Desperate bid to save Reswallie Hall from closure at annual meeting

Reswallie Hall which is under threat of closure.
Reswallie Hall which is under threat of closure.

A rural community on the outskirts of Forfar is holding a special meeting tonight (Wednesday) in an attempt to save its hall from closure.

The committee of Reswallie Hall, which is tucked off the B9113 Forfar to Montrose Road, will meet at 7.30 p.m. to discuss the possibility of closing the community hall which was founded over 70 years ago by Mrs Jamieson of Reswallie.

It was founded for the benefit of the community around Rescobie, Clocksbriggs, Burnside and Reswallie.

The hall was a successful and vibrant meeting place for local people, young and old, for many years and was used regularly by the Men’s Club, the WRI and other local groups.

However, by the turn of the century these groups had ceased to gather at the hall and there have been fewer and fewer parties and events held in recent years.

The trustees have continued to organise four or five events a year, including a popular Christmas Quiz, annual Scottish Night, plant sales, coffee evenings and summer barbecues, to raise enough money to pay utility bills and running repairs.

However, it has ceased to be as attractive to the organisers of events as other local halls that have been refurbished and, despite the best efforts of the committee, the numbers of those attending events has fallen drastically over the past few years.

David Conran-Smith, committee chairman, said: “We are all very sad to be faced with the prospect of closing the hall, which has provided such a welcoming and friendly meeting place for members of the local community for such a long time.

“However, it has been increasingly difficult to attract new blood onto the committee and this, coupled with the fact that the facilities in the hall are long overdue an upgrade, has forced us to consider closure.

“We would like to invite people in the area who have enjoyed using the hall and are interested in its future to come along to our annual general meeting, where we will be debating the matter in full.”

Reswallie Hall is located approximately three miles from Forfar on the road leading from the Station House at Clocksbriggs on the Montrose Road up to the Arbroath Road.