Gheerulla Hall update and mark your calendars for the Dance!

President’s Update

It’s been some time since I let you know what’s happening at Gheerulla Hall.

Its hard to believe that just over twelve months ago the hall was going to be closed down. In that time, the committee has been working hard to put the Hall finances on a firm foundation.  We have had a number of events, all well supported and providing funds; we have had some very generous donations of both money and goods; and we have applied for and received a number of grants to repair the building. To date, steps have been replaced, plumbing repaired, electrical wiring upgraded and repaired. Whirly birds were installed last month, and new fan lights will be installed soon, which should make it more comfortable in the hot summer months. Recently Boral’s Moy Pocket Quarries became a major sponsor of Gheerulla Hall by replacing the old decayed steps on the southern side and including new handrails and a cement slab at the base. We are very grateful for their support.  However, we still have a lot of work to do to get the hall to an acceptable standard. Recently we received a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant to repair the ramp. I have passed the job to project manage to Kevin Schlort who is on the Hall’s Management Committee. The ramp will be replaced to meet Australian Standards.

The Gheerulla Country Fair was a great success with 30 stall holders selling a range of wares. It was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and everyone enjoyed themselves.    There are already mutterings about the next one.

None of these events would be possible without the amazing members of “Team Gheerulla” (so named by the girls at Jo’s Exercise Classes). I think the name is appropriate because we do have a great group of Volunteers who are always ready to help. Our working bees have included mowing, cleaning, gardening, repairing, painting, removing rubbish, and even road making at the entrance. For our social events our gourmet cooks come out in force. I hope you enjoy being one of the team.


Irene Flint’s Line Dancing has resumed with a bunch of dedicated dancers attending classes.  Unfortunately Irene will be away for a couple of weeks, and when she returns Line Dancing will be held on Fridays at 10.30am. Classes are for an hour or so and the only cost is a gold coin donation to the hall. It’s good for the figure and the brain!! Go and have a go.

Jo McKenzie who used to run Jo’s Gym in Kenilworth has started exercise classes on Wednesdays at 9.30am .  Jo is a very experienced instructor and varies the program each week.  You feel great after a bit of puffing . Cost $10 per session.

Unfortunately  Pilates has been cancelled – Jean Pierre’s visa ran out so he had to leave Aus in a hurry.


The Sunshine Coast Festival of Community Halls will be held throughout August and September. and Facebook as well.  There are 29 small community owned halls like ours scattered across the Sunshine Coast. As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Council, 20 of these will be participating in the festival by each hosting an event. There will be all sorts of things happening, with many of these having a retro them ie back to the 1960s. e.g. Eumundi Hall will have Little Pattie performing, Obi Obi Hall are having A Rockabilly Dance and we are having  A SUPPER DANCE AT GHEERULLA  HALL! PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT IN YOUR CALENDAR!  Tickets will be available soon.  You don’t have to dance.  You can just listen to the great music. Food and drinks will be available.

$20/person including supper
7.00pm 19th August

a very well known 5 piece band including Bob Abbott, the former mayor of the Sunshine Coast.

Let me know if you have any ideas you have for Gheerulla Hall particularly anything involving engagement with the Gheerulla Community.

Hope to see you at the Dance on the 19th August.  Bring out your stovepipes, your bellbottoms, your miniskirts and boogie the night away!

Mary Ann

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