About Moffat Town Hall
Moffat Town Hall sits in the heart of the community and operates with many different functions. Although the building is currently owned by Dumfries and Galloway Council, the running of the hall is undertaken by Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust on a 21 year lease.
The Town Hall is in a prominent position in the centre of the High Street and is a natural ‘central point’ for the town. The Town Hall facilitates a number of varied events and functions within the town. Trust members are involved in operating important clubs and services for the community. The building is also available for booking weddings, parties and business events.
Moffat Town itself has many local and historical attractions such as the Moffat Ram, the Beef Tub, St Marys Loch, Grey Mare’s Tail and Hartfell and many others.
As the condition of Moffat Town Hall began to deteriorate, a number of members of the local community formed Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust and commenced plans for the total refurbishment of the exterior of the building in 2008.
Through sheer tenacity of the newly formed Trust, a major makeover plan was proposed. Due to the exorbitant costs, a scaled down version was finally accepted as the way forward. This was still a huge task and involved funding from various sources. The main objective was to reinstate the original external appearance which dated back to the 19th century. The project was completed in 2012.
On the 12th November 2012, MTHRT signed a 21 year lease with Dumfries and Galloway council for the building and its operating costs. This excluded the Library and public toilets. The Trust took the decision to maintain operating the building in a similar capacity as the Council whilst looking at ways to improve/increase its usage.
The internal aspect of the building had also become tired and dated and it had begun to lose its attraction and sense of pride within the community. Although the internal state of the property was not the responsibility of the Trust, the decision was taken to make improvements where financially possible.
A considerable amount of time and effort was put into the making of these changes and always with the approval of the community as a whole.
After the announcement of the national lockdown in March 2020, Moffat Town Hall became the COVID-19 resilience hub for Moffat and the surrounding area.
A number of volunteers centred within the Hub provided shopping/prescription collection and delivery for the local community. In addition, 80 free hot meals were delivered twice a week as part of the Meals on Wheels programme.
The Trust is eternally grateful for the huge response to the volunteers from the local community. 120 food parcels a week and a number of other beneficial services were also provided.
The running of the resilience hub forced all other operations of the Town Hall to be suspended with the main focus being to help those vulnerable and/or isolating people in the community. The operation of this hub ran for over a year until the COVID restrictions became more manageable and sustainable.
The hall and it’s volunteers continue to offer shopping and prescription services for the vulnerable in the community, while the Trust is re-focusing on its original operations of the hall for events and functions.