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In 1936 the two churches in Gartmore were united and the old Free Church building became the Village Hall.
Since the first Community Action Plan in 2002, the re-development of the Village Hall was continually voted top of the list of potential projects in every community consultation. The old Village Hall was a cold, unwelcoming, dilapidated building and not fit for purpose. The Hall Development Group was formed in 2007 and after many days, weeks, months and years of meetings and grant application form filling, they were fortunate to receive grant funding from the Big Lottery, Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER, the People and Communities Fund, the Climate Challenge Fund, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Power Green Energy Trust and the Gordon Fraser Trust.
The refurbishment of the Hall started in July 2013 and handover of the keys to Gartmore Community Trust took place on Friday 11th April 2014. The Hall was officially opened on 24th May 2014. The refurbishment transformed the Hall with all-round insulation, under-floor heating using an air source heat pump, new windows to let in much more natural light and photo-voltaic cells on the roof. The building is now an example of energy efficiency. The external appearance was changed in sympathy with surrounding buildings of the Gartmore Conservation Area and the internal space was re-designed with a more practical layout of rooms. The refurbished main hall retained its original size and shape but elsewhere everything changed with a new kitchen, toilets and additional meeting rooms. An elegant extension was added to the side of the building to provide a cosy and welcoming entrance that links different parts of the Hall. Original stonework of the old church is exposed in this entrance area and a wall of windows to the garden collects additional solar energy and amalgamates the old with the new. The whole building was rendered on top of the external insulation, transforming its appearance. The Hall now delivers an impressive impact on the Village Square.
The Hall is used by local groups for activities such as Yoga, Pilates, circuit training, Nia dance, Circle dancing, carpet bowls, sewing, Summer Ice, Parents and Toddlers, Village Lunch Club, etc. The Gartmore Primary School and after school classes run by Active Stirling have already made good use of the new facilities. Gartmore Community Cinema and Forest Theatre Company are regular users too. The ever popular Gartmore Gigs continue - please see our events page for details of upcoming gigs.
The purpose of the Hall is to meet the needs of the community by providing locally available activities and services but the Hall is also available to outside organisations for conferences etc and for private hire for weddings etc. See home page for information on how to contact the Hall Coordinator for enquiries and bookings.