Movie nights could be an earner

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Seil Island Hall is looking at a new way of reeling in funds for its upkeep.

The idea of a community cinema has received a positive response and part of a £3,000 award to the hall charity from the Scottish Government Enabling Neighbourhoods and
Communities Fund could be used to pay for equipment and start-up costs.

The government funding is earmarked as a contribution towards the cost of a winter festival being planned for the island.

Details and dates are to come for workshops and activities over the winter but definites so far are the Christmas Craft Fair on December 4 and the panto’s welcome return in January.

Fairs and other hall events are vital to help keep up with maintenance and running costs at the hall, said Ronnie Robinson, vice chairman of the hall committee and chairman of the recreation and amenities group.

It cost the hall around £25,000 to get a play park and goal posts but the children’s area is starting to cost more money each year and now it is time to consider a replacement, said Mr Robinson.

‘We are looking for ideas from the community on what outdoor facilities people would
like to see to replace the existing play park and for the playing field. We plan to replace the decking area with a paved area and maybe a pergola or roof to minimise maintenance,’ he added.

Outdoor gym equipment and maybe a hard-standing area in the corner of the playing field for a basketball hoop is also being considered.

Any ideas can be forwarded to Mr Robinson on 01852 300573 or email