GRANTS TO HELP GROUPS

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FROM fire-pit get-to­geth­ers to Mel­bourne Cup Lun­cheons, craft groups and yoga classes, the Eukey Hall is a happy hub of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity and lo­cal friend­ships. Jane Ker­ridge, sec­re­tary of the Eukey Hall As­so­ci­a­tion, said the hall was a fo­cal point for lo­cals to meet and for wel­com­ing trav­ellers and reg­u­lar re­turn vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

“We want to try and get lo­cals to­gether, and wel­come new peo­ple who move to the area. Even peo­ple who just come for the week­end like to get in­volved, and we like to have them,” Ms Ker­ridge said.

She said the hall was on a corner block near busy roads and peo­ple wor­ried about the safety of chil­dren.

Ms Ker­ridge said a South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil grant of $6047 would be used to fence the prop­erty, an in­vest­ment which “has been on the wish list for a while”.

She said the much-loved hall’s floor­ing and kitchen had re­cently been ren­o­vated, and it was “re­ally sat­is­fy­ing” to see the fa­cil­ity be­ing so well used and new peo­ple em­brac­ing the so­cial get-to­geth­ers.

Fri­day af­ter­noon drinks are held once a month

(ev­ery sec­ond Fri­day from 5pm) and there’s a camp oven with a good out­side area and fire pit which is the scene of reg­u­lar func­tions through­out the year.

“When­ever we can or­gan­ise it, we have at least two or three din­ners a year, plus a Christ­mas party with Santa ar­riv­ing on a quad bike or trac­tor.”

Ms Ker­ridge, who has an email list she sends out to keep peo­ple in­formed of ac­tiv­i­ties, said a new craft group had re­cently started meet­ing at the hall, and weekly yoga classes were held from 5.30pm Wed­nes­days

The as­so­ci­a­tion also started a news­let­ter, Eukey Hall Hap­pen­ings.

“I think it’s great as hav­ing the hall helps build com­mu­nity sup­port and get­ting to know your neigh­bours, and the so­cial as­pect is re­ally good.”

PHOTO: FILE

Jane Ker­ridge is ex­cited about a South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil grant of $6047 for new fenc­ing.

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