Hi, and welcome to the Arrowtown Village Association website – we aim to be the voice of the Arrowtown community.
As well as initiating new projects the AVA works with the community and statutory authorities to improve the outcomes for the Arrowtown community and environment.
The Arrowtown Village Association has completed many projects throughout the town and within its area, such as the first walking bridge over the Arrow River, the second walking bridge over the Arrow River, the Feehly Hill Restoration Project, the Security Camera Project and the Senior Net Project to name just a few.
We are an entirely voluntary run organisation with around 200 members but the more members we have, the stronger and more representative of the community we are. All members have the right to vote at our annual AGM- if you’re interested in becoming a member, here is the Membership Form.
Our monthly committee meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Athenaeum Hall. We welcome members of the Arrowtown Village Association to our meetings.
Your views and and opinion are actively sought, the Arrowtown Village Association is the collective voice of the Arrowtown people. It is the role of the AVA committee to represent that voice, particularly when a majority opinion is made known. This is irrespective of the views or interests of the individual committee members.
We look forward to continuing to act on behalf of our fellow Arrowtowners.
Our Mission Statement: The Arrowtown Village Association shall strive to be an excellent example of community action working in an energetic, co-operative and organised manner for the benefit of all residents, businesses and the village as a whole.
Les Rogerson awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Arrowtown Village Association
Although Cr. Lex Perkins actually presented the award to Les, he was not available for this photo. Here is our Chairperson, Simon Stamers-Smith with Les on the right.
On Sunday 4th February, councillor Lex Perkins presented Les Rogerson with a certificate of thanks and life membership to the AVA. “The Arrowtown Village Association, on behalf of our community, have unanimously voted that a Life Membership be gifted to you, for your unparalleled contribution, not only to this committee, but to the total community of Arrowtown. It is indeed a pleasure to present this award to you. We sincerely thank you.”
Les and his wife retired to Arrowtown a number of years ago, and straight away became active members of the Arrowtown Community.
Les has been a member of the AVA committee for over 12 years and for much of that time has also been the organiser for the Arrowtown Meals-on-wheels team.
Les has also had a pivotal role in establishing and maintaining the roster for the ‘volunteer police’ who man our local police station, on a continuous, daily basis. We have been assured by the NZ Police Commissioner that without this tremendous effort Les has put in to this facility, the Arrowtown Police Station would have been closed down long ago.
As well as all of the work with these highly regarded community functions, Les also finds time to be a part of our renowned Arrow Miners Band, which play at most of our local functions and many further afield. See the Mountain Scene story here.
This weeks The Loop Arrowtown question
When was the electric blanket invented?
The first electric blanket was patented in 1912 by inventor and American physician Sidney I. Russell. This earliest form of an electric blanket was an ‘underblanket’ under the bed that covered and heated from below.
In 1936, the first automatic, electric blanket was invented. It had a separate thermostat control which automatically turned on and off, in response to room temperature. The thermostat also served as a safety device, turning off if hot spots in the blanket occurred. Later, thermostats were wired into the blankets and multiple thermostats were used. This basic design remained until 1984, when thermostats-free electric blankets were introduced.
The term "electric blanket" was not used until the 1950s, blankets used to be called "warming pads" or "heated quilts"