Our charity promotes community activity in all its various forms, as the Braes Village Hall Club. Here are examples of the events that take place – the pictures are from 2016 to 2019.
Spring Talks & craft sessions, Easter egg hunt
Summer Hobby and craft exhibitions
Autumn Quiz evening, “Braes Bake Off”, Craft Fayre, Concerts
Winter Pilates classes, Family Ceilidh
A Pop-up Tearoom appears on several occasions throughout the year. The organisers and bakers are from the community and the funds go to other charities helping people with cystic fibrosis.
Badminton and table tennis sessions are tried occasionally and can run through the winter into spring to suit demand.
The Hall is a frequent venue on the ‘Ceilear’ ceilidh trail which covers Skye and Lochalsh. The young musicians play a mix of traditional instruments and always get a good response. More music is happening..
The Hall is hired by others for meetings such as the Portree & Braes Community Council, grazings committees and local consultations. It is also used as the hub for the Braes Road Race in December, for birthday parties, wildlife groups, craft groups and for use a polling station. And… our Craft Fayre in November is becoming a bit of a habit.
The Hall is owned by Highland Council and is managed by us. A spring or autumn clean-up helps to deal with wear and tear. Improvements take place as fund raising allows. See the Admin page for more on the running of the Club.
Hobbies & crafts
Winters can be unpredictable so sometimes tricky to decide what will work.
Sometimes photography, but last time an exhibition of quilts and wall hangings from very skilled residents. The mixture of colours and patterns in many of the designs made a big impact. A superb collection.
In 2016, a History and Heritage exhibition provided a challenge with contributions from many residents including a couple of Open Garden days.
Occasionally something special happens. Braes Village Hall was one of the venues in the Small Halls Festival which started in 2018. The line up of musicians was impressive (see posters opposite). Pictures courtesy of SEALL, the organisers – thank you. Our involvement with them continues.
The young people of Braes took to their bikes in 2019 to help raise funds for local charities. Family members managed the traffic!