Project to purchase the Church (Community) Hall
Last October the Community Council carried out a door-to-door survey of all households in the village seeking views on the future ownership of the Church and the Church Hall. There was strong support for the Hall to be retained for community use: of the 41% of forms returned, 146 households (97%) were in favour of purchasing the Hall. There was limited support for purchasing the Church and it was agreed not to proceed with that idea.
The Community Trust agreed in November to take on the project to bring the Hall into community ownership. This meant we could go ahead immediately with an application to the Scottish Land Fund for a grant to purchase it. The proposal is to rename it the Community Hall. Our first stage application for funding was approved at the end of January. This allows us to carry out a valuation and condition survey of the building, and to prepare a business plan prior to submitting the stage two application to purchase. This is a detailed process which will take several months to complete and we will be forming a steering group to work on the project.
We are also moving ahead with obtaining a ‘Licence of Occupation’ from the Church of Scotland Trustees so that we can open up the Hall again, whilst negotiations for the purchase are ongoing.
We will provide regular updates on the website and the community facebook page. In the meantime we welcome any ideas and comments from the community and we look forward to your continuing support for the project.
What’s on in and around the Village
- Community Council Meeting – MONDAY 14TH MARCH AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL.