On Saturday, March 25 2017, the Brinkworth Memorial Hall came alive with the Harvest Dance and the grand opening of the new Gym and Community Room by Frome MP Geoff Brock who attended to cut the ribbon for the official portion of the night.
The committee and its many helpers have worked hard over the last couple of years to bring this idea to fruition.
What started as something that really seemed like a bit of a wild idea in the beginning has now been realised.
The Community Room is still a work in progress as we source IT equipment and other necessities but is now a useable space where it was once a muddled storeroom.
The Gym is now operational after some renovations and an extension to what was once a small meeting room and on its first day open had 12 members join.
Thanks to a generous grant, many hours of hard work and some blood, sweat and tears, equipment was purchased and new carpet was laid throughout the Gym, Foyer and Community Room.
We celebrated the success of this venture with much dancing and frivolity to the great tunes pumped out by party band Off Ya Trio. Local singer Nancy White also joined the boys on stage to belt out a couple of well known tunes to much applause and audience participation.
A wonderful supper was provided by the Hall Committee and others who generously brought plates of food, and the drinks flowed freely throughout the night.
Everyone got into the fun of the night with most having a turn on the dance floor regardless of age (or dancing ability) and the whole building was full of laughter.
What a great way to spend an evening!
Surveillance cameras and new keypad locks have been installed for extra security on the building and this also eliminates the need for regular users to collect a key during business hours, prior to use.
The Hall Committee have many more plans for regular events at the Hall including movie nights, more dances with live music, the Annual Art Exhibition, a Town Fete and Ute Muster among other things.
The Brinkworth Memorial Hall is a well-appointed venue with lots of potential and we are very lucky to have this major asset in our town.
The Brinkworth Memorial Hall Committee is responsible for the maintenance and development of the facility and ensuring that it is accessible for use by the community and other organisations and individuals.
The major fundraiser each year has been an annual winetasting and smorgasbord featuring Clare Valley wines, which ran unbroken from 1970 to 2013. In recent times fundraising has diversified with plans to make the Winetasting a biennial event.
The Hall can be hired for all types of functions.
The first Hall Committee was formed in April 1895 when residents met to discuss building a public hall. Construction commenced in 1900 and in 1905 the public hall was affiliated with the South Australian Institutes Association, and a library and reading room established at the rear of the hall.
The building of the memorial front to the hall was commenced in 1919 to honour the servicemen in the First World War. The foundation stone was laid by Hon H N Barwell, the Attorney General in February 1920. In August 1920 the property was transferred to the trustees of the Institute.
In 1962 it was felt that the facilities were inadequate, so plans for a new hall were drawn up. R. Steele Hall MP laid the foundation on 25 May 1962 and the building was opened on 21 September 1962 by the Institute President E C Wundke.
The affiliation with the South Australian Institutes Association ended in 1985 when the Institute Committee disbanded, the library transferred to the primary school and the Brinkworth Memorial Hall Committee was formed in its present guise .
Throughout this whole period there have been committees which have guided the development, maintenance and use of the hall. They are the forerunners of the present Brinkworth Memorial Hall Committee. Over the many years of operation of the Memorial Hall Committee and its predecessors, the majority of local families have had representatives serve extended periods of membership on the committee.
In 2016 a new sub-group was formed, intent on developing an un-used room as a Community Room.
Youth from Brinkworth and adjoining towns have been energetic and enthusiastic in cleaning and renovating the room and have already held a movie night and a Hawaiian theme disco as fun ways of raising more funds for the project. Plans are afoot to obtain and install gym equipment in the room for anyone to use.
Bookings and enquiries: Nancy White 8846 2243
Like the Tardis, the Hall is 'bigger on the inside', in fact, it won't fit in a single photo!