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Looking forward to the school's Christmas play and Christmas Party in the hall later that same evening.
The Museum Of The Isles brought it's Crofters & The War exhibition to the Hall with testimony and contributions from Raasay folk along with diaries and school logs. We are also celebrating the hall being awarded the Inverness Architectural Award for best building, and although things on the island are beginning to quiet down for the winter the hall is still being well used with the school, the bowls club, football club and arts & crafts group all in and out regularly.
Ceilar came to visit as did the Cast Ewe Ceilidh Band. Raasay's first Rock Concert went down a storm thanks to the Black Isle Rock Orchestra and The Blas festival brought Mairearad & Anna to the Community Hall. The Clan MacLeod also visited and hosted a part of their four yearly gathering in the hall.
More concerts and ceilidhs, with Ronan Martin & Johnnie Hardie, also Blair Douglas & Arthur Cormack. The school term ended with their sports day in the hall thanks to the weather, and we're getting ready for the summer events.
The Village hall is now fully open and throughout the winter has hosted several ceilidhs and concerts. The school are using the facility for their P.E. classes, there are several groups meeting regularly doing various activities like bowls, indoor football and gaelic singing.
Staff from Dualchas Building Design the architects for the community hall will be undertaking a sponsored triathalon on Raasay on May 2nd to raise funds to help pay for the completion of the hall. Neil, Alasdair, Mary and Lara will kayak around Fladda (9km), run up Beinn na h-Iolaire on the north of the island (6km) and then cycle back to the hall 14km. You are most welcome to join them or sponsor them or meet them back at the hall in the early afternoon. Call Dualchas for further details on 01471 833300.
Contractors are on site and we hope to have the hall fully open for business in late March.
Unfortunately the hall is still not ready for use. By the summer the building itself was nearing completion and indeed we had temporary permissions to use it for a couple of events.
However by late August,after continuing delays by our main contractors K2S (Scotland), we came to the conclusion that we had no option but to terminate K2S contract as they were in breach of its terms.
Since then we have been working to establish exactly what remains to be done to complete the building and get it signed off by Building Control and the architects. The bulk of this is external works but there are also some internal works that have not been fully completed or not done to specification which will need to be remedied.
We are currently re-tendering this work. We shall have to see what comes back from the tendering exercise to know exactly where we stand with regard to our budget for completion.
The contract for the construction of the Raasay Community Hall has been signed and the anticipated start date is 16th March 2007. We expect the hall to be completed by the end of the year. The main contractor for building the hall is K2S(Scotland) a company of Polish builders based in Fort William.
The steel frame and roof will be put up by a sub-contractor AJ Construction, an Inverness-based firm starting at the end of April taking a few weeks.
The site preparation for the village hall was undertaken by Hugh Mackay Plant Hire. Hugh and his team hammered through the rock and moved mountains to get the site ready in time.
The funding for the hall is now in place with contributions from: Big Lottery Fund (£200,000); Highland Council (from 2 different budgets) (£130,000); Highland 2007 (£20,000), Highlands & Islands Enterprise (Skye & Wester Ross) (£247,000); BBC Children in Need £35,000; European Regional Development Fund £180,000; the Robertson Trust £15,000; Communities Scotland (from 2 different budgets) (£90,000); Highlands & Islands Community Energy Company (£28,760); the Gannochy Trust (£20,000); the Hugh Fraser Foundation (£10,000); Lloyds TSB (£6,500). The RCA will also contribute £22,000. If you can add those up – you will know what it costs to build a village hall on Raasay in 2007!
Following the approval of our EU ERDF grant in Januray 2006, we now have over £700,000 committed to the project and expect to go out to tender for a construction company in summer 2006. We are still fundraising though!
RAASAY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Company Number SC 269183
Charity Number SC 036239
As of November 2005 the RCA has raised over £500,000 towards the costs of the village hall with contributions from the
- Big Lottery Fund,
- Highland Council,
- Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise,
- Children in Need, Communities Scotland
- Robertson Trust.
We are awaiting the outcome (in December 2005) of an application for European ERDF funding to complete the package.
10th May 2005
(PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 01.00 HOURS MAY 10TH 2005)
Funding boost for Raasay Village Hall
Raasay residents are this week celebrating a major award from the National Lottery. The Big Lottery Fund has just released details of a £201,000 contribution towards the cost of building a village hall for the island.
At present there are no purpose-built community facilities on the island, apart from a small day care centre for the elderly. With a growing population, especially of under-16s, and with young families returning to live on the island, there is an urgent need to have a proper venue for sports and arts events, for ceilidhs, meetings, clubs - all the events that other communities take for granted. The hall will be able to work closely with the nearby primary school and provide space for gym and indoor games.
Successive village hall committee members have worked hard to raise funds for a hall and, over the years, more than £60,000 has been raised by this small community (population 210). Bids for major outside funding have not been successful until now. Now at last Raasay has good news to celebrate, though a lot of hard work remains to be done before the foundation stone can actually be laid.
Roland Stiven, Chair of Raasay Community Association (formerly the Village Hall Association) said this week: "this is wonderful news for Raasay. A village hall for the island will provide a focus for lots of community activities and particularly make a difference for the large number of children growing up on Raasay. We still need to work to secure the remaining funding but this is a vital and very important first step. Building work on an island involves substantial extra costs. We will be grateful for all donations whether large or small from anyone who wishes to support the project. With the promised support of Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise, Highland Council and other funding agencies, we are confident of success. We are particularly grateful for the ongoing help of Chrisanne Macdonald of Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations and our Councillor, Hamish Fraser".
Roland Stiven, Chair, Raasay Community Association
Sadie McLeod, Raasay Community Association
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