Beloved hall and history bulldozed

Elaine Pollard, with pictures of Saint James Church Hall before it was knocked down and when it was first moved next to the church in West Northam.

Elaine Pollard, with pictures of Saint James Church Hall before it was knocked down and when it was first moved next to the church in West Northam.

Part of West Northam history was lost when Saint James Church Hall was demolished because of asbestos content. 

Northam resident Elaine Pollard was a frequent user of the hall for over 60 years.

She has many fond memories there and said it was used for a range of occasions including marriage and funeral receptions, baptisms, and Sunday school meetings. 

“Apart from the usual parish use, the hall has been a venue for meetings of the horticultural society, junior farmers club, rechabite lodge, swimming club, tennis club and the electoral commission,” she said. 

The hall meant a lot to Elaine because it was her church but also for the social cohesion it provided. 

“A small group of ladies have worked tirelessly over the years to provide many amenities to make the hall a welcoming place for all who attended the many morning teas, Mother’s Day stalls, jumble sales, birthdays, anniversaries and Melbourne Cup lunches,” she said. 

“I’m sure there are many people who will fondly remember times spent in the hall and it is sadly missed by West Northam.”

The hall was knocked down and cleared two months ago on March 17. It was originally called Christ Church but made into a hall.

It was moved by a steamroller from another location, and placed adjacent to the church that was built in 1911.

Sunday services stopped in the church a few years ago due to a lack of ministers. 

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