With warmer weather and the cycling season on its way,
Middlemarch is a town with a spring in its step.
The coming season was an exciting prospect, Cycle Surgery
manager Pip Thomson said. The business opened earlier this
''We've designed our own bikes with a unisex, step-through
frame and we're building them here ourselves.''
Kissing Gate Cafe manager Veneta McAtamney said the cafe and
the whole town were looking forward to a busy summer.
Middlemarch was always busy and if it was happening in
Middlemarch, you would hear about it at the cafe, she said.
''All these visitors can get through a lot of soup and scones
and can keep us really busy.''
She said sometimes she did need help, and tried to get it
from local community groups so the money stayed in town.
One of the other things the community did each year was raise
money for the pool, which was being readied for opening at
Labour Weekend. Strath Taieri School's kapa haka group was
Coach Megan Kennedy said the group, called Toko Maro Kapa
Haka, recently performed at the Polyfest and was fundraising
for new costumes for future events.
''The Lions club lent us this humongous barbecue and give us
all the sausages, patties, bread and onions for a sausage
sizzle. The costumes are pretty expensive, so we're going to
be cooking a lot of sausages this summer.''
- Steve Bolton