Open day to show off new ‘warmer’ church hall

Newly renovated hall of Selkirk Parish Church.

Newly renovated hall of Selkirk Parish Church.

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Selkirk Parish Church hall is holding an open day on Saturday, February 22, at 10am to show off renovations, and to thank donors who helped raise around £100,000 for the project.

“It’s very good news,” the Reverend Margaret Steele told us, adding: “People have been very generous. People always said it was cold, but it’ll be cold no longer.”

The user-friendly improvements by Hermistons of Selkirk include new insulation, double-glazing, a meeting room and four toilets – with one for the disabled and baby-changing.

The revamp was made possible by a £29,190 grant from the Climate Challenge Fund, which included £28,000 for energy-efficient building work, and the rest for a programme encouraging people to think green.

Grant funding also came from the Robertson Trust (£15,000), the Garfield Weston Fund (£5,000), the Baird Trust (£5,000), the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland (£5,000), the Ferguson Bequest (£4,000), the Selkirk Common Good Fund (£2,000), the Allchurches Trust (£1,750), Selkirk Rotary Club (£1,000), and the Laing Family Trust (£1,000).

The rest of the total came via donations from the local congregation and community.

Fundraiser Anne Bethune told us: “We’ve a lot of people to thank. We’re still holding fundraising events to pay back our reserve fund, because we still have to maintain the church and two manses.

“But we’ve still got another year left of our three-year fundraising project, so we’re on track.

“It’s going to be a beautiful hall, so we hope lots of people will come and use it.”

A service of celebration and dedication will be held in the church on Sunday, March 2, at 2.30pm.

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