Connel church hall put on the market with ‘a heavy heart’

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Connel’s church hall is up for sale.

The granite building  that stands alone in the heart of the village is open to offers from £110,000.

St Oran’s church elder Moira Dunlop said the hall was being sold with ‘a heavy heart’ because ‘We just can’t afford to run it’.

Funds made from the sale will go towards the upkeep of St Oran’s, which has link to Dunbeg church.

‘The hall holds many very happy memories for us all from birthday parties, musicals, Brownies, and community celebrations, as well as other occasions, but the time has come to let it go.

‘When lockdown came we couldn’t use it as before. It’s purely a financial reason for selling it. We just can’t afford to run it anymore. It was a nice, wee hall and we are selling it with a heavy heart,’ said Mrs Dunlop.

The church hall was previously a church in its own right but when it shut and was deconsecrated, it was passed to St Oran’s to use for activities.

‘The hall is in such a good spot, still in the village and made of granite, you wouldn’t find granite like it elsewhere. We hope the new buyer will appreciate it as much as we have and that it continues to be a fond part of village life, possibly as a new home for someone.

‘We are incredibly lucky to still have a village hall in Connel, near the shop, where activities can happen and keep our community thriving,’ added Mrs Dunlop.

Inside the church hall on the market,  there is also a fitted kitchen in the turret room, a cloakroom with toilet and sink and an entrance porch with cupboard, says Galbraith who are marketing it.

A number of original features still remain including the vaulted wooden ceiling and panelled walls as well as stained glass windows, although some are in need of repair.

Depending on planning permission, the sale details say the hall could be developed into a place to live, within walking distance of a licensed shop, post office, church and medical centre.

A garden surrounds the building on all sides laid to lawn with hedgerow and mature trees, there is also a small wooden shed. Boundaries are marked by a low level stone wall to the rear and side and metal fence with wrought iron gates to the front.

There is no off street parking but new owners would be allowed to park on the street in front of it.

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