Rivervale craft group celebrates 33rd anniversary

Share 'n' Care craft group founder Sylvia Andrews and long-time member Virginia Tomas cutting the cake to celebrate the group's 33rd anniversary.
Share 'n' Care craft group founder Sylvia Andrews and long-time member Virginia Tomas cutting the cake to celebrate the group's 33rd anniversary.

A RIVERVALE craft group celebrated its 33rd anniversary with joy on April 29 despite the fear of closure because of dwindling numbers.

Share ’n’ Care craft group has been meeting weekly for 33 years at Elevate Church in Rivervale, previously Rivervale Church of Christ.

Co-ordinator Peggy Edwards, who has been in the role for more than 30 years, said at one stage the group had more than 100 members.

“It must be a good thing for the community to last as long as it has,” she said.

“I found over the years the craft did change a little over time and now they seem to stick to beading and card-making.”

Founder Sylvia Andrews said the interest in crafting had not extended to young people now but it was a different story in the 1980s.

“When we first started, we had to have a creche because we had young mothers,” she said.

“We used to have men play carpet bowls in the church.”

The craft group has provided Cloverdale resident Judy Stewart bonding time with her daughter Debbie Marson, who lives in Woodvale.

Ms Marson said she had been attending the craft group for about 10 years, while her mum had been attending for more than 30 years.

“I live on the other side of the river and I come in with Mum as a chance for me to catch up with her,” she said.

“It’s a friendly bunch of people that are here… they may be older than me but I always have a laugh.”

Share ’n’ Care craft group meets 9.30am on Mondays at Elevate Church in Rivervale, with a door fee of $4.