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There is a certain busy-ness in Bermagui on Thursdays taking place at the The OK Shed. The full name is The Opportunity Knocks Gilmour Shed. The Shed was given in memory of Bruce Gilmour by the Gilmour and Paddison families. He was a much-loved member of the community and church (and devoted husband of Ruth) whose own shed was a source of fun and laughter. It is situated at All Saints’ Church, Wallaga Street, Bermagui, and is a great story of hope for our local community.

The usual opening hours are 11am to 4pm on Thursdays. If the flags are out The Shed is open and it doesn’t take long for locals and visitors alike to arrive and enjoy a good browse, find bargains and have a chat with the friendly staff.

The Opportunity Knocks Shed provides very reasonably-priced, quality clothing and home wares for the area. It also provides a recycling initiative for locals to drop off donations with the proceeds from The Shed staying in our community. The Parish has a partnership with Anglicare to operate The Shed and meets all registration requirements with all staff being accredited. The Shed is completely volunteer-run and also provides an opportunity for Centrelink Newstart Allowance recipients to meet their requirements.

The Anglican Parish of Cobargo on the Far South Coast of NSW encompasses Bermagui, Cobargo and Quaama and we minister to a population of 5,000 inhabitants. Revenue from The Shed helps to keep our three churches open in an era when  many small town churches are closing and communities are losing some of their heritage and diversity. We are presently interregnum and hoping to have a part-time minister in the near future.

If you come to Bermagui make sure a visit to The OK Shed is on your list of things to do!

by Chris Richard-Preston