Six Alexandra-based arts and crafts groups combined to make a $200,000 donation to the Alexandra Community House this week. Viewing the progress on the facility were (from left) Lynne Boulter, Steve Hills), Kathi McLean, Simon Horrell , Shirley Congalton, Glenda McCreadie, Jean Mowat and Jude Horrell. Photo by Lynda van Kempen.
A combined history spanning more than 20 years is behind a
fundraising boost of $200,000 for the Alexandra Community
The $2.6 million building in the centre of Alexandra will
open early next year and six arts and crafts groups joined
forces to make the donation yesterday.
Arts and Crafts Inc, the Alexandra Patchwork Group, Alexandra
Spinners and Weavers, Goldfields Miniatures, the Alexandra
Pottery Club and the Central Otago Model Society used to
share a Tarbert St building, known as The Studio.
Some of the groups had been based there for up to two
They sold the property to the Elim Church and have used the
proceeds of the sale as their donation to the community
house, where they will be based in the future.
"This is extremely generous and we're grateful for their
support," house trust chairwoman Bernie Lepper said
The 1054sq m community house building in the grounds of St
Enoch's Church, Centennial Ave, will be home for more than 12
social service agencies, as well as education, arts and
The latest donation will be used to outfit the kitchen,
provide tables and chairs for meeting rooms, audio-visual
equipment and other "extras" for the benefit of all groups
using the facility.
"We're excited about moving into community house next year
and wanted to make the donation from the sale of our building
towards something that everyone in the community would
benefit from," Arts and Crafts Inc president Jean Mowat said.
The groups had a long association together, spanning more
than two decades in some cases.
They all agreed the community house facility was the ideal
recipient of the funds.
An open day would be held at the facility on December 15,
from 10am to noon. It would be "open for business" in
mid-January, Mrs Lepper said.
The first meeting about the project was held in October 2007
and the trust was set up in early 2008 and began fundraising.
Its vision was for the house to be a focal point to "nurture
and sustain the wellbeing of all people, though arts,
education and social services".