Hall back in our control say delighted residents

Caldwell Halls in Torrance.  Trust has bought the building from ED council. 29.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Caldwell Halls in Torrance. Trust has bought the building from ED council. 29.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

IT’S shaping up to be a good year for a village hall which is now back in the hands of the community.

Caldwell Halls Trust now owns the facility in Torrance after paying East Dunbartonshire Council a ‘nominal sum’.

The trust took over the management of the hall just over a year ago after the council announced it wanted to offload several public buildings in a bid to save money.

The Caldwell Halls - part of which was built in 1813 - was gifted to the Torrance community by the Caldwell family and came under local authority control in 1975. The trust is a company limited by guarantee and has charitable status.

Margaret Hyde, chairperson of the Caldwell Halls Trust, said: “Receiving the title deeds is a major achievement and we are so pleased it has happened.

“We received £18,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to replace windows and doors, but we could not spend it until we had ownership of the hall.

“We can now start to upgrade and refurbish the building to make it a better facility for the community.”

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The decision to go ahead with the transfer of ownership was due to the unique condition of the building in this particular case.”

The trust is looking for more members (open to everyone over 16 who lives in the area) and trustees. For more information visit www.caldwellhalls-org.co.uk

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