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Glenmornan Community Hall Reopens

Monday 01.10.2012
Team Talk Mag
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What do you get if you cross local music group The Logues, hypnotist Michael McCoy and a man cutting turf? The answer is the reopening of Glenmornan Community Hall! Confused.. well read on!
First built in 1982 by an enthusiastic group of community volunteers, the hall was closed down earlier this year for a make over. A few months on, and thanks to a generous grant from The Big Lottery Fun, the hall is ready to open it’s doors once again.
The first night of the reopening weekend is sure to prove extremely popular to both the young and old of the parish, as it hosts an exhibition of photographs of life in Leckpatrick through the years, from school life, its sports, its music to the characters that made up the community that they live in.
Indeed a lot of the images will illustrate the former glory of the community hall. The hall celebrates its 30th year this year, and over the years played host to pantomimes, plays, bowls tournaments through to keep fit classes, bazaars, and dance classes and not to mention was an convenient venue for schools and community groups to hold their events as well.
However as with most things, time started to catch up on the hall, but thanks to a generous cash injection from The Big Lottery Fund the local community were able to do the expensive but necessary work on the hall to get it fit for purpose once again.

Carol Early is one of the organisers of the reopening event and she explained, “Things like this cost money, but we are indebted to The Big Lottery Fund who awarded us an energy efficient grant that allowed us to spark the hall back into life. Indeed when I looked at old clippings from the hall it shows that it originally cost around £20,000 to build. The grant that we got from the Big Lottery was just over twice that amount, which just shows how times change in relation to cost. The hall when first built was unique in that it was done almost entirely via voluntary work by people in the community. Hence why the hall is a major source of pride to all of us here.”

“We are hoping to see as many people, young and old, those from Leckpatrick and those not from Leckpatrick, through the doors over the weekend. We’ve the ‘Leckpatrick through a Lens’ exhibition on the Thursday night, which is generating a lot of talk among people. Over the rest of the weekend, we’ve got the excellent The Logues in concert on Friday night which is preceded by a primary school disco. We’ve Michael McCoy’s hypnotist show on the Saturday evening, and we wind things down on the Sunday with music by Brian Hassan in the Clubrooms. A hectic weekend!” added Carol.

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