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

Open Channel teamed up with Regional Arts Victoria to document the first ever Home is Where the Hall is in 2011. 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

VICTORIA, NAREEN, FRESH AND LIGHT MASTERCLASS WITH BELINDA JEFFERY

EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November

The Nareen Produce Swap is an opportunity to get together and exchange produce for something you do not grow in your garden. No money changes hands and if you haven’t got a lot to swap bring recipes, preserves, flowers or herbs. At the November swap we have been lucky enough to secure award winning author, TV presenter and cooking teacher Belinda Jeffery to facilitate a cooking masterclass. Following the masterclass, you get to eat it! Served with local wines. A fabulous way to spend your Sunday morning!

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 20 November
Venue: Nareen Mechanics Hall
Address: 2072 Nareen Rd, Nareen
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm
Entry: Gold coin donation
Bookings required: Email Sard938@gmail.com or call 0478053943

ABOUT THE HALL
The old bluestone hall was built around 1870 served the district as a school for more than 30 years. It was also used for dances, concerts & church services. In 1888 a government building grant was received, in that year a library was started. There were 200 books and was open for an hour each day. In 1894 there were still 200 books and had 3,500 visits. In 1904 a new larger hall was erected adjacent to the original one. In 1938 it was lengthened and dressing rooms changed to the other side of the building. Over the years lots of maintenance has been carried out. Our hall is a vital asset for the Nareen Community, today it only stands with a fire shed and a Church in the valley. The Hall is a place where we can get together and socialise. We have many events at the throughout the year and understand how important it is to keep our local hall the “hub” of the community.

Visit the Nareen Mechanics Hall page.

VICTORIA, NARRE WARREN, 125 YEARS – LOOKING BACK

EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November

The Narre Warren Mechanics Institute will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a fashion parade of original clothing from the early 19th century. There will be a display of paintings and photographs of the Narre Warren district and surrounding area together with local identities. Celebrations will also include afternoon tea and speeches. We would like to thank the City of Case for their support.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 20 November
Venue: Narre Warren Mechanics Institute Hall
Address: 59 Webb St Narre Warren
Time: 11.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Gold coin donation
Bookings: Email  jpowen@iprimus.com.au

ABOUT THE HALL
In 1890 Mr Sidney J. Webb donated the land from his farm “Holly Green” for the Mechanics Institute. The Narre Warren Railway Station Mechanics Institute was built in 1891. The original funding for the hall was, by December 1890, recorded as £134-5-0 from donations and a further £227-1-11 from entertainment. The total cost of the hall was £384-15-0 by the time it was built. From 1893 – 1898 over £500 was spent on books – most of them technical, in 1898 there were 990 books and by 1905 over 2000 were in the library.
Extensions to the kitchen, foyer and meeting room were started in June 1899 and finished in October 1899. Kerosene lanterns were used as the first lights for the hall. Electricity was introduced to the hall in 1929 and Fluorescent lights were fitted to all the rooms in 1970.
“Due to lack of support” the hall closed in 1940. A new committee was formed and the hall re-opened in 1941.Debt free, the hall continues to provide a meeting place for local people. It is used seven days and six evenings a week.

Visit the Narre Warren Mechanics Institute Hall page.

VICTORIA, WANDONG, WANDONG HISTORY DAY

 

EVENT DATE: Saturday 12 November

Display of historic photos, locally made bricks, and saluting their service display. Guest speaker from Light Railway Research Society of Australia. Event over three venues, vintage cars, cooper, historic churches open walking tours, devonshire tea and sausage sizzle lunch.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday 12 November
Venue: Wandong Public Hall
Address: 19 Rail St Wandong
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Free

ABOUT THE HALL

Hall was built in 1902, timber donated by local entrepenuer Robert Affleck Robertson, hall was originally a mechanics institute and free library. Hall was used for all the fundraising activities in the town, soliders were sent off to war and welcomed home at the hall. Dances, echre parties were regular activities as well as school concerts, the hall is now used regularly by local groups and is hired out for parties.

Visit the Wandong Public Hall page.

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!

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