Cawston Community Hall ‘absolutely vital to the community’: President says new volunteers always welcome

A number of upcoming projects could use ideas from new volunteers

It’s a tough job but the volunteers at the helm of the Cawston Community Hall manage to keep it running year after year.

Elam Wills, president of the board, said the committee is always looking for more volunteers who want to help out with special events and projects. But they can also help by coming up with new ideas on how to keep the hall running smoothly.

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“The interesting thing about the Cawston Hall is that it is all on a volunteer basis,” he said. “We do the bookings for the hall ourselves. Our rates are very reasonable. It’s available for a vast number of types of uses, which include educational slide presentations, weddings, parties, music events and fundraising dances and things like that.

“It is absolutely vital to the Cawston community that it keeps going and remains vital. There are events there all the time. It has been there for the community and it is there for the community. It’s a true community hall.”

Some upcoming events include the Black Cat performance club, which runs the first Saturday of every month, and a Halloween costume party, which is always popular, Wills added.

The hall is also home to the Cawston Players who put on a number of theatre plays throughout the year.

Its annual dance fundraiser is also popular and helps to raise the $8,000 needed to keep the community hall running each year.

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Some recent projects include re-painting the interior of the hall. A brand new pump and pressure tank were installed by Mike Pearce and Noah Anderson from Value Contracting in Okanagan Falls in June.

Another plan currently in the works is applying for a grant from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to install a pop-up irrigation system which will save volunteers from having to move sprinklers around for two days every week.

Right now, the board members are working on a five-year plan to research how the community will interact with the hall in the future.

“That’s going to require a lot of input and a lot of thought and that is where volunteers can be useful. Volunteering doesn’t always have to be physical work and help on the committee with ideas. There’s lots of room.”

To volunteer with the Cawston Community Hall Society, contact them on Facebook.

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