Tayvallich Village Hall has been at the heart of village life for nearly a century. There’s an exciting programme of community events throughout the year, and the hall can also be hired for private functions.
Here are details of some of recent and forthcoming events:
•Hogmanay ceilidh: revellers of all ages partied from one year in to the next to the sound of traditional reels and Tayvallich’s own boy band, the Vallichs.
•Burns night: a traditional serving of haggis, neeps and tatties, with a side order of recitations and speeches.
•Drama club: regular meetings and rehearsals culminate in an annual production at Easter. The title of the show is kept secret until the week before opening night.
•Mid West Sea Kayak Symposium (May Day Bank Holiday weekend): for those who are new to kayaking or novice/intermediate paddlers, three days to hone existing skills and on-the-water confidence. Also includes a ceilidh open to all on the Saturday night. http://www.midwestsymposium.co.uk/the-symposium.html
•concerts: the hall has a great reputation as a live music venue, attracting a wide variety of musicians such as the Charlie McKerron Trio, Patsy Reid & Friends, Tarneybackle, Wingin' It, Daimh, the Coaltown Daisies, the Robin Robertson Blues Band
•Flower Show coffee morning and plant sale in May and the Flower Show itself in August, with competitions for flowers, vegetables and home produce. Pupils from the village school are particularly encouraged to take part.
•Tayvallich Lunch Club once a month: a two-course meal for those aged 60 and over.
•Film Club: seasonal screenings, usually a double bill of a family film and a more grown-up feature.
•Fund-raising: race nights to raise funds for village amenities (eg, Tayvallich Sailing Club, to promote sailing and provide sailing training, particularly for the children’s sailing group Cygnets); coffee mornings are held regularly throughout the year to benefit local groups, such as the church and the Flower Show; ceilidhs in aid of the church and various charities.
•Tayvallich Weekend (last full weekend in July): the annual two-day jamboree of fun and frolics, all proceeds from which are invested back into the Village Hall. It kicks off with a BBQ and music at the Tayvallich Inn on Friday night. On Saturday morning there are drinks and cakes on the Jubilee Green. Lunch and coffees are served in the hall on Saturday afternoon; arts and crafts can be viewed and bought, and there are activities and stalls outside. The dog show is a popular event. On Sunday morning, there is an open worship on the Jubilee Green.
Every week, the hall is busy with a wide range of local clubs and groups: table tennis; yoga; Village Voices community choir; bowling; Stretch and Tone; hula hooping; badminton; the Tayvallich Primary School Pre-Fives Unit. If you want to start a group or need a venue for an activity, the Village Hall is the place for you.
Local councillors hold their surgeries in the hall, and it is a polling station for elections.
The open-air sports court affiliated to the hall is used regularly for tennis, football (including junior football) and netball, and is available for other sports. Use of the court is free for villagers, and it can be booked by visitors for £5/hour via the register in the shed beside the court (there is an honesty box for fees at the gate to the court). Floodlights allow the court to be used year round: tokens for the lights can be bought from the village shop for £2.50 per half-hour.
The playing field beside the hall with its children’s playpark of swings, slide and other amusements is a popular attraction. The field is often used for football matches and is a focal point of the Tayvallich Weekend.
All these community events are interspersed with a variety of private functions, including weddings and birthday parties. The kitchen can cater for up to 100 people. The tables and chairs can also be hired separately for events off the premises. The hall has a PA system and hearing loop, and there is a bouncy castle for children’s parties.
Tayvallich Village Hall is at the core of the community. It is a versatile resource both for villagers and for visitors. To keep going it needs your continued support, so if you aren't already participating in any of these events and would like to, then please get involved now. And if you have any ideas for how the hall can contribute even more to village life, please get in touch with one of the Hall Committee; we’d love to hear what you’ve got to say.