A new look for Auchtertool village hall ...

Maureen Fernie from the Village Hall committee (second left), Cllr Bryan Poole (centre) and Janet Vergo (seocnd right), with clients and members of the Community Payback team.
Maureen Fernie from the Village Hall committee (second left), Cllr Bryan Poole (centre) and Janet Vergo (seocnd right), with clients and members of the Community Payback team.

Villagers in Auchtertool are grateful to Fife Council’s community payback by offenders scheme for refurbishing the village hall.

The hall, originally built in 1955, has been well used over the years and is a hub for the community.

But the condition of the interior had deteriorated and was in need of some attention and a facelift.

The Auchtertool Village Hall committee approached Community Payback Scheme about the possibility of getting some work carried out on the hall.

And now thanks to the hard work carried out, it is once again looking bright and fresh and ready to host many of the community’s activities.

The entrance way and the main hall received a new lick of paint giving it a fresher appearance and the outside railings have been restored and smartened up.

Janet Vergo, chairman of the Auchtertool Village Hall committee is pleased with the finished results.

She said: “The hall is owned by the village and we pay for its upkeep.

“The work that the community payback team carried out was badly needed.

“Without them, it couldn’t have been done.

“The senior citizens held their Christmas party on Monday and everyone commented on how wonderful the hall was looking,” she continued.

“We are showing our appreciation by making a donation to the local school.”

Councillor Bryan Poole, executive spokesman for education children, young people and families, added his praise.

He said: “This refurbishment work is an excellent example of the valuable and life-changing work that provides mutual benefit to communities and individuals who participate in the Community Payback scheme.

“The aim of Community Payback is to provide a variety of opportunities for participants to make reparation to their local community.

“It helps them learn and acquire new work and life skills.

“This project is providing people with an excellent chance to gain useful knowledge and experience in painting and decorating.

“It gives them the opportunity to give something back that is of real benefit to local communities.’’