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Villagers are marking the 30th anniversary of the Pirnmill Village Hall this evening (Saturday) with a special anniversary celebration in the hall which officially opened its doors on September 1, 1989.
The creation of the hall was fraught with difficulties, but in a triumph over adversity, the villagers managed to erect a hall which has served the community well over the last 30 years.
Mrs Wilma Morton, the then headteacher of Pirnmill primary, remembers the day vividly. She writes: ‘On September 1, 1989, Pirnmill Village Hall was finally opened by Mrs Cathie Craig, one of Pirnmill’s oldest and most respected residents. The road leading to this special event was not an easy one and, as the committee discovered, there were many obstacles along the way. Two main problems – land and finance – took time to resolve but, thanks to the perseverance of Mrs Christine Black and others, these were overcome.
‘Redundant portable cabins and fittings from Arran High School were obtained and men from the village volunteered to help with the removal to Pirnmill. The first attempts were unsuccessful and there were more delays. However, in the summer of 1989 building had commenced. It was a particularly wet summer but Mr Donald Logan did not let that deter him. Then it was all hands on deck to paint the interiors and set up the kitchen with donations of equipment. Young and old came to help.
‘A new committee was formed with Mrs Janet Logan in the chair and the date set for the opening. Everyone in the village and further afield was invited to join in the celebrations. A grand night it was too!’
Over the years the hall has been used to host many events: leisure classes, SWI, Guild, surgery and school performances to name a few. After 30 years the hall is in need of some TLC but it will undoubtedly continue to be a focal point for village activities for years to come
The 30th anniversary celebration will be held in the hall at 6pm and will be followed by the monthly pub quiz night. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration and will be made most welcome.
Pirnmill Village Hall as it looks today. No_B36Pirnmill01