Hall Reopening on 7th March 2014

The Hall reopening celebrations on March 7th were all about energy saving, starting with an event for the primary school children in the afternoon when Marlene MacKinnon read them the story about a town that, through environmental pollution, lost and then regained its trees. They then watched the animated film Epic featuring a young girl who bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world and ours. The childrenís art work on display showed how much they had learnt about how to reduce the islandís carbon footprint reassuring us that the future is in good hands.

In the evening all islanders were invited to watch the National Geographic multi-award winning film about the shrinking of glaciers, Chasing Ice featuring photographer James Balog. Introducing the evening, Dot Hay spoke about the long process of getting the hall thoroughly insulated starting with the energy audit in 2011 which was followed by the successful application for a grant of £25 000 from the Climate Challenge Fund.

Dot thanked the very long list of those who had helped in a great many ways which included Yorick Paine, Steve Cass, Gilly and Roger Dixon Spain, Bob Hay, members of Lismore Lumiere, the Lismore Community Trust Energy Group, the hall directors, Jim Millard, and the primary children for their art work. She apologised for the inconvenience to the groups that had been forced to meet elsewhere while the work was carried out.

Liz Buckle of the Energy Group then thanked Dot whom, she said, had carried the operation from start to finish, and outlined the programme of carbon saving that will carry on over the coming months. These are still being planned and will include a speaker on waste management, possible car sharing, more producersí market days, installation of bike racks, a beach clean and much more.

On the night, Lismore Lumiere, showed the film on their new large screen made possible by the Climate Challenge Fund grant.

Text and 4 photographs provided by the Pauline Dowling on 13th March 2014
6 photographs provided by Lismore Primary School on 18th March 2014

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