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A Year in the
11/08/10 - A year in the life
Well here I am again –
haven’t received any abusive emails about my first page of blog, so
I thought I’d write a bit more.... I did receive one bit of praise
for my writing but that came from my husband so perhaps it doesn’t
Last Saturday we had a great fund-raiser in the Village Hall here on Gigha.
Our committee (Maggie, Jen, Morven, Heather, Tracy W, Jayne, Elaine and
myself) provided home-made soup, freshly made filled rolls and home-baking
with tea/coffee. We also had a great raffle and a couple of stalls selling
bric a brac and home-baking and we raised a total of £618.
I am the Treasurer of the Hall Committee, a very hard working band of people
who ensure that our hall is kept ready for use by the community, bills all
paid and we also raise money each year to pay for a Halloween fancy dress
party (and a firework display) and for each child on Gigha to receive a
Christmas present from Santa at the annual Christmas Party. Last year a
band of volunteers painted and decorated the hall and we bought a lot of
new crockery and cutlery for the kitchen. The hall gets used by a variety
of community groups including Tea in the Hall (first Wednesday afternoon
each month), Gigha musicians for rehearsal on Monday evenings, the Drama
Group for rehearsal and performance, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Whist every
Friday evening October to December, Young Firefighters and is hired out
for weddings, ceilidhs, discos and also community meetings. The local doctor
also makes use of the hall to administer Flu jabs and our school also uses
the hall for PE on Thursday mornings and After School Club. Almost forgot!
– the annual Gigha Music Festival concert and ceilidhs also take place
in our hall. We also employ the lovely Michelle who keeps the hall spotlessly
clean and tidy.
As Treasurer, I have to submit our accounts to our accountant each year
and also to OSCR (Charity Regulator) along with an Annual Report. Although
I come from a family of accountants, sadly this skills wasn’t inherited
by me and I spend hours each year with the dining table covered in scraps
of paper and piles of cash trying to make sense of it all. Thankfully, Lorna
at the accountants is a great help to me – cheers Lorna!
This year, local couple Helen and Gary got married in the church here and
had their reception in the hall and also our shop-keepers Rudi and Ali celebrated
their 25th Wedding Anniversary with a great party there too – Ali
gave us a great rendition of “Stand by Me” accompanied by the
Gigha rock musicians.
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