MARKETS: Dale Trevanion, Bonnie Trevanion, Sally Wells, Laurel Wallis, Jan Newman helping out with the markets.
MARKETS: Dale Trevanion, Bonnie Trevanion, Sally Wells, Laurel Wallis, Jan Newman helping out with the markets. Philippe Coquerand

Committee makes call to cancel markets at Uniting Church

FOR 15 years a dedicated committee of volunteers from Mundubbera's Uniting Church have entertained the community every month with their hospitable country markets.

But a lack of young people stepping up to help the ageing committee has caused them to make the tough decision of cancelling the markets at the Uniting Church.

"The decision was purely made because we didn't have enough volunteers to keep it running," market coordinator Jan Newman said.

"There's not enough young people involved and it's run its time.

"I'm the youngest and I'm 63, the other volunteers are in their 80s and 90s."

Ms Newman said the decision to discontinue the markets at the Uniting Church in 2019 was not one that was made lightly.

"It is sad letting it go and it's not something where we just suddenly said 'we've had enough', we talked about it for a long time," she said.

"We will miss it, it was always great fun and a great outreach for our church.

"Throughout our time holding the markets at the Uniting Church we've seen a great change of staff come through and it's been wonderful."

Mundubbera won't go without a classic country market though.

Beginning in February Mundubbera's Baptist Church will host a country market on the third Saturday of every month, and most stall holders who were involved with the Uniting Church markets have agreed to get involved.

"Locals will still be able to come down and get their breakfast burger, that's what a lot of people come for- to sit down with a breakfast burger and a coffee and have a chat," volunteer Judith Butler said.

"We hope it will be a success."

The markets at the baptist church will begin on February 16, as it is too hot to host the event in January.

Ms Newman said the Uniting Church wishes the best for the new market holders.

"We had a lot of people say that they would most miss our baking stall so there will still be one every month, and the Uniting Church will do the baking every second month," she said.

The new markets will be held at 73 Leichhart St, Mundubbera.


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