Hall officially opened

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A LARGE crowd gathered at the new Eassie and Nevay hall at Balkeerie, on Saturday, to celebrate the opening of Eassie, Nevay and Kirkinch Community Association’s (ENKCA) new hall, by the Honourable Lord Eassie, Ronald David MacKay.

The audience was drawn from the local community, from funding bodies throughout UK and representatives of the local authority, Scottish, Westminster and European governments.

After ten years of hard work, ENKCA has the newest, and almost certainly, the most splendid community hall in Angus.

Lord Eassie praised the members of ENKCA for their efforts in building the hall and emphasised that the challenge now was to ensure that the hall was fully utilised so that it would remain a viable proposition in the face of its running costs.

He said: “Over our judicial lunches, my colleagues have expressed admiration for the amount of money raised by this small community. Faced with a decaying hall, some rural communities would have given in to the inevitability of its loss. The community of Eassie, Nevay and Kirkinch made the brave decision to put in the effort to build a new hall - an apparently impossible challenge but one which they have achieved.”

In line with the hall’s energy efficient design, Eassie school pupils entertained the audience with songs emphasising the importance of sound ecological practice and the conservation of the natural environment.

Hall project director Michael Ryan said: “This magnificent hall represents the communal dream of the people of Eassie, Nevay and Kirkinch coming to fruition, after ten years of planning and relentless hard work.

“We are proud to have it, eager to share it and humbled by the kind support given to us by friends and funding bodies.”

Information about the community, its activities and facilities available for let are accessible on line at www.eassieandnevay.org