Hall im­por­tant com­mu­nity link

Matamata Chronicle - - Golden Age - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Wal­ton Hall will turn 100 years old next month and Wal­ton res­i­dents are in­vited to help mark the oc­ca­sion.

An af­ter­noon tea will be hosted at the hall at 2pm on April 6 and res­i­dents will have the chance to share sto­ries and rem­i­nisce.

This will be fol­lowed by ‘‘a bit of a do’’ that night, with mu­sic, danc­ing, food and drinks.

Wal­ton Hall was once the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity and was an im­por­tant part of the town’s his­tory, said com­mit­tee mem­ber Adri­enne Wil­cock.

‘‘The cel­e­bra­tion is about what the hall has meant to the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘I know it’s a build­ing but it’s more than that – it’s ev­ery­thing it has been used for.’’

Quiz nights, wed­dings, play­cen­tre, in­door bowls, An­zac ser­vices and many more events have been held at the hall over the years.

It was even used as a movie the­atre and li­brary be­fore World War II.

The Wal­ton Hall com­mit­tee is ask­ing any­one with old pho­to­graphs or mem­o­ra­bilia from the hall to con­tact them as they would like to bor­row them for a dis­play.

Con­tact Mrs Wil­cock on 888 3830 or Sharon Holmes on 888 3665.

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