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Fundraising scheme launched for Aberchirder Village Hall renovations

By Kyle Ritchie

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A group which is renovating a community space in Aberchirder has launched a scheme to help fundraise for additional work.

The Friends of Aberchirder Village Hall was founded earlier this year when the building was acquired.

The group is now looking to raise more than £25,000 which will go towards specific restoration projects within the complex.

Chairman Claus Nielsen said: "Our aim and purpose is to provide recreational and meeting facilities to benefit and improve the conditions of life for all the inhabitants of our community.

"We also want to encourage all residents to take part in recreational activities and leisure pursuits, and to advance education by providing space for activities for all ages but in particular for young people.

"We are looking to raise money for renovation projects in the hall.

"The main space is nearly completed and will be usable by groups.

"When restrictions allow we will be able to open up and start generating some income.

"However, there are other areas of the hall we would like to see done, which includes a new kitchen and toilets."

Work is ongoing to renovate Aberchirder Village Hall.
Work is ongoing to renovate Aberchirder Village Hall.

To help raise money for the work the group has launched a membership scheme.

By supporting the Friends backers will be part of a legacy wall in the hall where plaques will be erected; they will be invited to summer and Christmas events; offered opportunities to join the volunteers to help and take part in its activities; and receive e-bulletins and newsletters with the latest updates.

Mr Nielsen said: "We are offering people the chance to be part of something which will improve and maintain our community hall and create a more comfortable environment for our users.

"We are also sure that the updated facilities will increase participation in events and recreational activities from within and without our village, as well as preserve and enhance the local environment for residents and visitors."

Anyone interested in supporting the Friends group can contact aberchirder.village.hall@gmail.com and more information is available on its Facebook page

The hall was acquired from the Church of Scotland at the end of last year after fundraising and support from benefactors enabled the purchase.

The renovation will provide tailored accommodation for a wide variety of activities, services and events for the local and wider communities and visitors.

The building has a large main hall, small and large meetings rooms and kitchen and provides a meeting space for a variety of groups.

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