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Members of the Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group (Joan Kale, Rosemary Baxter, June Hooker, Marjorie Murphy, Maureen King and Kerri Robinson) have been working diligently to prepare and publish the 2021 edition of Welcome to Lawrence, a locally created information booklet which the group happily distributes to new residents to welcome them to the area. Image: Contributed.

Write way to welcome you to Lawrence

Emma Pritchard

During the past several weeks, members of the Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group have been busy researching and perfecting their latest literary creation.

And as they smile profusely and flick through the pages of their completed project, they are eagerly looking forward to sharing their work with their local community, especially new residents who now call Lawrence home.

First printed six years ago, the 2021 edition of Welcome to Lawrence is an updated version.

Freely distributed amongst the areas newest residents to welcome them to their new community, the 36-page A5 booklet features a map of Lawrence, a history of the township and the local Bluff Point Ferry service, information about local attractions including the Lawrence Museum and the Lawrence Golf and Sports Club, local businesses such as the Lawrence Tavern and Lawrence General Store, and additional information regarding local bus routes and travel guides.    

Treasurer of the Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group Rosemary Baxter has lived in the township for three years and describes the booklet as a wonderful assortment of local history and knowledge.

As the compiler and editor of Welcome to Lawrence, Ms Baxter said she is very proud of the booklet and her fellow members for their outstanding contributions, and she is looking forward to seeing more copies disperse throughout the community.

“It’s a wonderful asset for new people in town,” she said, adding the members of the Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group take it upon themselves to gift every new resident with a copy to help them settle in.

“Lawrence is a friendly town and you can be assured of a welcome here.

“Distributing the book is a good way to meet people too and everyone who has a copy loves it.

“A lot of people can’t wait to get the new edition.”

Written locally and printed in Maclean, the 2021 edition of Welcome to Lawrence was officially launched by the group with a celebratory champagne lunch last week.

Graphic designer Kerri Robinson fondly remembers how chuffed she was to receive her copy of the booklet when she first moved to Lawrence.

“This book is a reflection of the community and it also shows how new residents can become involved with local activities,” she said, hinting of her role in the booklet’s production good-naturedly.

“I’m really happy with how the latest edition has turned out and I think people will love it.”

The Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group are also excited to share Welcome to Lawrence with visitors and tourists to their community.

Ms Baxter happily announced the booklet is available for sale from the Lawrence Museum and the Lawrence General Store for $2.