Ayton Community Hall was presented with the KeyStone Level 1 Award at their recent AGM held in their recently renovated hall facility.
KeyStone is a quality awards scheme for the people who manage village halls and community buildings. It has been developed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and is delivered in collaboration with local voluntary sector support organisations.
KeyStone provides information, support and encouragement to help build a quality approach to management and recognises achievements through progressive awards.
The Level 1 Award recognises Ayton Community Hall Association (ACHA) as a very well run organisation which looks after its volunteers, cares for the building, puts the users of its facility first and makes sure that activities happen in a safe and welcoming environment.
ACHA took over ownership of the building from the local Church in 2008 and has since been very busy renovating and upgrading the facility to a high standard. It is a fully accessible building comprising a main hall, modernised kitchen and toilet facilities with enclosed paved garden area to the rear. Within the main hall there is also a digital projector, cinema equipment and sound system offering the opportunity to show films or hold presentations.
With its latest acoustic enhancements and installation of a sound loop in the main hall, the sound quality within the hall has been highly rated. To date bookings have been taken for meetings, presentations, social gatherings, exercise classes, children’s parties, entertainment nights and fortnightly film nights. Anyone interested in hiring the hall should contact the Hall Keeper on 018907 81411 or visit the website at http://www.ayton-village.org
Following this renovation, Keystone seemed like a logical next step for the hall committee and a good way to keep all their updated paperwork in a central place.
Bill Black, Chairman of Ayton Community Hall Association (ACHA) said: “Keystone is a great vehicle for getting organised. It prompts your organisation to think about things you may not have previously considered and gathering all the necessary paperwork such as insurance certificates, hall policies, meeting minutes etc in one place means they are secure for the future.
“The present committee will not be around forever and I’m sure future trustees will thank us for gathering everything together in one place.”
Presenting the KeyStone Award Philippa Wetton, Development Worker from BAVS, and Keystone mentor to Ayton added: “I’m delighted to present this award to Ayton Community Hall Association committee.
“It reflects the hard work and commitment of the volunteers that run this facility for the benefit of their community. They should be rightly proud of their achievements. They are one out of just four other Berwickshire community buildings currently holding the award. KeyStone is designed to make the life of the people who manage village halls and community buildings easier by providing information, support and encouragement that helps them manage their buildings more efficiently and effectively.”
For more information on the award scheme please contact Philippa on 01361 883137.