Craft co-operative’s outlet to close early next month

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The end of an era is fast approaching as craft outlet Our Patch is scheduled to close early next month.
President Lynne Fettes said the decision was made for financial reasons.
The business will close its doors for the final time on Saturday, July
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Our Patch was set up after a meeting was called of people interested in forming a craft cooperative so crafts could be sold direct to the public. The meeting was held in an empty butcher’s shop in July 1984. The butcher’s shop later became the craft outlet.
‘‘This led to the formation of Our Patch Inc, which opened its doors on Monday, August 27, 1984,’’ Mrs Fettes said.
The membership was restricted to 100 people and comprised 93 women and seven men.
About 200 people had belonged to the co-operative over the years and there was still a group of original members, she said.
‘‘The shop, which has been staffed on a voluntary basis, has offered a wide and ever-changing range of handmade goods over the years, which have been popular with local customers, New Zealand and overseas visitors to the town.’’
The co-operative had contributed money to various local charities and any money left after the wind-up would go to charitable organisations chosen by members, Mrs Fettes said.
As well as running the shop, the members of the co-operative had enjoyed many social activities over the years and they hoped to continue to get together from time to time.
Members thanked all those who supported the outlet.
Visitors to the shop had expressed their disappointment at the outlet’s closure, she said.
Even though the outlet is to close, some members will still take private orders. – Contact numbers for those willing to take orders will be available from the Gore Citizens Advice Bureau, the Gore Information Centre or at ourpatchgore@gmail.com