Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st July 2017

Date of publication

1st September 2017

The Williamson Hall

Regular reports on activities at the Williamson hall can be found on the following pages

The Gala Day

The Golden Gala

Gala Day 2010

Gala Day 2011

Gala Day 2012

AGM 2010

June2011

March 2012

December 2012

June 2013

The Fete 2014

Renovation Work

December 2014

September 2015

March 2017


THE WILLIAMSON HALL WAS BUILT IN 1880 .

IT COST; STONE MASON   £157   0s 0d

              JOINER    £52   5s 0d

              PLUMBER   £10  10s 0d

              PLASTERER £13   0s 0d

              GLAZIER   £21  10s 0d;

March 2009

The Williamson Hall is where it happens and has done so since it was built in 1881. Historically, the Trustees of the hall are the Elders of the Parish Church and it is run by a management committee made up of representatives of regular hall users and anyone who is interested. The hall is available for private parties and is wellused throughout the week by the Parent and Toddler group, playgroup and after school club to name but a few.

The small management group work very hard to continually improve the facilities. New tables were recently purchased and the lighting was upgraded. The main fundraising event is the Gala and the Hall committee are indebted to the Gala committee who now organise the event. The Gala will only be successful with your support and it is great fun getting involved. The Hall runs a 100 club which is drawn monthly. If you would like to join please

contact Evelyn Scobie (850496) and for £12 annually you could win £15 every month.

Villages are all about people, some villages are sleepy and some are vibrant. It is all to easy to complain ‘there is nothing to do’. In a village things only happen if the residents are prepared to get mucked in and participate. Come on join in and make the village a better place for everyone. The Hall committee want to make the hall a very user-friendly facility, regularly refurbishing when cash is available. The kitchen area is the next project on the list and it will only happen with your support, not only financially but with a willingness to support events. We would welcome any suggestions on how we can improve the facilities or ideas for fundraising. Please leave your suggestions in the box at the hall

June 2009

The Williamson Hall is run by a management committee and meetings are held in the hall on the last Monday of every second month at 7.30pm.  Details of meetings are to be found in the notice board and shop windows.  Representatives from groups who use the hall are asked to attend, and any other interested parties from the area are welcome.  The hall is available for hire at very competitive prices, and bookings can be made by ringing the caretaker on 01738+

September 2009

As you read in the March Newsletter, the Williamson Hall has been undergoing a refurbishment programme, and the Hall Management Committee are happy to report that the latest phase, the kitchen refurbishment, has now been completed!  Come along and see for yourself the transformation!  The kitchen has been upgraded with installation of new units, new freezer, new flooring, new cupboards and flooring in the ante room.  The ladies and gents toilets have also been painted, and baby changing facilities installed in the ladies cloakroom.  This has only been possible due to the support by everyone at this year's Gala, when the marvellous sum of £4,700 was raised.  The Hall Man- agement Committee would like to thank everyone for their help and support, financially and otherwise, and also a big thank you to the Gala Committee, Andrea, Jill and Kirsty for all their hard work in organising this year's Gala.  Next year's Gala will be the 50th so let's make it a good one!  Our next project will be the main hall floor, which is badly needing attention.  

Watch this space.

March 2010

Dear Interested Incomer and everyone else

I am pleased that you are showing an interest in Village life, you will be made very welcome at any of the organisations.  In a previous Crier I mentioned the Williamson Hall.  I do not know if you have been there but let me tell you something about it.

 The trustees of the hall are the elders of Abernethy & Dron Parish Church.  The day to day running of the hall is left to a Management Committee.   The Management Committee is ideally 2 representatives from each of the hall regular users and any member of the public who is interested. At the most recent meeting Toddlers, Playgroup,  Kids Club,  Rainbows, Line Dancers and Tower Singers  & the Church were represented .

 The AGM was held in November and 2 members demitted office after several years on the committee.  Thank you to them for all their years of service. We were without a secretary and vice chair, I am pleased that since AGM we have now found a minute secretary .

Ideally we would also like someone to join our committee who has some spare time and willing to be handy man , able to do small repairs and  contact tradesmen when required.  Perhaps you have time but do not want to be a member of the committee I am sure we could accommodate this.   The committee would also welcome anyone who is interested and would like to be involved in the management of the hall.

 The hall is used constantly throughout the week with childrens activities, keep fit and line dancing. Weekend bookings are on the increase and  the Girls Brigade from  Aberdeen have their annual  holiday  in August   staying for 6 days.

 The Hall is maintained by a Management committees throughout its life and the revenue to   improve the facilities comes from bookings and the profit from the Gala.

 The hall is available for all to use.  The management committee would welcome some additional members  with new ideas and lots of enthusiasm.

 The hall committee would be delighted to see you at our next meeting ,  Monday 29th March at 7 30pm at the Hall.  

 Please contact Kathleen  Baird  Chair 01337840218 for more information.

The Williamson Hall is a great venue for booking any type of function, meeting, party, children or adult group event, whether on a regular basis or a one off occasion.  Rates are very reasonable and start from £7 per hour .  We have a fully equipped kitchen for all your catering needs and the main hall can hold up to 100 people.  Why not consider the local hall for your next event.

The Hall is run by a management committee and meetings are held in the hall on the last Monday of every second month at 7.30pm.  Details of meetings are to be found on the noticeboard and in shop windows.  Representatives from groups who use the hall are asked to attend and any other interested parties from the area are welcome.  The hall is available for hire and bookings can be made by contacting the booking secretary on 01738 850960 or email: andrea.dewar@talktalk.net

September 2010

The management committee wish to thank the Gala Committee for all their hard work prior to, during and after Gala Day for a successful enjoyable event, unfortunately the rain paid an unwelcome visit. All monies raised throughout the week is for the upkeep of the hall. Future work planned is painting outside woodwork and replacement windows in kitchen and anteroom. Upgrading the heating and better insulation is also being discussed, no decision has been made . Further discussion will take place at the next meting on Monday 30th August at 7 30pm in the anteroom .

We are pleased that the hall is in demand for social events , this summer the hall was the venue for a wedding reception.

Following last years enjoyable Touch of Tartan Ceilidh dance, the committee has arranged a similar event to be held on Friday 26th November at 7 for 7.30pm . Wine and canapes on arrival .We would like you to bring your own knife and fork supper either cold or hot. Tables of 6 or 8 preferable.We will eat at 7 30pm. Followed with dancing to the Lomond Ceilidh Band .

Tickets £10

To reserve your table phone Kathleen 01337840218 or Elizabeth 850477

Some members of the hall l committee will be standing down at the AGM on 29th November. If you have some time to spare and are interested in the hall please come along to the AGM.

Dates of meetings

Monday 30th August 7 30pm at the hall

Monday 29th November AGM .



Kathleen Baird