Ard­gour vil­lage hall vol­un­teer ap­peal

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A LOCHABER vil­lage hall which ‘ brings gen­er­a­tions to­gether’ needs help to en­sure it stays open.

Ard­gour Me­mo­rial Hall has been com­pletely renovated over the past few years. The com­mit­tee has been self suf­fi­cient year af­ter year and was suc­cess­ful in rais­ing the money to ren­o­vate the hall, ex­cept for up­grad­ing the toilets. Now the com­mit­tee wants to de­velop new dis­abled toilets and a shower for vis­i­tors com­ing in off yachts. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, hall trea­surer Ken­dra Turn­bull said: ‘ The ren­o­va­tion project was such an ef­fort that we didn’t have time to fundraise more money for the toilets. The prob­lem with ev­ery com­mu­nity hall is you have to find the time to ap­ply for fund­ing for ren­o­va­tions as well as fundrais­ing for the gen­eral up-keep of the hall.’

Ken­dra ex­plained the hall is in­valu­able. ‘It’s hugely im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity,’ she said. ‘People don’t go down to the pub the way they used to so to have some­where people can come and meet is im­por­tant. The hall brings gen­er­a­tions back to­gether.’

With the up-keep of the hall cost­ing around £2,000 a year, Ken­dra said the com­mit­tee hopes to get fund­ing for some­one to work part time. She said: ‘ We are do­ing our best, but it would be great to get some­one in even part time that is ded­i­cated to ap­ply for funds to take pres­sure off vol­un­teers who are try­ing to fundraise. We al­ways need more people, be­cause it’s just a con­stant ef­fort and we are tired.’

The hall’s fund­ing also took a knock this year when the coun­cil changed polling sta­tion venues from vil­lage halls to schools.

‘We used to make £250 on polling day. This year that’s a loss of £ 500 to us. That is a huge per­cent­age of what we make,’ said Ken­dra.

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