Friends of Old Bega Hospital Raise the Roof Spring Fair

The 2023 Raise the Roof Spring Fair was on the last Sunday in October, that was Sunday 29 October 2023, from 10am to 2pm, at the Old Bega Hospital. There will be another one in 2024!

The community came to the precinct for food and refreshments, local businesses raffle, cake stall, a Vegemite cooking (sweet and savoury sections) competition, music, open studios, kids activities, the Kalaru Dancing Dogs and to catch the latest news on restoration of the main building as the heart of our Community Cultural Centre. The day is a community gathering on the common to catch up, chat and celebrate.

Music included Bega District Band, Candy and Monty McVeity, Jamie Forbes.

Kids activities included Tiny Zoo and the Great Zamboni Magic Show. Open studios included EdgeFM, the Bega Potters, the Bega Textiles group and the Men's Shed.

Leser Build made a video presentationn (40MB, mp4) on progress with the restoration. The Friends and the Reserve Land Manager launched their Pavers Project (8MB download, includes order form): buy a paver for your family or business for inclusion in new pathways leading up to the main building.


Raffle Results

Raffles were drawn at the 2023 Raise the Roof Spring Fair on 29 October 2023 at the Old Bega Hospital.

OBH $2 Barbeques Galore, Bega Winter to Spring Raffle Winners

OBH Bega and Tathra Business Houses $5 Giant Raffle- Total Prize Pool- $1650

All prizes made up of donated product and/or vouchers.

and we had two pots of Honey donated by the Bega Valley Beekeepers on Sunday which were won by Megan and Ian.

A big thank you to all the businesses of Bega and Tathra which donated prizes and made other financial contributions to the Raise the Roof Spring Fair and raffles on 29 October, and to everyone who bought tickets. Your generosity will help to provide equipment and furnishings for the community spaces created once restoration is completed. Community caring for community!

Bendigo Bank, Bega

Barbeques Galore, Bega

Bega Furniture One

Sandbar Bistro,Tathra Beach Bowling Club

Big W Bega

Bega Cheese, Bega Group

Cignal Newsagency

Croc’s Little Bottlo,Tathra

Inkwell Art, Bega

Frillneck Lizard Framing, Bega

Tathra Post Office

Inspirations Paint, Bega

Coast Hire, Bega

Plevey’s Pharmacy, Bega

Studio 157, Bega

Carpet Court, Bega

No 1 Happy Emporium, Bega

Tathra Newsagency

Tarra Motors

Red Cafe, Bega

Tuff-As Workwear, Bega

Georgies Fine Jewellery, Bega

PeaNut Eatery, Bega.

Bendy Kates, Tathra

Club Bega

Candelo Books

Wattle and Hide, Bega

Mimosa Meats, Tathra

Raymond Groceries, Bega

Coles, Bega

Billy and Bloom Coffee

Fox Den

Tiny Zoo


Bega Valley Beekeepers

Tathra Beach Country Club

The number of volunteers who put up their hand to ensure the success of Raise the Roof is indicative of the important place OBH holds in the hearts of our community. These volunteers all give freely of their time to ensure OBH is restored to provide the community and cultural spaces lost in 2004. These volunteers include:

Friends Committee, their friends and families

Friends Events Committee

Jamie Forbes, Eric Rijnberg and Candy McVeity, musicians

Brett Rogers with his Dog Jumping Competition

Margaret Evans and her Dancing Dogs

Bega Lions

Bega Band

Bega CWA

Bega Valley Bridge Club showcasing the game of Bridge

Bega Valley Textiles

Bega Valley Potters


Bega Men's Shed

Bega Valley Beekeepers

Eagle Rock leadlighters

Far South Coast Landcare

Leser Build

Russell Fitzpatrick

Helen Slater and her Hillgrove House sandwich making crew

community cooks providing cakes etc for sale

Others helped too, including stallholders:

Marcus Mundy, Acknowledgement of Country

Jamie Forbes, MC

Zamboni the Magician

Tiny Zoo

BHS Cambodia


Billy & Bloom

Leah's Pottery

Gloria's Jams & Pickles


Leonie Mckinnon

Jezza's Landscapes

Renewed Spirit

MGWC Design

Rivet and Del

Proudly sponsored by: