The building which now houses the Village Hall was originally Smailholm School, and after its closure in 1970 it was was gifted to the village by the Earl of Haddington. By 1990 it was clear that the work required to bring the hall up to modern standards, and to make it fit to host the range of activities which the village wanted, was far beyond the village's finances or fundraising capabilities. A successful application was made for lottery funding of £175,000, and the result is the extended hall you see today.
The hall consists of a large main function room, with a stage area at one end with both sliding doors and curtains; the stage system is flexible, allowing the stage to be moved and the area to be used as additional floor space when required. The hall can seat up to 100 people for performances or parties, and around 80 for a sit down meal, and the hall provides tables and chairs for that number. There is a connecting storage room, which can be used as a green room for theatre performances, with adjacent toilet.
This also connects with the smaller room, seating about 40, which has three sets of double glass doors opening onto an enclosed area with decking and a purpose built barbecue.
There is a large, fully equipped kitchen, with cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, hot water urn, kettle and pans, crockery and cutlery.
There is an entrance lobby, with coat racks, and four toilets, including a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.
The building is disabled and child friendly, there is underfloor heating throughout, and a sound system.
There is an easily accessible defibrillator outside on the rear wall.
There is ample parking space, and a small woodland playground beside the hall.
It is the ideal location for a personal and economical wedding celebration, for christenings, family celebrations, and primary school childrens' parties; for concerts, ceilidhs and dances, for plays by both amateur and professional companies, and other arts events; for regular classes, for occasional meetings, and for exhibitions.
It is also used by visiting Scouts and Guides, and as a Polling station.
Charges start at £7 per hour for the smaller room, but vary depending on which rooms are required, and whether use of kitchen facilities is included.
To enquire about hiring the Village Hall, please contact the Bookings Secretary, Brian MacFarlane,firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01573 460254, or complete the form on the contact page.
or telephone 01573 460254