Country women's group explore church home

Nine members of the Port Neill Branch of SA Country Women's Association travelled to Ungarra recently for a meeting at Rick and Lee Hawkins' house.

As it was their dream to build a home in a church, the Hawkins' purchased the old Methodist church, which was opened in 1955.

Mr Hawkins took three and a half years off work and together they created an amazing home.

The ceilings had to be reconstructed, the jarrah floors sanded and restored, the altar area extended to make a suitable area for the TV and a portion of the stage was sectioned off to make a walk-in wardrobe.

The couple built quite a lot of their furniture while some old cupboards were sanded and painted to fit the décor.

Mrs Hawkins made the curtains and together the couple created an economically-built, lovely comfortable home.

The group shared afternoon tea in the dining room, sitting at a beautiful, long, wooden table, for which they had to purchase a new trailer to get home.

Members thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were grateful for the Hawkins' generosity in sharing their ideas with.

A training day will be held in Port Neill on Tuesday, September 17 starting at 10am and several members plan to join the Tumby Bay branch for its birthday celebration lunch at the Red Roof Hotel the next day.