Church and gardens celebrate Pastor Pam Skelton, Glenda Wood, who has been involved in the community garden from the beginning along with Ruth Haggar, the first co-ordinator of the garden.
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The town crier, Alan Moyse.

Enjoying the market.

Clare Whiter, Eden and Ann Brosnan, Millangandi.

Sue Horton, Eden and Denise Switzer, Eden, raising money for the Hotel Australasia renovations.

Reap organisers, Peter Buggy and Christine Welsh.

Anthony Methven

Gaming of a different sort, Paddy Reilly, Jesse Dalton, Hannah Methven and Tarka Toohill with Brendon White.

Alex Dalton suggests the group tries something different like this babaco from South America.

Old photos on display.

Thomas Edwards played the digeridoo.

Maeve Donaldson, Annie Watmore and Lavinia Kruizinga, all of Eden.

Tankred Mueller, of Burragate Organics.

Jan Kruizinga, Barry Griffiths and Rod O’Connell.

Emma Whiter

Anthony Methven

Pastor Ossie Cruse

Karissa Preuss and Chun Morton, of Canberra were helping with the pizzas.

Busy on the barbecue, Jack and Lisa O’Connell.

Michael Menager

TweetFacebookPastor Skelton said people has travelled from afar to take part in the celebrations including a Queensland man who had donated a Wollemi Pine for the church grounds some years ago.

The church grounds were filled with stalls, selling fresh produce, food, clothes andbooks while inside the hall in the kitchen, volunteers worked furiously to produce freshly made pizzas which were then placed in the wood fired oven on site.Outside the hall a variety of local musicians added to the vibrant atmosphere.

Among the more unusual stalls were two both offering an insight into games of a different sort. Brendon White had an enthusiastic group of children playing card and board games. Mr White is a lively advocate for getting away from playing games on phones or tablets and moving games back onto the table, hence the name, Get on the table.

The children playing were also enjoying themselves. Hannah Methven said it was good to socialise with other kids. “It’s different from playing on a tablet because you’re playing with other people.

Tarka Toohill said they they were “exercising their minds” and Jesse Dalton said you could have fun and didn’t need money to play.

Mr White has games clubs in both Merimbula and Bega and is hoping to start a club in Eden. He can be contacted on Facebook at Get on the table.

Nearby Anthony Methven hada battlefield display of just a tiny amountof his 67,000 figure collection that he has built up from when he started his hobby aged seven.

His war gaming and battle figures are hand painted with careful detail to regimental colours and flags. He wants to set up a modelling and gaming club for anyone who wants to make figures for a display or set upa collection for gaming.

For those who wanted to try something exotic, Alex Dalton had brought along a range of unusual fruit and a group of tasters were soon on hand to try many of the fruits on offer.

Inside the church hall there was a display of old photos with two precious photos that had been lent by the curator of the Eden Whale Museum. The photos showed the Reverend James Forbes and his wife, Eliza. The reverend was the longest serving minister and was at the church in the late late 1800s and early 1900s.

Pastor Skelton said she was particularly pleased that they hadachieved their goals from 10 years ago which was to develop a sense of community and a friendly and welcoming space.

On Saturday after the market, there was a lunch for people associated with the garden and the church and on Sunday a special service.

The churchis the second oldest church building in NSW to have had continuous worship services since it was dedicated in 1866.

The program for the weekend includes

Saturday, May 21

7:00 Variety night and supper (Bring along an entertaining item, for an evolving programanda plate for supper)

Sunday, May 22

9:30 Morning service in the church followed by morning tea in the Hall.

11:30 Historical talk

12:30Picnic Lunch at Cocora Beach (backup is the hall)

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