Acrobat Reader

Many reports on the Foundation Scotland are in a .PDF format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you can download it from the Adobe website

Fountainhall Village Hall

09 November 2016

What do you do when your local village hall is in a state of disrepair and not fit for purpose? That was the problem facing The Fountainhall Village Hall Committee, who have been responsible for managing all aspects of letting and maintenance works of Fountainhall Village Hall since 1920.

The hall is managed by a committee of nine local people. Despite being well used, the hall was generally run down with the kitchen and toilet areas almost unusable. One hundred years were beginning to catch up with the community hub, and whilst there had been some upgrades and extensions in the past, a full refurbishment was now required.

The committee had been fine-tuning plans to refurbish the hall for around 10 years and after receiving a £25,000 grant from the EDF Longpark Fund and additional funding from the Big Lottery Fund and SSE Toddleburn Fund amongst others, work finally started in creating a village hall fit for the 21st Century.

The committee appointed a design team comprising an architect, structural engineer and quantity surveyor. Acting on feedback from the community, and in light of the costs of different options, it was agreed that refurbishing the hall was the best solution. Upon completion in December 2015, the project delivered more success than the community could have hoped for. Were the goals and objectives set out at the beginning achieved? “Yes, and more so” explained one of the project’s organisers, Jenny Mushlin. “The hall has once again become the proud centre of community activity and has seen a dramatic increase in usage.”

As well as the continuation of previous activities such as fitness classes and youth clubs, the hall now hosts a wide range of new activities that would not have been possible without the refurbishment. The new art class every Monday paints a picture of the success of the project.

Christenings, funeral teas, coffee mornings, quiz nights, ceilidhs too. There really is something for everyone in the local community. The committee are now looking into setting up a community cinema in the hall, so the locals can see their favourite films without having to travel far.

The redevelopment has received a lot of positive feedback with one regular saying: “This hall is just a fantastic place”. Another visitor added: “This is the nicest village hall I have ever been in!” Strong praise for a strong project.

With the future of the village hall being of concern in the past, one thing is now certain – it is here to stay.

Tweet this article
Powered By WorldPay

Site managed by Concept