Ball in the Hall
They’ve survived a round of bushfires, they’ve copped the heat and the winds and worry, they’ve worked hard and given much to the Warrimoo Spring Fair and other people that need their help…Now it was time for the people of Warrimoo to ‘let down their hair and have a Ball’!
Organised by the Warrimoo Citizens Association, led by local dynamo Joanna Schofield, Warrimoo’s ‘Ball in the Hall’ was held last week to celebrate the township, its history and its people. The social event drew a splendid crowd of happy local celebrities to wine, dine and dance the night away.
All profits from the Ball will be directed to the Warrimoo RFS.
Local volunteers decorated the Warrimoo PS hall, and the newly formed ‘Blue Moo Arts Group’ set up an art display of local talent around the walls to add atmosphere to the evening.
Highlight of the night’s festivities was the appearance of Mrs Jan Welland, once, some 59 years ago, ‘Miss Warrimoo 1954’, now leading off the dancing by performing a delightful waltz with husband Barry. Shortly afterwards she consented to a further dance with her original partner, dairyman Barry Patman, who had travelled all the way from Burpengarry Queensland just for the occasion.
The Patman Dairy had once occupied the land upon which the current Warrimoo School stands, so it was a special pleasure to enjoy Barry’s attendance at the Ball.
Delicious fresh food from Matunga’s local catering service supplied guests with more than sufficient variety and sumptuous eating, while ‘Retrofit’, a dynamic ‘Mountains band led by rockstar WCA President Lachlan Davis, played a widely appealing selection of hits from across the decades, starting from ‘In the Mood’ 40’s Big Band dance numbers right up to popular contemporary numbers. The dancing didn’t stop till midnight.
BMCC Mayor and Warrimooian, Mark Greenhill, despite all the worries and workload coming from recent massive Bushfire damage to the Mountains, made an appearance with his lovely wife Lara.
As the cool Southerly breeze wafted into the packed ‘Ball in the Hall’, WCA Secretary Kate Klein summed up the feelings of everyone present when she said: “Thanks to you, the wonderful people of Warrimoo, for being such an enthusiastic part of the proceedings here tonight, you have made it a brilliant success. And a very special vote of thanks to every single one of the volunteers who prepared for this coming together of our community—thank you!”