After more than five years of fundraising and planning, as well as COVID delays, we are delighted to announce that the new facility is now open. As well as the playing fields, there is now a new facility with a community hall (that can seat 50), a fully equipped kitchen and car park as well as spacious changing rooms.
Booking can now be made for the playing fields and for limited use, as per COVID restrictions, the hub building. The Community Room can be booked for general meetings, parties and coffee mornings. Booking forms and a live booking calendar can be found on the web page.
What is happening now?
A Kettins Toddlers Group has been established and runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 – 10.30 am and is currently running over two morning to ensure the safety of everyone. All the toys that are used are the result of a call for donations. The Community Library was established in April and has been a great success with so many donations of a wide range of books. The next new group to start will be a Youth Group and it is starting on 3rd June with the assistance of Strathmore Centre for Youth Development. It is hoped that a summer camp will be run during the school holidays. The older members of the community are keen for the Village Lunch to start again and it is hoped to hold the first one in the new hub in July, although it is not only for the older members. Kettins AFC, who are based at the playing field, have been practising since the lifting of the COIVD restrictions, and have had their first game, wining 4 -2 in the Marshall Cup.
The Grand Opening
Perth Theatre are delighted to bring Gig on a Truck to our local community of Kettins. This performance will be the official opening event for the new Kettins Community Hub. Gig on a Truck is an outdoor performance which is touring around local communities in Perth and Kinross this summer to bring some music, fun and connection to all! Perth Theatre have created a fantastic tourable stage that will host an eclectic selection of songs from a local Perthshire band or singer. The event will take place outside in a socially distanced setting and will allow audiences to relax and enjoy live music in a safe setting. We are working with Perth Theatre to make this event safe and secure. The performances will last 40 minutes and there is no charge to attend the event but all those wishing to attend will need to pre-register. There will be a few stalls selling tea/coffee/juice/cakes, burgers, beer/wine and a raffle with sales supporting local groups.
We would like to say a big thank you to JB Gow & Son and their team of contractors who helped us through the build process and all of the problems associated with COVID-19, also to The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, for supporting the project. There were a full range of funders that made this build happen and we are grateful to every one. And a special thank you to all those who sponsored a brick (raising more than £14,000) or came along to one of the funding events. There are a great group of volunteers who not only do the serving on the committee and serving teas etc, but also carry out grounds maintenance and all of the not so glamourous tasks that are often unseen.
There is a great excitement to see where the next year takes the Hub and in what innovative ways the community can be supported. If you want to find out what is going on, get involved or make a booking check what’s happening at www.kettins.org/community_hub