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New helpers set to save memorial hall

A meeting is being held on Friday to call for volunteers to help run the hall. Otherwise it is feared it may close.
Vice Chairman of Carleton Community Association, Tom Burrows (left) and Chairman Peter Munro.
 A meeting is being held on Friday to call for volunteers to help run the Carleton Memorial Hall, otherwise it is feared it may close.

A meeting is being held on Friday to call for volunteers to help run the hall. Otherwise it is feared it may close. Vice Chairman of Carleton Community Association, Tom Burrows (left) and Chairman Peter Munro. A meeting is being held on Friday to call for volunteers to help run the Carleton Memorial Hall, otherwise it is feared it may close.

The future of a vital community facility looks set to be secure after a successful Gazette appeal.

Volunteers at Carleton Memorial Hall had warned it may have to shut if no-one came forward to replace them.

But after a meeting held at the hall on Friday night, a number of people have offered their services to help with its day to day running.

Peter Munro, chairman of Carleton Community Association (CCA), said: “It went really well and we had between 30 and 40 people turn up.

“There were people wanting to help us with it, which was the object of the exercise.

“It will mean we can get together and keep the hall going which was the main purpose of the meeting – to get some new blood.

“People have got to get involved if they want things to continue.”

Mr Munro and fellow members of the CCA said they were able to dedicate less time to the building’s upkeep and management due to their increasing age.

The hall has been used as a focal point in Carleton for 70 years.

Mr Munro also paid tribute to The Gazette in helping to raise awareness of the problem.

He said: “We were pleased with the write-up and it was the best way to get the message out there.

“The Gazette did a god job and it did encourage people to come along to the meeting.”

The Moorfield Avenue hall hosts approximately 20 meetings a week, with around a dozen different community interest groups using the venue on a regular basis.

 

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