Party time for hall

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

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.

Photo: BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

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.

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