Church Camp Survey

Published: Wednesday, 23 November 2016

CampWilkinbuildingsAn online survey of people’s attitudes towards a possible church camp in 2017 was distributed electronically in early November. A total of 37 responses, representing approximately 70 people, were received. Thank you to all who responded.

As a result of the strong positive feedback, we have decided to proceed with a camp in 2017 and have booked Camp Wilkin at Anglesea for the weekend 28-30 July.  More information will be available early in 2017.

A one page summary of the survey results is followed by a summary of responses to each question here.

Walking Group 19th Nov 2016

Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2016


The next ABC Walking Group event will be on Saturday 19th November. This will be an opportunity to explore part of the Bay Trail as we walk from Mordialloc to Sandringham admiring the scenic coastal views along the way.

The plan is to travel by train from Ashburton to Mordialloc and return from Sandringham station in the afternoon. If there is a northerly wind on the day we may walk in the opposite direction.

On the 13km walk, we’ll pass the Beaumaris Cliffs, Ricketts Point, Half Moon Bay, Red Bluff, various yacht clubs, some beautiful beaches and, of course, several cafes and coffee shops.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, we’ll be on good paths most of the time but there may be some beach walking too. Bring lunch, water and a MYKI card with you. We’ll meet at Ashburton Station at 9am for a 9:09 departure and be back at Ashburton by 4pm (or earlier if you walk quickly!).

Please reply by email or contact David Fearn-Wannan to let us know if you're planning to come. Click here to see the photos of previous walks.

Walking Group - 9 July 2016

Published: Thursday, 23 June 2016

Emerald Cockatoo Bike ride 1 970x539Come and join us on Saturday 9th July for the next ABC walking group expedition. This 12km walk through Emerald Lake Park and Wrights Forest in the Dandenong Ranges begins in Emerald. We'll follow a well formed track to Cockatoo for lunch and a coffee before returning to Emerald on a slightly different route in the afternoon. Full track description here. For those who would prefer a shorter walk, it is possible to return to Emerald on the local bus (bring a MYKI card).

We’ll meet in the Marquis St car park at 9am where we'll organise cars for the 45 minute drive to Emerald. We expect to return to Ashburton by about 3pm.

Bring your lunch, a water bottle, a waterproof coat (if rain is forecast) and comfortable walking shoes. Contact David Fearn-Wannan or the ABC Office for more information.

Please reply by email to let us know if you're planning to come.

Click here to see photos of previous walks.

House of Hope Opening

Published: Monday, 18 April 2016


The Ashburton House of Hope was opened on 14 February 2016.  This article about the opening was recently published in the Ashburton Community Newsletter.