The cutting of the cake announced the Grand Opening of the Bingara Community Op Shop.
With the cutting of the cake and door sash by Mrs Fay McCartney, Bingara’s Community Op Shop was officially opened yesterday.
It was a very happy gathering of the volunteers, committee and invited guests who had embraced a concept and then turned it into a magnificent shop.
When discussing the achievements, President Bev Matthews proudly said:
‘It is amazing how many people with a wonderful range of talents, turned what was a dark and grotty room into something very beautiful.
The people of Bingara are wonderful, so are the volunteers who worked tirelessly, those who donated goods, the supporters of our garage sales, Gwydir Shire and many more.’
During the official opening a number of people spoke of their personal satisfaction of being a part of the Op Shop group.
Mrs. Terri Schoneville spoke of her and her husband’s arrival in town and wanting to be a part of the community. Terri told the gathering:
‘It took us at least two years to renovate our house and at first I volunteered at the hospital. However, Corvid 19 closed that down and then I met Bev and Lyn (Clarke) and now we feel we really belong. The Op Shop is “our group”.
Lyn is the Secretary of the Op Shop Committee.
Nancy MacInnes also spoke of what was achieved:
‘It is very professional achievement by many talented people who contributed their skills to the various sections of the shop.’
Nancy also paid tribute to the assistance of Max Eastcott and Carmen Southwell of Gwydir Shire Council. She also included the garden volunteers in her praise for turning the outdoor area into a show piece.
Lorraine Kinder expressed her delight of arriving in town with her husband and looking for a way to become part of the community. She told the gathering:
‘I am very excited about Bingara and the Op Shop. I too had helped out at the hospital and when the volunteers were closed down, it was great to become a part of the Op Shop. Bingara people are so beautiful and friendly and I often “pinch myself” when thinking of the life I once had in Sydney.’
With the opening of the doors, the large crowd enjoyed a well deserved slice of cake as the first customers were busy looking through the grand display of goods.
Kerry White had donated the cake and while she was unable to attend the opening, she was certainly not forgotten when the tributes were handed out. It was a wonderful gesture by Kerry.
The Op Shop is a wonderful addition to Maitland Street and will prove to be enormously popular with both locals and visitors.
Opening hours will be 9am -3pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.