Old hall carries fond memories
SHIRLEY Kuhnell has fond memories of Crystal Creek Hall.
Not only is it the place that she found love with her husband of 36 years, Ray, but one of her four sons held his wedding reception there.
It has also been the place where her family has celebrated any milestone birthdays.
“The hall was where everyone came together in days gone by, and I have been to numerous dances and events there,” Mrs Kuhnell, a Crystal Creek resident who helps manage the hall with a committee of local residents, said.
“I actually met my husband Ray there at a dance in 1972, when I was working in Murwillumbah and made the trip out for a dance.
“I don't think ours would be the only love story that started there.”
More than 100 Crystal Creek residents gathered at the hall yesterday to celebrate its recent facelift and to remember the “good old days”, when the little timber hall was a hive of activity and the heart of the community.
“Back then it was hard to get into town to socialise, so we would have dances and events like card nights so we could have some fun,” Mrs Kuhnell said.
“But things have changed now and there are a lot more entertainment options for people these days.”
The committee was trying to find ways to increase use of the hall, to make sure it remained part of the community into the future, Mrs Kuhnell said.
“We would like to see the hall become a place where the community regularly gets together, which is why we are calling for some new blood to join our organising committee.
“There are a lot of young families who are moving to the area and we would like to see these people get involved with the hall and bring in some new ideas.
“We have just started to hire the hall out on Saturday and Sunday to a woman who is selling second-hand furniture and bric-a-brac to the large number of tourists who go through here on the weekends. It's another way to get some more revenue.”
The hall was believed to be celebrating its centenary next year, but Mrs Kuhnell said recent information found by the committee proved the hall was built in 1911.
“We don't know which month it was, so we'll pick a date and celebrate the centenary then,” she said.