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.
This weeks The Loop Arrowtown question
Where did the tradition of hanging a stocking by the chimney begin?
There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant's cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning. When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband's family. One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman's house. Looking in the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney and they landed in the stockings. The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. The nobleman was able to see his three daughters marry and he lived a long and happy life. This is where we received the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings for children.