Parndana bowls turf goes to future local produce cafe | PHOTOS

Two exciting projects for the community of Parndana came together last week.

The lawn turf bowling surface was removed from the Parndana Bowling Club and most of it was taken to the old Anglican church that should soon become a new cafe selling local produce.

Volunteers from the bowling club took a good day and a half to dig up all the turf, and most of the men were in their 60s or 70s, according to the club's Meaghan May.

The grass was sold as a fundraiser for the new synthetic greens. Buying most of it were Zach and Courtney Trethewey, who plan to turn the church into a cafe and shop selling local produce, including marron.

Mr Trewthewey runs a marron farm just east of Parndana and said there was a real demand from visitors to sit down and eat some some marron.

The plans were subject to council approval, but 19 Cook Street was on the main street and in the town's business centre.

The Trewethey family has a long connection to the church, having built it and then celebrating christenings and marriages there.

The Parndana Bowling Club meanwhile anxiously awaits news of a State Government grant for the new surface and even has a contractor lined up.

The club continues to raise funds, including a recent quiz night and also catering the film festival on the weekend.

Club members are also manning the gates for the Kingscote Show.

Mrs May said the whole community was excited about the couple's plan for the church, which was already looking a lot better.

"We were pleased that lots of the the grass went across the road to the old Anglican Church," Mrs May said. "This has been unused for a few years and looking a bit tired with the grounds quite overgrown."