Chris­tine’s life changed by the Young Farm­ers

Club has cre­ated new op­por­tu­ni­ties

East Kilbride News - - OUR PEO­PLE -

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

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