Group in bid to save village hall

St Fergus Hall Association members and their children regularly use the hall
St Fergus Hall Association members and their children regularly use the hall

A St Fergus group have organised a number of fundraisers to ensure the future of their local village hall is bright.

The St Fergus Hall Association would like to see St Fergus Village Hall receive a major revamp but estimate the total for the project to be in the region of £250,000.

Member, Denise Nicholson, said: “The hall has been here since 1977 and nothing has been done to it.”

The group have decided to focus on installing a new heating system first and aim to make the hall more energy efficient.

Denise continued: “The hall is used by a Mothers and Toddlers group, St Fergus Primary School, kids football, discos and parties, as well as the Senior Citizens Club, Luncheon Club, the local church, and it is even used as a Post Office on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

“If nothing is done to improve the hall it will close, and slowly but surely it is going down hill.”

Speaking on behalf of the Association, she added: “We are just local folk who use the hall and we need help and support from other locals to keep it open.”

She added: “This fundraising process is a learning curve for all of us and if anyone can help us out or point us in the right direction we would be very grateful.

“Lots of people will be affected if the hall is closed for good.”

So far the group have received £20,000 from the four companies at the St Fergus Gas Terminal, £10,000 from Grant Mackie of Greenspan Energy, and £5,000 from an Aberdeenshire Council grant.

They are currently looking for alternative funding sources and have arranged four events in the next few months in a bid to raise money.

The first is an indoor car boot sale that will be held at the hall on Saturday, November 1 from 11am to 1pm.

Tables are £10 and can be booked by calling Denise on 07500 702245.

The second event is a Fireworks Disco that will take place on Wednesday, November 5 from 6.30pm.

Entry is free but glowsticks and sweets will be on sale.

The firework show will be presented by Fireworx Scotland and is not to be missed.

The final two events are planned for December, the first will see Santa and his helpers visit St Fergus as they go door-to-door in a bid to raise funds.

Finally a Christmas Eve sing-a-long will be held at St Fergus Church starting at 6.15pm.