Please can you Hall rally round to keep us going!

Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown. Cllr John Dempsey handing over keys to Tommy Starrs, Chairperson of Hall Trust  17.12.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown. Cllr John Dempsey handing over keys to Tommy Starrs, Chairperson of Hall Trust 17.12.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes

GET behind our efforts to maintain a much-loved public hall – that’s the plea to community-minded locals.

Campsie Memorial Hall Trust took over the running of the Lennoxtown facility in December 2010 after the hall was faced with closure by cash-strapped East Dunbartonshire Council.

Since then the trust has held a number of fundraising events - including a car boot sale which will hopefully become a monthly affair.

The hall has regular bookings for a youth issues group and ballroom dancing classes, while football clubs have been using the facilities over the winter period.

Trust members have also applied for a number of grants and funding programmes.

But the financial reality is that more cash is required to allow the hall to proceed as a going concern.

Trust chairman Tommy Starrs said: “We are still operating at a general financial deficit and are dependant on our own fundraising activities to balance the books.

“There have been considerable expenditure demands including a gas bill for January of some £590 as well as insurance costs.

“It is therefore imperative that we continue to both increase our fundraising and also expand the bookings through parties and other activities.”

HAND0VER: Members are pictured receiving the keys for the hall.