We are open through the holidays

Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market will be open as usual right through the April school holidays.

We’re open as usual on Easter Sunday and over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Meet the Easter Bunny this Sunday, April 10. The Easter Bunny and his fairy friend will visit the Camberwell Sunday Market to hand out free chocolates April 10 from 10am – 1pm. Details: https://bit.ly/37141R9

We’ll be open as usual on Easter Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24, from 7am to 12:30pm.

Thank you for supporting flood relief

The extraordinary flooding events continue this week in NSW and Queensland, with towns like Lismore hit by catastrophic flooding twice within a month. These communities had only just begun recovering from the initial deluge, and this week devastating floods returned. A massive clean-up remains and a long, hard road to recovery lies ahead.

Thank you to all visitors and stallholders for your generous contributions on Sunday 27 March 2022, where all market proceeds will be donated to flood relief. The funds collected by Rotary Club of Balwyn and associated club volunteers will be combined with other funding into a 2022 Flood Relief Fund that will be announced in the coming weeks. We are working with other community partners in seeking matching funds to enhance the impact of your donations.

Thank you for your generosity in contributing to this worthy cause. We look forward to sharing full details of the total proceeds and matching funds shortly.

Flood Relief this Sunday

Large parts of Eastern Australia have been hit by historic flooding in March 2022. These communities are only now beginning to recover.

On Sunday 27 March 2022 all market proceeds will be donated to flood relief. The Rotary Club of Balwyn and associated clubs will be collecting gold coin donations at market entry points, so please join us this weekend and contribute generously to this worthy cause.

Public Assembly at the market

Meet Camberwell Sunday Market regulars Lynda and Ceri from Public Assembly.

You will recognise their spotted old Bedford truck near the entrance to the market. They love what they do and recycle, repurpose and reuse discarded plastic toys and other items.

Have a special little plastic toy or ornament that you can’t let go of but can’t find a good purpose for? Meet Public Assembly: your item can be turned into a unique key ring, necklace or earrings!

Don’t have your own item to work with? No problem. There are a million items to chose from at the market and the old Bedford is loaded with barrels of old toys and bits and pieces to choose from.

When at the market, Lynda and Ceri focus on ‘micro’ projects that bring joy to market goers, especially children. At other times they undertake larger scale public art works that engage with the local community.

Find out more at https://publicassembly.com.au/

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has a long and sometimes rocky history, however, there is no doubt that in the late 5th century in Rome, Saint Valentine was recognised by the Pope. Centuries later February the 14th was designated as St Valentine’s Day and became a day to express ‘love and affection.’

Flowers have also been intrinsically linked to the expression of love for centuries. Roses were used by the Romans as for medicines, perfumes and confetti; newly married couples would wear crowns of roses and petals splashes over their bed.

If you are after fresh flowers in preparation of Monday, there are two well know corner stalls at the market to meet your needs.

The act of creating pressed and dried flowers also represents a tradition across many cultures and many centuries and is a specialty of Maria, a relatively new stallholder at stall #407 each Sunday.

A florist by training, Maria began specialising in dried flower arrangements, gifts and literal works of botanic art during the pandemic. While Maria sadly lost her florist business during lockdown, the ever adaptable Maria began exploring how to use her skills on products that, unlike fresh flowers, last more that a a few weeks.

In 2022 Maria opened her first stall at Camberwell Market, just near her new business at Shop 14, Camberwell Arcade, Camberwell. Maria is open Tuesday to Sunday and operates stall #407 from 7am to 12:30pm before then opening her shop from 1pm to 5pm in the Arcade. Maria said she loves the market and the arcade:

I really enjoy being at the market and meeting so many wonderful people. I enjoy telling people about dried flowers and the beautiful creations that can be made. The secret is the quality of the flower – that is what makes a dried flower last so long.

Cheap imported dried flowers are poor quality and deteriorate quickly, so Maria has carefully selected Australian suppliers to provide the top quality dried flowers for all her works of art, that are truly one of a kind! You will find that hand made arrangements by Maria use quality flowers that will leave you able to enjoy her work for months and even years.

You can contact Maria on 0466 211 229, by email at hi@best1ofakind.com or by visiting her stall on Sunday or the Best 1 of a Kind shop in Camberwell Arcade 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays). Website www.best1ofakind.com

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