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Celebrate the new Community Lounge and Shop

EVERYONE is invited to come along and join in the celebrations at the launch of an exciting new venture at the Foster Community House on ‘Luggage Rummage Day’ – Saturday November 17.

Amongst recent changes at the The Foster Community House (FCH) is a brand new enterprise – the Community Shop and Lounge. Why not come along – from 11am to 4pm during the Luggage Rummage Day and have a look at the new Lounge and Shop, perhaps pick up a great bargain or to join the stallholders in setting up and selling from suitcases!

Spring is well and truly here and with spring cleaning comes de-cluttering and the Luggage Rummage Day is the perfect chance to sell off these goodies and make some Christmas cash, while at the same supporting the Foster Community House (FCH) with twenty per cent of sales will going towards the running of the House.

The concept of the day is similar to a car boot sale – but goods can be sold from suitcases. Fill up a case, or two or three with quality goods you no longer need and register as a seller (with a $20 deposit) by calling the House on 5682 1101. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available but spots are limited so be quick.

“The FCH Community Engagement Day will be a lot of fun and is a great opportunity to sell goods, pick up some great bargains or to just see the exciting changes that are taking place,” said FCH manager Julia Peddie.

If your items for sale catch Julia’s eye, there is even the chance that they may be sold on consignment at the new FCH Community Shop. Suitable items could include old wares, art and craft, clothings, bric a brac, tools, toys, CDs, books and jewellery.

“This new enterprise is really exciting as it opens up so many options. Not only will there be a Community Shop where you can browse and pick up a bargain, but during other hours it will operate as The Lounge where you can just drop in, relax and socialise.

Tony Cornish, the new Volunteer Co-ordinator,  would be very interested in hearing from anyone interested in joining as a volunteer assistant to help with the Community Shop and/or Lounge. It’s a terrific way to contribute to the community and to make new friends – and it helps the House continue to provide great facilities.

Another exciting change at the Foster Community House is the option to hire a room (or rooms) as a venue for business meetings, community group events and social events. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination and could lend itself to musical performances, dances, films and presentations.

In addition to space within the Community Lounge and Shop, the old Court House hall is available to rent – complete with stage and a kitchen/board room with seating for eight to ten people. The Lounge area will have sofas, tea facilities and some (limited) storage facilities. Availability is not restricted to weekdays; evenings and weekends are also on offer – subject to availability. There is also a small office area available for hire on certain days.

All FCH hire rates are flexible and affordable and the FCH is keen to see these areas hired by business or individuals for events, workshops and private functions. Conditions apply and workshop facilitators must have own insurance.

Term programs are running with a terrific variety of courses and workshops on offer, and a summer program is being organised – conditional upon community involvement. Julia is keen to hear from anyone interested in offering courses, workshops, or sessions during the holiday period suitable for adult participation.

The Foster Community House located at the corner of Court Street and Station Road and anyone interested in finding out further details regarding venue hire, the new Community Lounge and Shop or to register as a stallholder for the Luggage Rummage Day is urged to drop in and have a chat with Julia or to call the House on 5682 1101 or email [email protected]


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