Dickson Hall taking off

REV Ronnie Gall within the Crafts and Cuppa area of the hall.
REV Ronnie Gall within the Crafts and Cuppa area of the hall.

A SERVICE of Thanksgiving and Rededication for the new Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk will be held on Sunday. A Church service will be held in the hall at 11am, followed by refreshments.

A new Crafts and Cuppa area has been opened within the hall. The cafe area will be open 9.30-4 Thursday and Friday and 9.30-1 on Saturday, run by volunteers and serving tea, coffee and cakes.

The cafe will be staffed by volunteers and all profits will go to the hall.

The Fairtrade craft shop will sell crafts and Fairtrade food as well as Christian books and cards.

The hall has been given a grant by Fairer Scotland, which, along with the grant from the Church of Scotland Parish Development Fund, will allow them to employ a part-time development manager for three years.

The 18 hours a week post will be advertised soon.

The task of the manager will be to develop the hall, making sure all the legal procedures are in place.

Experience of the voluntary sector would be an advantage for the applicant, as would management skills.

Trust chair, Rev Ronnie Gall said: “The task will be to develop the use of the hall. We want to attract business conferences as we have all the digital and audio equipment required.

“The hall now has to stand on its own feet and with running costs of around £12,000 a year, that is a fair bit to generate from lets.”

Mr Gall is pleased to report that lets are beginning to come in. The new Laurencekirk Musical Society are using the hall as are the Bumps, Babies and Toddlers and there are one-off lets such as the Blood Donor Service.

“The response has been very encouraging. The church is also holding Sunday at 4 two Sundays a month, which will be contemporary music and worship.”