Locals flock to Bobin School of Arts Hall

More than 80 people attended a function at the newly renovated Bobin School of Arts Hall last weekend to launch the hall’s new logo.

The branding is all part of a new chapter in the hall’s life which includes recent renovations to the inside and a renewed interest in attending functions at the hall by the local community.

Up until August this year the hall was looking tired and uninviting with the last social function before the revamp attracting only four people.

The first social night a couple of months later heralded a turning point with 45 folks gathering to celebrate their new hall.

“It’s like the hall has a life again,” said committee president Tom Southwell.

Last weekend’s event was the biggest yet.

“It was great to see the community come out,” said Tom.

The branding of the hall centres around the school of arts logo which encompasses an endangered black glossy cockatoo painted by award winning artists Peter Schouten AM, himself a resident of Bobin.

The design has been used on a number of merchandising items such as aprons, stubby holders and beer mats which serve to not only add the finishing touches to the interior of the hall but are also being sold to raise funds.

Eight hundred volunteer labour hours have already gone into the revamp by four dedicated committee members and two helpful locals.

Enough money was raised last weekend to buy paint for the outside of the hall and Tom has been inundated with requests from volunteers to help out on the next stage of the project.

“It’s brought everyone back together and everyone seems to want to contribute now,” said Tom.

“It’s all changed for the positive.”

A blackboard outside the hall will be launched next week which will advertise upcoming events including the end of year party on December 9.