Hall is now fit 21st century

Fiona and Angela, both volunteers are looking forward to using the new kitchen at busy events.
Fiona and Angela, both volunteers are looking forward to using the new kitchen at busy events.

Members of the Cruden Bay Village Hall committee are looking forward to a busy Autumn, after restorations have been completed.

The six month refurbishment which included new toilets, new flooring, new heating and a new kitchen will mean the hall can accommodate much more events than before.

Treasurer Fiona Abenheimer told the Buchanie: “The works began at the beginning of the year, the hall was very old and we just managed with what we had for years. The funding which became available from Leader and SITA trust made it all possible to complete the refurbishment.”

The rejuvenation of the hall cost in excess of £80,000 and funding was also made available from the John and Mary Garden Trust, which is managed by the Cruden Bay Community Association.

Help from local residents also greatly benefited the hall, with Alan Buchan installing a new handrail for disabled access. Donalds of Peterhead installed the flooring and Dunn Homes were the main contractors for the job.

Fiona continued: “We now have a hall fit for the 21st century, and with the closure of the Red House Hotel, we may soon be the only function hall available for use in the village.”

Angela Blanchard, booking secretary is looking forward to having events in the hall.

“We can now host various functions such as soup & sweets and stovie dances. The hall is a much nicer space to be in and all the locals have commented on the difference.”

With schools returning after the summer break Fiona and Angela say the hall is becoming busy already at night times, with a few clubs using it at different times.

The official opening of the hall which will take the form of a traditional afternoon tea is open to everyone on September 10 at 1.30pm, people are asked to make a donation to pay for their tea which will go towards the continued refurbishment and upkeep of the hall.

Fiona added: “We’d really like to thank the local community for their patience, tolerance and understanding. There has been a lot going on but it has all been worth it.”