In the village hall, all sorts of activities take place. Since its opening – with a grand concert and dance – in 1902, the hall has remained central to social and cultural life. It is a hundred years and more since the foundation stone was laid by Mrs. Andrew Carnegie, and the hall and little library continue faithfully to serve the community. But it is time to put something back.
Tarbat Community Hall Group, a Registered Charity, was formed in April 2003 with the intention of doing just that. Although the fabric of the building is basically sound, it is just too small to accommodate some essential modern conveniences – there is only one cubicle in the ‘Ladies’, for instance – and stands largely as it was built. The committee approached local Architect Lachlan Stewart – who has worked on the famous Eilan Donan Castle and restored nearby Ballone from ruins – and sketches were drawn up.
You will find short mat bowling, a youth group and a junior youth group and the library (which is open on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm). Check out the notice board outside the hall to see what’s happening.
The foundation stone, with its ‘Time Capsule’ containing local newspapers, coins, mason’s notes and the like, was laid by Mrs Carnegie and the building, duly completed in the autumn of 1902, opened with a grand ‘Concert and Dance’ the following Hogmanay. The hall, with seating for 300, a ‘retiring-room’, library and tiny caretaker’s house, was designed by J Pond Macdonald, architect, of Inverness and has remained at the core of village life ever since. The New Year Dance has become a tradition carried through to this day.
It is interesting to note that the building was raised with £600 of Carnegie’s money and a further £200 – a very considerable sum in those days and 25% of the capital cost- collected by the villagers themselves. This enterprise attracted the benefactor’s attention, remarking in his address to the assembled populous that he was ‘only surprised they had asked for so little’. One has to wonder how this remark went down on the day!
The Carnegie Hall, as it is still known, heart of village life for over one hundred years, is now in need of extensive refurbishment and development to ensure its future as a facility used regularly by community members of all ages.
There is a Café at Carnegie Hall with Bruce’s cooking and the Crack and local knowledge from Charlette , Chef’s Soup, Bruce’s Rolls filled with Chicken Mayonnaise, Ham or Cheddar Cheese, Egg Mayonnaise.., Best Scottish Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roasties and two veg, various drinks..and more.
To book the Carnegie Hall for Birthday parties, Weddings and licensed functions phone 01862 871798 for information and booking forms.
For Events and Performances please contact Moira Aitken, Events Promoter on 01862 871452. Click here for booking and current events.
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