Our story so far . . .
In November of 2015 Grace Church Rokeby purchased the Village Green Tavern (11 Ralphs Terrace Rokeby). Situated on nearly 5 acres of land in the middle of our community the property was ideally positioned for development into a Community Centre and a hub for community gatherings as well as an administration base for local community groups throughout the week.
As with any old building, especially a pub, there were all sorts of issues that had to be addressed before the building could be used and in 2016 we began the task of removing 40 years of accumulated junk and redundant furnishings, bars, fireplaces, walls, etc that needed to go.
2017 Our first major project . . .
In 2017 we decided to see how far we could get with renovating the back room at the Centre. We’d already hosted various community functions in the old room and our youth program met there every Friday night but the facility was smelly, dirty and quite rundown. We didn’t have much money but felt it would be a great object lesson and an opportunity to practically outwork our mantra, “Start where you are – Use what you have – Do what you can.”
So we began . . . and 3 months later in July 2017 we were ready to host the Stronger Communities Together workshop in a brand spanking new function room! It’s amazing what you can achieve if you’ll just make a start. Since completing the room we regularly host meetings for One Community Together, Clarence Council, Grace Youth, Mission Australia Housing, Neighbourhood Watch, the Growers & Crafters Market and a bunch of other organisations and community members who needed a room to meet but couldn’t find one in our area that was available or the right size. We’re thrilled that we’re able to help support the great work being done by so many groups in Clarence Plains through the provision of a spacious, clean and modern room for meetings. Early days yet, but we were on the way.