The Kapunda Community Craft Shop is on the move

The Kapunda Community Craft Shop, Hill Street, committee call on the public to help them find another premise after their lease expires next month. Photo: File
The Kapunda Community Craft Shop, Hill Street, committee call on the public to help them find another premise after their lease expires next month. Photo: File

After more than four decades of servicing the community from the same location, The Kapunda Community Craft Shop is on the hunt for a new and suitable premise.

According to its committee, the Kapunda asset was established in 1976 by the Kapunda Primary School.

Over the years the craft shop has consistently provided the opportunity for people to sell goods on consignment with the profits donated.

From next month, June 30, the lease to the craft shop's site, in the council-owned Thomson Building on Hill Street, expires with "no renewal or month-to-month extension", the committee further shared.

An alternative offered by the council was to relocate to the Kildea Room of the Soldiers Memorial Institute.

Yet the offer was declined by the committee due to volunteers feeling the area was isolated, a reduction in security and entry to be unsuitable.

A kind and generous offer was later made by Environmental Copper Recovery to share their privately rented commercial premises at 65 Main Street, next to the Art Gallery.

The committee shared how this option was also considered but on receiving written information, the majority of members decided that this corporate business and a not-for-profit community organisation was not compatible.

However, both the committee and long-time supporters are determined to "keep that shop going".

The committee is currently investigating other options available.

They say the shop is lifeline for creating a social network for meeting people and creating friendships, sharing personal experiences and therapy for many health issues.

They now call on the community, who may have any viable suggestions for the relocation of the KCCS, to share with committee, members and volunteers.

Sadly, if the shop is unable to secure a suitable option to continue it will unfortunately close.

The bi-monthly markets held at the CWA Hall will continue.

The committee expressed "thanks and appreciation" to the many individuals and community groups that have written letters of support to the shop.

To assist, email: kapcraft@gmail.com.au.