Christine’s life changed by the Young Farmers
Club has created new opportunities
Welcome to the latest instalment of the East Kilbride News series Our People. This week Mark Pirie speaks to Christine Hall.
Christine Hall owes a lot to the Young Farmers Club.
The mum-of-three met her partner Alan at a Young Farmers conference – changing her life forever.
Christine, who lived in Sandford at the time and now resides on the outskirts of Glassford, met Carluke YF member Alan one special night.
However, the group has handed her several opportunities – including her role in the successful Strathaven Drama Club.
The drama club is huge for Christine.
She founded the group in 2014 as the Auld Avondale Actors – a branch which is still used today – following an anniversary show by the Young Farmers.
They have recently finished their run of ‘Follow, Follow’ – an Old Firm themed show which generated rave reviews from locals.
Christine has also raised hundreds of pounds for Kilbryde Hospice and Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust.
And she told the News: “The Young Farmers has really set me up for life!”
Christine said: “It’s a brilliant organisation and I’m a full believer in helping out in any way I can.
“That’s how I end up on so many community groups – from the parent council to dances and race nights.
“I’m happy to give a bit back when I can – myself and my husband donate the wind-up horses for race nights and things like that.
“The drama club is just a sociable thing for us.
“I’m really proud of it and all the actors. It gives people of all ages the chance to get involved.
“We have put on some great shows – our ‘Follow, Follow’ show did well and meant we could raise a good amount for charity.
“We have been told that we should enter festivals but it’s just a bit of fun and means we can keep meeting up.”
Between her numerus commitments, Christine also enjoys more creative work with her day job.
She works part-time with an interior design company and shows clients around their virtual homes and projects – specialising in designing the graphics on the computer.
Christine admits it’s not the job she thought she would end up in when at school.
“When I was in school I was adamant that I wasn’t going to do a job that meant I sat behind a desk all day,” she recalled.
“I took subjects just to prove that and I was trying to go down a more creative route.
“Now, it’s what I do for a living and I love it!
“I really liked being artistic in school so it’s great to have a job where I can do that – it’s always interesting!”
It may not have been what Christine predicted all those years ago in the classroom.
But fate seems to have had a plan for her nonetheless.
Busy life Christine Hall