A long-time Abbotsford community association would like to increase its membership and volunteer base.
The Jubilee Hall Community Association was established in 1936 at the Jubilee Community Club and has always been a volunteer group.
The group holds various events out of Jubilee Hall – located at 7989 Bradner Road in northwest Abbotsford – with the goal of maintaining and strengthening community bonds.
The Jubilee area was first settled by Moses Graff shortly after B.C. became a colony in 1858. It was named in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
The club is a non-profit organization and for many years was the social centre of the neighbourhood.
Members built and continue to maintain the picnic area adjacent to the hall, which is enjoyed by people from the Jubilee area as well as by those who hike and bike in the neighbourhood.
Over the years, the hall has been the setting for many milestone birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, graduation parties and wedding showers.
Members constantly upgrade the facilities, and their main source of revenue is through rentals and community events such as the annual Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, which has been held for almost 30 years.
The association also holds activities such as the free children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest, a free community potluck and visit with Santa, and the Spring into Summer, Halloween Howler and New Year’s Eve Extravaganza dinners and dances.
Over the years, the hall has become known for its wooden dance floor, which was covered up by vinyl in the 1970s but which was later restored to the grandeur of the original floor.
The hall is also home to activities such as drop-in yoga, Fitness Fusion and a member appreciation night.
The association has also donated to various charities over the years, including the Holmberg House adult hospice, the Firefighters’ Burn Fund, the Abbotsford Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, and Basics for Babies.
They also support the Abbotsford District 4-H Club, Ottergrove Sparks, Back Country Horsemen and Rick Hansen Secondary’s dry grad.
Membership to the association is $20 per family per calendar year. Benefits include reduced rental rates and use of community association equipment.
Those interested in joining are asked to call 604-856-4375. For rentals, call 604-856-8690.
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