Community Expo draws a huge crowd

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Amberley’s domain pavilion became a community centre last week – literally.
Organisations from throughout Amberley and the wider community turned out in force at a Community Expo to promote their organisations and give newcomers and others the opportunity to find out what groups and services are available in the town.
Over 300 people spilled through the doors when they opened at 3pm and 60 groups had stalls with many commenting items by schools helped create a great atmosphere.
There was kapa haka displays, a choir from Leithfield School to open and later the Amberley School Jump Jam teams upped the tempo and provided lively entertainment.
At the end vineyard workers from Vanuatu entertained with their lively String Band which helped the gathering to unwind.
An organiser, Amberley’s community connector Lee Lawrence, was overwhelmed at the response.
Lee says it was a chance to not only see the huge array of groups in the town, but also to witness the ‘‘amazing’’ volunteer culture on display.
Everything from St Johns, the Amberley MenzShed to the local floral art group, Amberley Anglican Parish and Neighbourhood Support had stalls.
Complimentary cuppas and food was available throughout for those who needing a rest or just to sit down and enjoy the entertainment and company.
Lee said it gave people the chance to go along and meet local organisations and find out how they worked.
She said the Expo was also an opportunity to ‘‘celebrate’’ the amazing volunteer culture and show off Amberley and its huge number of community organisations which people could join organisations, help or contribute.

 

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MenzShed . . . Bruce Watson mans the MenzShed stall where everything from coffins to wooden toy trucks were on show. They are all the handiwork of people at the MenzShed. PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW
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Up beat . . . The local Amberley School Kapa Haka group perform for the visitors. PHOTO: SUPPLIED