Greerton Village holds great community events. All ages attend, people smile and laugh and talk to each other and the village is small enough to walk around easily. There are also trees, green spaces and places to sit.
The Cherry Blossom Festival was started in 2007 to herald the start of spring and the flowering of the cherry trees in Chadwick Road and Cameron Road. This year the festival had a gala at Greerton Village School on their grounds and in the street alongside was a brilliant display of Classic Cars and Hot Rods. Lots of chrome, gleaming colours and black t-shirts. There were stalls with car related products outside the packed Zest café. In fact all the cafes and food places were busy and the SPCA op shop had outside stalls as well. We wandered up to the regular monthly Greerton Market at the Greerton Hall and came back with vege and flower plants. Really good quality healthy plants. The Lions Club members did a great job of traffic control on Cameron Road and gate entry to the gala. The Greerton Village School Gala was full of food, fun, pets, raffles, live music and lots of bouncy castles and tunnels. Lots of kids and their parents and grandparents were having a great time. The pet corner and pony rides were very popular. We had a great day and went home with plants, a second-hand card table bargain, a half price jacket and loads of books which we didn’t really need from an opshop stall, great fabric remnants from Greerton Furnishing and tummies full of yummy brunch from Le Chat Noir where we sat in the sun and watched everyone else walking by.
Diane Hume-Green. Diane is a regular ARTbop columnist. She is a member of Tauranga Writers and has a background in fashion, music and design.