Village hub refurbishment completed

Strichen's Ritchie Hall has been refurbished.
Strichen's Ritchie Hall has been refurbished.

The Ritchie Hall in Strichen has been opened for the public to look around after a £240,000 refurbishment.

Turiff contractors A&M Services began work on renovating the village hub in 2013.

Back row, left to right, Councilor L.Pirie, Mrs A Clark, Mrs L Pirie, Mr J Farquhar and Mr E Watt. Front row, Mrs W Forsyth and Mrs M Banks.

Back row, left to right, Councilor L.Pirie, Mrs A Clark, Mrs L Pirie, Mr J Farquhar and Mr E Watt. Front row, Mrs W Forsyth and Mrs M Banks.

The 200-capacity hall, which strived to remain open during the works, is now complete.

SNP councillor for Central Buchan Lenny Pirie, who lived in the village for many years, said: “Having been invited to the open day at the Ritchie Hall in Strichen I was very impressed with the refurbishment which has been carried out.

“It is a first class facility which I hope will be used frequently for various activities.

“Wilma Forsyth and Essel Watt are the main driving force who have been involved with the project from day one.

The Ritchie Hall was officially opened in 1979 and has been successfully run by committee ever since.

The Ritchie Hall was officially opened in 1979 and has been successfully run by committee ever since.

“I would like to congratulate them and their committee for all their hard work they have carried out on behalf of the community.”

The project was estimated to cost nearly £240,000 and the committee succeeded in securing £85,532 of that from Aberdeenshire Leader.

The project included extending and improving the toilet, shower and changing facilities to cater for larger sports teams.

The hall now boasts an upgraded kitchen with an extensive range of modern equipment.

The venue was also approved for the SSE Community at Heart Scheme which encourages Scottish and Sourthern Employees to participate in a community event dedicating a day’s work to a worthwhile cause.

A team of hydro employees came and helped paint the main hall and Redwood Lounge.

The Ritchie Hall can be hired by any organisation or member of the public.