In all its glory, Merrigum Hall brings locals together for events throughout the year with football clubs and the general community utilising the hall regularly.
But in need of a drastic makeover, Merrigum Hall committee member Rachel Rowe said they had stepped in to lend a hand.
The heritage-listed building was constructed in 1889, and will be home to this month’s Old Wares and Collectables Market in October, helping to raise funds for repairs valued at more than $40000.
‘‘We are currently applying for grants, hosting sausage sizzles and a market day to raise much-needed funds for the hall repairs,’’ Ms Rowe said
‘‘I love Merrigum. It’s a great community and it would be such a shame to lose the hall.’’
Ms Rowe said Greater Shepparton City Council, the Fairly Association and other organisations had provided grant funding of up to $25000.
‘‘I’m over the moon to say we’re over the halfway mark with our funding,’’ she said.
Renovations to the hall include repairs on the corrugated iron roof, restumping of the south wall in the meeting room, rewiring the electrical installation in the Mechanics Hall, repainting and recarpeting.
The market will run similarly to a garage sale with a sausage-sizzle lunch — an opportunity for the locals to sit back, have a snag and a cuppa and support the town.
Market sites will also give locals the chance to sell their general bric-a-brac or crafts.
The event will be held on October 15 from 8am to 3pm at the Merrigum Hall, Morrissey St, Merrigum
■To book a site, phone Rachel Rowe on 0412168792.
— Bailey Slade, Year 11 student, Mooroopna Secondary College