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New School of Arts celebrates 40 years

The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House at South Grafton celebrated their 40th birthday on Saturday. Image: Contributed

Lynne Mowbray

The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. [NSOA] at South Grafton celebrated their 40th year on Saturday with displays, activities, market stalls and giveaways.

NSOA General Manager, Skye Sear said that the open day was “awesome”.

“Despite Saturday’s inclement weather, it didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm, with a steady flow of people coming through the door throughout the day,” said Skye.

“We had a really great turn out with lots of families and people who have been involved with the centre over the years, as well as those who came along to just check us out for the first time.

“Just under 300 people went through the doors on the day and it was good to see those who turned out.

“Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis MP cut the cake along with the centres two longest serving employees Veronica Norman, 22 years and Gina Pagan who has served for 20 years.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came along, including our staff and volunteers.

“Special thanks have to go to the students from McAuley Catholic College, who ran the free BBQ on the day. These students run the free community BBQ at the centre, at lunchtime each Friday.