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Grand opening for Knoydart Village Hall next month

Knoydart Village Hall
Knoydart Village Hall

A remote community hall in Lochaber is to reopen its doors to the public next month following a £400,000 transformation.

Constructed in the 1950’s, Knoydart Village Hall resides in the heart of the small Lochaber village home to more than 100 residents and only accessible by boat or an 18 mile hike over the hills.

In a drive to safeguard the property, the Knoydart Community Hall Committee embarked on a major renovation project.

Regeneration of the whitewashed post war single storey structure first began in June with a vast extension added to the rear of the building and extensive roof repairs being undertaken.

With the hall beginning to come together, members of the Knoydart Community Hall Committee have confirmed doors will open on Friday, March 27 following an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

To mark the occasion, a party will be held featuring live music from local musicians as the community raises a glass to a prosperous future for the revived venue.

Jackie Robertson, a volunteer on the hall committee, said the project has been a real community effort.

She said: “We have built something very special for our future generations to be proud of. It really is 100% a hall for all.

“There’s so much of the community DNA in there, from the foundations to the last slate on the roof and we can’t wait to share Knoydart Hall with all our supporters and friends. As venue’s go it’s going to be wild.”

To help cover the cost of the project, the committee launched a buy-a-brick campaign which raised £4,450.

The project has received great support from the public, raising £30,000 through crowdfunding and a silent auction generating £13,000 in funds.

Knoydart Hall hosts over 100 community events each year including meetings, social events and get togethers and has gone onto become the beating heart of the community.

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