Sept 2013 Mick Andrew

General Information

Address: Great Bernera Hall & Community Centre, Breacleit, Gt. Bernera, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9NB

  • Venue is in middle of Great Bernera in Breacleit village on LHS of road 2 miles from bridge to island, just past school. Car Park available.
  • Built 1970’s, extended in 1995 & again in 2001.
  • Capacity 150 if stage used, 70-80 if performing on floor. Non-interlocking stacking chairs.
  • Variable Mobile phone reception. Nearest payphone by shop.
  • Small General Store & Petrol in Breacleit, café at hall. Banks and other services at Stornoway (26 miles).

Hall Details

  • Hall Dimensions: 9.1M (29’11”) wide x 15.86M (52’) long. Height at side walls 4.2M (13’9”) rising to 5.1M (16’9”) at apex.
  • Stage: 6.5M (21’4”) wide x 2M (6’7”) deep. Height of stage 0.92M (3’). No wings. Stage offset to stage right of hall (not centred).
  • nb As of 2015 the stage has been removed.
  • Décor: Floor wood laminate with Badminton Court markings, walls pine cladding and acoustic panelling, back wall of stage is white, roof white.
  • Get-in: good, through emergency exit by kitchen, straight, flat 2 sets double doors, 0.96M (3’2”) wide x 2.05M (6’9”) high. 10M from van loading area to stage.
  • Acoustics good.
  • Blackout good. Doors have slit windows.
  • Heating by large wall mounted radiators.
  • No Piano. No Smoke Detectors
  • Large A-frame steps available.


  • Power: 100amp 3-phase incomer in switch room by foyer main entrance.
  • Small Stage lighting rig – Strand 100 12 ch 2 preset desk, 12 non patchable dimmers, 2 side LX bars, 1 front of stage LX bar (4 circuits each), 6 x 650w fresnels, 2 Par Cans 4 x 500w floods.
  • Small portable PA system with Allen & Heath 16-2 mixer, amps, speakers and small number of microphones.
  • Houselights are wall up-lighters or fluorescents, switched at foyer entrance.


  • 2 Changing Rooms can be used as Dressing Rooms.
  • Kitchen available.
  • Separate backstage toilets.
  • Café & Bar available in venue.

NOTE PLAN HAS CHANGED SLIGHTLY – NO LADIES & GENTS TOILETS BY FOYER – NOW A KITCHEN AREA, NEW LX BARS, FOYER IS NOW AN EMERGENCY EXIT. 2 twin 13a sockets on back wall of stage, equally spaced & 2 twin 13a sockets on SR wall (head height).