Plaza stall last for Aloomba
Tuesday, 24th February, 2015
By Emily Roberts
This Thursday will see a local group hold their last arts and craft stall after a number of issues made it hard for them to continue.
Aloomba Arts and Crafts has been running for over four decades, and they recently put out the call for members to help keep the group afloat.
With six members left, they have been holding a monthly stall at the plaza.
Current president Deidre Mallon said due to declining numbers and financial woes, this Thursday will be the last time they hold a stall.
“We did have one woman who wanted to join, but that’s nowhere near enough for us to continue,” Mrs Mallon said.
Another member Janet Denley, said they hope to raise money from selling goods at their stall.
“The money from selling goods covers the site fees for the stall - but if we don’t raise enough; we have to put in our own money,” she said.
“It is disappointing that this will be our last one. I really enjoyed it.”
Over the years a variety of crafts were initiated and enjoyed including string pictures, bark painting, pottery, macrame, china painting, mosaics, oil paintings, card making, soft goods, knitting crochet, folk art, ceramics and many more.
Members participated in many exhibitions including the Masonic Hall, Town Hall Facade, displays at the Library, the Tourist Information Centre, the plaza and Algate House Annual Fate.
They also attended the YWCA fete and Lifeline fete.
Mrs Mallon said people have been telling her how much they will miss the stall.
“People tell us they look forward to the stall,” she said.
“From now on, they will have to call us if they want to order or purchase anything.”
The stall on Thursday will feature all homemade goods. It will be at Westside Plaza from 9am to 5pm.
Mrs Denley said some of the women also participate in the community markets.
“We have goods for the community markets and Deidre and I will be featuring in the Fringe Festival,” she said.
Mrs Mallon said the group will have stalls at the Pottery Fair in May and the YWCA’s craft market.
“But we encourage people to come down and purchase something from our stall on Thursday,” she said.
“We will be giving out our phone numbers for anyone who wants to contact us in the future.”
Aloomba Arts and Crafts started as a hobby and social engagement for a handful of women in 1973, and they had a centre at the rear shops in Oxide and Chapple Streets. Founding members included Pat Coffey, Rita Smith, Marj Pinkerton and Doreen Fitzpatrick.
By 1974, there was a total of 54 members, with several on the waiting list.