Middlemarch's community centre received yet another boost
when Saturday's Festival of Lights and Mid-Winter Christmas
raised about $3000.
The ''extremely successful'' event raised money towards the
refurbishment of the centre.
About 90 people went to event, most arriving on the Taieri
Gorge Railway, and enjoyed Christmas dinner, music and
dancing before taking the train back to Dunedin.
Middlemarch Community Centre redevelopment committee
secretary Leeann Barnes said the money would likely be used
to buy scaffolding for the hall, which would help with
Since the committee formed in 2009 about $100,000 had been
spent refurbishing the hall, including about $80,000 on the
kitchen and about $20,000 on sound and other equipment, Mrs
The refurbishment meant the centre, which was the heart of
the Middlemarch community, was ''future-proofed'' and could
be used for more activities.
She wanted to thank all the people who helped organise ''We
couldn't do it if there wasn't all those people who give up