Ro­tary’s park hall aids fes­ti­val

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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