Vil­lagers reap re­wards of SSDT

The Oban Times - - News -

VIL­LAGE halls across Lochaber have been reap­ing the re­wards of the Scot­tish Six Days Trial.

The iconic event at­tracts thousands of vis­i­tors to the area each year, and the com­mu­ni­ties which riders pass through dur­ing the week have been ben­e­fit­ing from the surge of peo­ple.

The Ken­tallen and Duror Com­mu­nity Cen­tre has pro­vided re­fresh­ments and car park­ing for spec­ta­tors of the SSDT for many years.

Over the past 11 years the com­mu­nity has pro­duced enor­mous quan­ti­ties of soup, sandwiches, scones and cakes, all pro­vided by vil­lagers.

The com­mu­nity field has been im­proved so that around 450 cars can fit on it. And this year more than £ 3,000 was raised which will go to­wards the run­ning, main­te­nance and im­prove­ment of the hall.

Chair­woman of the com­mu­nity hall com­mit­tee Jan Gib­son said: ‘With­out this an­nual fundraiser, the com­mu­nity hall would not be able to func­tion in its cur­rent fash­ion and I hope peo­ple can see how the hall im­proves each year.

‘My sin­cere and mas­sive thanks to all the peo­ple who help on and be­fore the day to make this event so en­joy­able both for the tri­als’ spec­ta­tors and we vil­lagers.’

Last Tues­day Ard­gour Me­mo­rial Hall held a sim­i­lar event which raised £ 370.

New routes pass­ing through Ard­gour, in the av­enue be­hind the hall, were in­tro­duced last year.

Fif­teen vol­un­teers ded­i­cated around 50 hours to making food and cakes for the event.

Hall trea­surer Ken­dra Turn­bull told the Lochaber Times: ‘We need to make £2,000 ev­ery year just to cover the run­ning of the hall so ev­ery­thing we raise has to go to that. Any­thing over and above goes to­wards the new toi­lets.

‘It’s a re­ally fun event for peo­ple and it is good to get fundrais­ing from peo­ple out­with the local catch­ment area, be­cause all of our other events through­out the year are tar­get­ing the same peo­ple.

‘ We had a lot of re­peat cus- tomers from last year, too. It’s good pro­mo­tion for the vil­lage hall and great for the vil­lage.’

In Kin­lochleven the school’s par­ent coun­cil raised £1,767 from the Pre- 65 event, which will go to­wards the ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar activities pro­gramme.

Re­becca Machin, head teacher at Kin­lochleven High School, said: ‘I can still re­mem­ber the first time I saw the list of ac­tual cost­ings for the school trips and activities put on by Kin- lochleven High School when I first ar­rived two years ago, and then the amount that fam­i­lies are asked to con­trib­ute - the dif­fer­ence is huge.

‘The par­ent coun­cil of Kin­lochleven High School does an amaz­ing job, plug­ging the gap be­tween cost and con­tri­bu­tion, making things like the S1 week to Out­ward Bound and the S3 week with Ocean Youth Trust, where our young­sters get to sail around the Outer He­brides, af­ford­able and avail­able to all.’

She added: ‘This was my third Pre- 65 Satur­day and I can now proudly say that I have mas­tered the art of fry­ing eggs and have now passed the land­mark of 1,000 cooked and sold.

‘I joined 26 other vol­un­teers that day, pupils and par­ents, many who came in be­fore or af­ter work to help, to make this a suc­cess for our par­ent coun­cil and the school as a whole.

‘It fills me with pride to see so many peo­ple com­ing in to help and it is very hum­bling to be one of them.’

With 450 spa­ces avail­able, at one point there were none left in the ex­tended field next to Duror and Ken­tal­lan com­mu­nity hall.

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