A Nambucca Valley treasure needs your help

Marion Syratt (Secretary), Bob Cruickshank (Vice president), Gai Nowland, Eddie Orrego, Jan Cruickshank, Phillida Hartley, Kim Deane (Manager), Margrit Rickenbach, Todd Vercoe (President, Treasurer), Sarah Bursle (Aunt Emily Craft Centre President), Lucy Van Sambeek, Paula Murray, Sue Smoothy

Marion Syratt (Secretary), Bob Cruickshank (Vice president), Gai Nowland, Eddie Orrego, Jan Cruickshank, Phillida Hartley, Kim Deane (Manager), Margrit Rickenbach, Todd Vercoe (President, Treasurer), Sarah Bursle (Aunt Emily Craft Centre President), Lucy Van Sambeek, Paula Murray, Sue Smoothy

The Bowraville Pioneer Community Centre was built in 1915 and has had many uses over the years including General Carriers by the Grace family and as a cafe, general store and Drapery. It also featured in the 1986 film, "The Umbrella Woman" with Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.

The Grace family generously donated the building in the 1970s to be used by the local community and when the local council wanted to reduce its community assets, residents formed an association to own and manage the building for community use.

The Association was named the Bowraville Community Development Association Incorporated, trading as The Bowraville Pioneer Community Centre and operating as a not for profit organisation since 2010. We rely on our members and volunteers to hold fundraising events, activities and the regular markets.

The hall is currently in desperate need of repairs for leaks due to all the recent rains.The quotes for repairs have come in at about $60,000 so we would love some corporate sponsors to come on board and help with our fundraising to get the much needed repairs done as soon as possible.

Sponsorship packages in conjunction with 2NVR Radio are also an option. Maybe you could offer materials for the project or have suitable qualifications for the labour side of it? Any help is greatly appreciated.

We have our monthly country markets, have recently had a book fair and raffle and will have other ongoing activities to help raise the money needed. We look forward to hosting a trivia night in the near future.

The hall is used for the Bowra Country Markets and cafe on the second Saturday of each month, line dancing on Tuesday nights, pop up shops, and craft activities.

The hall is available - with kitchen if required - if you have a small event or you would like to rent it on a casual or regular basis for meetings, craft workshops, yoga etc. There is also a private upstairs office space for rent available and a small storage area on a casual or permanent basis. Wi-Fi is also available at the building.

Our whole purpose is to have the hall available for the community to get together, socialise, learn, have a cuppa and chat and inspire each other to love our little town and surrounding areas.

Membership is only $10 a year.

Donations can be made to BCU BSB: 533 000 ACCOUNT : 32855529

Name: BCDAI (Bowraville Community Development Association Inc )

For any extra information regarding Hall Bookings or Corporate Sponsorship please call Kim Deane on 0413 888-780 or Marion Syratt on 0400 828-471.

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