As unanimously agreed at the AGM in May, groundworks to clear and possibly replace the hall’s drainage system have now begun. This should go some way in tackling the urgent problem of dampness in the building.
At the Village Hall AGM in Ardentinny last week, one thing became abundantly clear. Namely, that the intervention at the EGM the previous August by Agnes Harvey, Guy Elder and Merle Ferguson who volunteered to stall the then imminent disposal of the Hall by caretaking it over the winter, had paid off. During that time the hall was ‘reopened for business’, allowing local clubs to return to use it and organisations and individuals to rent it for meetings and events. Minor and more serious defects in the fabric of the building were identified, the former being dealt with by Guy while quotes were obtained for rectifying the latter. Agnes, as Treasurer, dealt with documentation, the bank account and necessary payments while Merle, as secretary, handled hall bookings and correspondence and undertook a survey of residents as to the future of the hall. Continue reading “Ardentinny’s Village Hall Revival”
For the moment the committee is keeping the hall ‘ticking over’, having reopened it for club and other bookings; ensuring that it is cleaned, that regular outgoings are paid; and making the relevant official changes of office bearers.
Management committee member Guy Elder reported on the fabric of the building. The gutters and downpipes were blocked and water is overflowing and seeping into the building and, despite clearing the back and side, the actual source of the ingress has yet to be determined. There are also no obvious drains taking water away but once they obtain field drawings of what drainage exists the committee will then decide what needs to be done before hiring a digger to make the appropriate provision. In the meantime they have applied for a National Park (building) grant to cover the cost. This has successfully reached the second stage whereby a further application has to be submitted by 20 October.
The Chair then referred to the 2015 Community Action Plan and the likes, dislikes, wants and needs of the residents expressed therein, with a view to discussing if/how the village hall asset might play a part in achieving the community’s vision for its future. There were various suggestions from the floor including the need to consult the whole community. This was agreed along with scheduling another open community meeting in the near future.
In addition, after many years of charging an annual hall membership fee, it was decided to provide free hall membership to all the community in line with other village halls along ‘the shore’.
Ardentinny Village Hall is currently managed by a group of three people.
Merle Ferguson (Secretary) 01369 810220, Agnes Harvey (Treasurer) 07802 424487 and Guy Elder.
If you would like to strengthen that group please get in touch.
Key Holders: All of the Management Group have keys to the hall. In an emergency please contact either Guy Elder or Merle Ferguson (01369 810220).
Hall Bookings All Bookings should be made directly to the Secretary (Merle Fergusson)
The Management group will use their best endeavours to update the community on any progress. Minutes of Management group meetings will be displayed on the Hall notice board.
Periodically an ‘Open Community Meeting’ will be held and the first of this has been set for :-
Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 7pm in Ardentinny Hall. All welcome.
This will provide an opportunity for anyone within the community to come along, put forward any ideas and thoughts they have and ask any questions or express any concerns etc.
For and on behalf of the Ardentinny Hall Association – 19th Sept 2017
The prospect of Ardentinny’s 111 year old village hall being closed and sold off was averted last night at a well attended public meeting.
Outgoing Hall Association Trustee, Jo Carr, read aloud a letter from Hunters Quay resident Agnes Harvey in which she expressed her regret at being unable to attend the meeting but volunteered to work with anyone or indeed to assume sole responsibility for ensuring that the hall in Ardentinny remained a village asset.
It was explained that the Hall Association’s constitution required two further volunteers to come forward in order to make that possible. Local residents Guy Elder and Merle Ferguson stepped up to the plate thus ensuring the continuance of the Village Hall Association as a Charitable Trust.
Maryjane and Anna hosted the annual Xmas party in the Glenfinart Hall dressed as elves this year and everyone had great fun. There were lots of games played with prizes won, and the occasional dance, all to the music played on the keyboard by Roger and his able assistant.
The children enjoyed a buffet and had a wonderful time pulling Christmas crackers and bursting all the balloons.
Alistair Bleach brought along the parachute game which has become a firm favourite.
Of course, the highlight of the day was Santa, and we look forward to seeing him and all the children again next year.
Apart from the Winter chill it was like a still Summer’s evening at Ardentinny Beach on Bonfire Night. The bonfire roared away lighting up the beach, while children and adults enjoyed the warmth and goodies on sale in aid of village hall funds.
There were toffee apples, cakes and toffee with Hot Chocolate, Bovril and Spiced Apple drinks to keep you warm on the inside. Cleverly designed natural braziers added extra warmth and provided a safe way to toast the marshmallows on sale.