Committe and History Rous Mill & District Memorial
Hall Committee and Meetings Rous Mill & District Committee Meetings are held Bi-Monthly. Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every second month, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. The 2019 meetings will be on: 6th Feb, 3rd April, 5th June, 7th Aug, 2nd Oct, 4th Dec with our AGM on the 3rd of July.
The 2018-19 Committee are Grant Tait- President Andrew Roberts- Vice President Miriam O'Grady Secretary Mel Towner- Treasurer Simon Chate Bryan Douglas Donna Byer Kat Smith Bruce Worrell Steve Reynolds Lyn Delaney Steve Miller (Ward C Council Rep)
Hall History The Rous Mill District and Memorial Hall was opened on the 18th August, 1959. It stands today as a Memorial Hall, that commemorates the service men and women who contributed in the war efforts 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Rous Mill District and Memorial Hall took six years of fundraising by the hall committee to raise the £4500 to build the hall. Fundraising activities included catering for clearing sales, euchre tournaments, dances and sport days. The Secretary of the committee, Mr Arthur (Artie) McDonald made 10 acres of land available for free to plant crops of potatoes and peanuts grown by voluntary labour, to contribute to the fundraising. There was also a contribution of land for the hall by Mr Harold Crofton. The hall was built by Mr Norm Gowers and when the hall opened in 1959, it was virtually debt free. It is recorded that the hall quickly became the focus of the Rous Mill community, as it is today. * We would like to acknowledge the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society who has collected the information referenced here from resources including Rous Mill Historic Village and Recognising District Citizens Vol 2. For more information contact Crawford House Museum The hall has had a long history of voluntary committees all committed to keeping the hall focused on community connection. This included Jazz afternoons with the Duck Creek Mountain Jazz band, strong connections with Rous Public school who used the hall for school events, and longstanding Ballroom dancing nights as part of the FNC Ballroom dancing circuit. In 2013 a group of interested community members formed a sub-committee known as Milling Around Rous. The aim of this group was to add to the existing events and hall use. This has resulted in an Annual Hall Ball, Rous Unplugged, Music events, Workshops, Film nights to name a few. This group continues today (see Milling Around page) More recently the hall has legally transitioned to be fully community owned and run in 2018. The current committee and associated sub committees are in the process of improving the hall. This includes painting, improving kitchen facilities, lighting, adding an outside deck and PA system. We are also developing a Reconciliation Action Plan.