The Hall Trustees have been working with the regular user groups to develop a Hall Improvement Project that will ensure the future sustainability of our community asset and make it all it can be, to meet the needs of our population.  The project has been informed by the changing times, with a need for more kitchen space in particular, and the wish to play our part in the move to Net Zero. It will decarbonise the Hall and we will become virtually self sufficient in self-generated power, ensuring we are affordable.  So far we have used pandemic closure support funds from the Scottish Government to engage an architect, obtain planning permission and a building warrant, and to go to tender for the work. We would like to thank our regular user groups (OWLS and Oxnam Kirk) who have held fundraising events for us and donated the proceeds to this project. Thanks also to the Hall Trustees who have been busy redecorating the Hall, so it continues to look its best while we take these plans forward.

The project is being taken forward in three Phases, subject to fundraising:

  1. To lower the ceiling/strengthen the roof in the main Hall to make it warmer and ready for solar panels. Awaiting confirmation of funding.
  2. To install the air-to-air heat pumps, solar pv panels and battery storage, and replace remaining fluorescent tubes with LED tubes. Funding applied for; if successful we hope this work could be completed by end of December 2024.
  3. To re-order the layout of the Hall, creating a larger kitchen with a new utility area/external ramped access, and a more functional meeting room. Fundraising in progress.