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BRRAG is now the official tenant of the Boesmans town hall.

Reflecting upon the cherished memories of our youth, when we had the privilege of attending evening cinema and dance sessions in the esteemed Boesmansriviermond Town Hall and engaging in meaningful conversations through the CSV (Christen Studenteverenining), we find ourselves nostalgic for those wonderful times. However, as the years have passed, the hall has sadly fallen into disuse.

We are delighted to announce that BRRAG has recently acquired the rights to utilise the Boesmansriviermond Town Hall from the Ndlambe Municipality. This represents a significant step forward in the development and enhancement of our town, particularly in addressing areas that require maintenance and upgrades.

We are excited to be able to utilise the town hall facilities for the benefit of our communities for the next 10 years. We approached the municipality last year and have finally received and signed a lease.

The building is in a bad state of repair, and we will have to put shoulder to the wheel.

The BBRAG Committee is currently in the planning phase for the necessary renovations and maintenance tasks to restore the Town Hall to its former glory. We are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from residents and local businesses, some of whom have generously pledged sponsorship towards these endeavours.

We call on members and businesses in our area to support us: the roof is leaking, the ablutions and kitchen are virtually unusable, huge plants are growing in the gutters and the place has not seen any maintenance since the municipality moved to Port Alfred, close to 1994!! But we are determined. We call for assistance. We need assistance as our two employees have a busy schedule for Village maintenance and cannot take this task on on their own. Who can help with the bathrooms / kitchen areas? Who can help with the floors? Who can help with scraping and putty for the windows? Latches, locks and handles require attention. The electrical and plumbing reticulation requires checking out and upgrading.

The firefighting equipment is non-existent. We require chairs and tables. Lots of paint is required – and painters. Who has a piano that wants a new home? And lots more will become evident as we commence utilising the unmaintained building. Please come forward and assist. Bring your house help, gardener and maintenance man to come and see how you can help us get the place usable in the shortest possible time.

Our “building manager”, Michael Vermooten, lives in the train next to the hall and can be approached with offers for assistance. And if you live too far, of course you can assist. Please donate generously into the BRRAG bank account with reference your name and “Hall”. All funds received will be ringfenced and applied to the repairs and maintenance hall expenses.

Standard Bank
Account number 281116393.

We shall design a simple plaque to acknowledge substantial donors and erect these at our new office (yes!) entrance.

We are putting together a schedule of tariffs for the use of the hall and enquiries can be sent to our usual email address: BRRAG members receive preference.

If you happen to be in the vicinity, we invite you to visit the town hall and witness firsthand the progress being made by our dedicated teams as they undertake these upgrades and maintenance tasks. Your presence and support would be greatly appreciated.

Rest assured, we shall keep our members well-informed regarding the overall progress of this momentous and exciting undertaking. Together, we can revitalise the Boesmansriviermond Town Hall and create a vibrant space for the entire community to enjoy.

Remember our motto: We make the difference.

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