B?bar hall turns 100

Dorothy Crook, Burringbar School of Arts secretary and president Lloyd Warren
Dorothy Crook, Burringbar School of Arts secretary and president Lloyd Warren


BURRINGBAR Hall is turning 100 years old and the locals are preparing to celebrate. The Burringbar School of Arts Hall was built in 1904 and on Saturday will host its centenary celebrations with the 100th Centennial Ball. The hall was established between 1902 and 1904 on land donated by a local farmer Mr W.L. Murphy and the first Trustees were Hugh O'Keefe, David Heckey, Charles Allard, Percy Steer, John Watterson, Francis Ewing and William Farrell. Hall committee member Debra Allard, whose husband is a descendant of Charles Allard, said Burringbar Hall like halls in many small country towns and villages was the centre for much of the community's social life throughout its long history. "When World War 1 started, many send-offs were held at the Hall as well as bazaars, ballroom dancing, concerts, meetings, plays and there was a lovely nook for a library and reading room with an open fireplace," Ms Allard said. The committee had recently received a grant from the State Government to repair the roof and guttering, and there were plans to repaint the building. Ms Allard said the Centennial Ball was not only a time for the locals to celebrate the anniversary of a magnificent building but a chance for anyone who hadn't experienced a country ball to come along and party. "There will be dancing until late and a delicious supper by the famous local Italian cook Faye Laffranchi," Ms Allard promised. "We would love to see any past debutante squeeze into her dress and relive the memory of her coming out," Ms Allard said. "Bring along the old photos, it is going to be a a great opportunity to frock up and feel great for a night." Ms Allard said the organisers would especially like any descendants from the original trustees to come along and share the moments and the history. She said local members Larry Anthony and Neville Newell and Mayor Warren Polglase would be attending as official guests. Ms Allard urged intending ballgoers to book early as there was only room for 200 at the ball. Tickets for the Centennial Ball are $30 per head. For more information or to book please phone Debra Allard on 02 66771522.

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