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A "derelict'' hall is getting a face-lift in a bid to strengthen the community spirit in the rolling hill country west of the Taieri River.
Hindon Community Centre president Chris Adams, speaking at a Strath Taieri Community Board meeting in Middlemarch last week, said the Hindon Hall was ``derelict'' and the community spirit in the settlement, about 30km northwest of Mosgiel, was declining.
In a bid to address the situation, he scheduled a community meeting.
Three people attended the meeting and a committee was formed.
The issues for the committee included the hall being uninsured and the hall's rates being overdue.
Successful fundraising events, including an ``It's in the Bag night'', a ladies' pamper afternoon, and a clay bird shoot, were held and the rates were paid.
A band played in the hall and attracted about 100 revellers earlier this month.
About 20 people attended a working bee at the hall and community spirit was rising.
"I think we've cracked it.''
The committee planned to hold about five community events at the hall a year. But first, the hall needed repairs.
A project had been launched to paint the outside of the hall, at a cost of $6210.
The committee sought $5000 from the board's discretionary fund.
Board deputy chairwoman Joan Wilson moved the board give the committee all of the money remaining in the fund - $2311.58. She invited the committee to apply for more money from the board in the next financial year.
Board member Norma Emerson seconded the motion and all present voted in favour.