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The Nest Community Afternoon Tea

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Crafts with a social conscience
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Quirky Window at The Nest (image by May Cross)

I discovered The Nest Community a couple of years ago when I went to a big haberdashery and craft sale they held in their beautiful old heritage Queenslander. I am impressed with their workshops as well as their ethos. The Nest is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation which was created to develop a community to help reduce social isolation, to provide education and a safe haven for vulnerable women and children.

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Crochet a tartan rug (image by May Cross)

The Nest is holding a Hoy Fundraiser Day on Saturday 24th February at 1:30pm and you are invited to go along for a fun afternoon. It is being hosted at Gaythorne Bowls Club. There will be raffles, lucky door prizes and more. You can also buy hand-made crafts, jams and plants. The $10 admission includes a yummy Afternoon Tea. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends while raising much-needed funds for The Nest Community to continue its work during the upcoming year.

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Haberdashery from The Nest Shop (image by May Cross)

What is Hoy?
Hoy is a game that is played in groups of 2 or more and each person has 13 playing cards. It's a bit like Bingo or Housie, where a caller calls out a card number and the players turn over the corresponding cards. Once a player has turned over all 13 of their cards, they call out, "Hoy!" The first person to yell out wins a prize. Good fun for all ages and abilities.

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Learn to Crochet at The Nest (image by May Cross)

Craft Workshops
The Nest runs craft workshops for adults and there are also children's school holiday workshops. It is a great place to learn a new craft or socialise while creating hand-made crafts. Morning and afternoon tea is provided too. Up-coming workshops include:
felt or polymer clay jewellery,
rag rug making,
social quilting,
social sewing (Stitch and Bitch),
Peruvian basket weaving,
DIY skincare,
crochet - basics or make a cactus,

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Enjoy a variety of crafts at The Nest workshops (image from The Nest website)

Haberdashery Shop
The Nest runs a haberdashery shop which is open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday each week from 10:00am to 1:00pm. I have bought some gorgeous fabrics, cottons, knitting needles and many other bits and bobs at very reasonable prices. The Nest is very happy to accept excess craft materials for resale. If you have a stash of materials you no longer use, this is a win-win-win situation. You get to clear out your space, other crafters get to buy your old treasures at bargain prices and the Nest gets funds to continue their work. Any craft materials from scrapbooking, needlecraft and wool to craft books, magazines and tools are welcome. All the sales from the shop, workshop fees and fundraising go to pay the rent and keep their worthwhile programmes running.

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Fabrics available for sale at the Haberdashery Shop (image from The Nest website)

For further details, including workshops and their social initiatives, click here. The Nest is located at 720 South Pine Road in Everton Park. Some of their sponsors and partners are Boomerang Bags (which I love), Lions Club, and the Zonta Club. Pop in to see them, book a workshop or two, and perhaps volunteer or mentor for them.

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Boomerang Bags sponsor The Nest Community
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Why? A social afternoon of fun and games for a good cause.
When: Saturday 24th February from 1:30pm
Phone: 07 3355 7241
Where: Gaythorne Bowls Club, 18 Prospect Road, Gaythorne
Cost: $10 including afternoon tea and games
Your Comment
Thank you for this lovely article about this wonderful place and group of volunteers it truly is a great place to spend time at. They love donations of unused craft and sewing supplies they become other people’s treasures.
by Trish (score: 1|10) 773 days ago
I must get together my unused fabrics to donate. Always happy to help out wonderful organisations like this.
by lockw (score: 2|152) 776 days ago
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