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What is its background?
This community group was set up in Portknockie in May 2000. It is a registered Scottish Charity No SCO30090 and membership is open to all residents in the village. The Portknockie Community Association (PCA) is managed by public-spirited volunteers – currently 9 in number, meeting monthly in the McBoyle village Hall.

What does the PCA do?
Its prime function is to manage the village hall, overlooking the McLeod Park, leased from Moray Council. This involves keeping the building clean, serviceable and available for social and recreational activities booked by residents and community groups. Bookings can be made for the large hall space and/or the small Snug area suitable for groups of around a dozen. The hall is also used for activities such as the village Gala, the village fireworks display, Christmas and Easter coffee morning fundraisers and as the Portknockie polling station for elections.

For the management group this involves keeping the hall clean and decorated, ensuring the lighting and heating are efficiently provided and, if required, a hygienic kitchen facility can be made available. Currently, those regularly using the McBoyle Hall include the Toddlers’ Group, activities run by the Moray Coast University of the 3rd Age, the In Stitches group, the village Youth Club, the local Birds’ Society, the Masons and the winter Bowls programme.

Other users include private parties for youngsters and this year (2013) two wedding receptions. Other services the PCA performs for the village include organising the Annual Gala, putting on a Guy Fawkes Fireworks display in November, setting up the village Christmas Tree and the lights display, arranging a traditional folk music evening in the Spring and two fundraiser coffee mornings at Christmas and Easter. The other significant PCA involvement is setting up and maintaining all the summer bedding plants and hanging baskets around the village.

The PCA promoting the village -what’s new?
From time to time the PCA has taken the initiative to set up special village events such as creating the Homecoming Mosaic in 2009. In 2011 the PCA won an Awards for All grant for £10,000 to give the McBoyle Hall a makeover which involved lowering the ceiling to create better acoustics and more effective insulation. In 2012 the PCA followed up with a second Award for All grant of £9,981 used largely to upgrade the kitchen area of the McBoyle hall. In 2013 the PCA created an information plaque outlining the history of Portknockie paid for from a bequest by the late Mrs Helen Anderson. The plaque and rock cairn are located in the Millennium Garden central for access by residents and visitors alike.

The Management Group and contact numbers:
John Going (Chairman) 842777
John Bell (Vice Chairman) 841065
Bob Croucher (Secretary) 841291
Celia Going (Treasurer) 842777
John Myles 840000
Anne Barnes (Hall Bookings) (840326)
Harry Hawkes (840718)
Gladys McKenzie (840542)
Alistair Wood) 840519)
Chris Wood (840519)

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