Tarbert lighting project gets funds

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The Committee of the Harris Mutual Improvement Association are celebrating an award of £1,925 from the Co-operative Community Fund which will enable the Stage Lighting project to go ahead.

Manager Kate Langley said: “This grant will be used to ensure that the Community Centre is a better venue for local and visiting artists alike, and once the lighting is completed it will mean that events such as the local Primary school pantomine are supported more professionally. Without this award the project could not have been carried out, as the HMIA which runs the Community Centre is currently running at a loss and would not have been able to afford the materials or to pay the installers. With this grant we will be able not only to re-install and improve the stage lighting, but also to have the PA system overhauled so that it can be used to its full capacity. I hope that the work will start shortly after the SQA exams finish in June.”

Many thanks go to Councillor Catherine MacDonald for agreeing to be the independent referee for the application, and to Treasurer Alice Read for helping to put together the accounts that accompanied the paperwork.

The fundraising table-top sale held on May 14th was a great success, with just over £500 being raised for the Association from teas, tombola, stall and tables. Thanks to all on the Committee who worked so hard to make the day go well, everyone who had a table, and all who came along to have a browse around. It is hoped another table-top sale will be held later in the year.

The long-awaited website for the Community Centre is now ‘live’ and can be found at http://tarbertcommunitycentre.weebly.com

It has a list of upcoming events, a few photos, information about the Harris Mutual Improvement Association and contact information for booking enquiries. Hopefully the website will help to raise the profile of the Centre as well as making it easier for people to find out what’s on in Tarbert.

The HMIA Committee is still looking for extra members who would like to be involved in the running of the Community Centre. Please email tarbertcc@hotmail.co.uk if you would like more information about joining the Committee, or to request an application form for membership of the HIMA. Membership is free and there is no obligation to attend meetings or events, although the Committee would like all members to be as involved as possible.