Arty Crafty Day to raise funds for Davistown Hall

Mosaic artist and teacher, Gillian Newey, with some of her works.

Davistown Progress Association hopes to bring the community back together following COVID-19 restrictions, support local artists, and raise funds for its hall with an Arty Crafty Day on July 25.

The day will run from 11.30am-5pm and feature a range of local arts and crafts made by community members.

It will include performances by local musicians, a fun session called Dancing on the Green and a raffle.

Association president, Jenny McCulla, said there were a few reasons for running the event.

“It will be to support local craftspeople and artists who are having a hard time at the moment because of COVID,” McCulla said.

“It will also give the local community a small celebration.”

On the day there will be a decorate your bike competition for children aged 4-8 and 9-12, with the prize funded by local real estate agents.

The event will also raise some much-needed funds for the volunteer-run hall to help with rent, insurances, Council rates and pest control.

“Anything we raise on the day will go back into those bills and maintenance of the local community hall,” McCulla said.

She said the event would be COVID safe.

“Inside the hall we will have a specialist coming in to help set up for COVID, we are following all of the instructions, we have all of the signage, we will be counting people in and out, we will be taking names and numbers.

“People handling food will have masks and gloves on… people on the front-line selling raffle tickets will be writing out the tickets to ensure people don’t have to touch and share pens.”

Gillian Newey has been teaching mosaics for 16 years on the Central Coast and will be appearing at the Arty-Crafty day with some of her work.

“It will be wonderful for the community to have this opportunity,” Newey said.

Jacinta Counihan