Sarah Bing, Cairo Bing and Susanne Giessen-Prinz are spreading some festive joy.

Christmas cakes raise money for Old School Arts Centre new build

Spread some Christmas joy in more ways than one with the Old School Arts Centre’s Christmas cake fundraiser for the new Creative Space building.

Clay shed coordinator Susanne Giessen-Prinz says the Christmas cakes are the gifts that keep on giving as friends and family will enjoy the delicious home-baked cakes in a beautifully crafted clay pot long after the cake is eaten.

“This is a wonderful way for the community to get behind the new build and also they will have a beautiful gift to give this Christmas.”

Handcrafted by local potters Sarah Bing and Hope Didsbury, the pots each have a unique design and come with a beeswax cover that can be reused.

Construction has begun on the Creative Space building, which will provide additional capacity to meet the needs of Raglan’s growing community

The new build is a two-level, multi-functional space with the second-level space nearly doubling the size of the current theatre room to cater for meetings, drama, theatre, music and other physical art forms.

The ground level will house a new space for the popular clay shed with a separate kiln room and a sorting and storage space for the Raglan Lions’ Op Shop.

The total cost of the project is $488,000 and Susanne says thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers, amazing support from the Raglan Whaingaroa community and donations from several community funders, including a $150,000 grant from the Lottery Grants Board they now have $375,000 towards the project.

“Buying a Christmas cake is a great opportunity for the community to continue supporting the new build. The cakes and pots make beautiful gifts, especially for those tricky people you just don’t know what to buy.”

Janine Jackson

Orders in by Saturday, December 1 for pick-up or delivery by Wednesday, December 19 to sarah.marie.bing@gmail.com or 022 606 5220.