McMillan Hall finally reopens

The public awaits the reopening of the hall
The public awaits the reopening of the hall

The McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart was officially reopened on Friday 27 March after extensive refurbishment which was due to be completed last November.

When builders hit a few snags including dry rot, repair works put the project behind scheduke but the doors were eventually pushed open to the public last week.

Chairman of the council’s Community and Customer Services Committee Councillor Tom McAughtrie cut the ribbon at the landmark Hall to appalause from members of the public.

Councillor McAughtrie later said: “It was terrific to see so many people turn out to the opening. The hall clearly means a lot to the people of Newton Stewart and I hope they enjoy the use of the refurbished facility.

“It’s a bit of an institution in this part of the region and I have some personal good memories of the hall stretching back more than a few years. I sincerely hope that the hall continues to be utilised for many more years to come.”

The public enjoyed a coffee and cake after the opening, and were treated to an exhibition by the council’s museum service on the history of the McMillan Hall.

The local Qi Gong Yoga group regularly use the hall for their meditation sessions.

Group member Marjorie Sutherland said of the refurbished hall: “We use the hall every Thursday for Qi Gong. We have 30 registered members of the group and we are all very impressed by the work that’s gone into the hall. The new flooring is of particular benefit to all us bear-feet Qi Gong people! The council has done a good job here.”

Cree Valley Coomunity Council chairman Tom Greenaway added: “Cree Valley Community Council is delighted to see a substantial capital investment into the McMillan Hall. This will save and enhance a significant local landmark and ensure its sustainability well into the future, we hope that the community of Newton Stewart will utilise this attractive historic building to its full potential.”