After being closed for quite some time the Picket Fence re-opened on Thursday 7th October.
At present there is morning tea as usual and a light lunch available for a $3 donation which helps to cover costs. The friendly volunteer staff once again provide a safe and happy place for people to visit and enjoy companionship.
Limited emergency assistance is available for those experiencing hard times.
Hours of operation are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 1.30pm.
Originally opened in 1993 by the Mayor of Mitcham, Lyndon Parnell, as a direct result of a parish consultation. A competition was run to find a name for the centre and the name chosen relates to both the picket fence in front of the church and the association of friendly neighbours chatting over the fence.
Two shops adjacent to the church on South Road were rented and the centre was manned by volunteers from the church under the direction of Co-ordinator Ian Lamb.
Services provided have always included tea, coffee and lunches, a friendly place to chat and meet people and Emergency Relief Assistance.
St Mary’s Fresh Produce offers fresh fruit and vegetables for a gold coin donation.
All this has been due to the support of many generous volunteers.
St Mary’s Picket Fence has always offered companionship, a safe an friendly environment, and activities such as 8 ball, card games, craft, board games and more.
The eco friendly garden, located adjacent to the car park is an activity of the St Mary’s Parish, where people join in vegetable and herb growing. New members are always welcome. The garden is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and Garden Coordinator, Rob Collett is on hand to assist with enquiries.
Raised garden beds are made on site by volunteers. These can be made to order by contacting the Garden Coordinator.
Art Group – Thursday morning 9.30 -11.30am. A group for beginners and advanced in watercolour and acrylic. Cost $3 per session.
This program is still operating and new members are warmly welcomed.
Other group and activities have been held as and when required.