Changes to Mechanics Institute

THE MECHANICS Institute in Brechin is set to change the way in which they take their bookings.

The Brechin Mechanics Institute Trust was formed in the 1970s by a group of citizens after Angus Council decided it could not support two public halls in in the city.

One of the founding members of the trust was Mr Bill Gardiner, whose shop, Gardiners Bookshop, acted as booking agent for the hall.

The store was responsible for handling requests for hall lets, issuing keys, collecting letting fees and passing on client requirements to the Mechanics Institute’s Committee.

This function was carried on by Mr Gardiner’s daughter, Mrs Elaine Coates, and her hardworking staff, who took over the shop when he retired, at no cost to the trust.

Unfortunately for the trust, Mrs Coates is now to retire, and the committee have had to establish a new system for taking bookings for the Mechanics Institute.

From Monday, October 29, all booking and letting enquiries will be dealt with initially by telephone or online.

A temporary notice with all the details will be posted near to the Mechanics Institute until permission has been granted to erect permanent information boards. The boards, which are planned to be A1 in size, will give information on the history of the hall and the facilities available for those looking to lease facilities.

Those interested in making a booking can contact the committee booking hotline on 07938 965 103 or alternatively they can book online at, where information on the various facilities on offer is also available.

The trustees and the management committee also took the opportunity to thank the Gardiner family and their staff for all their “unstinting efforts, hard work and loyalty to the Mechanics Hall without which the Institute would have struggled to survive in its present form.”