Extension News (2 Dec 2006)
Much work has been done since the last bulletin and we now have funding in place for phase one of the project. A ground source heat pump will be installed at the rear of the existing hall. The pump will serve the existing hall and the proposed extension. There will be radiators fitted in the existing hall to give constant background heat. The infra red heaters will remain as 'top up heat'. The total cost of this will be £60,000 of which the community will provide only 3%. It is hoped that phase one will go ahead as soon as the paperwork is completed.
We have now instructed Douglas Stuart as the Architect who will take phase two of the project forward from the design stage. He instructed a Quantity Surveyor to do an 'elemental analysis' in order that we have a preliminary figure with which to begin the lottery application. He estimates the building cost to be in the region of £440,000 plus the cost of the car park. Detailed costings will be obtained over the coming months.
As part of the improvements to the hall the committee now have a full report from an acoustics expert on the requirements to improve the acoustics in the existing hall. This work will be carried out as part of the new project.
Edinburgh String Quartet (Sep 2006)
Monday Sept 4th provided a first for the Torridon Community Hall with a visit from the Edinburgh String Quartet. A large audience enjoyed a wonderful evening of chamber music with String Quartets by Haydn, Ravel, McEwan and Kenneth Dempster who was present and able to receive acknowledgement for his quartet. Edward Harper's 'Three Folk Settings' were also warmly appreciated. We were privileged indeed to hear Scotland's premier quartet which is also one of the UK's longest established university based professional quartets. The hall provided a delightful setting with floral display kindly contributed by June Oorloff and the hall's acoustics proved excellent for a performance of this kind. Our special thanks go to Lisa O'Brien, West Ross's Cultural co-ordinator who was responsible along with Dorothy Hall for organising the concert.
A Community Centre for Torridon? (Aug 2006)
Plans to extend the Torridon village hall are now at an advanced stage. It is intended that the new Community Centre will provide greatly enhanced facilities for all members of the resident community and visitors alike. Some of the highlights include a fitness suite, tourist information, computer and internet access, craft display areas, and office and conference rooms.