Welcome to Duror & Kentallen Community Centre
The Community Centre is a welcoming modern community space situated on the main road between the two villages. Originally built in 1953, the Centre has been expanded and modernised over the years.
Facilities include a large open hall with a stage, a small hall set out in a café style, a good size kitchen with modern appliances, plus male, female and accessible toilets.
Outside we have a large playing field, a children’s play area, and BBQ facilities with picnic benches. We have plenty of free parking directly outside the hall, with accessible access into and throughout the building.
This is a vibrant community space in active use by many projects, clubs, events and functions. We welcome enquiries from all clubs, businesses and individuals who would like to make use of the facilities.
HIRE THE HALL
The Community Hall can be hired by groups, clubs or individuals. It is the aim of the hall committee to keep the hire charges as low as possible and at present they range from £8-£17 per hall per hour (depending on use), which includes the use of the kitchen and toilets, and covers heating and lighting costs.
Several community groups regularly use the Community Centre including: bowling club, adult drama, community soup lunch group, Lochaber Art, crafts group and the community choir.
The main hall is 13m long x 7m wide and can accommodate up to 130 seated people. It has a proscenium arch stage with small wings leading to storage rooms behind that can be used as backstage/dressing rooms. Fitted within the proscenium arch of the stage is a 3m drop-down projector screen, with the projector suspended from the ceiling of the hall. There is a sound system with sound mixing desk and amplifiers.
The hall holds an entertainment licence and can host live music, drama, and large-screen events. For access to refreshments, there is a large serving hatch between the kitchen and the main hall which is ideal for serving food or drink.
We have a number of folding tables and chairs that can be set up in the main hall for events such as parties, lunches, and weddings.
The small hall is about half the size of the main hall and has been decorated and fitted as a community café and meeting space with eight tables and chairs and a two-seater sofa. It can seat around 36 people. The café facilities include a barista coffee machine, coffee cups and saucers, teapots, hot water urn, small sink, and undercounter cupboards.
The Community Centre kitchen is equipped with modern appliances including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and instant hot water tap. We have a good supply of catering-sized pots and pans, plus utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The outside area includes ample car parking and has an access ramp into the building. There is a large outdoor playing field, a children's play area with a wooden play trail and swings, and a BBQ area with benches. We have recently planted a new woodland area and wildflower meadow.
As of 6th June 2016, our legal form was changed from a Charitable Trust to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) known as Kentallen & Duror Community SCIO (the Registered Charity Number remains SC025839).
The SCIO is a two-tier system, comprising an elected committee (or "board") of "trustees" who run the Centre on a day-to-day basis, and a wider register of community "members" who will be consulted on major decisions such as changes to the constitution. Members of the Hall can attend and vote at Annual General Meetings and are eligible to be proposed as trustees themselves.
We always welcome applications from local residents who are interested in becoming Trustees or Members of the Hall. Membership enquiries can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising and Events
The hall charges just about cover the running costs of the hall. To cover larger scale improvements and maintenance the hall regularly applies for external funding and runs several fundraising activities throughout the year, including the community café, entertainment evenings, and the Scottish Six Day Trial event.
Our fundraising activities are supported by the efforts of a great many of the wider community who regularly offer baking and food preparation, give their time to run events, and help with the general upkeep of the hall. The hall committee really appreciates the ongoing support from the community.
Alan Young: Chair
Andrea McNicholl: Secretary
Brian Morton: Booking secretary, treasurer
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