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Brockton Increases Contribution to Victoria Jubilee Hall

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Municipality to provide $10K per year to help offset rising costs

A lobbying effort by the Friends of the Victoria Jubilee Hall has paid off.

Brockton will be increasing its investment in the historic and cultural building.

For years Brockton has made an annual contribution of five thousand dollars a year to Walkerton’s gem the Victoria Jubilee Hall.

This annual amount will now double to ten thousand dollars in order to help offset rising utility costs and ongoing maintenance expenses.

Jubilee Hall Spokesperson Bob McCulloch is thrilled with Council’s verbal commitment to the increase.

He says the Hall is currently over budget by 45 hundred dollars and this increase will help provide the Hall with a little more breathing room.

McCulloch says Brockton’s annual contribution increase will mean the Hall will not have to cut back on basic maintenance.

The 1897 historic building narrowly escaped the wrecking ball in 1997 after a group of volunteers working with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario fought to save the building from demolition.

They purchased the Victoria Jubilee Hall from the municipality for a dollar and placed it in trust for the community.

Many consider the Victoria Jubilee Hall the cultural centre of Brockton as it features a beautiful 300 seat opera hall and hosts a variety of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year.

In 2018 there were 11 performances, with close to 32 hundred patrons. The other rooms in the Hall were used for 150 days. The Hall has 3 full time renters located within as well.

It is estimated that there were approximately 7400 people that visited the Hall in some capacity or another in 2018.
Volunteers have kept the Jubilee Hall going for years.

The Board of Directors and Jubilee Arts and Music Committee invest close to four thousand volunteer hours a year into the Victoria Jubilee Hall.

An additional thousand volunteer hours are spent keeping up the gardens.

The Jubilee Hall attracts patrons from as far away as Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener, Goderich as well as the local region.

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