I guess we had thoughts of a Clubhouse from the moment Custom Addictions was formed, or at least from the first time 100 members rocked up to Kims shed for a meeting.......
It just makes sense that a club can't be a club without a clubhouse. Think Hells Angels, Sons of Anarchy - you get the idea. So, following numerous discussions around the table about how we could possibly afford to build or even to rent some sort of premise to set up into a clubhouse, we sent a text out to members asking them to keep a lookout for possible sites. That was back in July 2015.
There were several suggestions - an old farmhouse shearing shed, the Bagshot Hall, a disused factory off Nolan St, a block of land and vacant shed in Junortoun. Nothing was suitable or close to anything we could afford. Then member Mal Fraser suggested the old abandoned East Bendigo Scout Hall in Strickland road.
He did all the preliminary ground work and arranged a meeting onsite with David, the Central Victorian District Commissioner. David initially told us the hall was rough and on inspection, it was. But it was solid. It had a kitchen, and toilets. It was certainly something we could work with. And having such a diverse range of members, surely we had at least one of every trade that would gladly donate his or her time and experience.
And so, months later, after the Scouting Association had drafted up some papers stating the lease arrangements, we signed on the dotted line and the Hall that had been vacant for seven years became ours to restore and bring back to life. We have virtually a free rein to do what we wish - from painting and signing the exterior through to renovating the inside - painting, maybe polishing the floorboards and replacing the kitchen
This page will serve as a documentation and history of that process.
11th Nov, 2015
Almost immediately after receiving the keys, we sent out a text to all members requesting support for a working bee on Saturday 14th.
Firstly, we needed to clean up the yard, knock down some dead trees and clean up inside the building. Then our future plans include fixing the toilet block, replacing some broken glass, replacing rotted weather boards, organising some heating and cooling and doing some work renovating/replacing the kitchen.
Then, further down the track we can give the place a coat of paint inside and out, and maybe do some work on a carpark and gardens. Or maybe an impenetrable fence and surveillance system......
Custom Addictions now have a place to call "Home". Somewhere to begin club runs, somewhere to return to afterwards, a venue for meetings and functions, but best of all, a place to have Sunday arvo barbies and a few drinks!
14th Nov, 2015
Our call for members to volunteer at the first working bee at our new Clubhouse resulted in over 40 people attending - even though it was Bendigo Swap Meet weekend. Mums, dads and kids all rolled up to get dirty and sweaty.
With so many on the tools it only took a couple of hours to clean out the shed, remove all the crap from inside the Hall, clean the kitchen, cut down some trees, fix up the yard and do a tip run. We then had time to sit around to admire our work and to admire a couple of coldies.
Thanks to all that attended. Great job!
All the Working Bee photos here: Gallery
Just in time for our 2015 Christmas Function, we now have the power connected, checked, certified and turned on. The boys and girls toilets have been replaced and repaired. We've got a couple of fridges and several couches........
It's all lookin" good.
Christmas Function - 19th December, 2015.
Held on the hottest day ever - but still a huge success. Thanks to everyone that braved the weather and came along on the night.
Photos here: Gallery
Not much has been happening at the Clubhouse since the Christmas party. A couple of Club Cruises have left from here, and the Events guys use it for their event planning meetings, but we have not really utilized the place much at all.
A few weeks ago Deano was having a few beers and he was suddenly startled by several ideas that kept flashing into his head. Things like "why don't we use this place more", "what can we do to make it more attractive for members to use". So Deano got to thinkin' and drinkin'. One of the first plans was to get a pool table and open up the Clubrooms on a regular basis. So that's what we have done. We ordered a pool table from a place in Campbellfield - with a table tennis top - complete with balls, cues, and all accessories.
Last Friday night week had our first open house with around 20 members coming along to enjoy a catch up, a game of pool, a beer, or all three. The barbie was fired up with hamburgers and sausages and the bonfire out the back was also fired up.
With only one days notice, a good night was had by all who attended.
We want to make this a regular Friday night thing, so call past and join in the fun!
From 5pm till late.
More photos here: Gallery
1st year in our Clubhouse. Big Friday night for the boys!
Congratulations to us!
Clubhouse Working Bee
March 24th & 25th, 2018
March 24th & 25th, 2018
Custom Addictions organised a working bee over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March. We repaired and painted the exterior of our Clubhouse assisted by up to 35 Club members. Thanks to all that attended, an amazing transformation.
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