Celebrating their new home, Armidale Spinners and Weavers Club President Lee Daniel, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, and Merryn Twemlow.
Thursday, 11 February 2021
AFTER several years of uncertainty, the Armidale Spinners and Weavers now have a permanent space to work and ‘yarn’ away the hours, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently joining club members to officially open their refurbished rooms at the Armidale Showground.
In 2019 the State Government provided a $30,000 grant for renovations of the group’s space underneath the western grandstand.
Mr Marshall said it was very special to see club members back together and plying their trade under one roof.
“Three years ago the Armidale Spinners and Weavers were moved from their original home in the western grandstand to allow the building to be refurbished,” Mr Marshall said.
“Since then the club has been spread out across the showground, which has been inconvenient for hosting workshops and storing their priceless equipment.
“Now the work on the western grandstand is largely complete with new windows and ceiling fans helping with climate control and new carpet, ceiling and kitchen cupboards providing comfort.
“I hope everyone enjoys the space and it continues to be a place of learning, where this important skill is passed on to a new generation so it is not lost to time.”
Armidale Spinners and Weavers President Lee Daniel said the opening marked the end of what has been a tough period for the club.
“Our group has nearly 50 members and until now we were incredibly stretched for space, spread out over two separate areas in the showground’s office,” Ms Daniel said.
“Through the assistance of the State Government and Armidale Showground Trust we have been able consolidate and bring all our members and equipment together under one roof.
“As the club is now well and truly back in business we encourage any prospective new members to drop in for a visit see what pursuits might be to their liking.”
Information about Armidale Spinners and Weavers can be found at www.armidaleguild.wordpress.com