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Community Foundation of Swan Valley

Leaving an everlasting legacy for the Swan River Valley, Manitoba, Canada

Foundation Feature

Upgrading the Durban Community Hall kitchen

  – Foundation Feature November 20, 2012 courtesy of Swan Valley Star and Times

Picture of new stove

For years residents of the Durban area enjoyed Chautauquas: four afternoons and nights of plays held annually in a large circus-like tent. But when the Depression hit money became scarce, the local hotel burned down, and the nine-year run of entertainment from the east came to an end. There was no place for large social gatherings.

After a fund-raising drive, a building committee was struck and it was agreed to start construction on a community hall. With the help of an army of volunteers, the grand opening of the Durban Hall was celebrated on July 11, 1930. Since then the now 82 year old hall has been the centre of this small community, witnessing weddings, funerals, dances and parties.

The Community Foundation is pleased to have helped with the recent upgrade to the kitchen, assisting with the purchase of a new stove and refrigerator.