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New lottery funding for Greenlaw Memorial Hall restoration

02 March 2012

New lottery funding for Greenlaw Memorial Hall restorationMembers of a committee dedicated to restoring the historic Greenlaw Memorial Hall have received a boost with the announcement of £250,000 of Lottery funding towards their project.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair Maureen McGinn has announced funding of £250,000 for a project to restore Greenlaw Memorial Hall. The restoration project aims to renovate and extend the historic hall, built in 1882. Restoration work is due to be begin in August this year and comes after years of fundraising by Greenlaw residents who were determined to bring new life to the hall.

Kym Campbell-Whitton, chairperson of the Greenlaw War Memorial Hall Committee, said: 'This funding is a result of five years hard work and determination of the committee to see the local residents’ wish for a historic hall owned by the community to be renovated and extended to provide a multifunctional hall, museum, meeting place, cafe/arts and crafts shop and recreational centre fit for the 21st century.

'This will allow the residents and seasonal visitors to access services on a local level, reduce the village’s carbon footprint, reduce social isolation, improve the well-being of the community and increase services and opportunities for the vibrant youths and children of our community.

'Many people from other organisations, including the residents have helped along our journey and without them and their support this project would not have happened so to them we say thank you also.'

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