By ROBYN BRISTOW
Cheviot’s community has been captured in a swish, colourful mural now gracing the south wall of the Knox Community Centre.
The Di Dixon commissioned-design, who had a big hand in co-ordinating and adding finesse to the project, has also seen plenty of community in put and artistry.
Above car height the cheerful project entitled Our Place for Our People has been driven by the Trustees of the former Presbyterian Church and Hall.
Looking to the future the Trustees decided to spruce up the rather dull south wall.
“It had to be about community, and have community involvement.
“The Trustees have been very keen to take the old Presbyterian hall and look to the future,” says Cheviot Knox Community Trust chairwoman Jane Maxwell.
Jane says most of the work on the mural has been voluntary.
There was consultation with the local Cheviot A&P committee, and a series of three meetings for anyone in the community to gather ideas for the design, which incorporates daffodils, surfers and farm scenes.
“We asked for something contemporary, but which looked to the future and represented Cheviot,” says Jane.
The end result is a nice, bright, ray of sunshine “in this Covid world”.
The idea became reality when the project was given a boost by the Creative Communities Scheme, which granted enough funding to buy the materials for the job.
Rangiora Resene also swung in behind the project, a helping hand that was a “huge boost for the project”, says Jane.
Jane says the mural incorporated the School Holiday Programme with participants coming along and painting several panels.
The long narrow design has been painted on to wooden panels, so as time passes, the panels can be removed and updated to look further into the future.
It can be seen as people drive into town from the south end.
The hall is proving to be a great option for organisations and groups to use, including the Frankie Harris’ Academy of Dance. Mirrors have been installed on the walls for the dancers as part of the efforts of the Trustees keen to “keep moving forward” and grow the centre’s use.
Jane says the Knox Church doors are opened and closed every day by a local resident, for anyone who wants to visit, or sit and have lunch, photograph it or just enjoy the space. A total of 529 people signed in to the Church over the past 12 months.
“People say how nice it is to see the Church open.”