Hall at the centre of boost for valley progress association
SMALL towns often band together to get things done but the Nagoorin Progress Association was on the verge of extinction until a burst of reality got it running stronger than ever.
The few who were left to run the NPA were struggling to get a committee, and advertised the hall would be put up for sale unless more people were interested.
Thirty-six residents from the Boyne Valley turned up for the meeting, and now 18 months later, the committee is averaging a dozen people for the bi-monthly meetings.
The association's president Ross McClure said the meetings were centred on important activities for the year and major projects.
"We've set the stage for a yearly fundraiser - the money we make at the moment goes to maintaining the hall," he said.
"The Boyne Valley is quite expansive, but there's not a lot on offer unless you travel... the progress association is for the betterment of the towns.
"What people wanted was to keep the hall similar to what it is, and have nights that are affordable to get out to."
He said a recent expansion to their hall meant they could build a canteen and there was now adequate disability access.
"We'll probably be the most modern old hall in the valley," he laughed.
The NPA's next project is to raise the funds for a shade cloth to cover the town's skate park, with the help of a cent sale at the hall from midday on April 26.
There'll be prizes and much more on offer.
For more information phone Eunice Payne on 4974 1232.