Kapunda Community Craft Shop volunteers find temporary shop front

Welcoming the Kapunda Community Craft Shop temporary shop in the Light Church is volunteers Marlene Norris, Ben Wenke, Bridget Smart with Pastor Paul Smith and wife Pauline.
Welcoming the Kapunda Community Craft Shop temporary shop in the Light Church is volunteers Marlene Norris, Ben Wenke, Bridget Smart with Pastor Paul Smith and wife Pauline.

A band of supportive Kapunda volunteers have seen light at the end of tunnel by way of their shop temporarily joining Light Community Church.

Kapunda Community Craft Shop has been handed the lifeline after their Hill Street shop lease with Light Regional Council expired on June 30.

The group had been servicing the community with an array of homemade goods and donations from the same location for more than four decades.

A recent kind offering was made by Pastor Paul Smith and his wife Pauline who help run the church at 73-75 Main Street, opposite the newsagent.

According to Pastor Paul, following discussions with a volunteer and later his board, the decision was made to temporarily house the craft shop in the Christian book shop space, which has been scaled back.

"We are more than happy to accommodate this group because like us they are here for the community and are also not-for-profit," Pastor Paul said.

From Thursday, July 11, the craft shop re-opens to the public with the same friendly service and abundance of goods and crafts.

Opening hours have also changed to Tuesday-Friday from 10am-3pm.

The public will find olive oil and soaps from Tarlee, honey, homemade baked good including cakes and biscuits, pickles and preserves, plus beautifully made all-occasion cards, lovingly made clothing and knitted and crochet goods such as shawls - all for extremely reasonable prices.

For volunteers Bev Wenke, Bridget Smart and Marlene Norris, the shop also provides them a social outing.

"A lot of us volunteer with other community groups because we enjoy the interaction and helping the community," Mrs Smart said.

For Mrs Norris the connection also means continuing her passion for dressmaking using the traditional smocking method.

"It will always be in fashion as long as the Royals (children) wear it," she said.

"I also love seeing photos of people in my clothes."

While Mrs Wenke loves her weekly Thursday stint and chatting with the visitors.

Relocation and set up for the shop was achieved by a dedicated group.

This included, fixtures and fittings dismantled by volunteers Phil Voumard and Ray Reichelt and delivered to book shop area of Light Church by Council Customer Action Team with assistance of Pastor Paul Smith and Peter Nottle

Mr Voumard and Mr Reichelt reinstalled cupboards and shelving, with maintenance undertaken by Tim Ellbourne.

Importantly, all funds raised by the 36 members are directed back to community groups to assist their endeavours.

Donations happily provided by Kapunda Community Craft Shop

  • Kapunda Aged Care Homes
  • Kapunda Agric Show
  • Kapunda Anglican Church
  • Kapunda Bagots Fortune
  • Brett - Gemma - Foundation
  • Hill Street - Wine barrels, Roses + soil. Bagots Fortune, Institute, Museum, Craft Shop.
  • Hill Street - rear Thomson Building Roses for pergola garden
  • Kapunda BMX
  • Kapunda Big Morning Tea - Cancer Council
  • Kapunda Car Cruise
  • Kapunda Community Garden
  • Kapunda C.W.A.
  • Kapunda C.F.S.
  • Kapunda Day Care - SLAC
  • Kapunda Diversional Therapy Group
  • Kapunda Dutton Park Inc
  • Kapunda Drapery School uniform
  • Kapunda High School Foundation
  • Kapunda High School
  • Kapunda High School Sport Complex
  • Kapunda Hospital - Helipad
  • Kapunda Hospital - paver path
  • Kapunda Institute
  • Kapunda Kindergarten - Library Books - Toys - Ipad
  • Kapunda Lions - Main Street benches - Playground toilets - Main St. Norfolk pine lighting
  • Kapunda Ladies Golf Club
  • Kapunda Mens Shed
  • McGuiness-McDermott Foundation
  • Kapunda Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser
  • Kapunda Primary School - Library Books - Ipads - School Fetes - 24 Hour Trial Catering - Craft items
  • - Chicken Incubator/Light
  • Parkinsons Association
  • Pinery Bushfire
  • Kapunda Red Cross
  • Kapunda Rotary - Hospital Helipad
  • Riding for the Disabled - horse equipment
  • Kapunda Street Party
  • Kapunda Soldiers Memorial Hall
  • Support for local families in need difficult times (School shoes, backpacks, stationery, etc)
  • Kapunda Tourism
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