We've lived in Cromwell for 25 years, we have raised our family here and have a lot of great friends around Cromwell. Many of who are our suppliers and sub contractors. Chances are if you ask a local they will know my wife Julie or myself. You may even have met me at Christmas time, its about 20 years in a row I've had my arm twisted to drive the Thomas train at Santa Land. Truth be told, it is a highlight of the year, and one of the many great reasons Cromwell is such a great place for families to live.
I was asked to put a list of my local support together, after 25 years you can imagine the list is quite long but basically I've just always been happy to lend a hand. I'm a pretty good cook at the Lions Club BBQ fundraisers, and as a member of the board of the local Lions Club, I had the opportunity to help with a lot of great local projects. I enjoy being part of the local Central Otago Motorsport Club and have always believed in giving back to those who help our town.
Projects that add to the experience of living in Cromwell are always something we take on wholeheartedly, and have offered our work for free. Building around the Old Town waterfront, including the BBQ pergolas by the Boat Ramp and at Alpha Street Park, Cromwell Community House, and the in the early days at the Speedway.
I've enjoyed sponsoring the Cromwell Samurai Karate Club, Santa Land, Secret Santa and the Lions Club Projects. One building project that has been a personal favourite was the transformation of one of our historic churches into a fully functioning movie cinema. I'm always hearing from locals that they had no idea Cromwell had such a great facility, and its been awesome to see it come to life. The space has had to have quite a few changes to accommodate seating, technology and comply with commercial building requirements. The plan was always to maintain the historic charm of the building but to make sure it was going to be sustainable as a business premises long into the future.