The Cromarty Hall (on Cromarty Square) is one of the key centres of community activity in the village. It has been a venue over many years for dances, concerts, weddings, craft fairs and parties. Artists who have performed here include Vera Lynn, Jimmy Shand, George Formby and Andy Stewart.
Crucially, the hall is a place where local people can organize community activities such as ceilidh dancing, table tennis, pantomimes and other events. It also hosts and runs Screen in the Square – the village’s monthly film event (with the films being chosen by ballot) – and popular second-hand book sales.
Other regular activities include:
- The Hup ukelele group
- Yoga and Pilates
- Modern jive classes
The Cromarty Hall and Square are also the focus for other village occasions such as switching on the Christmas lights.
The original building was donated to the people of South Ronaldsay in 1878 by a local businessman and philanthropist, William Cromarty.
How it is run
The Cromarty Hall is a registered charity and is run by a committee of volunteers. Many groups organising activities there come under its umbrella.
People can become Friends of the Hall. Membership involves an annual subscription of £10. It entitles you to a vote at the AGM and also other benefits. Cromarty Hall needs over £7000 per year to keep it open.
The Cromarty Hall has:
- a main hall which has a stage, cinema screen, new laser projection equipment and a five channel stereo system (there is also a bar area for special events)
- a conference/meeting/yoga room
- a kitchen and servery.
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