Jo paid a visit Bishopbriggs Ceilidh Band this week to hear them rehearse in Auchinairn Public Hall.
The band formed in January this year, and has 30 members between the ages of 7 and 18 from the Bishopbriggs area.
Bishopbriggs Ceilidh Band rehearses in Auchinairn Public Hall, which has been earmarked for closure by East Dunbartonshire Council due to budget cuts. Although the Council has said that it will run a public consultation on the closure, it has told the Ceilidh Band that the hall will definitely close.
There is concern that if the hall closes, the band will lose its rehearsal space and may have to look at more expensive options.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The Ceilidh band were sounding wonderful when I went to hear them rehearse, and I’d encourage anyone who has not yet heard them to have a listen on their website. The band offers great opportunities to young people in Bishopbriggs and it would be a great shame if the closure of Auchinairn Public Hall were to jeopardise that.
“It is ridiculous of the Council to say that there will be a public consultation on the future of the hall if they have already decided to close it. Once again, the Council seems to be consulting the public as a PR exercise rather than to actually hear people’s views and take them into consideration.”
Commenting, Bishopbriggs Ceilidh Band Chairman Peter O’Neil said:
“As an organisation we are trying our hardest to help youth, and bridge the gap between youth and the rest of the community. We are a non-profit making organisation and at present the hall fees are born by the founders. If the hall were to close we have been informed by East Dunbartonshire Council that there is no alternative venue for us within the hall lettings system. The only alternative would be a possible school let, which would double the costs. This would obviously put the future of the Bishopbriggs Ceilidh Band in jeopardy, and thirty youth would lose two hours of free music tuition.”