Myponga Hall seeks support to keep its doors open

BARGAINS: Myponga Hall committee members Caroline Camens, Larissa Barry and Colette Durling show off some of the huge amount of goods available at the now deferred garage sale. Photo: Dani Brown.
BARGAINS: Myponga Hall committee members Caroline Camens, Larissa Barry and Colette Durling show off some of the huge amount of goods available at the now deferred garage sale. Photo: Dani Brown.

Myponga Hall was set to host a monster garage sale this weekend to raise money to keep its doors open.

The latest COVID-19 outbreak has put a halt to this plan, with the garage sale now delayed, but the hall's new committee is still aiming to raise $2500 and plans to set up a Go Fund Me page online.

Keeping the hall running costs $110 a week, and with no one hiring the hall out due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is a struggle to keep it afloat.

The original part of the hall is 130 years old and the extension is more than 80 years old, so some maintenance is required.

Treasurer Colette Durling said the kitchen, in the back half of the hall, has sunk and walls have cracked, and repairs need to be done as soon as possible so it is in safe working order again.

"On Saturday nights there used to be dances in the 1950s, the kids would sleep in the back of the wagons while the parents danced all night," she said.

"It's held debutante balls, footy presentations, and birthday parties... now it's just an empty, disused, derelict building."

The committee would love to see the hall brought back to life and provide a home for activities for Myponga families.

The local table tennis club usually hired the hall for its games, but COVID-19 restrictions have meant games were stopped, resulting in no income for the hall.

The committee had decided to jump on board this year's national Garage Sale Trail, to sell vast amounts of goods donated by the committee and wider community.

"The first weekend (of collecting donations) we had 18 cars drop stuff off - I don't think the hall has seen that much activity in years," she said.

When the garage sale is eventually held, there will be something for everyone, from kitchenware to baby wear, tools, clothes, books, DVDs, games, foot spas, and electrical goods which have been tested and tagged.

"It's a good way to get people into the hall who wouldn't come in otherwise," Ms Durling said.

"We want to bring the community together and show them that a community space is still here to hire out."

She said the committee had been working hard since being elected on August 28.

It has already secured a $15,000 grant from the Yankalilla Community Op Shop to give the hall a fresh paint job outside, install a sensor light and air conditioning, and start a revamp of the kitchen.

"The new committee wants to show the community that we're energetic and passionate and want to move forward," she said.

Further updates to be published in The Times.

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