An Talla was established in 2002 to meet a need for community facilities, due to the old hall no longer being fit for purpose. The previous hall was built during the war and the fabric of the building was such, that it would not be feasible to refurbish. An Talla committee formed to identify what the need on the island was and identify the kind of hall that would meet these needs now and for the long term future. The original plan was to develop a much larger building to cater for all groups on the island, however, this was modified to deliver a more affordable and feasible facility. The community owned the land at Crossapol accommodating the old hall and this was demolished to provide land for the new hall.
An Talla community hall was designed to deliver purpose built community leisure and recreation space on the island and An Talla board and the wider community secured over £700,000 funding from a range of sources. An Talla Community Hall and small 6kw wind turbine to be built, and in July 2004 the hall was opened.
An Talla was formed in 2002 as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. The company is governed by a board of volunteer directors, who bring a range of expertise and skills. An Talla Board meet quarterly, with updates and communications electronically. Arrange to meet more regularly for larger functions, or when larger projects under way.
Directors and Committee Members:
Josie Brown: Chairperson and previous Treasurer and has been involved in An Talla for 10 years and prior to that was involved with the fundraising and design of the Hall. Josie has a lead role in planning, preparation and delivery of An Talla’s Catering services and brings experience from the service and care sector.
Shona Hayes: Treasurer, has been involved in An Talla for several years. A Team Manager for Cooperative Foods, Shona brings experience from customer service, business and finance.
Alun Jones: Board Member, joined the An Talla committee in 2006 and have been an active member since, some of my previous skills include electro-mechanical engineering, operations manager and lately in building construction and maintenance including energy advice & renewables
Rona Campbell: Secretary, has been a member of An Talla for 5 years and bring administrative and organisational skills as well as a knowledge and understanding of event planning and weddings
Neil Munn: Board Member, has been on board of An Talla for 10 years, is involved in a number of community activities on the island and is an elder in the church. Neil brings knowledge of the wider community and health sector.
We are a small group of volunteers and would always welcome new members
Holding company for An Talla is Tiree Community Business (for any asset transfer as result of An Talla ceasing as a company). With Trustee’s: I Gillies, J Holiday and I MacKinnon.