Be­o­lite Vil­lage cen­tre ex­ten­sion opens

Mansfield Courier - - News -

THE Fri­day Foun­da­tion Cre­ative Arts Cen­tre – an ex­ten­sion to the Be­o­lite Vil­lage Sco­bie and Clare McKin­non Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was of­fi­cially opened last week.

The ex­ten­sion, which in­cludes a podiatrist room and hair­dress­ing room was funded by three dif­fer­ent trusts – Hugh Wil­liamson Foun­da­tion ($90,000), The Harry and Clare Fri­day Foun­da­tion ($90,000) and the Sco­bie and Clare McKin­non Foun­da­tion (180,000).

Dou­bling the size of the com­mu­nity cen­tre the ex­ten­sion took three months in the plan­ning and six months in the build­ing.

Given the priv­i­lege of of­fi­cially open­ing the cen­tre, Ge­off Hone from the McKin­non Trust gave a brief his­tory of Sco­bie McKin­non and his in­ter­est in horse racing be­fore cut­ting the rib­bon and declar­ing the ex­tended cen­tre ‘open’.

Among the guests at the open­ing were Dr He­len Haines (MHR, Indi), Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley, mem­bers of the Be­o­lite Vil­lage board of man­age­ment, Fri­day Foun­da­tion chair­per­son Chris­tine Fri­day, and chair­man of the Hugh Wil­liamson Foun­da­tion Martin Carl­son.

The day was also an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate 16 years since the es­tab­lish­ment of the vil­lage, its growth to cur­rently 68 res­i­dents and head­ing to the 100 mark, and ma­jor donors who were in­vited back to a for­mal lunch.

Dur­ing lunch chair­man and co­founder of the Be­o­lite Vil­lage Sir An­drew Grimwade gave a talk on the vil­lage.

“Be­o­lite is rather spe­cial for its in­de­pen­dent re­tire­ment liv­ing,” Sir An­drew said.

“Not sur­pris­ingly, it is build­ing a tra­di­tion of elect­ing in­de­pen­dent mem­bers to Fed­eral Par­lia­ment and we wel­come Dr He­len Haines.

“Also a great sup­port of Be­o­lite is Mans­field Mayor Cr Marg At­t­ley.

“Cr At­t­ley has al­ways been a strong par­tic­i­pant of shire ac­tiv­i­ties and is aware that Be­o­lite’s growth has al­ready con­tributed some $20 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy by sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, not to men­tion an­nual rates of around $80,000.”

Sir An­drew wel­comed each in­di­vid­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the donor trusts and out­lined their re­spec­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the vil­lage’s growth.

Be­fore propos­ing a toast to the cel­e­bra­tions, Sir An­drew said the mar­vel­lous English play­wright, Noel Cow­ard, had ad­vised him on the fi­nal words for the day:

“We know that God made trees, and the birds and the bees,

And seas where the fishes keep cold.

We are also aware, that he had quite a flair,

For donors – vi­sion­ary and bold.” Sir An­drew then added his own verse: “Though we all might ap­plaud, aged care that is adored,

It’s in­de­pen­dent liv­ing that’s the de­light.

But noth­ing helps more, than phi­lan­thropy ga­lore,

With­out it, there’s no Be­o­lite.” In con­clu­sion Sir An­drew ac­knowl­edged the do­na­tion of the Grosvenor Foun­da­tion which spon­sored the new po­di­a­try fa­cil­ity within the ex­tended com­mu­nity cen­tre.

IT’S DONE: Cheers for Ge­off Hone as he cut the rib­bon at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ex­ten­sion to the Sco­bie and Clare McKin­non Be­o­lite Vil­lage com­mu­nity cen­tre – to be named the Fri­day Foun­da­tion Cre­ative Arts Cen­tre watched on by guests and left, chair­man of Be­o­lite Vil­lage Sir An­drew Grimwade.

CATCH­ING UP: Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley (left) chats fur­ther with Ge­off Hone on the his­tory of the McKin­non fam­ily be­fore the of­fi­cial lun­cheon.

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