IN MAY, the Cobden Uniting Church proudly re-opened their Opportunity Shop, which had been closed for a few weeks while undergoing renovations and redecoration. The addition of an extension incorporates more shop space, a new kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as a lovely community space which can be used for meetings, coffee and a chat, or a quiet read in the sunshine.
Cobden UC originally purchased the old cottage some years ago with the proceeds from the sale of the Cobrico church. The recent additions were made possible from the sale of the church buildings at South Purrumbete, Purrumbete (which is now a music studio), as well as from generous donations.
The official opening of the Op Shop was a community affair. Church chairperson Michael Hose welcomed all present, including the builder, from Roberts Builders, all the tradesmen who had worked on it, neighbouring shopkeepers, members of the parish and the general public.
Cobden UC secretary, Gwen Steele, said it was fitting that four of the longest serving volunteers were on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon to declare the shop open.
“On opening day there was a free sausage sizzle, balloons, no rain, and a very happy day for all, especially the faithful volunteers who put in so much time at the shop, and the Church Council,” Ms Steele said.
“It is now a bright, warm, inviting place to work in, or to shop in, or just to visit, and a much more appropriate place in which to administer our welfare service.”