MORE than 300 Selkirk folk turned out to see the transformation of Selkirk Parish Church’s Victorian halls into “a public space fit for the 21st century”.
“Many remarked on how bright and fresh the main hall looked, with its new wood floor and modern colour scheme,” David Bethune told us this week.
“With new double glazing and insulation, all paid for by the Climate Challenge Fund, the hall felt warm and comfortable. The new meeting room and toilets were admired on the guided tours.
“The improved disabled access was appreciated by those with wheelchairs or with rollators, and by parents with buggies and prams.
“A wall display showed how the funds had been raised by grants, individual gifts and fund-raising events. Next to this were listed all the local tradesmen who, led by Paul Hermiston, had worked on the project over the last four months. All agreed they had done an excellent job.”
Several groups, who had to find temporary accommodation elsewhere, are expected to return shortly, including Pilates, the Antiquarians, the Wednesday service, Coffee Plus and TOTS (toddlers group).
The Parish Church hopes that groups will now make use of the hall and/or meeting room, and enquiries can be made through the church office on 20078).
The hall will be officially opened on Sunday, March 2, after a celebration service in the church at 2.30pm.