This is our newly-completed Iona Village Hall!

It is the culmination of 10 years of planning and fundraising, managed by Iona Village Hall Community Trust – a completely local-led and volunteer-run local charity. Originally planned for completion in Summer 2020, COVID19 meant that the building wasn’t ready until May 2021.

This beautiful building replaces the previous 90-year-old village hall on this site as the community space for everything from School PE to Playgroup, Badminton to Tai-Chi, Winter Film Nights to weddings.

The old hall was much-loved but consisted of a single space which was cold & leaking, increasingly expensive to repair every winter and desperately in need of improved toilets, kitchen and disabled access.  The new hall offers multiple spaces that work together or separately, and it is warm, accessible, functional and beautiful.

Proper’ photos are on their way but, for now, here’s a selection from our Trustees, design team and islanders from the past few weeks!

Islanders were involved in every step of design and decision-making, and were called upon regularly for their wisdom, expertise, muscle and assistance as well as a staggering feat of fundraising. We have had unbelievable support from our funders but the ‘heart’ of the fundraising happened here on Iona – running and walking, golfing and dancing, tablet-making and cake bakes, flower walks and plant sales, art auctions and livestock auctions – there was no limit to the ingenuity and generosity.

The village hall also holds a special place in the hearts of friends and visitors from beyond these shores, and many showed remarkable encouragement for our community by undertaking challenges, offering wisdom and expertise, donating time and money and by being our constant cheerleaders.

The building itself is the result of the care, attention and professionalism of a remarkable design and build team, led by WT Architecture and CorraMore Construction Ltd, for whom we are eternally and sincerely grateful.

COVID19 caused many months of delays and added around £200,000 to our building costs. We are still fundraising for items like black-out blinds, meeting room tables, sports equipment and floor-markings, and it will be some time before we can generate a healthy income.

We are in the process of updating this website with all of the relevant information, so please bear with us! You can learn more about the project, make a donation to our ongoing fundraising or enquire about booking the hall

We’re extremely grateful to the following organisations for their support of the project:

Find out more about the European agricultural fund for rural development here.