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Monikie Hall which, according to Councillor Helen Oswald has risen "Phoenix-like thanks to the efforts of the 12 trustees.

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Reproduced from the Guide & Gazette of Friday 7th February 2003 .

Congratulations all round for Monikie Hall trustees

Monikie Hall, according to Councillor Helen Oswald has risen "Phoenix-like” thanks to the efforts of the 12 trustees.

The trustees of Monikie Memorial Hall were delighted to hear that there is good news in the offing and that further funding has been obtained for the ongoing programme of refurbishment which is breathing new life into the community facility.

It is hoped that further work to the buildings can now be carried out when the trustees have confirmation that their application for a grant from the Scottish Rural Partnership (S.R.P.) has been successful.  It is envisaged that the money will be used to install gas central heating, refurbish toilets and improve facilities for the disabled.  The grant will be a fillip for the trustees who have worked hard since they took on their roles almost two years ago.  In that time, they have turned round the fortunes of the hall which at one point was under threat of closure because not enough groups were using it.  

Now, with some refurbishment work already carried out and plans for further work to be done, the hall is coming back into focus as the hub of the community and is attracting local groups as well as organisations from further afield.  The 12 trustees have overseen the refurbishment of the boardroom, now known as the Irving Room, and the entrance to the hall has also been renovated with input from local craftsmen.  Their reward has been to see an increase in the number of bookings and the hall being used far more regularly by a wide variety of groups and interests. 

Angus Council, Sidlaw East and Ashludie councillor, Helen Oswald, in whose ward the Monikie Hall lies, praised the work of the committee and pointed out that were it not for their dedication and hard work, there might not have been a hall at all.  "This is a major success story," she told the Guide & Gazette, "and the hall has truly risen 'Phoenix-like' from what seemed to be certain closure.  "It seemed to be facing a bleak future and now it is a vibrant and busy place.  The trustees' willingness to take on the task of keeping the hall open is to be commended," she continued, "and I pay tribute to them for the enormous amount of hard work they have carried out.  "The committee has done a lot of fundraising work to enable the necessary work to be undertaken and 1 welcome any contributions that will help them continue with their efforts on the community's behalf.  "The trustees have raised money themselves and have been given help from. the council and other bodies, so any source of funding which will allow them to refurbish more of the hall buildings is to be thanks to the efforts of the 12 trustees welcomed," she concluded. 

Angus MP, Mike Weir, has also welcomed the announcement.  He commented, "This is excellent news for the Monikie community and especially those who have worked so hard to ensure the award of this grant.  "A lot of praise must go to those involved as Monikie Hall plays an important part in the community as there are many shows and meetings held there.  "I am also delighted that some of the grant will be used to refurbish the hall in order to make it more accessible and offer better facilities to disabled and elderly people." 

Northeast Scotland MSP, Alex Johnstone, was also pleased at the news.  He said, "I warmly welcome this news and congratulate all those in the Monikie area who worked to secure this much-needed grant.  "I hope that all the necessary funding is now in place and that the improvements can be made as soon as possible.  "More generally, in terms of seeking funding for projects such as the refurbishment of village halls, I would remind local groups that Lottery Funding is also an option and that whenever I have contacted Lottery organisations in the past to query the low level of grants awarded in Angus, they have always explained this by claiming that they receive fewer applications from Angus than from other areas.


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