Party time for hall
When it comes to the Ettrick Hall, few would have as much affection for it as Cliff Parker. After all, they were still sweeping the shavings from the new hall the day of his 21st party 50 years ago. ‘‘The original hall had been the cookshop building when they were putting the railway through to Roxburgh,’’ Mr Parker said. The section had first belonged to the Ettrick Outdoor Bowling Club and was transferred to the Ettrick Hall Society in 1943. In 1962, the committee decided an extension was necessary and a collection from the district raised sufficient funds to have the hall finished in time for the March 23, 1963 celebration. ‘‘I am not sure how much it cost as the minute books have been lost, but there was no cake stalls or raffles, it was all straight donations and a grant from the Golden Kiwi lottery.’’ On May 10, 1991, the Ettrick School closed. The school bell has now been restored and hung in the hall. To mark 50 years since the hall opened, and the 22 years since the school closed, a pot luck tea is being held on Friday from 6.30pm.
Fond: Cliff Parker has a special affection for both the Ettrick Hall, which will house its own 50 year celebration this week, and the bell from the former Ettrick School.