Chidlow Progress Association volunteers put on shine ahead of Anzac Day


Chidlow Progress Association volunteers give the old hall a fresh coat of paint wit the help of Bunnings team members.
Chidlow Progress Association volunteers give the old hall a fresh coat of paint wit the help of Bunnings team members.

CHIDLOW Progress Association volunteers put on their overalls to refresh the old village hall ahead of the Anzac Day commemorations.

A crew from Bunnings Warehouse in Midland came to the rescue of the 1905 hall, which is undergoing a major restoration.

Association vice president Joanna Hallam said the repainting of the building would add value to the hall and she thanked Bunnings and those who gave the building a fresh coat of paint.

“We even learnt a thing or two about painting that we can now apply at home and at other community projects,” she said.

Anzac Day commemorations in Chidlow have grown in popularity in recent years to more than 300 people attending the event.

Chidlow volunteers began working on the restoration project back in January and with the painting complete, the team is on target to finish the project later this month.

For the first time, villagers and visitor will come together to honour wartime sacrifice when they stand at the new war memorial on the village green.

Chidlow and District Returned and Services League received its charter in November last year and two months’ later the memorial was built after months of fundraising and a $10,000 contribution from the Shire of Mundaring.

The village was an army training camp in World War II for more than 60,000 troops.