Change of Status
Ayton Community Hall Association is currently working
with OSCR, the Scottish Charities Regulator so that we will become
Ayton Community Hall Association SCIO. The SCIO stands for
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The main advantage in
this is that with an SCIO the trustees are no longer personally
liable. The change over is likely to take place in late spring.
In April 2012 the committee decided to start drop-in
mornings which are held every Wednesday from 0930 until 11.00.
Anyone is welcome to pop in for a tea or coffee, a scone and a
The drop-in mornings have been very successful giving newcomers to
the village the chance to get to know other residents, some of long
standing. Browsing through albums of photos of old Ayton is very
After the hall was refurbished it
soon became obvious that there was a problem with the acoustics in
the hall, caused by there being too many hard reflective surfaces.
It was particularly difficult at meetings and coffee mornings to
hear people speaking. The committee looked at various ways of
solving the problem and eventually contacted a small family company
in Yorkshire -
Acoustisolve. The owner of the company visited the hall and
after various tests suggested a series of acoustic panels on the
ceiling and walls, at very reasonable cost. The committee decided to
go ahead and have these fitted. The results were really excellent!
The reverberation time was reduced from over 3 seconds to 0.8,
resulting in a warm, pleasant acoustic environment. The ACHA
committee has no hesitation in recommending Acoustisolve
to any other halls or establishments with acoustic
The refurbishment happened. Who
During March 2010 confirmation was
received that the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) would fund 50% of
the £149,000 hall refurbishment cost. That meant that matched funding
was available from Viridor Landfill Credits (£30,000), Scottish Borders
Landfill Trust (£13,000), the Roberston Trust
(£10,000), Awards for All (£10,000),the Gannochy Tust (£5000), Hugh
Fraser Foundation (£7,000), Scottish Borders Council Community
Grants Scheme (£5,000), the Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust (£2,000),
the Erskine, Cunningham Hill Trust (£1,000).
Work on the hall began in July
2010 and the
first booking in the refurbished hall was on 8th February 2011.
Earlier in the year £4,000 was secured
from Regional Screen Scotland to fund setting up cinema equipment in the
hall. It had been hoped that this might be in place before the
refurbishment, but with the short time scale it was decided to wait
until after. Film shows are now popular in the village and are held on a regular basis,
usually on Friday nights. Click
here to see what's coming up.
Here are photos taken on 5th December
2010 as work progressed.
The main hall
The new kitchen
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