100-year-old village hall gets a makeover

A plaque is presented to the trustees of the Smith Memorial Hall in Darnick to mark the completion of phase 2 of its centenary year refurbishment.  The presentation outside the hall is made by vice chairman of BCCF Environmental Philip Jones to Alexander Inglis, vice-chairman of Smith Memorial Hall. Left to right: Alexander Inglis, Agnes Waldie, Elspeth Gill, Philip Jones, Margaret Aitken, Logan Inglis.
A plaque is presented to the trustees of the Smith Memorial Hall in Darnick to mark the completion of phase 2 of its centenary year refurbishment. The presentation outside the hall is made by vice chairman of BCCF Environmental Philip Jones to Alexander Inglis, vice-chairman of Smith Memorial Hall. Left to right: Alexander Inglis, Agnes Waldie, Elspeth Gill, Philip Jones, Margaret Aitken, Logan Inglis.

The refurbishment of a 100-year-old village hall in the Borders is now complete with the installing of thermal insulation.

A plaque has been presented to trustees of the Smith Memorial Hall in Darnick to mark the completion of phase 2 of its refurbishment.

With roofing repairs and re-painting work having already been done, the insulation makes the building fit for purpose in the years ahead.

The hall is a stone and timber building with a fine arched ceiling and has served as a community centre for the last 100 years. Current activities include judo, bridge, zumba, pilates, pipes and drums, toddlers, community teas and folk music.

Alexander Inglis, vice-chair of the hall trustees, said: “The trustees appreciate the grant given by the Scottish Borders Council from the Landfill Community Fund through BCCF Environmental towards refurbishment of the hall.

“It’s a lovely hall that was kindly given 100 years ago to the community and now serves Darnick and surrounds well.

“The improvement in the hall’s thermal insulation will be beneficial to the environment as well as to the many users of the hall.”

Philip Jones, vice-chairman of BCCF Environmental, said: “It’s vital that all community buildings like this are well maintained for future generations.

“Residents should be proud of the dedication of the trustees whose time is freely given to ensure the hall is kept in good condition.”

Funds for the centenary-year refurbishment have also been provided by the National Lottery, the Central Borders Federation of Village Halls, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and other private donors.

The hall was given by Violet Smith of Darnick and is dedicated to the memory of John Smith, sometime timber merchant of Melbourne, and the Australian philanthropist Helen Macpherson Smith, who was born in Darnick.