Published: 06/04/2012 16:27 - Updated: 06/04/2012 16:32

Kirkmichael future secured

THE future of a threatened village hall has been secured, thanks to the local community.

A rallying cry was sounded last month after Kirkmichael Hall committee numbers dwindled to three – placing a question mark over its viability.

Locals were urged to become involved in order to help safeguard the "magical resource" for generations to come.

During a special meeting to discuss the building’s future, held on Friday night, a small but dedicated group from the nearby communities of Kirkmichael, Glenlivet and Inveravon agreed to join the team.

Chair Pat Bailey McKay said: "There was a select band of about 10 of us, but 10 very enthusiastic people who are keen to keep it going.

"That means we now have a full committee, and we have got ideas for events in the summer, and fund-raisers for the maintenance that is required."

‘The Green Hall’, so named because of its distinctive colour, is situated on the B9136 to the south of Tomintoul Distillery, and was built in 1922.

While it remains structurally sound, it could benefit from a lick of paint, upgrading of the water supply and some maintenance work.

Now, with a larger committee at the ready and the backing of local folk, Pat believes it can easily be achieved.

Distinctive because of its open fire and wooden interior, the hall has been described as a special place that should not be lost.

Children’s parties, summer barbecues, Hogmanay parties, private functions, ceilidhs, meals and walking gatherings feature on its calendar.

"We are happy with the turnout, but are still looking for interested people to become involved," said Pat.

Anyone who would like to book the facility, or who would like more information about the hall should contact Pat on 01807 580362.

Kirkmichael Hall has been saved
Kirkmichael Hall has been saved
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