About Us

Pittenweem New Town Hall

Councillor Donald McGregor and the Trustees of 2016
Councillor Donald McGregor and the Trustees of 2016

The picture consists of the committee as at 2016. We celebrated Donald MacGregor’s retirement from the committee and allowed him the pleasure of switching on our new central heating system which he helped get funding for us from Fife Council. We had a small afternoon tea laid on for this special occasion.

From left to right back row – George Thomson, Norma Anderson, Liz Muir and Jim Taylor, front row left to right Christine MacCallum, Donald MacGregor, Jannette Boyd and Margaret Wardlaw. Donald worked hard alongside the committee and helped bring the hall up to the 21st Century. Sadly, he did not get long after he retired, he passed away early last year. 

Trustees & Committee Members

We have a dedicated board of trustees & committee members who volunteer their time and expertise to provide activities and facilities for the Pittenweem New Town Hall.

We are always on the lookout for new members that would like to get involved.

If you are aged 16 years or over, you can become a trustee and help with the day-to-day running of the hall.

You can work as many or as few hours as you like but you do not get paid for your time being a trustee. However, you would be able to vote for changes and policies that may arise.

Or you can be a committee member which allows you to attend our monthly meetings and take part in discussions. But you cannot vote on any changes or policies within the organisation.

If you would like to know more please contact us.

History

Pittenweem New Town Hall was, going by what records we have found, to have been built in the early 1940’s, with the specific use as school kitchens. This is where school dinners were prepared and cooked then shipped out to all the local schools and we believe latterly it also did meals on wheels.

In 1984 it closed since most schools had kitchens built within their premises. It was taken over a by a few members of the community to turn it into a hall for community use.

It was renamed as Pittenweem New Town Hall since Pittenweem already had a Town hall down Cove Wynd which is now known as the Old Town Hall. Over the years it has seen many changes and upgrades and is now on the map in Britain as well as overseas.

The last six years the hall has had a massive upgrade, new boiler, complete new central heating system, office building re-cladded. The biggest change however was the removal of the water tower and flat roofs, they were replaced with one pitched roof. This has made a huge difference to the heating bill for the hall. This was a huge project for a small board of Trustees to take on but it is now complete with new cladding on all the outside walls and front of the garage.

We didn’t stop there, the toilets were completely renovated early last year and that has made a huge difference, pity Covid arrived and we have not had much chance to christen them!

That leaves only the kitchen and entrance hallway to be upgraded, also the outside front car park. These were on the agenda for this year but we have had a hard twelve months with no income but monies still going out so we will need to get the hall reopened as soon as possible and hopefully get everything back to some normality.

The groups that are regular users are the East Neuk Art Club, Indoor Bowls, Sanctuary of Light, Pittenweem Community Council, FABS keep fit for over 60’s, Masons and then we had many other one off bookings many of which required seating for 100+, our capacity is 120 at present.

We the Trustees also have worked hard with fund raising, monthly boot sales, quizzes, Burns Lunch was popular and many other social gatherings. When we re-open we have some new ideas which we hope all the local area will be interested in attending.

If anyone in the community has more detail on the start of the hall, we would appreciate hearing from you.

Pittenweem Junior Youth Club kids at the New Town Hall
Pittenweem Junior Youth Club kids at the New Town Hall

Funders & Partners

The Pittenweem New Town Hall has been possible in thanks to our hard working volunteers, committee members, local community support, and our funders & partners.