Fundraiser supports preservation of Lipson Hall | PHOTOS

The Lipson Progress Committee hosted a fundraising event on Sunday to raise money for the historic Lipson Hall.

More than $2500 was raised on the day, which included an art exhibition featuring local artists, stalls, a sausage sizzle, morning tea, car boot sales, raffles and door prizes.

One of the oldest halls on Eyre Peninsula, building commenced in 1908 before it opened in 1911.

It was once the local social hub of activity in the Lipson community, and the Wunderlich ceiling remains an awe-inspiring featuring for visitors.

The weekend Art and Market Day was a great community fundraising event that showcased the talents of local artists and market holders, and brought the community together in a joint effort to raise money to preserve the Lipson Hall.

Committee member Bev Bradford said it was a wonderful opportunity for locals to reminisce about their younger days, with vivid recollections of past events held at the hall.

"The Lipson Progress Committee and volunteers, are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm, energy and stamina, in the planning, preparation and presentation of the recent Lipson community fundraising event," she said.

"The committee can boast a profit of in excess of $2500 which was only possible by the community support of so many."

Six local artists - Mandy Cabot, Kathy Cowley, Rosemary Lawrie, Megan Carr, Judi McKeown and Trish Byster - were thrilled to showcase their artistic skills, and by public vote Ms Cabot was named the winning artist of the exhibition.

The first prize in the raffle caused much amusement, as Gwenda Dunn debated what she should do with a four-month-old live merino ram.

Thanks went to Geoff Mason for the generous donation of a unique raffle item.

The help and cooperation of Roger and Brenton Carr in the placement of the new Lipson town sign was appreciated, as was the work of Anthony and Matthew Carr for erecting a wind break, and Terry and Helen Baillie for the art display dividers.

The committee also congratulated Graham and Janette Pugsley, together with Barbara and Rob McKeown, for the construction and completion of the pathway and landscaping which has enhanced the entrance to the Lipson Hall.

The next fundraising event will be a country dance at the Lipson Hall, on Saturday, November 20, with live music to be provided by The Old Dogs.

The event will be an opportunity for line dancers, rock n' rollers and ballroom dancers to raise the roof at the hall, in an afternoon and evening of music, fun and friendship.

The committee would like to thank their local business supporters Bawden's Rural Traders, Curtis's Sales and Service, Tumby Bay Foodland, Neindorf's Friendly Grocer, JJ Trezise and Sons, Tumby Bakery, Tumby Bay Hotel, Tumby Bay Mitre 10, Tumby Bay Pharmacy, Tumby Bay Post Office, Bendigo Bank, Lion Club, Nick's Carpet Court Port Lincoln, the Community Library and Tumby Bay District Council for their assistance.