In the Gaelic language the word Clachan means a hamlet or village. Our Clachan is in Kintyre, at the mouth of West Loch Tarbert on the west coast of Scotland, where it serves as the gateway to the history and spectacular scenery of the Southern Hebridean Isles. We have a shop and filling station, a part time post office, a kirk and a primary school. We also have a village hall, which is the community centre of the village, and is used for a multitude of functions and meetings, including the Community Council, the Wind Farm Trust, Bowls Club, Smallholders, Tai Chi, Annual Art Show, Ceilidhs, Harvest Supper, Weddings and Wakes, the Pantomime….and many others. It is a vital part of our village life.
BUT, There is a significant threat to the future of these activities, and that is the poor condition of the hall building. It was built in 1956, and despite various minor upgrades undertaken in the past twenty years it is in a sad state structurally. It lacks modern facilities and the accommodation is limited. It suffers from damp, is not well insulated, and the inefficient heating system leads to seriously high bills. Professionals have told us that the cost of replacing the building will be in the region of £600,000, or in excess of £2000,000 to repair and extend the existing. It may seem an insurmountable task, but we we have a plan!
We have already raised nearly £30,000 by our own efforts, and we hope that soon we shall be able to approach organisations who provide grants to assist community projects such as this. All help, whether by large or small donations, would be appreciated and will take us nearer to the goal of a much improved village hall.