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Forres Town Hall welcomes user groups back as community adjusts to 'new normal'


By Garry McCartney

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Members of Forres Area Community Trust, including Debbie Herron (front) are joined by other hall users as the venue reopens following the pandemic close down.
Members of Forres Area Community Trust, including Debbie Herron (front) are joined by other hall users as the venue reopens following the pandemic close down.

AN important local building has been re-opened to the public as coronavirus measures loosen.

Following the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 advice, Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) has announced that Forres Town Hall is open again for bookings and activities.

The lesser hall regularly hosts teas and coffee mornings.
The lesser hall regularly hosts teas and coffee mornings.

FACT development manager, Debbie Herron, is delighted.

She said: “I’m proud of the way our team adapted to the restrictions and how quickly we found ways to deliver our services remotely and in a covid-secure way. This has included telephone befriending, provision of a shopping and prescription service, online crafts and exercise classes to name but a few of our ongoing activities. However, we know how important it is for our community to be able to access the facilities at the town hall in person. Having completed a full covid risk assessment and put mitigation measures in place, following current Scottish Government guidance, we look forward to welcoming more folk back to the town hall.”

The main hall is ideal for functions, entertainment and large meetings.
The main hall is ideal for functions, entertainment and large meetings.

FACT’s digital inclusion project Forres Online is available to help get users online, access training and support, and get help with applications like Zoom and WhatsApp. Appointments are available via janice@forresarea.org or 01309 674 388. FACT’s Cameron Project facilitators are there to help people in need of someone to chat with or to get out to social activities and events. Gentle seated exercise and drumming classes are starting again on Tuesdays at 10am. To book a place contact Kirsty by calling 01309 674 388 or email kirsty@forresarea.org And coffee mornings have made a big comeback on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon. Email info@forresarea.org or call 01309 674388 for more information.

FACT’s Virtual Doors Open Day tour is available at https://youtu.be/hBN1Kz4rtTQ

More rooms are available around the building.
More rooms are available around the building.


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