Hall fundrais­ing at half­way mark

The Tatura Guardian - - Community - To book a site, phone Rachel Rowe on 0412 168 792.

In all its glory, Mer­rigum Hall brings lo­cals to­gether for events through­out the year with foot­ball clubs and the gen­eral com­mu­nity util­is­ing the hall reg­u­larly.

But in need of a dras­tic makeover, Mer­rigum Hall com­mit­teemem­ber Rachel Rowe said they had stepped in to lend a hand.

The her­itage-listed build­ing was con­structed in 1889, and will be home to this month’s Old Wares and Col­lecta­bles Mar­ket in Oc­to­ber, help­ing to raise funds for re­pairs val­ued at more than $40 000.

‘‘We are cur­rently ap­ply­ing for grants, host­ing sausage siz­zles and amar­ket day to raise­much-needed funds for the hall re­pairs,’’ Ms Rowe said

‘‘I love Mer­rigum. It’s a great com­mu­nity and it would be such a shame to lose the hall.’’

Ms Rowe said Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil, the Fair­ley As­so­ci­a­tion and other or­gan­i­sa­tions had pro­vided grant fund­ing of up to $25 000.

‘‘I’m over the moon to say we’re over the half­way mark with our fund­ing,’’ she said.

Ren­o­va­tions to the hall in­clude re­pairs on the cor­ru­gated iron roof, res­tump­ing of the south wall in the meet­ing room, rewiring the elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion in the Me­chan­ics Hall, re­paint­ing and re­car­pet­ing.

The mar­ket will run sim­i­larly to a garage sale with a sausage-siz­zle lunch — an op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cals to sit back, have a snag and a cuppa and sup­port the town.

Mar­ket sites will also give lo­cals the chance to sell their gen­eral bric-a-brac or crafts.

The event will be held on Oc­to­ber 15 from 8 am to 3 pm at the Mer­rigum Hall, Morrissey St, Mer­rigum

Bikes: Mooroopna’s Arnold Thomp­son and Cindy Martin with their Har­ley at last year’s event.

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