Plaque Garve hall

Garve Public Hall - Moving Forward

Post in Community Groups & Events by Sheree Grant
Garve Public Hall Trustees wanted to release a quick update on progress with hall refurbishment.

Working on hall refurbishment

The Hall Trustees would like the community to know that they are still working on the proposed refurbishment of the public hall, this has proved to be slower and more difficult due to Covid19 restrictions, but we now have draft plans which the Trustees are working on to refine before presenting to the community in the near future. 
 
Also. with the assistance of the Development Company, we are looking at all available funding opportunities.  Sadly, our recent application to the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund proved unsuccessful but this will not deter us from applying to other appropriate funding bodies.
 
As ever, we are more then happy to answer any questions the community might have and thank you for your continued support.

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Mark Dale said:

If the land at the hotel is for sale, surely it would make sense to buy the land and build a modern accessable hall, similar to the progressive communities in our neighbourhood. Will the hall belong to the community or the trustees? I have been refused access previously because a trustee did not like my request. We need a community hall for all, not under the control of a few.

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Rita Bishop said:

Hi Mark, totally agree with you, I have already voiced opinion a number of times that we need a new hall not a refurbished old hall that has so many restrictions of use, but a new one the whole community can feel proud of - look at the beautiful new building going up in Contin. We are very lucky in that we have money from the wind farm, let’s as use it for something everyone in the community can use and have access too. As I said before, something visitors will say wow to as they go through Garve, rather just drive though without noticing anything of us at all

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Sheree Grant said:

Thank you for your comment Mark. The plot of land that would facilitate extension of the hall is currently not for sale, however an application was made by the Development Company to LCT (and approved by LCT on 15 August 2020) for monies to purchase land should it become available. As you know following a community consultation meeting by hall trustees during 2019, and a further Community Assets Feasibility Study, which again consulted with our community, the consensus was that the existing hall be refurbished looking at the possibility of a potential extension. As per the above post, any draft plans will be shared with the community for comment and will take into consideration the potential to extend the hall if at all possible. The hall has sat at the heart of this community for over 100 years and trustees are keen to make it as accessible as possible within planning regulations.



The hall is a community asset and has successfully been managed by generations of trustees over the years. Trustees have responded to the need to change the hall’s governance and this has recently resulted in OSCR approving their application to become an SCIO which, in turn, will support future funding bids.



Apologies Mark, but I do not understand your remark “I have been refused access previously because a trustee did not like my request”. Please do email the current trustees at garvehall@gmail.com and we will gladly answer any questions you have once we fully understand your comment.

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Pamela Morrison said:

Just wanted to say how much I like the picture of the Hall plaque at the top of this post.So meaningful.

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Mark Dale said:

Hi Sheree, I sent a response to the email address. Does the hall belong to the community or the trustees?

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Sheree Grant said:

Thank you for your comment and your email dated 15 October 2020 which I replied to on 16 October 2020. Thank you also for explaining in your email your comment above “I have been refused access previously because a trustee did not like my request”, which refers back to a time where you wished to display a poster in Garve Public Hall’s notice board, for an art class taking place in Contin Hall where the majority of the class was from Garve, around 60%. As detailed in my email, historically, Garve Public Hall’s Notice Board has been used to promote the events of its users, events taking place in the hall. This, of course, is something that can be reviewed if the community felt it appropriate to display other village hall’s events on Garve Public Hall’s notice board. However as I mentioned in my email, maybe the Development Company could consider a larger community notice board moving forward. I do know there was one in the past. 

In answer to your question “does the hall belong to the community or the trustees” and as per my email. The hall itself was gifted to the community over a hundred years ago and therefore is a community owned asset. Historic governance arrangements meant the trust was an unincorporated body and could not own property which fell to named trustees who were fully liable for any actions. However, generations of trustees have managed the hall, maintained the hall and kept the hall financially viable prior to community wind farm monies becoming available – descendants of original trustees still take care of the hall. When the hall required remedial emergency repairs, trustees sought support from the Development Company and LCT in terms of grant funding. A series of events unfolded and Uisdean, the then Chair of Garve Public Hall posted the timeline of events here:- https://garve.org/query#F8dkej0S As suggested by LCT and the Development Company, trustees have finally been able to register with OSCR as an SCIO, but I direct anyone who may be interested to see the current note on OSCR – our solicitor continues to work on this. https://www.oscr.org.uk/about-charities/search-the-register/charity-details?number=50402 

Mark, I do hope this answers your questions and those of any other community members.

John Fenwick said:

Thanks for the update, Sheree. I have to agree somewhat with Mark’s comments. If the community is able to purchase the land then new design opportunities would be available for the favoured option from the survey i.e. redevelopment and expansion of current hall.

We could have a new modern accessible hall that is physically linked to the historic building. If this was possible, it would go some way towards satisfying those who voted for option 2 as well as many of the comments made by the “neither” option respondents.

It makes sense that any draft plans take the prospective land purchase into account.

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Alan Ross said:

Thanks for your comment John. As a Director of The Garve & District Development Company you will be fully aware that that land is not for sale at the moment; of the LCT approved application from the Development Company for funding to purchase the land in the event that it becomes for sale; and of discussions that Lucy Beattie (ex-CEDO) has had with trustees (and reported back to TG&DDC Board) confirming that trustees are taking into account the potential extension opportunities for the hall that purchase of additional land may bring. Once again, as per Sheree’s original post – Garve Public Hall Trustees will share with the community draft plans as soon as these become available.

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John Fenwick said:

Thanks for your response Alan. I added my comment, not in my capacity as a Director of G&DDC, but as a community member posting an idea in response to the Trustees’ news on Garve.org. My role as a Company Director should make no difference to me doing this.

I’ve taken your reply on board and am pleased that you’ve confirmed that the Trustees are taking into account the potential extension opportunities for the hall that the purchase of additional land may bring. The original news post made reference to the proposed hall refurbishment only.

I look forward to seeing the draft plans.

Murdo Mackenzie said:

Thank you Garve hall trustees for the update and all your hard work.

Great to hear that the hall is due to be renovated to suit its surroundings. Very relieved you are not just going for a metal clad box like some of the new village hall's  lately. 

Keep up the good work it is appreciated by most of the community.

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Alan Ross said:

John

The reason I said about you being a director of the development company is that I believe you would have know about a grant that cost 100k for buying land if it became available. It was not the hall that applied for this it was the GDDC. I cannot understand why you would ask a question that you should know the answer too? If you had been a random member of the public I would have understood more the reason for your question.

Kind Regards

Alan

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Tina Hartley said:

On behalf of TG&DDC good to see everyone's comments and individual view points.  

TG&DDC continue to work with hall trustees in support of this community agreed proect and nice to see the update Sheree - thank you.  It would be wonderful if additional land became available and the Development Company in partnership with LCT worked quickly to have funds in place should it do so.  This would, indeed, open up new possibilities to extend, link too or have a seperate building to support the community's wishes.

Thanks to hall trustees for moving forward, I know it has been extremely difficult to do so given lockdown and the current restrictions, but nevertheless thank you for confirming that plans are being discussed, an SCIO is in place and your solicitor continues their work.

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