Colvend Public Hall
Colvend, Dalbeattie DG5 4QD
Registered charity SCO 47442
Chairman: Sue Gourlay 01387 780632
Colvend Public Hall was built in 1933 by fund raising within the local community. It is owned by the community and is operated on their behalf by a management committee, supervised by a group of trustees. The Committee meets most months but on different times of the month to accomodate the various committee members. Everybody in the community is entitled and welcome to attend any meeting - just come along. Check the Welcome page for the dates of meetings. Every local organisation is entitled to a place on the management committee.
As the story of the Soup & Pud, at the bottom of the events section below indicates, new helpers or committee members are of paramount importance.
Mobile Post Office
The mobile Post Office vists the car park of Colvend Public Hall on Tuesday from 09:00 to 10:00, Wednesday from 11.00 to 12.00 and Friday from 14:15 to 16:15.
For Badminton players the Colvend & District Baminton Club Badminton Club meets most Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. If you want to have fun and be active come along. Even if you have never played before come and have a go. New players are welcome. It only costs £2.00 per session for adults and £1.00 for children. Ring Andrea Robb 0771 375 1987 for more information but you can just turn up and borrow a racquet.
The largest event of the year is the Colvend Southwick and Kirkbean Parish Church Sale. This has been running for over 100 years and takes place on the second Thursday of August each year. This means that next year's sale will take place on Thursday 9th August 2018. There is more information here.
Regular events have included a Soup & Pud Lunch. This was normally the third Thursday of each month and was the opportunity to enjoy a hearty soup and a homemade dessert plus tea or coffee, in a friendly and sociable atmosphere for only £4.95. A warm welcome was always extended to locals, or visitors to the area. However due to a lack of volunteers the last monthy Soup & Pud was in May 2016 and will be the last for the foreseeable future. A one-off was held in December 2017 which was succesful. If some volunteers came forward they could recommence.
Various grants have been obtained over the years, most recently from the Robin Rigg Community Benefit Fund to improve or upgrade the facilities but the bulk of the Hall's income is from the various fund raising events organised by the committee. A prioritiy last year was repairs to the roof at the rear of the Hall as it was no longer watertightl. This was completed and redecoration of both the small hall and large hall also took place.
Facilities and Hire
The Hall boasts a large hall, a small hall, modern kitchen and a stage area. There is free Wi-Fi. The Hall is suitable for all sorts of functions including wedding receptions, private parties or just small meetings. There is a large car park. If you wish to employ a caterer for an event the Hall committee would recommend Caterbirds, a local firm who are familiar with the Hall and provide a first class service. Their telephone number is 01556 503378 ot you can visit their website here.
The original deed selling the land on which the Hall was built starts:
I, Mrs. Agnes Mary McLelland or Boyd, Widow, residing sometime at Glenstocking, now at Blairash in the Parish of Colvend and Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Heritable Proprietrix of the subjects hereinafter disponed
IN CONSIDERATION of the price of Ten Pounds Sterling paid to…
And having named the individuals who were the original trustees, and described the plot of land itself, it goes on to state the purpose of the “subjects hereinafter disponed”.
The said subjects and buildings erected or to be erected thereon, hereinafter referred to as “the trust subjects”, are dedicated and shall be held by the said Trustees and the successors of said Trustees in all time coming for the purposes of physical and mental recreation and social, moral and intellectual development through the medium of reading and recreation rooms, library, lectures, classes, recreations, and entertainments, or otherwise as may be found expedient for the inhabitants of the Parish of Colvend in the County of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and its immediate vicinity without distinction of sex , or political or other opinions, subject to the provisions of those presents;
And so it goes on for the equivalent of over 5 pages of tight typescript. this was in 1932 and Mrs McLelland's original deed said how the Hall should be managed in every detail and her original deed remains largely the Constitution of the Hall to this day.
The original minute book and the original accounts book from 1932 are archived in the Ewart Library, Dumfries