The Community Centre

 Kentallen & Duror Community Centre

(Operating body:  Kentallen & Duror Community SCIO) Scottish Charity SC025839

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Upcoming Events at the Community Centre

 

See our main hall pictured above set up for a wedding meal - great venue for parties, weddings etc - see the gallery page for more photos.

The Community Centre is situated on the main road between the two villages.  The original part of the hall was built in 1953 and was extended to almost double its original size in 1999.

The main hall which is 13m long x 7m wide can accommodate up to 130 people.  It has a large stage area with storage rooms behind which can be used as backstage/dressing rooms.  There is a large serving hatch between the kitchen and the main hall which is ideal for serving food or drink.

The small hall is about half the size of the main hall and is suitable for a meeting place for smaller groups.

The Community Centre has a kitchen with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and water urn.  The kitchen was completely refurbished in August 2015.

The hall has ample car parking and disabled access into the building.   There is a large outdoor playing field and children's play area.

Some groups currently using the Community Centre are: Bowling club, Pilates class, Community soup lunch group, Lochaber Art, Crafts Group, Community Choir.

The Community Centre can be hired by groups, clubs or individuals.  It is the aim of the committee to keep the hire charges as low as possible and at present they range from £8-£15 per hall per hour (depending on use) and includes use of the kitchen and toilets and this also includes heating and lighting.

What the Hall Committee are doing:

The hall charges just about cover the running costs of the hall. To cover larger scale improvements and maintenance the hall usually has one main fundraising event a year which is a day of providing parking and refreshments for the Scottish Six Day Trial event. This event requires the efforts of a great many of the wider community with baking and food preparation, serving on the day and the actual parking of the cars. The hall committee really appreciates this help from the community. This event raised £4300 this year.

As of 6th June 2016, our legal form has changed from a Charitable Trust to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).  Therefore, the body responsible for running Kentallen & Duror Community Centre is now known as Kentallen & Duror Community SCIO.   The Registered Charity Number remains unchanged.

The SCIO is a two-tier system, comprising an elected committee (or "board") of "trustees" to run the Centre on a day-to-day basis, and a register of "members" who will be consulted on major decisions such as changes to the constitution, and who can vote at AGMs, and who are eligible to be proposed as trustees themselves.  Membership forms are available at the Centre, or else contact any current trustee/committee member.

Any member of the community is welcome to attend our monthly committee meetings, usually on the last Monday of the month, at 7.30pm

One major change to the hall  was the installation of a wood pellet boiler to heat the building in 2008. This is proving to be very efficient and reliable. The pellets are just compressed sawdust with nothing added and are stored in a large hopper at the end of the building. This system is very sophisticated but also environmentally friendly.

In the autumn of 2009 the main hall floor was replaced. This had to be done because most of the joists were completely rotten and it was becoming dangerous. While all the floor was out we took the opportunity to install a proper damp proof course and solum in this area sealing off the damp for the first time since the hall was built. We also insulated the underneath of the new floor. The banking behind the hall was dug out and drains laid to keep the water away from the building and also to increase ventilation under the floor. This project cost in the region of £24,000 with £21,500 being funded between grants from Awards for All (lottery) and the Scottish Rural Development Programme. The new floor is made of beech and gives the hall a fresh and welcoming feel.

The main hall was redecorated in the spring of 2009 by community service who also painted the kitchen.  The exterior of the building was painted and we also put up a "Kentallen & Duror Community Centre" sign which we had never had in all the years the hall has been open.!

We received funding from Awards for All in May 2011 to landscape a seating area beside the swings at the Community Centre.  It is a valuable asset to the community to have an external seating area for picnics, barbecues, art club for painting and a nice place for the community to meet up and relax.  A spur path off the cycle track links the Community Centre to Duror and Kentallen.  D Campbell Stonemasons built the beautiful planters and seating in slate and now they are filled with colourful plants they look amazing.  Well done boys and thanks for doing such a fab job.  Many thanks to Awards for All as without their funding we would not be able to provide such fantastic facilities for the communities. 

Funding was received for a Natural Play Area at the Community Centre. Project completed in December 2012. Huge thanks go to those who contributed to this project. Communities & Families Fund £9702, Highland Titles £2500, Co-operative Stores £2000, Community Council £500 and the rest from the Community Centre funds. Thank you to all of the above - without your contributions this project would not have been possible.

In September 2013 CC Plant completed a bumpy bike track at the Community Centre.  This facility is open to everyone to use.  We would like to thank the Landfill Community Fund (EB Scotland Ltd) for funding this project.  By providing us with funding we have been able to improve our local facilities for all children who live and visit this area.

In August 2015 the kitchen was completely refurbished.   All the work was carried out voluntarily by friends of the Hall, but our gratitude must be given to Joanne Baxter as project manager, and to John Cameron and Jonathan Baxter for giving up their valuable time and giving us their considerable expertise to install the new kitchen and all the ancillary work such as the new electrics and plumbing.

As at Spring 2019, further improvements and maintenance work carried out in the last couple of years have included drainage of the playing field, refurbishment of the backstage areas, and installation of new windows.

We would like to encourage groups to use the small hall/main hall for any clubs/business activities. Suggestions have included a darts club/social club/pub.  if you would like to run any of these from the Community Centre please do book the hall/come along and speak to the committee.  We are always looking for new committee members to come along and help run the hall for the benefit of the whole community.

To book the Community Centre please contact Audrey Godfrey on 01631 740551.

Booking form including terms and conditions.   

Latest minutes of the Community Centre.

Kentallen & Duror Community SCIO's Annual Accounts are available to view on request.    

Spring Ceilidh The Spring Ceilidh was a smashing success and all of the musicians were amazing 🎤🎻🎸 Thank you to all who helped organise and deliver the event. We barely had enough room for everyone!!

Spring Ceilidh photo 1   Spring Ceilidh photo 2

Midsummer 'Sessions'

wedding, parties
The Dragon
Barbecue
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seating area 2
wedding, parties
Barbecue2