Larry Weymouth (second from right, with wife Lynn) was recently honoured for his longtime volunteer commitment to Matsqui Community Hall. Joining him were Mayor Henry Braun (far left, with wife Velma) and organizers of the recent Masquerade Christmas Ball. (Submitted photo)

Larry Weymouth (second from right, with wife Lynn) was recently honoured for his longtime volunteer commitment to Matsqui Community Hall. Joining him were Mayor Henry Braun (far left, with wife Velma) and organizers of the recent Masquerade Christmas Ball. (Submitted photo)

Longtime volunteer honoured for decades of work

Larry Weymouth recognized for years of service to historic Abbotsford hall

A longtime resident of the Matsqui area of Abbotsford was recently honoured for his volunteer service to Matsqui Community Hall.

Larry Weymouth was honoured during the Murray Kia Masquerade Christmas Ball, hosted on Dec. 22 by Suburban Swing.

The hall was constructed in 1932, and Weymouth’s connection to it dates back to his early childhood, when his family attended many community events, pot luck dinners and dances there.

Over the years, Weymouth has dedicated many volunteer hours to maintaining and overseeing the operation of the hall, as well as serving on the board, and as president of the hall association.

Board member Jason Warner said Weymouth is known as the hall historian.

“He has such a passion for this hall, and knows every detail of its past. He refers to the hall as his second home as he faithfully checks on the hall daily,” Warner said.

Mayor Henry Braun, along with several of the Matsqui Hall board members, were on hand for the presentation.

Braun, on behalf of the Matsqui community and the City of Abbotsford, thanked Weymouth for being the heart and soul of the hall, and acknowledged his many years of dedication and contribution to keeping the hall as the “gem” of the community.

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