Beolite Village centre extension opens
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.