Groups fight to save Slade Hall
TO some it’s a magic facade with ivy, romantic candelabras and feasts but to others it’s a potential building development with exceptional views.
Warwick’s Society for Creative Anachronism takes great pleasure in transforming the modern into the medieval, often camping out at Slade Hall – or Stegby Feasting Hall as they know it – and are a driving force to keep the site “community orientated”.
SCA president Donna Page said even though the group celebrated the past, they didn’t want Slade to be a photographed image only visited on the pages of books.
“Since the Save Our Slade petition was posed, hundreds of people have signed up,” Mrs Page said.
“We had a feast at Stegby Feasting Hall (Slade Hall) during the weekend with about 50 people and we have functions which attract hundreds of people. Most who attended signed the petition and some were not even from here, they saw how wonderful it was to keep the site for the community.
“We’re a community group – one of many – who use the campus. We have farmers, single parents and the unemployed as members and can’t afford huge fees to hire out a building. Slade is perfect, we fit it and it fits us.
“For $200 to $300 we can hire the hall and kitchen for a weekend and guests can stay for $37 a head per night. Other function places ask $40 an hour and we just can’t afford that.”
While there are calls for the Southern Downs Regional Council’s white elephant to be freed from the ratepayers’ corner Mrs Page said community groups should band together to save the iconic structure.
“I’ve seen the proposed plans and they’ve broken the site into pieces,” she said.
“If the local community groups could get together and perhaps lease it out, then it could be saved.
“Our members’ parents and grandparents attended the school and it has great significance for Warwick. The area could turn into an artistic hub, if managed properly and there are heaps of people putting their hand up to save Slade.”