Locals reflect on three decades of friendship and craft

A healthy crowd of nearly 40 people congregated in the Naracoorte Church of Christ Hall on Thursday morning to celebrate the Friendship Centre’s 30th anniversary.

Past and present participants took part in the celebrations to commemorate three decades of friendship and craft in Naracoorte.

Friendship Centre coordinator Betty Francis said she was happy with the turnout for the 30 year celebrations.

“Unfortunately we had a few apologies but everyone that attended had an enjoyable morning,” she said.

“As it’s a 30 year pearl anniversary, we presented all participants with a novelty pearl necklace to remember the occasion.”

Mrs Francis and Pastor Grant Simpson gave a short presentation reflecting on the past three decades of the Friendship Centre before everyone was treated to a huge spread of delicious cakes, sandwiches and soups.

A comprehensive display of arts and crafts completed over the past 30 years were also on display for people to admire

The Friendship Centre also took the opportunity to hold a fundraiser for Cancer Council SA at the 30 year anniversary by holding a “Biggest Morning Tea”.

Mrs Francis said the Friendship Centre provides a safe place for anyone of any age in the community to have a cuppa, do craft, play board games or just have a chat.

“Countless numbers of people have participated in the many, many different crafts shared throughout the years and the kettle is always on the boil and scrumptious morning teas are provided,” she said.

“People who are new to Naracoorte see the Friendship Centre as a way of meeting some locals and helping them settle into our community.

“Local GPs have at times recommended that individual patients become involved as a way of building self-confidence and socialising in a friendly environment.”

The Friendship Centre welcomes anyone of any age to join in on their weekly sessions from 10am until 12pm on Thursdays during the SA school term.

To find out more information, contact Betty Francis on 8762 2288.