 6.30 and proving to be very successful with good numbers attending. This is for social casual players, so even if you can attend occasionally , come along and contact Deb Walker 3478-346.

Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Pippins are enjoying the new facilities and since our opening a Pippins and Keas group have started to cater for the younger children.

Rolleston netball are practicing in the hall when necessary, but with the run of fine weather we have had this has been limited (winter must arrive soon).
A Badminton group is about to start (probably on a Tuesday night) so if you are interested in learning or playing socially please contact me as soon as possible.
The Youth Group (for form 1 and up) is well established on Friday night with good numbers attending (50+). They are currently running Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Indoor Cricket and Pool.

The Community Centre currently has facilities for the activities listed above as well as Indoor Bowls mats and bowls equipment and Badminton nets.
School holiday Programme. We will again be running a programme this holidays but due to other bookings will be run on Monday 28 June & Tuesday 29 June for the first week, and Monday 5 July, Wednesday 7 July and Friday 9 July from 10.00am till 4.00pm.

 Aerobics will start at the Centre for all those who requested it. Tuesday 15th 9.30am Novice Class Low Impact Aerobics $3.00 Thursday 17lh 7.00pm Intermediate Class Hi/Low Aerobics $3.00 Professional Instructors from Lincoln Rcc Centre Each Class lasts 1 hour Phone 3479669 for further details.


After a number of frustrating delays the new Licensing should be operating from the 14 June 1999 (it would still pay to ring to check that it is operational). If you don't use it, you may lose it. The centre is now able to take payments of all Council payments, such as rates, dog licensing etc., as well as sell rubbish bags. We also have a number of Council forms you may require and Planning notifications.

Again we would encourage people to use these services as much as possible now that we finally have them. Survey In an effort to utilise your new Centre as much as possible I need to know what interests people have and what people want the Centre to achieve.

You will find enclosed a survey form with this Review and I would urge everyone to complete this and return it to the Centre.
The results will be used to bring people with common interests together to form clubs etc.
When we get enough', interest we will make the Centre available free of charge for an initial meeting to get a group started.

From: Rolleston Review August 2000 issue no 91 -


It's all go at the Community Centre at the moment with the construction of the new Library/Service Centre. As a result of this work the Community Centre office has been vacated and demolished.

The office has now been relocated to the Portacom at the front of the Centre.


The Drivers Licensing, Registrations, and Selwyn District Council work is also being done in the Portacom and are operating as normal. Don't forget you can do all your Registrations, Diesel Tax, etc. Please try to use this service as much as possible as it is important to keep it viable.


The Council has decided to discontinue our late night on Thursday, so from now on the office will be open from 8.30 to 5.00 Monday to Friday.
This will not affect the Aerobics or other activities at the Centre on Thursday night. We could certainly use some more support for the Aerobics, as the numbers are down a bit. Remember Jane is back and fit again.


The Centre is currently looking at running some Adult education classes in conjunction with Hagley High. If you are passing please let us know what subject matter you would be interested in. We can run classes with as few as 10 or 12 people but would prefer more. 



The construction of the new Library/Service Centre is progressing on schedule and looks as if it will be finished by its November deadline.

The Community Centre has been busy over the last month with a couple of Basketball tournaments and sports break ups. November is shaping up to be very busy with a wedding every weekend.

Christmas Functions

The Community Centre has a few dates left leading up to Christmas if anyone is organising a Christmas function or similar. If you would like any information on what dates are left please give me a ring.


We are currently reviewing the Aerobics classes as some of these are struggling for numbers. Please get in and support these now, as some of these may have to go if the numbers don't increase.

Adult Education Classes

Rolleston Community Centre has teamed up with Hagley Community College, Christchurch to offer affordable evening classes. Please register early so we have some idea of numbers phone 3479 669.

Helping parents with pre-school education On Tuesday evenings from 17 October, live sessions devised for parents and carers of pre-school children will be led at the Community Centre lounge by Pal Penrose. The ten hour course from this very experienced tutor will include information on child development, how to encourage learning at home and a visit to the playgroup premises. The series costs just $20, and must be pre-booked.

Working safely on garden or lifestyle blocks

Wednesday 22 and 29 November, 7.30 - 9.30pm. These sessions will help gardeners and those running a 'lifestyle block' or small farm. Agricultural safety advisor Graham Robson will consider moving hazards such as ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), tractors, mowers, power take off equipment and livestock. In the second session Gary Cantwell from the Order of St. John will tackle sharp-edge tools, electricity, water and lifting hazards, plus some essential first aid advice. Reduce the risks and increase the enjoyment of working outdoors. A fee of $10 covers both sessions, which should be pre-booked, as numbers are limited.

Mediterranean Cooking

Are you interested in an evening class? If so please contact Craig 3479 669.

Additional evening or day courses can be arranged - Craig and Cheryl welcome your ideas and requests for topics. Craig King Centre Manager

Rolleston Review February 2001 issue no 94 Rolleston Community Centre

The committee would like to extend their best wishes to Craig King for his future career. Craig's contract expired on the 31st of January, those that knew Craig will miss his pleasant and obliging manner. The position for a full time Centre Coordinator is currently being advertised and hopefully the new position will be filled by March.

STARS - This is a new service to the centre catering for children after school and operated by Jo Evans. Business as usual, please contact the centre on 3479669 for enquiries as normal or Annette Foster on 3478651.

From: Rolleston Review 1 Aapril 2001 issue no 95

The committee would like to inform you that, as at the 23rd of this month the position of Community Coordinator will resume and Tony Anker will take up the position. Tony is an ex Rolleston resident and has come back from an overseas contract, with an extensive back ground in sport. We look forward to his enthusiasm and ideas to improve the service and activities that the Centre is capable of offering.

STARS - This is a new and popular service to the centre caring for children after school and operated by Jo Evans. Contact Jo on 3254550 for more information If you have any ideas of what you would like to see at the Centre please contact Annette Foster on 3478651 or Tony at the Centre after 23 April on 3479669. Business as usual, for any enquiries please contact the centre or Annette Foster. Ken Shearer.

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