Sept 2023 Mick Andrew

General Information

Address: Alvah Parish Hall, Linhead, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB45 3XA

– Venue is on west side of B9121 approx 6 miles south of Banff and

½ mile south of turning for Portsoy.

  • Built 1947
  • Capacity approx 120 if stage used, up to 80 if performing on floor. Stacking padded chairs.
  • Mobile reception reasonable.
  • There are no shops or services in immediate locale. Nearest bank, cashpoint, fuel, general stores, hotels & cafes in Banff (6 miles) or Turriff (7 miles)

Hall Details

– Hall Dimensions: 7.88M (25’10”) wide x 14.34M (47’) long. 3M

(9’10”) height at side walls rising to 3.86M (12’8”) over centre.

  • Stage: Proscenium opening 5.03M (16’6”) wide x 2.14M (7’) high. Depth of stage 3.23M (10’7”), width of stage at back 3.05M (10’) – side walls taper back to reduced width. No wings; no crossover No access treads at front, only on stage sides. No drapes.
  • Décor: floor light wood t&g, faded badminton court markings; walls pale light green lower, white upper and white ceiling.
  • Get-in: Via side fire exit door. 2 doors with right angle turn between and into hall, ramp outside. 1M (3’3”) x 2M (6’7”). Approx 10M from van loading area to stage. Double door access possible through foyer into hall.
  • Acoustics reasonable, slightly reverberant.
  • Blackout – blackouts for windows exist but not seen and to be installed.
  • Heating by wall-mounted red-glow heaters.
  • Upright piano in meeting room but many notes don’t work. No smoke detectors in hall.
  • A-frame ladder (11 step) available.


  • Power: 100amp single phase incomer located in switch room in foyer.
  • No stage lighting equipment. 2 domestic spots on stage.
  • No sound equipment.
  • Houselights are switched fluorescents, switched by stage or in switch room in foyer.


  • Meeting room can be used as dressing room.
  • Kitchen available, with bar area and hatches into hall.
  • No backstage separate toilets.