Ardgay Public Hall update

The committee celebrated the hall’s 2020/2021 AGM welcoming a new member.

At this year’s Ardgay Public Hall AGM, in accordance with its SCIO constitution, all members of the 2020/21 management committee retired. As a reminder these were: David Hannah (Chairman), Rhonwen Copley (Secretary/Treasurer), Fiona Venters (Bookings Secretary) and Jockie Hewitt. However, all four were subsequently re-elected and with pleasure welcomed Sandra Hilton in joining them, as she also accepted a 2021/22 committee nomination. It was noted with disappointment that once again, with the exception of Ardgay Country Dancing Club, no regular hall user group had nominated a representative to sit on the management committee; something specifically allowed for in the hall’s constitution.

There are still vacancies on the Committee for those with an interest in sustaining this vital community asset, and donations toward the maintenance and upkeep will always be very welcome. Bank Details for Direct Transfer Payments – Bank of Scotland: Sort Code 80-06-36. Account Number 00125320.

At the new committee’s first meeting its members reaffirmed their commitment to maintain and enhance the building so that it remains fit for purpose. It was noted that one of the conditions of the Public Entertainments License, which allows the hall to operate up to 1am, seven days a week, is a five yearly inspection of the buildings entire electrical wiring system and that it will be due by May 2022. This was one of the many ongoing maintenance issues discussed. It was agreed to aim to close the insulation envelope on the north end of the building as a priority, by installing solid interior insulation to all the remaining areas of exterior wall. This builds on previous work designed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint carried out over the last few years. It is also hoped to refresh the decorating in the committee room in the near future, with the lobby area then being similarly scheduled as soon as is practicable.

It was with regret that the committee once again agreed to suspend the Annual Christmas Fair and biennial Auction which was last held in 2019, due to the ongoing Covid emergency. Because, for them to be financially viable, large groups of people would have to be brought close together indoors; a situation not recommended at present. These decisions will, of course, be kept under review. Meantime, the whole committee sends everyone best wishes for a safe Christmas and happy and healthy New Year.

by Rhonwen Copley, Secretary

Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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