Culter Village Hall’s new administrators got 2015 off to a good start with the help of a £10 donation from their local TSB Bank.
Rachel Beedie and Fiona Jones took over the running of the Hall after the retirement of Alison Skinner, who had served as administrator for almost a quarter of a century.
Rachel said: “It’s a hard act to follow but we are looking forward to the challenges ahead and are sure to make our own mark on things before long.”
One of the projects is the proposed new sign at the entrance to the hall, which will be paid for with the TSB donation. After the festive break, staff and users were welcomed back to the smell of fresh paint on a bright lounge and corridors, the work having been done by local painter and decorator Brian Taylor who, said Rachel, “did a fantastic job over the holiday.”
In addition to the groups of residents already using the hall (such as local playgroups, knit and natter, and badminton) the new administrators are hoping residents will come forward with ideas of their own for activities. There will be a special introduction evening for Mah Jong players on Wednesday evening, February 4, where beginners can “give it a try.”
The Hall is solely owned by the Culter community and is therefore dependent for its survival on residents using the facilities by either joining the groups - for each of which there is a small charge to include a ‘cuppa’ - or hiring the various rooms for private functions, ideal for parties, family-friendly events, presenting live bands on the stage which is well-equipped with good sound and lighting systems. It is regularly in use for part of each day.
Rachel added: “It has been proven that getting out and doing something and being involved in your community is great for your physical and mental health and improves general well being and happiness.”