Last month the Findhorn Foundation launched a fundraising appeal for the Universal Hall. It is clear from the enthusiastic response that the Hall is much loved all over the world and we wanted to give everyone a chance to participate in this very worthy work. The appeal letter is below:
If you had been present at the final concert of our Community’s 40th Birthday celebrations in the Hall last November and felt the electric atmosphere of 450 energised and exhilarated souls singing We Belong To One Incredible Family, you would not doubt the importance of the Hall as a venue and focus for our community, both locally and globally. It, too, is a world server, hosting the visionary events which promote the transformation of consciousness in our world.
The Universal Hall is a stunning building of great beauty and a wonderful symbol of our creativity, our diversity and our unity. It was built to be used and enjoyed – to celebrate community and connection, and we need your help to maximise its potential.
In the past months the Hall has hosted the Grand Union Band, the Elbow Room Dance Company, a seminar on Science of the Soul, our weekly Sacred Dance evenings and 5 Rhythms dance sessions, several community meetings, the local theatre school’s yearly concert, and a five-day World Service Intergroup Conclave of 160 meditators! The Hall also houses a cafe, a gallery, recording and dance studios, offices and a sanctuary. It is an integral part of the whole community’s daily life.
No wonder that this inspiring and versatile building is celebrated by Mike Scott and The Waterboys in their latest CD, Universal Hall, launched n June and recorded in the Hall’s own recording studio.
Lesley Quilty, the Hall’s dedicated and innovative artistic director, tells me that it is unique as an Arts and Conference Centre in this part of the world and that visiting artists love to perform in the ample but intimate space of its five-sided auditorium. I hope that the Hall will continue to extend our connections with people in the local area of Morayshire and of course, beyond. The Scottish Arts Council and Moray Council have begun to fund professional artistic performances at the Hall, recognising the valuable contribution the Hall makes to the arts and culture in northeast Scotland.
It is an enormous task to both maintain this amazing building and fulfil its huge potential. In the last year we have spent £35,000 on a fire detection and alarm system and emergency lighting to conform to health and safety regulations. At present we are working to improve the handicap access and upgrade the heating and ventilation controls.
After 20 years of service the building needs to move to its next phase. We need more equipment, such as a lighting lift-ladder, costing £6500, so that we can set and focus the wonderful lighting that is already there. We also need a high quality video projector linked with DVD, slide and PowerPoint, costing £3500, for high standard presentations.
We ask for your gracious support as we care for this beautiful building and expand the work it does for the Foundation. Whatever help you can offer towards the purchase of these items and for other Hall renovation projects will be greatly appreciated.
When I think of all the love and joy and ingenuity and learning that went into building the Hall I realise how very important it is for us to care for it properly. Its construction was a daring and successful experiment in community building on all levels and it has been witness to so much of our history. If Universal Hall could talk it would speak of fun and laughter, passion and change, stillness and understanding, and all the cycles of life.
If you feel moved to make a donation please click on the link below and specify Hall Project as the Department Project you are donating to.