Following a meeting of Udny Green’s Dr Spence Memorial Hall Trustees and Committee, Chairman of the hall committee, George Bruce, has sent the following to Pitmedden News regarding the decision on competing uses for the hall on Hogmanay
“After consultation with both groups interested in hiring the hall on December 31st and further lengthy deliberations at last Thursday’s committee meeting, attended by three of the hall’s four Trustees, it was decided to retain the existing Hogmanay event provided the organisers are more transparent about their ticketing process and that an allocation of tickets (a minimum of 40 initially) be made available to those living locally. Information about how to apply for tickets will be publicised nearer the time.
“Contrary to common misconception, this event is not a “private party”. It originated with some farming families hiring the hall 32 years ago to bring in the New Year together and has evolved since then to a “bring a party to a party” type event for which, applications to go on the list for tickets, can be made to the organising team. The issue has been that with changes to the demographic of the village over the years, this has not been clear and as a result, confusion has arisen about the nature of the event.
“This was never going to be an easy decision for the hall committee to make. Either way, one group was going to be disappointed with the outcome. But the committee feel that allowing the long- standing event to continue, with conditions attached, offers a compromise solution which will best bring together all elements of our diverse parish. We hope there will be a gracious acceptance of this decision and a moving forward from it.”