Rotary’s park hall aids festival
BEECHWORTH Rotary’s refurbished hall in Queen Victoria Park will be alive with food preparation and a hub for fundraising on Saturday when the club hosts its annual Celtic Festival market.
The club purchased the former Guide hall several years ago and has contributed the proceeds of hard-earned fundraising and two Indigo Shire Council community grants towards the building’s renovation.
Club president Lesley Browne said the project had been a great success.
“We’ve gone through a huge renovation process, with rewiring, replastering and insulating, and painting and refurbishing the hall,” she said on Tuesday after club members enjoyed a Melbourne Cup breakfast at the venue.
“Through the work of Beechworth Rotarians and the help of the council and community we’ve brought the hall to what it is today.
“We pay the council a peppercorn rent for the land on which the hall stands and we’ll use it for Rotary board meetings and other club and Rotary district events.”
Mrs Browne said it was fun to bring people together on Tuesday and to use a new kitchen in the hall to prepare the Cup Day breakfast.
It was a precursor for Saturday’s Beechworth Celtic Festival during which the club hosts a significant market in Queen Victoria Park.
“We’ll be preparing and cooking egg and bacon rolls for breakfast outside the hall and selling these to raise funds,” Mrs Browne said.
“We’re also providing dinner for all the performers in the festival’s first tattoo on Saturday night in Old Beechworth Gaol.
“Rotary is supporting that fully – it’s not costing the performers or the festival organisers.
“It’s a decision the club took to support a great event in our community.”