Fetlar Community Association

Fetlar Community Association is a registered charity which operates the community hall on Fetlar. The hall is central to most of the social activity on the island.Activities planned for the hall are regularly updated on the whats on page.

The association is run by a voluntary committee of 12 with the assistance of community volunteers.

The clubroom and bar are normally open from 9pm every Saurday night.

The hall has hosted a huge range of events and has in recent years even played host to the BBC's "The one show" while also hosting a casting session for a feature film all at the same time !

It has been used for events such as: weddings, funerals, bithday parties, Christmas parties, Commonwealth celebrations, concerts by a wide range of artists and events for 'Shetland Folk Festival' and 'Fiddle Frenzy'

youth clubs, badminton clubs, film clubs and Tai chi. It has played host to several Hnefatafl World Championships.

FETLAR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION online questionnaire can be accessed here. Remember you can save your answers and complete at your convenience.

Catering

It has hosted a community cafe and puts on locally organised supper nights, Burns suppers, Older citizens and christmas meals etc

A visiting chinese restaurant rents tha hall every few months.

Meetings and training

The hall is used regularly for all sorts of meetings, from large public gathering to regular meetings such as Fetlar Community Council. Various organisations regularly deliver training courses at the hall. Including NHS, Schetland College and the Ambulance Service as well as local organisations. The local MP/MSP hold surgeries at the hall.

It has also been used for occasionally for small conferences.

Facilities

The hall has an extensive moderm kitchen, a number of public rooms, a club room and licensed bar.

Video conferencing facilites are available as are HD projector and a large 2m wide retractable screen

The club room / bar area also has dart boards and a large pool table.

Which events happen each year varies but there are usually a range of activities taking place and new ones are welcomed.

Latest news - for meetings of the FCA please see the whats on page

March 2016 Succesful bid to Climate challenge Fund !

Home energy event on Sat 17th September, links to info below.

Programme download(word docx file)  Poster 1 download(pdf) Poster 2 download(pdf)

On energy and waste:

Following a successful application to the Climate Challemge Fund. The association are proceeding with significant plans to increase the energy efficiency of the hall, through a number of measures including more loft insulation, new LED lighting, replacement of some of the old windows. 

Further to these ideas for the hall the association are keen to include the community in a range of energy efficient projects, including home energy assessments( in conjunction with various national agencies) waste reduction and composting as well as facilitating a pilot community growing project. Meetings are being held about taking these initiatives forward.

Further assistance is being sought from other sources to upgrade and modify the heating system to a new more modern energy efficient system.

Update on training
As part of the bid the hall was awarded through the Climate Challenge Fund in early April, we secured funding for providing training on growing your own.  Transition Turriefield, Sandness, Shetland will be providing this in relation to the trial community growing project.  More details of Transition Turriefield & what they do can be found at the following link -  http://www.turriefieldveg.co.uk/
Penny & Alan from Transition Turriefield can provide 2 days of training on Sat, 14th & Sat, 28th May at 11.30am to 5.30pm.  The training & lunch/refreshments is free for everyone.  
There are 14 spaces still available, if you would like to come to this, can you let me know by this Friday, the 6th May & then I can confirm numbers with Penny & for lunch.
The course will include topics such as:
  • Creating a growing area
  • The importance of healthy soil
  • Plot preparation
  • Fruit & vegetables that you can grow in Shetland
  • About protected growing
  • Growing in polytunnels
  • Pests, diseases & solutions
  • Composting
  • Growing organically
  • Climate change & carbon cutting
  • Health benefits of growing your own
To register for any of the CCF funded courses, please contact Bridgette Thomason by Friday 6th May

On Tourism:

The Association is looking to provide caravan and motorhome hook up points as well as access to toilets and showers. After the camsite closed this is a much needed facility and should bring in extra revenue for the hall. The association have applied to LEADER for funding and are also in discussions with HIE re match funding for LEADER.