At the recent annual general meeting of the Kapunda Community Craft Shop, Cynthia Mattschoss was re-elected chairperson for the 2017-18 year.
Mrs Mattschoss reported on a good 12 months of activity of the shop and thanked all contributors for their part in the success of this valuable community asset.
The Kapunda Craft Shop is a long-standing Kapunda community asset which was established in 1976 by a group attached to the Kapunda Primary School.
It has consistently provided an opportunity for talented crafts people to sell their goods on consignment and for the profits to then be directed to other worthy community groups.
Almost every volunteer organisation in Kapunda has benefited from the support of the Craft Shop over the past 40 years, along with many individuals who have also been grateful recipients of the shop’s generosity.
Located in an ideal central position within the Thomson Building in Hill Street, Kapunda, the shop runs as a not-for-profit organisation, totally relying on volunteer services.
It attracts a steady stream of locals as well as tourists to Kapunda with its location fitting well with the historic Hill Street precinct.
All income derived after costs, are donated to local community projects/organisations that benefit the Kapunda community.
There are many long-time supporters who are determined to “keep that shop going”; it is a life line to the local community for many people, who may well live much more isolated lives if it wasn’t for the company enjoyed by being part of this successful group.
Members have a strong commitment to the shop and have organised an attractive display area to promote their extensive range of wares.
Today the shop is fortunate to have the support of 31 volunteers who operate the shop seven days a week and three people who tend to the administration, with another 43 supplying stock for sale.
Goods are sold on consignment allowing the supplier to purchase additional raw materials to create products for sale and generating turnover to operate the shop.
Members of the community who may be interested are invited to call into the shop and see how they can become involved by contributing goods for sale or volunteering on the roster to enable the shop to be staffed.
Other members of the committee for 2017-18 include Rosie Nottle, secretary/treasurer, Marlene Norris, Gloria Bowden and Lesley Luxton.