Strathglass & Affric Community Company Ltd was set up in June 2009 by the residents of Strathglass to enable the community to take ownership of Cannich Village Hall which was threatened with closure.
The company attained charitable status and was successful in obtaining grant funds to refurbish the hall and this was completed in early 2013.
The hard work continued to ensure the long term sustainability of the building and following some lengthy negotiations in March 2017 a five year lease was agreed with NHS Highland relocating the threatened GP facility in the village. This revenue supplemented by local fundraising helps reduce the building’s operating loss.
In late 2017 SACC became a Community Development Trust allowing it to become involved in more community projects. Cannich Village Hall continues to be a part of SACC and is run on behalf of the Trust by the Hall Committee.
The current volunteers on the Hall Committee are: Ele Forster (Chair), Gary Butler (Secretary) & Carrie Fraser (Treasurer).
Currently, Carrie Fraser is also acting caretaker and can be contacted on 01456 415744 or 07751 456132.
Hall Refurbishment Programme
The hall was re-opened after extensive refurbishment in March 2013. The Cannich Hall renovation was part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Highland LEADER 2007-2013 Programme. Other grants were gratefully received from The Highland Council, The Climate Challenge Fund, The Highland Cross, Beauly Firth & Glens Trust, The Robertson Trust, Creative Scotland, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Awards for All, the Co-operative Membership Community Fund and the Millennium Committee (Strathglass). Several generous private donations were also received. Land and timber were gifted by Scottish & Southern Energy.