Be inspired by these Home is Where the Hall is films!

In 2011 Open Channel teamed up with Regional Arts Victoria to document the first ever Home is Where the Hall is event. We encourage you to take a look at these inspirational films, each of them capturing the importance and value of community halls across the state.

What Home is Where the Hall Is event will you be having?

Celebrating our Halls! 

Celebrating Arts at Baringhup Hall – local artists exhibit their work

Camperdown Town Hall – hosts  a fashion parade of vintage gowns collected Dorothy Nicol

The Gordon Public Hall – Quilters of the Big Room host a fundraising exhibition in Gordon

Korong Vale Mechanics Hall – celebrating the arts and talents of the local community

Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanical Gardens, Malmsbury Village Fayre

Malmsbury Mechanics Institute 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Malmsbury Burrough Council

Pomonal Hall, Switch On Event – celebrating 50 years since electricity was first turned on at the hall

Spring Gully Old Time Dance

Mitre Hall celebrates 100 years

 

Afternoon tea at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration Photo by Elaine Aitken
Afternoon tea at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration Photo by Elaine Aitken

On 14 November 2015, the Mitre community came together to celebrate 100 years of the Mitre Hall as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s Home is Where the Hall is.

Emma Kealy MP and Councillor Mark Radford at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration unveiling
Emma Kealy MP and Councillor Mark Radford at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration unveiling

The day began with afternoon tea supplied by the local community, from 3pm.This was followed by the unveiling of a plaque by Mark Radford, Horsham Rural City Councillor. Emma Kealy, Member for Lowan, also spoke.

About 120 people enjoyed a spit roast of pork and lamb, cooked by Stephan Greenaway, and salads provide by the local community.

Garry Dickerson,Stephan Greenaway at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration photo by Elaine Aitken
Garry Dickerson and Stephan Greenaway at the Mitre Hall 100 year celebration photo by Elaine Aitken

Throughout the afternoon and evening Stephen Greenaway, piano, and Garry Dickerson piano accordion, provided enjoyable music.

A time capsule was donated in which memorabilia was placed inside.The time capsule will be opened in November 2040.

151104_Mitre Hall submitted by Elaine Aikten
Mitre Hall photo by Elaine Aikten

It was wonderful to see the hall, 100 years on, alive with activity and obvious enjoyment. Visitors traveled from both local areas but also from further afield including, Melbourne, Rochester, Warragul, Tarrington, Kundabung N.S.W. and Dunkeld to join in the celebrations.

Here’s to another 100 wonderful years at Mitre Hall!

Victoria, Clunes, Clunes Open House Dinner

EVENT DATE:   Tuesday 24 November

Enjoy a fresh, affordable meal with Neighbours, friends and visitors at the Clunes Open House Dinner. This regular event is held every Tuesday evening, and uses fresh produce from the Clunes Community Garden to provide inexpensive, healthy food options for local people. This fabulous community event is catered for by local men and women who volunteer their time, with meals costing $5 for adults, and $3 for children. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:  Tuesday 24 November
Venue:  Clunes Town Hall
Address:  98 Bailey Street
Time:  6pm – 7.30pm
Entry:  $5 Adult, $3 Child

ABOUT THE HALL:

Enjoy a fresh, affordable meal with Neighbours, friends and visitors at the Clunes Open House Dinner. This regular event is held every Tuesday evening, and uses fresh produce from the Clunes Community Garden to provide inexpensive, healthy food options for local people. This fabulous community event is catered for by local men and women who volunteer their time, with meals costing $5 for adults, and $3 for children. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!

Victoria, Woorndoo, Christmas Luncheon

EVENT DATE:  Friday 27 November 2015

Christmas Luncheon at Woorndoo Hall.

Come and join us for a 2-course meal and entertainment, and fun.

Bookings close 13th November and those who book early will go into the prize draw with compliments from “That Place @ Lake Bolac.”

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:  Friday 27 November 2015
Venue:  Woorndoo Hall
Address:  2202 Mortlake-Ararat Rd, Woorndoo
Time:  12pm
Entry:  $12

Victoria, Heyfield, Movies Return to Heyfield

EVENT DATE:  Monday 23 November – Saturday 28 November

From Monday 23rd 151119_Heyfield Memorial Hall St Michael's Concert submitted by Wendy Rhodesto Friday 27th come along at 4.30pm and 7pm to watch a series of short films supplied by Access All Areas Film Festival.  Also paper plane making sessions after the 4.30 film session. Saturday the 28th the feature film is “PAPER PLANES”. 6.00pm paper plane throwing competition before commencement of film at 6.30pm . Access to all films free, saturday popcorn and drinks sold.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:  Monday 23 November – Saturday 28 November
Venue:  Heyfield War Memorial Hall
Address:  38 MacFarlane Street, Heyfield
Time:  4.30pm 7pm and Saturday 6.30pm
Entry:  Free

ABOUT THE HALL:

The hall will be 60 years old next year. It is the largest public venue for the town and over the decades has hosted many events. 40 years ago films were shown on a regular basis and it is now exciting to have them return to the town with state of the art equipment to show them. Many a ball has been held with dancers enjoying the surpurbe wooden floor to dance on. All large public events are held in the hall such as weddings, funerals and public meetings. In the last 2 years a restoration of the hall has been underway. New curtains, ramps to replace steps, a major fan for cooling and many small improvements.

Victoria, Ballarat, Transition Exhibition

EVENT DATE:  Saturday  14 November 2015

After 12 months of extensive consultation with the community, the final five Urban Design Concepts for the development of the Civic Hall site will be unveiled to the public. This is a relaxed family oriented event, with bands playing throughout the day, food and activities for the kids.

People are welcome to view the detailed information boards at their leisure. The architects will also run group presentations explaining all the options, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. This special day follows 12 months of gathering and synthesising feedback from Ballarat’s diverse communities.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:  Saturday  14 November 2015
Venue:  Civic Hall, Ballarat
Address:  Corner of Mair and Doveton Street
Time:  10am-4pm
Entry:  Free

ABOUT THE HALL:

Ballarat’s Civic Hall was opened on 20 August 1956, a grand new civic meeting space to replace the deteriorating Alfred Hall, which closed its doors for the last time on the same day. The Civic Hall was built to last, of only the best materials. Mayor Nathaniel Callow, in opening the hall, anticipated that ‘the hall will be of immense value to the developments of the cultural and artistic tastes of the community, and also give full and free enjoyment for many other purposes.’

From that time the hall became the focus of many important social, cultural and political events, with the main hall able to seat 1500 people, or else to be cleared to reveal a wonderful dance floor. A smaller hall to seat 440 people was incorporated under the main hall.

The last civic event held at the Hall was the Mayoral Ball hosted by Mayor Vendy on 26 November 2002.

Since 2014 a community consultation process has been in place to make recommendations for the use or re-purposing of the buildings on this site.

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