PURNIM will be buzzing on Sunday when current and former residents rekindle friendships to celebrate the official opening of a new chapter at the town’s mechanics institute hall.
A history book detailing the hall’s chequered history since 1901 will also be launched. It was written by long-time resident and former motor mechanic Ron Best.
A new $240,000 amenities block at the hall, featuring disability access and baby changing room, will be opened.
“It’s going to be a big afternoon,” said hall committee secretary Melissa Wood.
“We’ll start with a light lunch from 12.30pm, then the official opening with Moyne Shire mayor James Purcell about 2pm followed by afternoon tea.
“It’s a chance to mingle and catch up with old friends.
“Purnim is a strong, expanding community and the hall is regularly used for parties, wakes, elections, auctions and other events.
“We are still raising money to continue maintenance and improvements.”
The original hall was officially opened in October 1901, attended by two members of parliament who were treated to a gala concert.
Unfortunately, the original hall was destroyed by fire in 1912 and replaced by the building which stands today.