We purchased two free standing whiteboards

posted 13 Apr 2017, 21:22 by Hall Manager

I am often asked by hirers if we have whiteboards. The answer used to be no, but now it is yes !

We now have two freestanding whiteboards on rollers which can be flipped to give 4 writing surfaces.

Hirers need to bring their own whiteboard markers and erasers.

Hire Venue with whiteboards

Saturday 11 March 2017

posted 6 Feb 2017, 20:58 by Hall Manager   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 18:27 ]

Due to a cancellation, this date has just opened up.

We would love to hire the venue for that day or the whole weekend

Contact us today

Apologies - Henry St and Gipps Street Intersection Works Oct-Nov 2016

posted 28 Oct 2016, 18:07 by Hall Manager   [ updated 28 Oct 2016, 18:09 ]

All stakeholders please take note, we became aware on Friday 28 October of road works at the above intersection. This intersection abuts our property. Works are to commence this Monday,  31 October.

Correspondence from the City of Yarra advises;

Works are programmed to commence on Monday 31 October and will be staged over a period of two weeks (weather dependent).

While the works are being undertaken, traffic management will be in place. The entrance to Henry Street till be closed during these works. Access to Henry Street will be via Langridge Street for this time, meaning Henry Street will temporarily become two-way.

We apologize for any inconvenience. There was no consultation with us on these works. We received a letter on Tuesday 25 Oct 2016 advising the works but only read it in detail on Friday, after finding a works notice that our water was going to be cut off and workmen moving the fire hydrant beside our property. We immediately visited Council who gave us some verbal detail on works and, during yesterday afternoon (Friday 28 Oct ) I was supplied more information via phone and email. We are yet to be able to return to the Centre with the plans to properly examine the changes.

Our abutting neighbour had also not been contacted and not been consulted. These works will significantly impact our both of our short term commercial activities and our internal use of the hall; with the potential for long term impact. A council officer had visited the tenants of hotel opposite in July  2016, but made no contact with us as owners of our property nor our abutting owner.  It is clear there is no failure of managing rental agent as the two organizations are owner occupiers and Council's officers responsible for consultation and communication have failed abysmally.

We are advised that disruption will be minimal. However we are extremely concerned about short and long term effects to the hall's income and to its amenity. Completed works have the potential to effect our ongoing use and also our ability to maintain our property, so say nothing of the users over the next 14 days who are yet to be notified, with one exception who was present when works were being done on Friday. Noise levels at that time make the hall unusable, but the contractor, Aussie Civil Contractors, assure us that noise during construction will be minimal with three days of occasional digging  and only around 15 minutes of concrete sawing. With a user in the hall booked for the exact period the works are to occur, this creates reputation and financial risk in the coming weeks, and the works long term risk to our ability to access the hall as we have done for 80 years. Should the completed works adversely impact on our external income,  they will reduce the viability of the hall itself.

It is currently our intent to lodge a written complaint with the City of Yarra.

Should you have any questions in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hall Manager

Plans supplied by the City of Yarra yesterday;
Corner Gipps and Henry Streets Abbbotsford 2016

Frock Up Pop Up, Saturday 17 September 2016

posted 8 Sep 2016, 21:58 by Hall Manager   [ updated 8 Sep 2016, 21:58 ]

Way We Wear Vintage Sale

Collingwood Masonic Centre,
141 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria

Saturday 17 September 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Gold Coin Donation Supporting Women of Empire: $2.00

It is Pop Up Frock Up Time in Melbourne with the Way We Wear Fairs twenty fifth event. Lots and lots of Real Vintage with Seams Old and other sellers plus 'Sell the Wardrobe' participants. Who knows what you will find. There is antique, vintage, retro and designer fashion, fashion accessories, fashion art, fashion ephemera, lace, fashion books and other non fiction books, samplers, textiles and much, much more. One hundred and fifty years of fashion and fashion accessories for sale.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

posted 24 Aug 2016, 05:06 by Hall Manager

As recently rehearsed in our hall and now playing !

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui | Directed by Phil Rouse

Date: 25 Aug 2016 - 10 Sep 2016
Time: Wed to Sat 7:30pm and 1pm on Tue 30 Aug, Wed 31 Aug, Thu 1 , Tue 6, Thu 8 Sept
Preview: Thu 25 & Fri 26 Aug at 7:30pm
Price: $35 Full / $26 Conc, Under 30, Groups 8+ /$20 Preview [plus $2.50 booking fee per ticket]

Presented by: Theatre Works, Directed by Phil Rouse

Featured on VCE Theatre Studies Unit 4

A world where monsters are made of money, democracy is a myth, and the justice system lies in a coma.

Bertolt Brecht's satire is a mash-up of American gangster movies and Richard III, offering a searing allegory on Adolf Hitler's rise to power through the grimy lens of 1930's Chicago.

After building acclaim reviving Australian playwrights with his company Don't Look Away, Director Phil Rouse turns his attention to one of the giants of 20th century western theatre. It's a production that offers a contemporary take on Brecht's fable, honouring the classic text while illuminating the state of conservative politics in the 21st Century.

'Murderously good' - The Guardian on The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

'Director Phil Rouse is definitely making his mark as a director to watch' - Beat Magazine

Duration: 130 minutes, plus interval
Adult concepts, infrequent coarse language, onstage smoke effects, haze effects, strobe lighting, loud music, discharge of firearms, violence. Recommended for audiences 16+ years

ATTN Teachers - Q&A Sessions following all 1.00pm performances
Education Resource
available Term Two
For school info or bookings contact: // 9534 3388

Artistic Team
Director: Phil Rouse
Set and Costume Designer: Martelle Hunt
Associate Set Designer: Shane Thompson
Lighting Designers: Rob Sowinski and Bryn Cullen
Sound Designer: Jess Keeffe
Producer: Eric Gardiner
Production Manager: Elizabeth Howells
Stage Manager: Lachlan O'Connor
Assistant Stage Manager: Katharine Timms
Assistant Stage Manager (Pyrotechnics): Taylen Furness

George Banders: Arturo Ui, Doctor
Ben Clements:
Sheet, Ragg, Givola
Jennifer Innes:
Flake, Dockdaisy, Gaffes, Prosecutor, Wounded Woman, Betty Dullfoot, Gangsters
Kasia Kaczmarek:
Clarke, A Servant, Defense, Gangsters
Ciume Lochner: Young Dogsborough, Giri, Courtroom Attendant
Josiah Lulham:
Carruther, Bowl, A Tree, Goodwill, Grocer, Fish, Inna, Chicago Grocer
Kym Lynch:
Dogsborough, Actor, Grocer, Judge, Minister, Cicero Grocer
Luke Mulquiney:
Butcher, O'Casey, Jim Crockett, Gangsters, Ignatius Dullfoot, Cicero Grocer, Chicago Grocer
Peter Paltos:

Congratulations to all our Volunteers

posted 31 Jul 2016, 20:52 by Hall Manager

Open Houses Melboure Collingwood Masonic Centre
Congratulations to all our Volunteers at the Collingwood Masonic Cente involved in Open Houses 2016.

2016 saw our 1,000th visitor through the Centre with strong positive feedback from visitors and their thanks on having the opportunity to see inside a historic and operational Masonic Centre.

Well done to our volunteers and many thanks to the public for their support.

If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, do contact us.


Collingwood Masonic Centre Inc.

Open Houses Melbourne 2016 (OHM) this weekend 10 am - 4 pm

posted 27 Jul 2016, 22:11 by Hall Manager   [ updated 27 Jul 2016, 22:17 ]

Open Houses Melbourne 2016

Open Houses Melbourne Collingwood Masonic Centre
This weekend is Open Houses !

This year, the Collingwood Masonic Centre (which contains Abbosford Hall) will be open

Sat 30 July 2016, 10 am - 4 pm
Sun 31 July 2016, 10 am - 4 pm

Ever heard of that secret and mysterious group, The Freemasons? This is a chance to go inside one of their mysterious buildings which are scattered over Melbourne and indeed the globe. Completed in 1929, the Collingwood Masonic Centre is a two-storey, purpose-built Masonic hall with an operational Masonic lodge room upstairs. It is still proudly owned and used by the Freemasons, who are available during Open House Melbourne to talk to about their organisation and how the building is used. Hear how the Arts and Crafts style building is being restored and used in the 21st century as a local and enduring community asset. Hear its history and explanations of the building's furniture, fittings and design, and why the Freemasons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries moved from traditional meeting places of pubs into their own purpose-built structures. This building retains most of its original furniture and many original fittings, and is a time capsule to a bygone design and social era. Open House Melbourne provides a rare chance to tour the lodge room, and understand some of its rich symbolism and the history of this fraternity which was founded in 1717 and still operates today.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All except kitchen, store and office.

  • Tour Type: Guided & General Admission

  • Tour Details: Self Guided on ground floor. Tours will run on Level 1 every 20 minutes with 20 people per tour. Guided tour of lodge room, regalia and historic displays down stairs, opportunities to speak to Freemasons.

  • Special Programming: Guided tour of lodge room, displays down stairs, opportunities to speak to Freemasons.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Pram access, Limited mobility access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1929

  • Tram Stops: Stop 18: Hoddle St/Victoria Pde on routes 12 and 109.

  • Train Station: Collingwood

We will be one of hundreds of buildings and spaces the public generally do not get to see - come along and come up the stairs to the Lodge Room which is generally not open to the public.

Streamlining Hoddle Street Information July 2016 Sessions

posted 26 Jun 2016, 23:23 by Hall Manager   [ updated 26 Jun 2016, 23:25 ]

Vic Roads is looking at making travel along Hoddle Street more efficient and is holding local information sessions.

One will be held in our hall.

141 Gipps Sreet Abbotsford 3067 (corner Henry Street)
Tuesday 5 July,  5 pm to 8 pm
Eddy Court, Abbotsford 3067
Wednesday 6 July, 5 pm to 8 pm

Great Testimonals for Hall Hire

posted 29 May 2016, 22:57 by Hall Manager

Thank you so much for the people who have given us testimonials over the years.

I must say, I tend to get a bit slack asking for them because they all tend to say similar things;
Wonderful hire space
We are great to deal with
It's all so easy
The space was perfect for our rehearsal/sale/party/performance/training/seminar etc etc

I was just looking at some of our testimonials and notice there are some dead links there and while we love to promote our users; dead links are bad news - so I've removed a couple.

If you've written us a testimonial for an organization which has a new web site (but is the same organization) feel free to contact me and I am more than happy to reinstate a functioning link.


Will the Melbourne Fringe Festival be coming to Abbotsford Hall ?

posted 2 May 2016, 23:11 by Hall Manager   [ updated 2 May 2016, 23:12 ]

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Well, we're not sure yet !

With only 3 weeks to go before performers need to lock their venues in, this year, it's looking like we will not be holding a Fringe Festival event.. but there is still time !

Contact us today about using us as an inexpensive, appealing and unique rehearsal or performance venue !

We'd love to see the Melbourne Festival Fringe back at Abbotsford Hall !

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