Venues to which the public have access are often judged by the standard of their
toilets; the Dunbar Street facilities are sure to earn top marks.
A major refurbishment programme was carried out at the hall in 2008-2009. The plans
were drawn up by James Masson Building Consultants and the work carried out by JKM
Property Services Ltd. This included the installation of a new, extended kitchen,
new toilets, new lighting, improved insulation and neutral decoration..
Together, or individually, the main hall and the smaller Leslie Room are suitable
for a wide variety of uses – meetings, birthday and other parties, coffee mornings,
lunches, dinners, dancing classes, ceilidh dances, small wedding receptions, training
The Christian group, Foundation Faith, worship in the main hall on Sunday mornings
and in the Leslie Room on Tuesday evenings. For much of the year an old-time dancing
group occupy the main hall on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month.
Wednesday evenings, in the main hall, are taken up by the line dancing club, The
Strollers. A Tai Kwon Do class take over the main hall on Thursday afternoons followed
in the evening by a Scottish country dancing class. Early on Friday evenings and
on Saturday mornings a guitar teacher uses the Leslie Room. This venue is also used
to introduce very young children to the world of music. From time to time Old Aberdeen
Community Council and Old Aberdeen Heritage Society hold meetings in the hall as
does Aberdeen branch of the Scottish Reformation Society. Kirk Session meetings are
held in the Leslie Room as are Cathedral women’s group lunches.
The hall was erected in 1886 when the Misses Lamond, Isabella Jane and Helen Leslie
of Powis granted a feu charter in favour of the ministers (there were two charges
in those days) and senior lay member of the Kirk Session of the Cathedral Church
of St Machar and their successors in office.
The hall belongs to the Kirk Session of St Machar’s; it was the Kirk Session which
provided of the funding for the refurbishment. However, in acknowledgement of the
hall’s role as a community facility Aberdeen City Council and Old Aberdeen Community
Council both made significant contributions. The community council’s contribution
included meeting the cost of the dishwasher.
For bookings contact Mrs Clare Davidson at the Cathedral office (Tel: 01224-485988;
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org between 9.30 a.m and 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The rejuvenated Dunbar Street Hall, the church of the Cathedral Church of St Machar,
is the venue of much of the activity associated with community life in Old Aberdeen.
The hall boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen designed to ensure that food is prepared
and served under the most hygienic conditions. The kitchen is equipped with a splendid
cooker comprising a double oven and five-position hob, a very capacious fridge-freezer
and a dishwasher which operates on a two-minute cycle.