A lower Deeside village hall, owned and entirely supported by the community, has been awarded £9600 from the Awards for All Lottery.
Culter Village Hall committee members and community volunteers had already raised £4500 for the recent refurbishment of the main hall in time for the village’s annual Christmas pantomime this week from today (Thursday) until Saturday,December 6.
Hall administrator Alison Skinner said they had hoped to “tap into” some lottery funding but really hadn’t expected to be successful. Now the community association will be able to go ahead with refurbishing other areas of the building such as painting the lounge area and corridor.
The Village Hall has held a long and honourable place in Culter history since just after WW1 when the Crombie family, owners of Culter Estate, donated land in 1922 for the creation of Culter Recreation & Ex-servicemen’s Club’.
In 1947, it was felt that administration of the hall should not be restricted to ex-servicemen and Culter & District Community Association was formed as a charitable and voluntary organisation to operate Culter Village Hall, now owned by all residents of the village of Peterculter.
Throughout the succeeding seven decades the hall has undergone a wide ranges of changes both in site facilities and activities held there for residents of all ages. Billiards, amateur drama, bingo, roller skating, the popular Friday auction sales - even in the 1950s movies twice weekly, the original projection box now housing the stage lighting controls for the current Culter Theatre Group productions - plus playgroups and dancing classes.
A committee spokesperson said: “Culter Village Hall remains the heart of our community, as it has since 1922.”