Not rolling up her yarn yet

July 6, 2024 BY

Warm socks, warm hearts: Much-loved volunteer Elaine Gillson, with Chris Raniolo, Rita Stratton and daughter Debbie Redding, will continue to supply her knitted socks to Courthouse Crafts. Photo: SANDRA JAMES

COURTHOUSE Crafts’ longest-serving volunteer, Elaine Gillson, is stepping back after thirty years but doesn’t plan to stop knitting.

One of four founding members and a former Heathcote resident, Ms Gillson has been living in Yea for the past 12 years.

Members gathered last week for a special morning tea to thank her for her years of service.

“Even after moving away, Elaine continued to travel to Heathcote each week to do her volunteer shift,” said President Gail Willingham.

“We thank her for such loyal and lengthy service. It can be a tough job, but she has always done it with a smile on her face.”

The craft co-op is filled with a variety of hand-made items, wool and haberdashery.

Ms Gillson enjoys both machine and hand-knitting, especially socks, and will continue to bring items to the shop.

“When I stopped driving, my youngest daughter Debbie started bringing me over and we plan to keep visiting when we can.

Elaine Gillson, Chris Raniolo and Debbie Redding.


“I have really enjoyed being part of Courthouse Crafts and made many friends with both the other members and customers.

“Sadly, many of the original members have passed now.”

Secretary Chris Raniolo said Ms Gillson will be missed but they will look forward to her visits.

“We love her to death,” she said, “and we wish her all the very best.

“We hope she stays safe and well, and of course we will visit her in Yea.”

There are currently eight active members volunteering at the co-op and more than 40 regular craft contributors.

New members are always welcome.

Courthouse crafts is open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.