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We have returned home, at last!We have returned home, at last!
Added: 10 May 2017
Thanks to a hardy bunch of volunteers and the team at R&R Removals we have now taken all of our worldly good back home to the Burgh Hall. The builders are completing the final elements of their work, while we sort, pack, tidy and plan round about them.

A few small scale activities will be happening over the coming weeks, to test the space, then it will be ’all systems go’ from 1 June 2017.

It’s been a long haul, but hopefully well worth the wait. We look forward to showing everyone what lies behind the green door!
We are Recruiting - DIRECTOR Job DescriptionWe are Recruiting - DIRECTOR Job Description
Added: 28 Apr 2017
DIRECTOR - Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust

Hours: 28 hours per week
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 pro rata
3 year fixed-term post.

This newly-created post is a dynamic opportunity to lead an arts-led community venue, based in the recently transformed Dunoon Burgh Hall. This requires a Director with the ability to head up and energise projects, mobilise and establish working relationships locally and with the wider region, generate income and develop high-level arts and culture relationships.

The Director will lead in all business, strategic and development aspects to deliver the five-year business plan and to continue the development of the on-going, inspired arts programme. The successful candidate will strengthen relationships with funders and stakeholders, lead and manage the operating team, align with the Board on performance targets, as well as continuing to develop community and partnering relationships. Strong commercial, financial, organisation and communication skills are required, as well as the ability to consider broader social issues. Knowledge/experience of visual and performing arts is an important asset. Full job description and applicant’s pack can be found downloaded here.
For information on Argyll and Bute Council’s Rural Resettlement fund, visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/rrf

Submit covering letter, C.V. and a personal statement to: info@dunoonburghhall.org.uk by 22nd May 2017. Interviews will be held on either 31st May or 1st June 2017 in Dunoon. This post is supported by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Growing Community Assets Programme

Please see the next News items to download some background information on Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust.

Job Description here

Recruiment info here

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We are Recruiting - DIRECTOR Background InformationWe are Recruiting - DIRECTOR Background Information
Added: 28 Apr 2017
If you are interested in our vacancy for a Director you can download some background information on Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust here.

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New Vacancy - Administrator WantedNew Vacancy - Administrator Wanted
Added: 12 Dec 2016
Our project is at an incredibly exciting stage, as the major capital refurbishment of the building nears completion and the Board and small staff team prepare to return home. This new post will be crucial in setting up appropriate systems that support the delivery and expansion of our innovative creative programme from the improved facilities. It will also be central to the financial management of the project, as we work to establish a sustainable business for the future.

The Administrator will be responsible for ensuring the smooth day to day operation and financial administration of all aspects of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust’s work. Excellent communication skills will be essential, as this person will often act as a first point of contact for members of the public engaging with the project. We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and highly organised individual with a proven track record in an administrative role within a charity or public sector organisation to work as a key member of our small staff team.

The full job description and person specification is available below.

Applicants should write to Ann B. Campbell, Project Manager at info@dunoonburghhall.org.uk by 5pm on
Friday 6th January 2017 with a covering letter, current C.V. and a personal statement detailing your interest in the position, your relevant skills and experience and any other relevant information.

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Job Description

Post: Administrator
Salary Scale: £22,000 (pro rata)
Hours: 24 hours per week (0.68 FTE)
Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, flexible by agreement, with occasional evening and weekend work required.
Location: Dunoon Burgh Hall
195 Argyll Street
Argyll PA23 7DD

Responsible to: The Administrator will report directly to the Project Director, who will provide monthly support and supervision meetings and yearly appraisals.
A three month probationary period will operate at the start of any appointment.

Job context: Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is a Scottish Charity committed to returning the Burgh Hall to the heart of the community as an accessible, arts-led venue and aims to achieve this by encouraging and inspiring current and future generations to explore our heritage, to engage in diverse cultural opportunities and to work together to create a sustainable facility.

The project is at an incredibly exciting stage, as the major capital refurbishment of the building nears completion and the Board and small staff team prepare to return home. This new post will be crucial in setting up appropriate systems that support the delivery and expansion of our innovative creative programme from the improved facilities. It will also be central to the financial management of the project, as we work to establish a sustainable business for the future.

Main Objectives:
The Administrator will be responsible for ensuring the smooth day to day operation and financial administration of Dunoon Burgh Hall.

The Administrator will provide general administrative support to the Project Director and team and ensure the smooth running of all administrative systems across the organisation. Excellent communication skills will be essential, as this person will often act as a first point of contact for members of the public engaging with the project.

This role requires an enthusiastic, flexible and highly organised individual with a proven track record in an administrative role within a charity or public sector organisation to work as a key member of our small staff team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Administration
Act as first point of contact for members of the public either in person, by telephone or via email and respond appropriately

Establish and co-ordinate a bookings diary, administering all bookings, liaising with user groups and communicating with customers

Co-ordinate a ticketing system for all programmed events and activities

Ensure effective information management, including a contacts database, record keeping, manual and electronic filing, collation of attendance numbers and user feedback required for evaluation

Manage the sourcing and ordering of supplies and equipment, as required

Support the planning and co-ordination of events held within Dunoon Burgh Hall and elsewhere

Manage the Friends of DBHT scheme, arranging loyalty cards and ensuring regular and effective communication

2. Finance
Ensure accurate book-keeping and tracking of income and expenditure relating to the project

Issue invoices and track payments

Make payments and manage online banking

Compile and submit VAT returns

Operate payroll system and manage PAYE and pension payments

Collate financial information required by funders and complete grant payment claims, as required

3. Building Management
Ensure that key-holding duties, cleaning and caretaking operate efficiently and smoothly

Support the Project Manager in the maintenance of health and safety, licensing and other compliance issues

Manage a maintenance and repair programme for all services and equipment within the building

Maintain a log of equipment and resources

Manage stock control and ordering of cleaning materials and other supplies

4. Marketing
Post information, as provided, on social media, website and e-newsletters

Arrange design and printing of marketing materials, as required

5. General
Attend and contribute to regular project planning meetings, taking minutes, as required

Carry out other tasks appropriate to the post, as instructed by the Project Director

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Person Specification

Post: Administrator

Main Objective: The Administrator will be responsible for ensuring the smooth day to day operation and financial administration of Dunoon Burgh Hall.

The Administrator will provide general administrative support to the Project Director and project team and ensure the smooth running of all administrative systems across the organisation.

There is the potential to provide training, if the successful candidate does not have direct experience of all required tasks.

Minimum five years experience in an office management or administration role, or similar. Essential

Experience of a wide range of administrative functions. Essential

Strong financial skills with experience of basic financial analysis and reporting. Essential

Experience of payroll management. Desirable

Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing information. Essential

Good computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite. Essential

Experience of using social media. Desirable

Well organised and adaptable with the ability to manage own workload and work on own initiative. Essential

Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken. Essential

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people of all ages, regardless of race, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Essential

Ability to communicate effectively with members of the public, colleagues and representatives of other organisations. Essential

High degree of confidentiality, discretion, initiative and tact Essential

Knowledge and understanding of health and safety policies and procedures, licensing and compliance issues Essential

This post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Growing Community Assets Programme.

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Dunoon Film Festival 2016 Programme LaunchedDunoon Film Festival 2016 Programme Launched
Added: 05 Oct 2016
Dunoon Film Festival 2016
Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November
We are really excited to announce that the full programme for this year’s Dunoon Film Festival has just been launched online!
Click here to go straight to it:

We hope there is something for everyone in the selection of films and events on offer, from family films, Hollywood classics, world cinema and the work of Scottish film makers. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Argyll Youth Arts this year to extend the fun for young people.

Our usual colourful printed programmes will be winging their way to us in the next day or two, so look out for them appearing out and about. If you can help to distribute some to your part of the world we would be really grateful - please drop by the Pop Up Shop anytime and pick some up.

Tickets are available to buy online or in person from our Pop Up Shop at 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon.

Sincere thanks go to our funders Regional Screen Scotland, to our main sponsor Western Ferries and to all of the individual business sponsors, who together make this annual event possible. Thanks also go to Cowal Cinema Club and our Festival Programmers Sean Greenhorn and Corinne Orton, for pulling together such an interesting selection of films.

Come along and join the fun!
Great Funding News from Big Lottery ScotlandGreat Funding News from Big Lottery Scotland
Added: 26 Sep 2016
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Big Lottery Scotland has approved our application to their Growing Community Assets fund for £656,825 funding over the next five years. BIG has agreed to provide much-needed revenue support, tapering over five years, to help Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust establish a sustainable business that meets the needs of our community. They will also be providing a crucial injection of capital funding to support the fit out of the building with furniture and equipment, ready for re-opening early in 2017.

On hearing the news, Brendan O’Hara MP said: “This is a whopping success for the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trustees and a massive boost for the whole Dunoon and Cowal area. We are seeing again, people-power in action and the positive impact of a determined and proactive local community. I can’t wait to see the Hall complete and the morale boost this will have on the town.”

Michael Russell MSP tweeted: Delighted at @BIGScotland £650,000 award to @BurghHallDunoon to complete renovation - congratulations to all who are making it happen.

The application process was a massive piece of work, supported by extensive community consultation, and resulting in a robust business plan with clear and ambitious objectives. Now the hard work to make it all happen can begin! Onwards and upwards with massive thanks to BIG!
Cowal Tweed - a brand new Harris Tweed designed by local artistsCowal Tweed - a brand new Harris Tweed designed by local artists
Added: 29 Aug 2016
We were absolutely delighted to launch our very own ’Cowal Tweed’ at the Dunoon Presents Sunset Ceremony, with the help of BBC Weather Reporter, Judith Ralston, and then to showcase it at the Cowal Highland Gathering over the past weekend. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from everyone.

This new Harris Tweed was designed by local artists as part of a community project funded by Awards for All and led by Sandi Kiehlmann. The design was inspired by the colours of the Cowal landscape and woven by independant Harris weaver, Rebecca Hutton. Dunoon Quilters group members have created some stunning pieces to furnish the Burgh Hall when we return there and you can see them at our Pop Up Shop now.

Click here to see a short clip of Rebecca talking about the themes of the design, as devised by the group of artists:

Cowal Tweed is now available to order for £30 per metre from Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust (with a proportion of each sale supporting our fundraising). A number of local crafters are already using Cowal Tweed to create a range of items for sale, including cushions, lavender bags, handbags and animal heads - look out for these lovely pieces at The Collective craft shop and Muddy Boots & Myrtle shop, both on Argyll Street, Dunoon. Simply email us if you would like to place an order.
Uncovering our History - the Caretaker’s FlatUncovering our History - the Caretaker’s Flat
Added: 25 Jul 2016
Our Heritage Project continues to uncover more great stories from the Burgh Hall’s past. Most recently, our volunteers have been in touch with the family of Nan and Archie McCallum, who lived in the Caretakers flat in the Burgh Hall from 1951 until 1976. Nan was the Caretaker of the hall for 25 years, while Archie worked as a driver for the Burgh. We were absolutely delighted to receive copies of some great photographs, courtesy of Nan and Archie’s daughter, Jean Buckles. They include a great shot of inside the caretakers flat, an unusual view of the back garden and group photographs from key events in the Burgh Surveyor’s Offices. This photograph is from Nan and Archie’s retirement party in 1976. See more under Events - Photo Album.
Annual General Meeting of Dunoon Burgh Hall TrustAnnual General Meeting of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Added: 23 Jun 2016
All members of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday 27 June at 5pm in the Pop Up Shop, 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7HG.

Notification of the meeting and all of the associated papers have been sent out to all members either by email or by post.

Attached is a copy of the Annual Accounts for 2014/15 for information.

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’Elsewhere & Other Places’ Exhibition’Elsewhere & Other Places’ Exhibition
Added: 21 Mar 2016
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is delighted to present a new exhibition from a group of four artists with strong connections to Cowal. ’Elsewhere and Other Places’ opens at the Burgh Hall Pop Up Gallery at 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon on Saturday 26 March and will feature a live painting demonstration by Colm Docherty at 1pm. The exhibition will then run for five weeks, opening from Tuesday to Saturday, 12noon to 4pm.

’Elsewhere and Other Places’ will be the first collaboration between four artists who all studied at Glasgow School of Art at different times and who then met through their involvement with Dunoon Burgh Hall. Colm Docherty, Anoushka Havinden, Jenny Hunter, and Sandi Kiehlmann create work that expresses four distinct ways of exploring the world in two dimensions. The exhibition will include watercolours, Chinese inks, mixed media and textile pieces all inspired by a shared love of colour, line and form.

Colm Docherty was the first of the group to graduate from Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s and moved to Cowal with his family over 30 years ago. Colm’s work shows his high standard of draughtmanship in the use of Chinese inks, watercolour and goache to capture the range of light and shade in the landscape. Colm has been involved with Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust for four years, in his role as volunteer Gallery Technician.

Anoushka Havinden works with mixed media and a combination of observed, remembered and imagined images to explore life and perception. Using drawing, painting and collage, and often incorporating figurative elements, her layered pictures incorporate both accidental marks and intentional constructions. Born in London, Anoushka grew up in the North East of Scotland. She studied at Aberdeen College and Glasgow School of Art, and moved to Dunoon in 2014.

Jenny Hunter graduated from Glasgow School of Art, specialising in drawing and painting, and now works as Arts & Heritage Programme Co-ordinator with Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust. Jenny loves to work outdoors, capturing the essence of a scene through colour and line. Watercolour and pastels are currently her preferred media, allowing for experimentation and semi abstraction.

Sandi Kiehlmann studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles at Glasgow School of Art. She specialises in fine art textiles and combines this with explorations into other art forms. She has worked on a variety of commissions for public spaces including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Museum of Scotland, Birmingham Art Gallery and Tramway, and has collaborated on a diverse range of arts projects nationally. Sandi moved to Cowal in 2004 and has developed and led a variety of projects for Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust.
Be a Dunoon Burgh Hall SponsorBe a Dunoon Burgh Hall Sponsor
Added: 03 Mar 2016
When Dunoon Burgh Hall was built in 1876 it was paid for by public subscription - 400 local business people donated £10 each to establish the first theatre in Argyll. Now, almost 140 years later, we hope that the public will
help to make a positive contribution to our community once again. We are now in the final stages of our considerable fundraising effort and we need the help
of our many supporters to reach our final target.

Click here to donate online now

We have designed a fun collection of sponsorship options to suit many budgets. We hope you will consider giving a little (or a lot) to support the restoration of key elements of the building. You might even give a sponsorship item as an interesting gift for someone special, someone far away or in memory of a loved one. The choice is all yours!

Help us to raise the roof
There are literally thousands of tiles to be restored or replaced on our great expanses of roof and, just like our many supporters, every one is important. For a donation of just £5 you can help add a new tile to the collection and make our beautiful, stately building watertight once again.
Reward: Your name will listed as a Raise the Roof supporter on our website.

Treading the boards & cutting a rug
Revitalise our original stage & dance floor Thousands of people remember treading the boards on our stage and cutting a rug on our dance floor and the wear and tear is there to show for it. Donate £10 to help restore or replace a floorboard and bring the golden days of ballroom dancing back to Dunoon Burgh Hall.
Reward: You will get a certificate thanking your for your support and your name will be listed as a Treading the Boards supporter on our website.

Save our mysterious ‘Lady in the Attic’
While preparing the building for refurbishment we discovered a beautiful sketch on the plasterwork in our attic, hidden beneath years of layers of wallpaper. Donate £20 to help sponsor our efforts to rescue our Mysterious Lady and preserve her image for the future.
Reward: Receive a set of 5 postcards of our Mysterious Lady to share with your friends and your name will be listed as a Mysterious Lady supporter on our website.

Restore a beautiful vintage balcony seat
There are 40 elegant seats waiting to be brought back in to use on our fabulous balcony. For a donation of £50 you can ensure that one is restored to its former glory.
Reward: A brass plaque with a short message of your choice will be fixed to your restored chair and you will be invited to a pre-opening reception. Your name will also be listed as a Beautiful Balcony supporter on our website.

Give a Robert Stewart mural a new home
For just £100 you can be one of a select group to help us give a new home to a unique mural by this important Scottish artist with very strong Cowal connections. The mural is currently in storage at Glasgow School of Art.
Reward: A permanent plaque located in the entrance
hallway will credit each of our Robert Stewart sponsors and you will be our special guest at a pre-opening reception to unveil the mural in its new home. You will also receive a limited edition print of the mural and your name will be listed as a Robert Stewart Supporter on our website.

Revive our gargoyle (or grotesque) & his stonework friends
For a generous donation of £200 you can choose one of our special exterior stonework features to be restored in your name. Which do you prefer - the mouse, the bird or a carved monogram?
Reward: A permanent plaque located in the entrance hallway will credit each of our stonework sponsors and you will be our special guest at a pre-opening reception to unveil the restored stonework features. You will also receive a limited edition print of our Gargoyle by artist Colm Docherty and your name will be listed
as a Gargoyle Supporter on our website.

Restore our stained glass window & help our Viking get his beard back
Donate £200 and be part of select group to support the restoration of the 14 panels in our beautiful stained glass window. Or for £500 be the one special sponsor who can claim our stained glass Viking as their very own private restoration contribution.
Reward: A permanent plaque located in the main hall will credit each of our stained glass sponsors and you will be our special guest at a pre-opening reception to unveil the restored window. You will also receive a limited edition print of the window and your name will be listed as a Stained Glass Window Supporter on our website. Our Viking Sponsor will also get to view the window at close quarters and meet the specialist restoration team while the work is in progress.

Click here to see our ’Be a Sponsor’ video
2015 - Celebrating another exciting year2015 - Celebrating another exciting year
Added: 15 Dec 2015
Our Season’s Greetings come with a big thank you for another year of fantastic support! We are indebted to our many volunteers, Board members, friends, funders and sponsors for your continuing commitment to the Dunoon Burgh Hall project - we couldn’t do any of this without them all!

2015 has been another exciting and challenging year which has seen our major refurbishment of Dunoon Burgh Hall begin, alongside the continuing delivery of an exciting and interesting programme of events for our community.

We closed the doors of the Burgh Hall in November 2014, in preparation for stripping out the building and getting the restoration work underway. The ongoing wear and tear on the poor old building meant that refurbishment was critical and in early 2015 we were able to start the process by putting the building contract out to tender, as the final elements of our major funding package came together.

We said a sad farewell to our Capital Project Manager, Sarah MacKinnon of Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust, who was tireless in her work to guide the Burgh Hall project through the maze of capital funding and heritage building restoration over nearly ten years. Sarah was involved from the early days of the campaign to rescue the building and was key in helping us progress the capital project. We wish her well in her new post.

We were delighted to receive funding awards from Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Monument Trust, Robertson Trust, The Big Lottery Fund, The Theatres Trust and Sylvia Waddilove Foundation. These funders joined forces with Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland to support the Burgh Hall refurbishment plans. In September we welcomed Greenock-based building contractors, WH Kirkwood Ltd on site to begin the challenging task of restoring and improving our fabulous building within our very tight budget.

With the building closed we continued to organise creative events in other venues, including the Queen’s Hall, Hanover Street Hall, Dunoon Baptist Church and Cowal Camera Club. Then in June we ’Popped Up’ in our new temporary location at 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon.

This large Pop Up Shop now provides a gallery space, a craft shop (in partnership with The Collective - Cowal Craft Co-operative), a space for workshops, talks and meetings and enough storage space for all of the ’stuff’ that we had to move out of the Hall. It is fantastic to have a public face again and to have a space where our many volunteers and supporters can come together and develop new ideas and initiatives. Our Heritage Activity Programme is now well underway and our volunteers are busy recording memories and stories of the hall and the town for our archive. If you would like to get involved in some way, or if you have memories to share then please let us know!

The Pop Up Shop also provides a great base for our continuing fundraising efforts, as we now turn our focus on the need to equip the building once the refurbishment is complete. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to our calendar art competition, our Everyone is an Artist postcard art sale and our Re-cycled Fashion event. We recently launched a ’Be a Sponsor’ campaign and we hope that the generosity of our many supporters will allow us to meet our funding target.

Some Programme Highlights
In 2015 we organised our third Dunoon Film Festival (DFF 2015) featuring our very first outdoor cinema screening. This was a fabulous addition to a great weekend and we look forward to many more. Dunoon Film Festival was once again supported by a great range of local business sponsors and our thanks go to them all.

Dunoon Vintage, Found Sounds and Recycled Noise made up our Summer Creative Season for 10 to 19 year olds. Workshops in animation, film, digital sound and drama resulted in a short film produced by the young people, which screened at Dunoon Film Festival.

Cowal Tweed is our ongoing design and weaving project, led by artist Sandi Kiehlmann and working with Harris independent weaver, Becca Hutton. Our own bespoke Cowal tweed will be used to create soft furnishings for the Burgh Hall when it reopens.

This year’s partnership Guest Artist Exhibition with Cowal Open Studios, curated by Annie Ferguson, brought visitors from across Scotland to see the work of embroiderers and weavers Hannah Frew Paterson and Deirdre Nelson and included some fascinating talks and school workshops too.

Argyll Youth Arts Hub continues to flourish, and has just appointed 2 local young promoters to bring exciting initiatives to young people across Cowal.

We were partners in Dunoon Book Festival, hosting author visits and family workshops, and we continued to support YouthSTUFF drama workshops, Cowal Cinema Club events and the development of CHArts Cowal Hub.

We are now looking forward to a fantastic 2016, complete with the reopening of the Dunoon Burgh Hall in the Autumn and the continuation of our diverse cultural programme offering something for everyone. Stay with us for the ride - it is going to be exciting!
Be a Dunoon Burgh Hall SponsorBe a Dunoon Burgh Hall Sponsor
Added: 07 Dec 2015
Are you looking for the perfect gift for that special someone who has everything? Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is inviting supporters to sponsor elements of the building’s restoration and we can provide a personalised gift certificate for the person of your choice. Click on this link to see a moving-image version of our ’Be a Sponsor’ leaflet, very kindly produced for us by our new volunteer, Eugene Lefebvre-Desnouettes.


We hope you like this fun collection of sponsorship options, designed to suit many budgets. You could sponsor a roof tile for £5, a floorboard on the stage for £10 or dedicate a balcony seats to someone special for £50. For the more ambitious sponsors there are opportunities to help us provide a new home for a Robert Stewart ceramic mural, refurbish our gargoyles (or grotesques) or save our stained glass Viking. We really hope that our supporters will consider giving a little (or a lot) to support the restoration of these key elements of the building. Sponsorship can be arranged as an interesting gift for someone special, for someone far away or in memory of a loved one.

When the Burgh Hall was built in 1876 it was paid for by public subscription - 400 local business people donated £10 each to establish the first theatre in Argyll. Now, almost 140 years later, we hope that the public will help to make a positive contribution to our community once again. We are now in the final stages of our considerable fundraising effort and we hope that our many supporters can help us reach our final target.

If you would prefer to make a contribution without sponsoring an item then making a donation online is easy at:


or you can post a cheque, payable to Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, to Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust Pop Up Shop, 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7HG

Thank you — every little help
WH Kirkwood Ltd on board as Contractors for Major WorksWH Kirkwood Ltd on board as Contractors for Major Works
Added: 07 Sep 2015
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust has appointed Greenock company, W H Kirkwood Ltd., to undertake the major refurbishment work to this historic community building. This welcome news is the result of many years of campaigning and fundraising and follows a rigorous public procurement process that invited building companies from across the country to tender for the contract.

Major capital funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Monument Trust and The John McAslan Family Trust to enable this £1.56million contract to begin and additional development funding is in place from The Big Lottery Growing Community Assets programme.

The refurbishment of the Burgh Hall will include adaptations to allow full disabled access, including a lift, a totally new heating system, new toilet facilities on both floors, the restoration of the balcony, major works to the roof and a glass-roofed café extension into the rear garden. The finished building will include a gallery suite, workshop rooms, meeting rooms and a new café bar, as well as the beautiful main hall.

John McAslan, Chairperson of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, said: ’We are very pleased to be able to appoint W H Kirkwood to work with us on this crucial phase of the project. The Burgh Hall is not only Dunoon’s most important civic building, it is also a much-loved community space. Kirkwoods fully appreciate the level of anticipation there is to see the building beautifully restored and reopened to allow us to continue our diverse cultural programme. We are sure that they will do an exemplary job.’

W H Kirwood is a long-established company with extensive experience in the restoration of historic buildings. Fiona McLintock, Director of WH Kirkwood said: “We at WHK are delighted to play a key role in the refurbishment of the Dunoon Burgh Hall. This project gives our company further opportunity of engagement with the local community, not only at delivery and project level but, most importantly, at sub-contract, labour and material resource levels.”

Ann Campbell, Project Manager for Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust said: ’It is a massive achievement for our project to have reached this very exciting stage and that is all thanks to the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors, Trust members and our many volunteers. It is testament to the fact that that the building and the work that we have been doing within it is highly valued. We hope to have a very positive experience with WH Kirkwood and look forward to the many learning opportunities that this building phase will offer for our community.’

The building work is scheduled to begin on 14 September 2015 and it is anticipated that the building will reopen to the public in September 2016.
Announcing our ’Pop Up’ plansAnnouncing our ’Pop Up’ plans
Added: 07 Sep 2015
It may have seemed rather quiet at the top of Argyll Street since the Burgh Hall closed its doors at the end of November 2014, but there has been a great deal of work going on behind the scenes.

A basic strip out of the building has been undertaken to reveal any unknown issues and the contract for the major refurbishment work is now out to tender. By September Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust will know exactly how much the refurbishment will cost and how much more fundraising needs to be done. It is hoped that the work will begin on site towards the end of September, with the building reopening in September 2016. The new, improved Burgh Hall will have a completely repaired roof, disabled access including a lift, a new heating system, new toilets and a café extension in the rear garden.

While the building is closed the creative activity is set to continue at the opposite end of the street, as Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust take over The Pound Shop (or Cooper & Co. Grocers, for those with much longer memories). This new location has been transformed in to a Pop Up Gallery & Shop and opened from Saturday 20 June.

Ann Campbell, Project Manager for Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust said: ’We are delighted to have secured the lease for this large shop, which will give us a great base to continue fundraising for the Burgh Hall refurbishment and our exciting programme of events. The shop will provide an excellent outlet to promote and sell local art and crafts, as well as a place to sell Burgh Hall merchandise and promote our activities. It will be run by volunteers and we hope that we can have it open at least four days each week, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.’

The Pop Up Gallery & Shop will also provide a base for some of the Burgh Hall’s creative and heritage activities for all ages. In particular, over the coming year Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust will be running a new Heritage Activity Programme, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This programme will engage local volunteers in historical research, gathering reminiscences, training in oral history techniques and in traditional building skills. There will be opportunities to create a community history performance and to develop interesting interpretation pieces based on the research findings. In addition, a series of seminars will be organised with professionals from organisations such as the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments.

Jenny Hunter, Arts and Heritage Development Worker said: ’I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in any aspect of our Heritage Activity Programme. People may have stories and anecdotes of their own to share, they may have fond family memories of holidays in the area, or they may be interested in doing some research or creative work. People can choose to take part in just one element or they can get involved in everything. I am keen to hear from them all!’

To find out more about the Heritage Activity Programme you can drop in to the Burgh Hall Pop Up Gallery at 33 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7HG or contact Jenny Hunter by email at jennydunoonarts@gmail.com
Creating a Calendar for Dunoon Burgh HallCreating a Calendar for Dunoon Burgh Hall
Added: 10 Aug 2015
We are very pleased with the response to our first Burgh Hall Calendar Competition. Our many creative friends were invited to submit a drawing or painting of their favourite local building or view, for a fundraising calendar celebrating the heritage of Dunoon and Cowal. Two distinguished judges, artists Scoular Anderson and Brian Phillips, were presented with a real challenge in making their selection from the many entries. Scoular and Brian were presented with anonymous art works and made their final selection as follows:

Colm Docherty ’Firth of Clyde from Strone’
Robin Thomas ’Dunoon Burgh Hall’
Lucy Jones (age 7) ’Dunoon Pier’
Emma McErlane ’Castle House Museum’
Joyce Stewart ’ Kirn Church’
E.J. Potts ’Dunoon’
Ralph Valentine ’The Waverley’
Jan Ferguson ’Castle Toward’
Jenny Hunter ’Bookpoint’
Vivien Hill ’The Courtyard, Benmore Gardens’
Ian Dennis ’Dunoon Pier’
Ian Stewart (age 9) ’Dunoon Burgh Hall’

As part of the competition our Arts & Heritage Programme Co-ordinator, Jenny Hunter, led a free drawing walk around Dunoon for budding artists. In the process she produced a beautiful watercolour painting, which we secretly included among the entries without her knowledge. Jenny is now very embarrassed to have had her piece selected, but the judges insisted that her work deserves to be included. Now she will have to buy several copies of the calendar for all of her family and friends, so there is method in our madness!

We are very grateful to Brian and Scoular for giving their time and expertise to this project. We are also delighted that they have each kindly allowed us to include their work in the final calendar, making it an even more attractive purchase.

A massive thank you goes to everyone who entered. All of the art works, including those not selected for the calendar, will be featured in our Pop Up Gallery exhibition over Cowal Highland Gathering weekend and we hope that as many people as possible will drop in to see them. The calendar will be available to buy then too. (NB Artists can take their pieces away to frame or mount for hanging, but please make sure that artwork is handed back in by Wednesday 26th August).
Dunoon Film Festival - Save the Date! Dunoon Film Festival - Save the Date!
Added: 13 May 2015
We are delighted to announce that the dates for Dunoon Film Festival 2015 will be Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September. Make sure to pop these in your diary now. We will be in touch soon with more details of another fantastic weekend of film and fun.

Sincere thanks go to Regional Screen Scotland for providing the core funding for this initiative. As in previous years, we will also rely on sponsorship from businesses and interested individuals, so if you would like to support Dunoon Film Festival please do get in touch.
Our builders discover a message in a bottleOur builders discover a message in a bottle
Added: 05 Apr 2015
During the clear out of the balcony in April 2015 our builders found this Solripe Limeade bottle with its Mothers Pride bread wrapper cork. Would you like to know what the message in the bottle says? Have a look in our Events Photo Gallery under Historic Burgh Hall Archive. You will never guess!
Our Mysterious Lady in the AtticOur Mysterious Lady in the Attic
Added: 25 Feb 2015
As the initial strip-out of the building progresses it has revealed some beautiful original features and a few little surprises. During one of her sneaky visits to the building while the builders were out, our Venue Manager, Ann Campbell, couldn’t resist peeling the damp wallpaper and paint off the attic walls. The best surprise of all lay underneath these layers - a beautiful pencil sketch of a lady on the bottom layer of plaster.

’I never could resist picking at peeling paint and wallpaper, but this is the best result I have ever had. I was excited to post the photograph on to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for everyone to see and the response to has been fabulous. Everyone loves our mysterious lady in the attic!’

Nearby on the same wall there are a number of other pencil sketches and the name ’Dolly Dawson’ written in beautiful copperplate script. It is not clear when these sketches might have been done, but it may have been in the 1870s, when the building was built, or perhaps at a later stage when the original fireplace was removed and a very primitive electric heater installed.

Ann said ’The next challenge for any of our friends is to investigate who ’Dolly Dawson’ might have been. This will give us a great clue as to when these sketches might have been done and by whom.’

The gable wall where the sketches have been found is particularly damp and will have to be stripped out at some stage. Volunteers are now looking for ways to save the secret lady and allow her to live on within the refurbished building.
The Theatres Trust Funding SuccessThe Theatres Trust Funding Success
Added: 17 Feb 2015
We are delighted to report that The Theatres Trust has announced its sixth round of small capital grants to theatres and successful theatres in this round include Dunoon Burgh Hall.

Grants from the Trust’s Theatres Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme were awarded to five theatres across the UK. Dunoon Burgh Hall receives £5,000 towards its ‘Stage Lift’ project to install a low rise platform lift to allow fully disabled access to the stage.

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust said: “This round marks the third year of our Small Grants Scheme with funds from our Theatres Protection Fund. Through the Scheme, The Theatres Trust has been able to financially assist 32 theatres with their capital projects including these five exceptional venues. We would not be able to do this without the generous donations of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE to the Theatres Protection Fund and we continue to be grateful for their support.”

The Trust’s Small Grants Scheme helps theatres in need and at risk address urgent building repairs, improve their operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility.
The Theatres Trust
Protecting theatres for everyone
T 020 7836 8591
W theatrestrust.org.uk
The Strip-out starts here - February 2015The Strip-out starts here - February 2015
Added: 02 Feb 2015
We have had an incredibly busy time these past few weeks clearing the building for the next stage of our refurbishment challenge to start. It is amazing how much ’stuff’ had found its way into every nook and cranny of the building over its lifetime, but with the support of a brilliant team of volunteers, we have managed to empty almost every room and seriously rationalise the ’stuff’’ that has been put in to storage. Sincere thanks go to the hardy team of volunteers who got involved in the clear out - we couldn’t have done it without them!

On Tuesday 3 February Stewart McNee (Dunoon) Ltd will take on the task of stripping out key spaces within the building over a four week contract. The purpose of this strip-out is to check for any previously undiscovered issues that need to be included in the major works.

Fyne Homes will also be starting work on their St Cuthbert’s site next door, where they are building two blocks of flats, so it will be all go in our wee corner of town.

While the strip-out is underway the final design scheme will be completed with our Design Team, led by Page Park Architects, and the contract for the major refurbishment works will be finalised and put out to tender. The size of this contract means that it has to be tendered through the Public Procurement Portal and will be open to any building company that is interested. We hope that local companies will apply and compete strongly for the contract.

We anticipate the major works starting around May 2015 and taking about 12 months to complete, so Summer 2016 should be an exciting time for Dunoon.

Have a look at the ’Behind the Scenes’ photos in the ’Projects’ section of this website to see some of our hidden gems and to appreciate the amount of work needed to bring this beautiful old building up to 21st century standards.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise Funding SuccessHighlands & Islands Enterprise Funding Success
Added: 22 Dec 2014
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is delighted to report that Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved an investment of £300,000 in the major refurbishment of their building. This welcome news completes the complex jigsaw of funding required for the capital works, and will enable the Trust to move forward with the major improvements to this important local building.

Capital funding has now been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland, The Monument Trust and The John McAslan Family Trust, as well as HIE. The Burgh Hall Trust has now reached its target of £1.7million, which will allow work to begin on completing the final elements of the design scheme and preparing the building contract to go out to tender early in the new year.

The refurbishment of the Burgh Hall will include adaptations to allow full disabled access, including a lift, a totally new heating system, new toilet facilities on both floors, the restoration of the balcony, major works to the roof and a glass-roofed café extension into the rear garden. The finished building will include a gallery suite, workshop rooms, meeting rooms and a new café bar, as well as the beautiful main hall.

John McAslan, Chairperson of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, said: ’We welcome this important funding commitment from Highlands & Islands Enterprise. We look forward to working closely with them on the capital project and in the development of our community business as we move in to a new phase of operations in a fully functioning building.’

Ann Campbell, Venue Manager, said: ’This is another great endorsement of the years of effort put in to the Burgh Hall project by our many volunteers, our directors and our supporters across the community. The fundraising doesn’t stop here, however, as we now need to focus on securing the revenue needed to build a thriving cultural programme within the Burgh Hall for the whole Cowal community and beyond. The Burgh Hall building is now closed for any events, but our volunteers are now busy clearing the building in preparation for its strip out in February, so there is still plenty of work to do and all help is very welcome.’

Creative Scotland Capital Funding Success!Creative Scotland Capital Funding Success!
Added: 04 Nov 2014
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust has received word that Creative Scotland is to contribute £465,000 to the major refurbishment programme for the building.

Over £3.5million awarded for ambitious plans to transform cultural facilities

Creative Scotland is pleased to confirm more than £3.5million Large Capital Funding, supporting three organisations to realise ambitious plans to transform cultural facilities.

The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr; Dunoon’s Burgh Hall and Perth’s Horsecross Arts have all received confirmation of Stage Two Large Capital Awards that will enable the projects to progress the delivery of their final plans.

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, Dunoon Burgh Halls, Argyll
Once the only theatre in Argyll, the Burgh Hall holds a Grade B listed status and is considered the town’s most important civic building. The redevelopment will recognise and maintain the historic nature of the building, which was originally designed in the Scots Baronial style by the Glasgow architect Robert Bryden. The redevelopment will create a multi-use arts hub, with the main hall capable of supporting a mixed performance programme, events and functions, and larger exhibitions. It will also house a café and a range of meeting spaces, supporting the development of cultural tourism and the local economy.
Award £465,000

Dunoon Burgh Hall was built for the community by public subscription and when it opened in 1874 was the first theatre in Argyll. After a long period at the heart of community activity, the building fell in to disrepair and closed. Neglected and largely disused for more than 20 years, its doors finally reopened in May 2009, following a long-running community campaign to retain the building. In 2012 Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust was appointed to act as Project Co-ordinator for the development of the full capital refurbishment project. A design team, led by Page & Park Architects, has since developed plans for the major works needed to improve the building significantly for the future. The refurbishment will include major improvements to heating, toilet facilities and disabled access, as well as the addition of a café extension. To date funding support for the capital refurbishment project has been confirmed from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Monument Trust, Historic Scotland and The John McAslan Family Trust. Additional applications are currently being assessed by The Big Lottery Fund and Highlands & Island Enterprise.

John McAslan, Chairman of the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust said: ’On behalf of the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, I would like to say how delighted we are that Creative Scotland is supporting us in this way with such a generous capital works grant. This is a clear demonstration of the value of the work that our Trust has been engaged in since re-opening Dunoon Burgh Hall in 2009.and it puts us on schedule to begin the full refurbishment of the building in early 2015 with completion the following year.’

Ann Campbell, Venue Manager said: ’This is another fantastic endorsement of the hard work done by the many volunteers who have worked so hard to bring the Burgh Hall back to life. Massive credit must also go to our project consultant, Sarah MacKinnon of Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust, who has supported us through the long and complex process of applying for this major capital funding. There is still a great deal of work ahead, but are now confident that a new, improved Burgh Hall is on the horizon.’
Place your Bids for our Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust Auction of PromisesPlace your Bids for our Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust Auction of Promises
Added: 23 Oct 2014
On Saturday 25 October we are having an Auction of Promises as part of our Vintage Big Band Night in the Queen’s Hall. We have had a fabulous variety of exciting prizes donated and, once again, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our many supporters.

Even if you can’t make it along to the event, we would still like to give you the chance to bid on these Auction lots. So, have a look at the details below. You can then bid by email, detailing the lot number and the amount you are willing to pay. Bids must be emailed to us by 4pm on Saturday 25 October to be submitted at the live Auction. If you are the winning bidder we will let you know on Monday 27 October.

Dig deep and bid high to win one of these fabulous prizes and support the Dunoon Burgh Hall refurbishment fund in the process.

Lot 1 A Round of Golf on a Championship Course with European Tour player Chris Doak
This fantastic opportunity for a real golfing enthusiast comes courtesy of our friend Peter Drown at Beavis Morgan Accountants & Business Advisors, 2015 sponsors of European Tour golfer Chris Doak, who hails from Glasgow. Play a round of golf with Chris and Peter at a championship course in 2015.
Reserve price £350. Date and location to be arranged dependant on availability.

Lot 2 One week’s accomodation in the French Alps
Who wouldn’t like seven nights accommodation in the French Alps? Situated in the Savoie region of southern France this a two-bedroom apartment is ideally placed for skiing in the Paradiski area of Les Arcs / La Plagne in winter or walking, mountain biking and kayaking in summer. (Flybe operate flights from Glasgow International Airport to nearby Chambery). Kindly donated by John Tyre & Sons.
Reserve price £100

Lot 3 Explore Cowal in a chauffeur-driven 1958 Jaguar XJ 150
Here is an opportunity to experience a chauffeured drive around the Cowal countryside in a classic car. Meet your driver at The Creggans Inn in Strachur (or a mutually agreeable location) for a ride in an iconic vintage soft top car. Weather permitting, the top will be down as you enjoy the glorious views. After your trip you will be treated to tea and cake back at The Creggans Inn. A perfect gift for that someone who has everything.
For one person / subject to weather & car/driver availability

Lot 4 Sail Loch Fyne in Wildgoose, a 42’ luxury yacht, then enjoy dinner at Portavadie Marina
A special treat for 2015. Join your skipper, professional sailing instructor Steve Ross of FyneSail, at Portavadie for a late afternoon or evening sail on this fabulous luxury yacht. Then return to Portavadie Marina in time to enjoy a three-course dinner for two and a bottle of wine in The Marina Restaurant.
For two people. Subject to weather & availability.

Lot 5 A Weekend Getaway for Eight in Tighnabruaich
Enjoy a relaxing weekend with family or friends in this lovely holiday cottage in Tighnabruaich. ’Aldersyde’ sleeps 8 and overlooks the Kyles of Bute and Arran. Facilities include a games room with table tennis, pool table and darts and a children’s playroom.
Subject to availability. All bed linen and towels included.

Lot 6 Quadmania Quad Adventure Trek
Kindly donated by David Marshall, this is a wonderful introduction to Quadmania’s Quad Bike Treks, combining great fun with learning quad control driving through rough, but scenic terrain. Tackle farmland, streams, natural woodland and a forest glen before climbing to 1,000 feet, taking in fantastic views and landscapes. Another great gift idea.
1.5 hours for two people. Suitable for riders aged 12 and over

Lot 7 Clear out your rubbish - Dump Transport & Help
Need to get stuff to the dump? Bid for Pieter & Fiona Services and get the use of a car, trailer & driver for the day.
To be used in the Cowal area only.

Lot 8 Clear out your rubbish, big style - Skip Hire
If a trailer and driver just won’t make a dent in the rubbish you have to clear, then you need to bid for this extremely practical lot donated by Ian McNee of Stewart McNee (Dunoon) Ltd. If you don’t have rubbish to clear we know a very worthy cause that could easily fill several skips, so if you want to buy this as a gift for The Burgh Hall we wouldn’t say no!
To be used in the Cowal area only.

Lot 9 Have your own Joiner for a day
This is another amazingly practical lot kindly donated by Gillies Brown of John Brown (Strone) Ltd. Who couldn’t use the skills of a qualified joiner for a full day (or eight hours equivalent)? Just think of the list of tasks your could get done properly at last!

Lot 10 Have the skills of a Blacksmith for a day or some DIY machinery hire
John Tyre & Sons are providing the services of a blacksmith for a day for all your fencing, gate restoration or welding needs. Alternatively, you could opt for three weekends of machinery hire to get those various DIY jobs dealt with. Just think what could you get done with a power washer, floor sander or garden shredder….

Lot 11 Grab Book of 10 Western Ferries car & driver tickets
Here’s one we all know the value of, so how much will you bid for this very useful prize? Thanks to Gordon Ross of Western Ferries for this (and there is another book of tickets up for grabs in our raffle too).

Lot 12 Take Judy Garland home…
This fabulous large-scale framed photograph from our Dunoon Film Festival 2013 ’Stars in Scotland’ exhibition would be the perfect gift for any Hollywood musical fan. This beautiful image of the iconic Judy Garland was taken at The Empire Theatre Glasgow in 1951. Halfway through her first night at the Glasgow Empire - and not long before this photo was taken - a very nervous Judy Garland complained that her feet were sore and asked the audience if she could take off her shoes. Like a little girl, she sat down and anxiously twiddled her feet as she sang.
Frame is approximately 70cmx90cm. Check our website to see the image.
Support our fundraising Vintage Big Band Night Support our fundraising Vintage Big Band Night
Added: 20 Oct 2014
Get your glad rags out and polish those dancing shoes - we are taking over the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 25 October to revisit its 1950s heyday as a venue for that vintage Big Band sound. We are delighted to have Inverclyde’s ’Capitol Big Band’ lined up for this great fundraising event for Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust. With 17 musicians and three singers, they are sure to fill the space with music that will make you want to dance. Or if you would rather just watch, we have lined up The Glasgow Lindy Hoppers to give us a thrilling, high-energy dance demonstration.

Tickets are going fast, so make sure you don’t miss the fun. For £20 per head or £150 for a table of 8 you will get all of this entertainment plus a glass of fizz and some nibbles too. The evening runs from 7.30pm until midnight and will include an Auction of Promises with some great prizes for the winning bidders. Email to reserve your tickets now! All proceeds will go to support the refurbishment of Dunoon Burgh Hall as a cultural hub for the community.

If you have an interesting hobby or skill and would like to offer a prize for our Auction of Promises we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for raffle prizes, so please keep us in mind if you have anything you could donate.
Stravaigin Art Exhibition Dates ExtendedStravaigin Art Exhibition Dates Extended
Added: 20 Oct 2014
Our Stravaigin Art Exhibition for Cowalfest is so full of beautiful work that we feel it would be a shame to only run it for ten days, so we are going to extend the run until Saturday 1 November.

You can now see this wonderful collection of local artworks every day this week (including Sunday) between 12noon and 3pm and then from Thursday to Saturday for the remaining weekends in October.

Our sincere thanks go to the 50+ artists who submitted work and to Colm Docherty for doing another fantastic job installing all 200 pieces in just two days.

Please note - if you are one of our artists and you need to collect your work sooner than Monday 3 November that will not be a problem.
 A great wee film about Dunoon Film Festival 2014
Added: 20 Oct 2014
Have a look at this lovely short film about this year’s Dunoon Film Festival and see how many people you recognise!

Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrStbIBI26c
 Dunoon Burgh Hall wins major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Added: 25 Mar 2014
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is delighted to announce that we have been awarded major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will make a significant contribution to securing the building’s future. The Heritage Lottery Fund has today announced that Dunoon Burgh Hall is to be awarded £575,000 as a Stage 2 grant for the project’s capital refurbishment works.

As well as this, we can also announce the fantastic news that the John McAslan Family Trust has newly pledged a further £250,000 matching grant funding.

These awards add to a Stage 1 grant of £15,000 from Creative Scotland which, it is hoped, will result in a Stage 2 grant of £465,000 to be decided this summer, and £160,000 from Historic Scotland.

With these funds in place Dunoon Burgh Hall is well placed to commence its anticipated £1.65million capital works programme later this year, resulting in the building’s complete restoration within 18 months.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, commented, ’Cultural venues like Dunoon Burgh Hall have a hugely important part to play in the life of our communities. They are held dear in our hearts as they are interwoven with the history and cultural traditions of a place giving it a unique sense of identity. They have delighted, educated and entertained audiences throughout the years and continue to do so. They also inspire and involve people of all ages in memorable and rewarding experiences which enrich their lives. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to help support the future of this local community treasure.’

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, a Patron of the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust says, ’The saving of the Dunoon Burgh Hall is a remarkable story and an inspirational example of preserving the heritage of a small, Scottish community.’

Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning at the Scottish Parliament says, ’This funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund is a further vital step in securing the long term future of the Burgh Hall. The dedication shown by the Burgh Hall team in driving forward the imaginative restoration and reconfiguration of the Burgh Hall is inspirational and will provide the community of Dunoon with a hugely important asset for many years to come.’

Ann Campbell, Venue Manager at the Dunoon Burgh Hall, says ’To get the endorsement of these major funding bodies is a great testament to the efforts of the many volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to bring Dunoon Burgh Hall back to the heart of the community. They should all be very proud of their contribution to this success. Our current volunteers are incredibly excited to think that a warm, dry, accessible venue is now within reach and we can’t wait for the work to begin.’

John McAslan, Chairman of the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust, adds, ’We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Historic Scotland and our numerous funding partners for demonstrating such support for our remarkable project which will see the Burgh Hall fully restored in the next two years. We are grateful to all of the volunteers, participants and visitors to the Hall and all those who have helped us achieve so much in so short a time.’
YouthSTUFF’s ’Bugsy Malone’ was a roaring successYouthSTUFF’s ’Bugsy Malone’ was a roaring success
Added: 10 Feb 2014
Over 200 people thoroughly enjoyed the great show put together by the children and young people of YouthSTUFF youth theatre at Dunoon Burgh Hall. Check out our photo gallery to see some great photos taken by local photographer, Ken Clark, at the dress rehearsal.

Now all we need to do is clean up the ’slurge’!
Watch the progress of our Artist in ResidenceWatch the progress of our Artist in Residence
Added: 06 Feb 2014
Artist Colm Docherty is spending the month of February 2014 creating his own impressions of Dunoon Burgh Hall. Inspired by the architecture and heritage of the building, Colm will be creating work for a solo exhibition in March 2014. Visitors are welcome to drop in and see Colm at work any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday in February between 10am and 4pm.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for photographs of Colm’s work in progress.
Cowal Cinema Club goes from strength to strengthCowal Cinema Club goes from strength to strength
Added: 06 Feb 2014
In it’s first six months of existence Cowal Cinema Club has proved to be extremely popular. 90 members have supported it in this first year and have already enjoyed a great variety of films, from old classics to new world cinema.

Screenings at Dunoon’s Studio Cinema have been great fun and lots of new friendships are developing.

For full programme details and information on how to join check out the Cowal CinemaClub website.
Website: http://cowalcinemaclub.com
Fantastic news from Creative ScotlandFantastic news from Creative Scotland
Added: 29 Jan 2014
We are absolutely delighted to let you know that Creative Scotland has approved our Stage 1 application for funding towards the refurbishment of Dunoon Burgh Hall. This means that they will provide £15,000 of development money and then, providing our Stage 2 application is acceptable, £465,000 for the capital works.

This makes a major dent in the £1.6million that we need to raise and we hope that having this major commitment from CS will signal to other major funders that we are well worth supporting.

There will be a lot of local fundraising to do to and if you would like to contribute simply click the ’Donate Online’ link on the left hand side of this page.

Creative Scotland’s press release said:
Creative Scotland is pleased to announce today £9.4m of funding, set aside for twelve arts and culture organisations across Scotland, through the Large Capital Programme.

Capital awards are designed to help organisations undertake major infrastructure improvements, refurbishments or to develop new cultural facilities that improve the access, presentation and enjoyment of arts and culture in Scotland.

The awards are for ‘stage one’ funding, which gives a green light and up to £0.1m to organisations to develop their projects within an agreed timescale, with the larger amount of funding set aside to support successful final plans.

Refurbishment of the historic Dunoon Burgh Hall in the heart of the town will provide a high quality destination for a mixed performing arts programme; a high quality exhibition space for local and touring exhibitions and flexible gallery workshop space for residencies, learning and community activity.
(Development award: £15,000; provisional Stage 2 funding: £465,000)
Check out YouthSTUFF’s great animationCheck out YouthSTUFF’s great animation
Added: 18 Jan 2014
As part of our first Dunoon Film Festival in 2013 members of YouthSTUFF took part in an animation workshop with Inigo Guarido of Oaksbark Produections and created their very own short film.

’A Day in Dunoon’ had its premier at the Dunoon Film Festival and was the opening film of the whole event!

We hope you like it as much as we do!
Watch ’A Day in Dunoon’ here
Dunoon Burgh Hall Launches New WebsiteDunoon Burgh Hall Launches New Website
Added: 17 Dec 2013
The team at the Burgh hall are delighted to announce the launch of this new website!

Our sincere thanks go to local company Samteq for creating the website to our specification and for making it so user-friendly for us. This new development was funded by Creative Scotland through their Capital Development grant and we are extemely grateful for their support.

Thanks also go to Georgia Love of ’Love Words’ for her help with text and proof reading and to Ronnie Cairns and Jean Donaldson for their fabulous photography

Make sure you bookmark the site and keep up-to-date with developments, events and exhibitions!
Consider leaving a legacy to Dunoon Burgh Hall TrustConsider leaving a legacy to Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Added: 13 Dec 2013
Have you considered leaving a legacy in your will for a local charity?

You could support the Dunoon Burgh Hall for the next generation and make a real difference for our local community and for local people.

It is surprisingly easy to include a legacy in your will, and if your estate on death exceeds the UK inheritance tax threshold there are additional benefits in leaving part of your estate to a registered charity.

If you would like to talk to someone, in confidence, about remembering Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust in your will please contact us.
Burgh Hall UpdateBurgh Hall Update
Added: 25 Nov 2013
After many years of disrepair, Dunoon Burgh Hall has been returned to the heart of the community as a dynamic arts-led venue. Still very much a work-in-progress, the project is being led by Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust working in partnership with the Burgh Hall Project Group. Numerous volunteers have worked tirelessly and creatively to make the project a growing success, whilst collaborations with national organisations such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art and Street Level Photoworks have brought a diverse range of exciting cultural events to Dunoon.

Our Design Team led by Page & Park Architects is moving ahead on the capital project. Our plan for the refurbishment and adaptation of the Burgh Hall will celebrate the heritage contained in the building while creating an exciting, welcoming modern venue unlike anything else in the area. We have now submitted a second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, are developing conservation proposals with Historic Scotland and have secured considerable development funding from Creative Scotland.

We are escalating our fundraising effort to move to a fully funded capital redevelopment project by summer 2014, with a view to starting on site by the end of 2014.

The Burgh Hall continues to broaden its reach by initiating events that engage, inspire and challenge the local community and the region beyond. In June 2013 the Burgh Hall fulfilled a long-time ambition by hosting the inaugural Dunoon Film Festival, celebrating the best of Scottish filmmaking past and present, with revivals of neglected classics and showcases of emerging talent.

Charity fundraisers, family celebrations, theatre and music performances and internationally renowned contemporary art! Not bad for a building that was close to being demolished just three years ago and currently operates with just two part-time staff and a team of volunteers. The vision for the Burgh Hall is to be an arts-led facility at the heart of the community that offers something new and creative to local people and visitors alike. We hope that you agree that we are on the way to achieving that.
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