4 April 2019
Paul Oldfield replaces Noeleen Chapman as treasurer.
The Secretary reported on increased activities over the past year and outlined the various ways in which the Hall has been used, including as follows:
for a number of hires for private family events
for a series of widely varying talks planned and in some cases delivered by members of the
for a number of events held to raise funds for the Hall. These included the Gordon Pattullo
concert, the summer plant sale, and the Christmas Fair. In one case a concert was put on to
raise funds for the Strathmore Centre for Youth Development
as a regular meeting place for several voluntary groups eg. Mount Blair Community Council,
Scottish Natural Heritage, and Drumderg Community Fund
as a venue for local activities including three Keep the Glens Fit groups, and weekly sessions of
the Cally Crafters and the Carpet Bowlers. Notice was given of yoga sessions being trialled on
Tuesdays throughout April
for an instructive session on life-saving techniques and use of the Hall's defibrillator
event details are noted in Item 5 below.
The Secretary also noted:
maintenance work pointing and harling the exterior wall at the north end of the Hall
the installation of eco-friendly light bulbs throughout the building
the placing of a speed monitor display pole at the gate of the Hall as one of three allocated to
Bridge of Cally village at the request of Councillor Bob Brawn in response to local demand.
30 March 2018
Mobile Library upgrade to fortnightly visits starting on Wed, 11 April.
21 March 2018
Treasurer: Out with the old and in with the new. Noeleen Chapman replaces Bill Henderson
17 March 2018
Goron Patullo and his friends were on top form again last night as they delighted an eager audience with traditional Scottish fare.
£368 was raised for hall funds.
14 March 2018
Our AGM was held yesterday. Here is a summary of last year by our secretary, Carolyn Moston
The year since the last Annual General Meeting, on 14th March, 2017, has again been a good one for the Hall, with regular usage, and musical and informative events taking place throughout the year.
The last Gordon Pattullo concert was a great success, and we hope to replicate this on Friday, 16th March, with tickets still available. A rather different musical event was held on 1st April, but probably the less said about that the better. Suffice to say, that I must take responsibility for trying to bring in something new and unknown. The Blackheart Orchestra did bring to the Hall a very different look and sound – and I hope that they have lost my e-mail address!
April also brought the Bambi Rally, whose members are always delighted to spend the weekend at the Hall and were particularly pleased with the new kitchen facilities.
A Health and Wellbeing Event was held at the end of April, and this brought in practicioners of various healing techniques, together with creators of delicious, healthy food. There was something for everybody, including a Man Shed in the carpark – what went on in there I have no idea, but it seemed very popular.
As a Hall, we were lucky to have had two elections last year, which contribute to the Hall’s finances, apart from providing a useful location for local voters.
A Quiz Night in May was followed by a talk about the Lost Gardens of Perthshire, which in some way compensated for there being no Plant Sale this year, due to personal circumstances.
In August, the Hall was transformed with flowers and fairy lights into a beautiful venue for the wedding reception of a young lady who grew up in Bridge of Cally. This was a great success and both bride and groom were delighted with the facilities.
Another musical evening followed, when a young, classical guitarist, a graduate of the Conservatoire in Glasgow, entertained a large audience, and a significant amount of money was raised for a local charity.
Another quiz night and a 21st birthday party took place in September, followed by a talk from Ruth Grant on her journey into almost untouched Canada. Ruth also supplied her audience with delicious food, the pancakes and maple syrup proving to be particular favourites.
Once again, the Christmas Fair was a great success, not just for local craftspeople selling their wares, but also as a social occasion where people caught up with one another over a cup of tea and a mincepie.
February saw the Hall used for a talk on railways, and two craft classes were held, which may be repeated.
Apart from these events, the Hall is used regularly by the Cally Crafters, local bowlers and twice a week by Keep Fit, which continues to be very well attended. In January, a new stretch class started on a weekly basis, and this has proved to be very successful with those of us who prefer something slightly more gentle and less aerobic.
The fabric of the Hall is in good shape, and we are in the process of looking at replacing our lights with LED’s which will save us money over the years. Bridge of Cally Village Hall continues to provide an attractive local venue, which is being well-used by the community, for which it was intended.