Community events for young and old are in danger of coming to a halt in Tong – unless new volunteers step forward to keep the well-used hall open.
Tong Recreation Association has put out an appeal to the Tong community for volunteers to support the committee and work of the association. If volunteers are not forthcoming there is the strong likelihood that the centre could close.
The 1970s building, with its surrounding playing field and playpark, is used regularly for community activities.
Committee member Isobel Ann Macdonald told welovestornoway.com today (Thursday): “The building is used for keep fit classes, youth clubs, the Caraidean club and private functions. It’s also used by the school across the road every day for sports and there are big events organised there, such as the forthcoming bonfire night on November 10th.”
The recreation association works around the village, too, with village clean-ups and fun events such as the popular annual scarecrow competition and this year’s quirky herd of llamas, who visited households in return for a donation.
An Emergency General Meeting has been called for Tuesday 24th September at 7.30pm in the Tong Centre, with an urgent call for new contributors to the active life of the community.
Isobel Ann said: “The centre is the focus of activity for many groups in the community and fundraising events are organised by a small dedicated team of volunteers. However, that team needs to be strengthened and more of the responsibility shared if the centre is to have a future.
"The TRA has had a fantastic track record in ensuring the centre is run properly and events are organised. But we need new committee members to help with the running of the association.
“New volunteers would find it worthwhile and very rewarding to be part of a dedicated team serving the community. I would appeal to as many as possible to attend the EGM and contribute to the future of the Association. Your village needs you!"
You can see more of the activities organised by Tong Recreation Centre and offer your time to keep it open at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/207557566481020/.
Pictures show past events at Tong Community Hall – the Caraidean Christmas dinner and a Hallowe’en party for youngsters.