The Community Centre

 Kentallen & Duror Community Centre

(Operating body:  Kentallen & Duror Community SCIO)

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See our main hall pictured above set up for a wedding meal - great venue for parties, weddings - 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 it 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 back stage/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 has been 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, Dance group and community soup lunch group.

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 are £6-£10 per hour and includes use of the kitchen and toilets, they also include 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 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 tends to generate about £2000 per 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 first Monday of the month, at 7.30pm

Recent projects

One of the most major changes to the hall recently was the installation of a wood pellet boiler to heat the building (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 room was redecorated in the spring of 2009 by community service who have also recently painted the kitchen.  The exterior of the building has been painted and we have also put up a "Kentallen & Duror Community Centre" sign which we have 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.  This project is now complete and ready to use just in time for the cycle track being completed from Duror to the community centre.  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 has been 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 be 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.

 

Projects for the near future
 

Improvements and maintenance work currently planned for the Centre are:  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.  As always, we are still 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 Joanne on 01631 740318

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.      Please contact Connie  :    faoconnie@gmail.com


 

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