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Southend Community Hall

(South End Community Hall)

An interesting if uninspiring building, the Southend Community Hall is situated on the northern edge of Daliburgh in South Uist. In addition to the hall itself which hosts variety of activities including a toddler group, youth club, meetings of elderly people and social functions, the building provides a fitness suite and indoor sports facilities, together with a fully-equipped kitchen to cater for weddings, ceilidhs and other community events.

Perhaps surprisingly, the hall was built 1952-53 by the Edinburgh architectural practice Neil & Hurd as a power station for the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board as part of its mission to supply the Highlands and Islands of Scotland with electricity. This diesel-fuelled station provided power to the Uists until the Loch Carnan Power Station was constructed in 1971. The building was converted to its present use by Stornoway-based architects Stuart Bagshaw & Associates in 1982.

The hall is run by the Southend Community Association, who received substantial lottery funding to upgrade the facilities in 2012. This included new windows were installed, together with improved insulation and new kitchen facilities. Completed in 2013, the refurbishment will support a range of existing community projects, as well as new activities including a community radio station, concerts and theatre productions.

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