Forres Trust are using the past to find the future for Town Hall

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Forres Town Hall

A MORAY COMMUNITY GROUP are making progress in their considerations over the future of their local town hall.

With Moray Council giving consideration to transferring control or closing completely several Town Halls in the region as a cost-saving measure, the Forres Area Community Trust are looking at a Community Asset Transfer of the Forres Town Hall.

FACT believe that the hall has the potential to be developed into a thriving centre for community groups and social enterprises. It could also provide space for events and meetings, as well as a permanent base for FACT and the services they deliver. These include popular IT drop-ins operated by Forres Online.

It became apparent when hosting an open consultation event in November that many people had fond memories of the variety of activities that had been held in the Town Hall over the years. That is why Kirsty Williams, Older Person’s Project Co-ordinator, has organised a Memories afternoon in the Town Hall on Tuesday, January 16 from 2pm until 4pm.

Now Kirsty would like to hear all your old stories of fun times in Forres Town Hall and see some of the photographic memories owned by members of the community.

Kirsty said: “We will have a scanner there so that we can copy any old photos that you have and give them back to you straight away. It is important to preserve the history of the Town Hall and its significance to the people of Forres.”

Alongside gathering memories about the Forres Town Hall, Jeannette Harley from the Defence Medical Welfare Services will be on hand to gather stories about serving in the military and living in the Forres area over the decades.

Jeannette’s role is to help those that have served, their families and carers, over-65 and receiving medical treatment to aid in their recovery and offer support wherever needed.

This is an opportunity for like-minded people to get together and share their stories of the time they served in the Forces. On the day, there will be representatives from Moravia and the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Transport is available to those who need assistance to attend. If you would like any more information on this events or to book transport you can contact Kirsty via email or by telephone on 01309 674388.