Hall stands tall again
FOR the QCWA column this week, I touch on a little history of QCWA Mt Colliery Branch, which is one of the twenty branches that form QCWA Border Division.
Tannymorel had the first QCWA Branch in the valley. Bridget Roach, an original QCWA member, was president for many years and attended the first QCWA State Conference held in Toowoomba.
In 1949 after QCWA Tannymorel Branch disbanded, the Mt Colliery branch was formed and met in Mrs Roach's home with Mrs Joyce as president. Mrs Roach was later president and was awarded a MBE in 1973 and in 1981 presented the QCWA for Service Badge for her 56 years as a QCWA member.
Mt Colliery Hall was built about 1918 as a Community Hall run by a Trust comprising residents of the township. At one time there were up to 100 men working in the Coal Mine above Mt Colliery and the hall was an important social centre. It had a good library, equipment to show moving pictures, a stage for visiting theatre productions, card evenings and dances.
The hall was donated to the QCWA sometime after 1949. The branch had many good times and difficult times until the lack of members and cost of upkeep reluctantly forced the QCWA Mt Colliery branch to close.
In December 2003, under threat of having the hall sold, Helen Laws rallied the citizens and with encouragement from other QCWA branches and Border Division the QCWA Mt Colliery Branch was reformed.
With appreciation to some wonderful grants and lots of hard work, the building has been brought up to a safe standard and looks great. Under the leadership of current QCWA Mt Colliery Branch president Mrs Laws, the branch held a successful Craft Display and demonstration for Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Though the branch members are small in number, they have managed to meet all their commitments, buy a few small items for the hall and make curtains from pre-loved material, giving the windows a new look.
The Memory Garden is an ongoing project, as is the lawn and general maintenance. Branch members are gathering supplies to continue making birthing kits, collecting stamps and magazines to send to people in need. An Australia Daybarbecue is held each year as are cent sales and raffles, along with the hall available for hire.
QCWA Mt Colliery Branch meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 2pm. An invitation is extended to the ladies in the district as we welcome new members, come along and enjoy our great bond of friendship.
Inquires to Helen Laws on 4664 4242.