Buxton hall needs new legs

Help needed: The Buxton Community Hall is an integral part of the Buxton community. Picture: Simon Bennett
Help needed: The Buxton Community Hall is an integral part of the Buxton community. Picture: Simon Bennett

It’s been standing for more than a century, but now the Buxton Community Hall is in need of a leg up.

The community-owned venue is home to a host of community organisations, including the Buxton Community Association, Picton Country Women’s Association, Buxton Play Group, Buxton Community Garden, Wollondilly Yoga and Wollondilly Karate.

In order to keep the hall thriving the Community Association is calling on Wollondilly residents to dig deep and help them replace the stumps which hold the building up.

Association representative Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley said the building’s 60 stumps were as old as the hall itself and needed some love to keep them going for another 100 years.

“The heavy rain last year didn’t help and now the 10 stumps in the middle of the building are in most in need of being replaced,” she said.

“They’re becoming sunken, so we have to be very careful how we use the hall – there’s not to be any mosh pits inside, that’s for sure.” 

The quote for restumping, or underpinning, the 60 stumps is $24,000 – $400 per stump.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for the repairs.

Ms McArthur-Gumbley said a professional restumper had identified which stumps needed priority replacement and would replace as many stumps as he could with the money raised.

The Buxton resident said the hall was an integral part of the community.

“It’s like the TARDIS, it’s a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside,” she said.

“Anyone who has ever lived in Buxton has a great affinity with the hall.

“It’s a beautiful hall, the soul of Buxton – people have lived their lives in this hall.”

Ms McArthur-Gumbley said some of the messages left by donors painted a picture of how the hall was ingrained in the community.

“One woman, who donated under the name Mel B, said she had her first pash at the hall,” she said.

“People have said it’s part of the DNA of Buxton.

“People who have moved away are still connected with us and donating because they remember it so fondly.

“There have been donations under the names Miley Cyrus, Cinderella and Skippy – it’s great to see people having fun with it.”

Ms McArthur-Gumbley said every cent raised would make a difference.

“The collective power of many donations, whether they’re $5 or $50, all add up,” she said.

“We promise we’ll keep looking after the hall.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the restumping campaign can visit ozcrowd.com/campaign/4012.