Group celebrates 35 years of volunteer work with exhibition

Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful archivist Ann Wills. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful archivist Ann Wills. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Thirty-five years of volunteer work to keep Alexandra and Clyde looking good will be marked next month.

Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful will mark 35 years with a month-long exhibition of project photos and details at the Heafey Gallery, Central Stories.

Archivist Ann Wills said the anniversary was a time to reflect on the difference the group had made to the area over the years.

"We like to think the group has made a huge difference, not only to the environment, but to people’s lives as they have helped create an even more beautiful area to live in, enjoy and respect.

"Recent members to KACB have been surprised how much work has been done over the years — we hope the public sees that, too."

Ms Wills had been collating material using the minutes, news clippings, awards, certificates and photos to compile a display covering the 35 years of voluntary work by members. She hoped the archive could be retained securely so the public could access it as a community resource in future.

"Special thanks must go to those that recorded detail, took photos, maintained and updated all the archive material held.

"It’s a wonderful record of community input by volunteers."

After Keep NZ Beautiful (KNZB) approached the Central Otago District Council regarding creating a group in Alexandra, a public meeting was held in December 1988 and in June the next year the group was officially recognised by the national body.

The group’s projects have been varied and widespread, including the naming of notable trees at Pioneer Park, hanging baskets in Alexandra’s Golden Block shopping area, the annual best street and cul de sac competition, creating historic plaques and beautifying reserves or other areas requiring an upgrade.

The exhibition will be held in the Heafey Gallery at Central Stories from July 22 to August 17.