Newspaper Article 2011 – Hall ready for use again

Hall ready for use again

The Clive Community Hall is back in business and ready to take group bookings.

Repairs to the hall were completed recently after it was damaged by fire last October, due to a cooking mishap before a birthday party.

However, the lengthy shutdown has been costly. The various groups using the hall on a regular basis before the fire were forced to move on to other venues, denying the hall a vital source of income.

Since it re-opened, the hall is only being regularly used by the 80 members of the newly-formed Hawke’s Bay Community Choir on Thursday evenings.

Clive Community Hall Committee spokeswoman Mary Hannan says the hall desperately needs to be utilised more, to generate income to help pay bills and other expenses so it can continue operating as a community venue.

“Our insurance premiums have doubled since the fire.

“We need more groups to use the hall otherwise the consequences could be dire – we may even have to close the doors,” she says.

The hall is not the only Clive venue in need of more community support Farndon Park Hall and the Clive Rugby and Sports Club also need to increase patronage.

To that end, a new Clive Venues Promotions Group has been created comprised of representatives of all three venues.

“We want the rest of Hawke’s Bay to know what a great range of venues are available in our village,” Ms Hannan says.

“All the facilities can cater for different needs and an endless variety of activities from small gatherings to expansive weddings, to everything in between. Clive is a central point, so it lends itself to gatherings that involve people from all over the bay and beyond,” she says.

Each venue has showers and changing rooms and access for the disabled, as well as polished wooden floors – making them ideal venues for dance groups.

The smaller Farndon Park Hall can cater for up to 50 people and has is currently used for highland dancing, zumba and martial arts classes and 21st birthdays.

The Community Hall can comfortably cater for 120 people. Along with a new wooden dance floor, the repairs have greatly improved the acoustics for singing and choir groups.

Clive Rugby and Sports can cater for the biggest crowds and is the one venue where it’s permissible for alcohol to be sold.

Each venue is available to be hired by the hour at very competitive rates.

Farndon Park Hall: 870 00324
Clive Community Hall: 870 0202
Clive Rugby and Sports Club: 870 0312

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