THE DUNTROON HALL

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THE DUNTROON HALL

The Duntroon Hall opened on June 30th, 1955, the building is a relocated drill hall originally from Camp Borden. The hall was moved and finished by area volunteers, with the early fundraising dinners being held on a earth floor in the lower level. It is the third hall to be built in Duntroon for community events, preceded by the Town Hall (1857-1900), and the Sons of Scotland Hall which was located across the street. The Duntroon Hall is the largest and busiest of Clearview’s community halls, with usage averaging approximately 260 times per year. While owned by the Clearview Township, the hall is run by community volunteers (AMAZING). Current uses include: weddings, buck-and-does, bowling league, square dancing club, line dancing lessons, anniversary and birthday parties, meetings, courses, funeral luncheons, family Christmas dinners, company Christmas parties, school graduations, community plays.

THE TOWN OF DUNTROON

Established in 1834 as the first settlement in Nottawasaga Township. Also known by several names: McNabb’s Corners, Scotch Corners, Bowmore (Gaelic for ‘great sea reef or sea rock’), then in the 1860’s as Duntroon. Bowmore was an earlier name for the village of Duntroon, Ontario, in reference to the administrative capital of the Isle of Islay, Scotland, from which many of the first European settlers came in the early 1800’s. Bowmore (Scotland) is famous for its scotch whiskey distillery of the same name, and is home to The Bowmore Round Church, reputedly so shaped in order that the Devil could not hide in the corners. The name Duntroon, applied to the village in the last half of the 1800’s, was derived from Duntrune Castle, 60km to the north-east of Bowmore, the longest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, dating to the 12th Century and home to the ghost of a handless bagpiper. Duntroon was the seat of Nottawasaga’s government for approximately 150 years until 1993 and the Clearview Township amalgamation.

NOTTAWASAGA HALL (THE DUNTROON HALL)

Hauled overland by a flotilla of livestock trucks and hay wagons drawn by farm tractors, community members of old Nottawasaga Township brought home to their “capital” the building that would become the new centre for their municipal government and the community’s main gathering place. These volunteers and many more disassembled this former military drill hall in Base Borden, and then pieced it back together at the edge of Duntroon’s historic 5-acre Islay Park. Six decades later, The Duntroon Hall’s walls still reverberate with the great sounds of square dances, buck-and-does, weddings, family reunions, bowling parties, concerts, trivia nights, and the like. In 2009, 500 people celebrated the 175th anniversary of the village and of Nottawasaga in a big party held at Islay Park and The Duntroon Hall.

ISLAY PARK

Began in 1934 as a centre for baseball and the 100th anniversary celebrations of Nottawasaga. In 1935 the land was formerly donated by the McDermid family to the Duntroon Women’s Institute, who in 2002 provided it to Clearview Township who now maintain the grounds. A clause in the deed states: “… the said lands are to be used solely for the use and benefit of the people of the Community of Duntroon and vicinity.” The trees were planted by school children and volunteers in the late 1930. The park equipment and facilities are the result of the volunteer work of the Duntroon Recreation Committee for many years the park was the centre of activity for a thriving community baseball league.

A PLACE WHERE COMMUNITY HAPPENS

Team Members

Our dedicated volunteers

Gordon Kemp

Chair

Monica Scott

Vice Chair

Mary Armstrong

Treasurer

Caroline Quanbury

Secretary

Caroline Quanbury

Booking Agent

DIRECTORS

Jim Campbell
Nicole Scott
(Communications Director)
Mark Fisher
(Facilities Director)
David Culham
(Facilities Director)
Wally Skomra
Roz St. Clair
Suzanne Wesetvik
Kim Schneider

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