Torridon Hall Extension News
Torridon Celebrates Successful Bid for New Hall Facilities
Glyn Meredith has received a letter offering funding from 'Awards for All'. The Arts and Culture Group applied for just over £8000 (95%) to complete the audio system in the hall (as quoted in the extension project) and to provide two tripods with theatre lights (portable ones). This will be installed in September by the company Audio Light Systems whom Trevor Cross works for. They actually came out to the hall over two years ago before they put in their quotation. They updated this for inflation and include the lighting on it.
Many thanks to Kirsty Mackenzie and her team for organising a Silent Auction at Torridon Hall on 24 April to fundraise for the Torridon Hall Extension.
A total of £738.48 was made, from which £476 was raised from bids. The remainder came from refreshments and a raffle.
Well done, everyone.
The Torridon Hall Extension committee have been working very hard to finalise plans and to prepare the Big Lottery grant application which will be submitted next month. There have been some tough and complex decisions to be made.
Glyn Meredith, committee secretary, reports that The Torridon Hall Extension Fund has received a generous grant from the Scottish Community Foundation to buy extra land from the National Trust for car parking next to the building. This is excellent news.
3rd December 2008
The superb tableau now displayed in Torridon Community Hall reveals the
26th October 2008
First Responder Training
Back row (L to R): Iona, Claire, Anne, Penny, Elaine, Marianne, Alan, Simon.
Front row (L to R): Marianne, Pamela, Maggie, Liz, Kirsty, Joan, Wilma.
Torridon Hall was the venue of the much-anticipated training of First Responders this week, and it is hoped that additional training will be followed soon. As we know, the Scottish Highlands has large rural areas. The Scottish Ambulance Service performs extremely well in reaching set peformance standards to most 999 calls. But in our community - where lengthy distances to incidents exist - it is not always possible to achieve arrival within a critical time period. This is where a volunteer First Responder can help not only the Scottish Ambulance Service but directly benefit the local community. The First Responder will supplement the essential work of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The training of volunteers in defibrillation and other life-saving techniques means that there are a number of life-saving interventions available that were only previously performed by ambulance staff. These include easy to operate 'automatic external defibrillators' (AEDs) and lightweight oxygen delivery systems. If you wish to participate in assisting this scheme, please contact the Scottish Ambulance Service.
We are appreciative of the hard work, knowledge and inspiration of the trainers, Alan and Vicki. Thanks are also due to Liz Pritchard who has worked tirelessly to initiate this scheme.
24th September 2008
Here are the completed plans for the new Torridon Hall...
2nd September 2008
At one of the monthly meetings, members of the Torridon Hall Extension Committee consider the architects' plans for the new Hall. Challenges include the positioning of fire escapes, storage and toilets...
25 August 2008
The !Gubi Family Visit Torridon
The !Gubi Family are an enchanting group of traditional musicians and dancers ranging in age from 18-80 from the San People of The Kalalhari Desert in Namibia.
The !Gubi Family Land Trust is setting up a sustainable development plan aiming for the purchasing of land for the community. For more information and to make a donation, see the work of the London-based non-governmental organisation Indigenous People by visiting their website or ringing: 0796 099 1824
16 August 2008
A Ceilidh in the Torridon Hall was held to pay tribute to Donnie and Morag who have recently retired after having run the village shop for many years. Photographs were taken by Michael and Renate on the night.
The Torridon Shop... as a cake
Torridon Volunteers Boost Funds for Torridon Hall Extension
12 volunteers from the Torridon community worked as marshals for the Caledonian Challenge on the weekend of 14 June, earning £1,800 that they donated to the Torridon Hall Extension Fund.
The Caledonian Challenge involves a 54-mile walk (or run) over 24 hours on part of the West Highland Way . Teams from all over the country raise funds for the Scottish Community Foundation in order to enter this charity event.
The weather was perfect. 1,300 entrants started out enthusiastically - but along the way, many needed some tender loving care in order to continue. The marshals' jobs were varied over the weekend, ranging from car parking, cheerleading, organising refreshments, litter collecting, and helping exhausted entrants from the boats which ferried them across Loch Lomond throughout the night to collect their medals. The marshals demonstrated dedication, stamina – and a good sense of humour to see them through the weekend, briefly resting overnight at the Crianlarich youth hostel. The Torridon volunteers reported that it was good to be part of such a huge, well organised event, and they have already been asked to participate again next year.
The Torridon Hall Extension Project aims to extend and transform the existing hall into a high quality, sustainable, vibrant and multi purpose centre by 2011. The new Community Centre will provide facilities highlighted by the local community. These include a function room, a fitness room, an audio visual room fully equipped for conferences as well as an exhibition area. Additional facilities will include showers, enhanced kitchen facilities, more storage areas and office space.
Big Lottery Grant Boosts Plans for New Torridon Community Centre
The Big Lottery has provided a welcome boost to Torridon and District Community Association's plans to extend the Community Hall. Its grant of over £34,000 will be used for technical assistance to prepare an application to Investing in Communities later this year.
The Torridon Hall Extension Project aims to extend and transform the existing hall into a high quality, sustainable, vibrant and multi purpose centre. The new Community Centre will provide facilities highlighted by the local community. These include a function room, a fitness room, an audio visual room fully equipped for conferences as well as an exhibition area. Additional facilities will include showers, enhanced kitchen facilities, more storage areas and office space.
The Community Centre will enhance life for local people, providing a place for residents of Diabaig, Wester Alligin, Aligin, Fasaig, Annat, Shieldaig and Kinlochewe to meet, develop, integrate and socialise.
The Torridon Hall Extension Project began in 2004. A feasibility study concluded that not only did the project have widespread local support, but that the multi-use facility will play a pivotal role, enabling the people in the Torridon region to enjoy a high quality of life and generate income to invest in further community activities.
The final building specification is almost completed. Land has been secured for extra car parking. A ground source heat pump has already been installed. This provides heating in the existing hall and will have the capacity to serve the future community centre. The project is on target for completion in 2011.