Friday, 18 June 2021
A CRAFT fair at the Millstream Day Centre in Benson raised £400 towards a new kitchen.
There were 10 stalls selling cards, knitted and sewn items, framed pictures, jewellery, children’s books and plants as well as a cake sale and raffle.
Stallholders paid for a table and gave a prize towards the raffle and in return organisers provided a light lunch and tea and coffee. Geraldine Gault, who chairs the centre’s management committee, said she was disappointed with the footfall but pleased with the amount raised.
She said: “Maybe the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend wasn’t a good day but it’s still £400 towards our fund-raising so we’re not going to complain about that.
“It’s just a shame it wasn’t a bit better. Because the footfall was very low, we didn’t get the sales of the light lunches. I think we’re back at the point of saying ‘what can we do differently, how can we get the message out
further with a smaller committee?’
“All the members, by their nature, tend to be 60-plus and there’s a lot of physical work involved, so we’re looking to get more people on to the committee. The kind of people we need are doers and more people with fund-raising ideas that are less labour-intensive.”
The £38,000 modernisation of the kitchen is needed because the current one doesn’t have enough working surfaces and cook Michelle Jones finds it difficult to use the old-fashioned, solid plate hobs.
The new kitchen will have a new commercial dishwasher, induction hobs, new flooring, new cladding on the walls and more workspace.
The centre currently has about 50 members who can have a hot two-course lunch on three days a week.
If you are interested in joining the committee, call (01491) 834889.
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