Plans to convert from church to community centre

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Over £1,000 was raised for the new Community Centre for Grimsay at an event recently.

The Centre for Grimsay, located in the former Free Church at Scotvein was acquired last year by Grimsay Community Association with support from the Scottish Land Fund. With plans to provide a range of facilities for the local community, including a cafe, Post Office, growing and market area, events space and local history archive, Grimsay Community Association are now engaged in fundraising so that it can undertake the required work.

Having been used as a holiday home from 2010 to 2014 the building came with all its contents, the furniture, pots and pans as well as the kitchen sink. The silent auction of the buildings contents, along

with kind donations from local people and businesses was one way in which a little bit of cash could quickly be raised.

Matthew Topsfield, Development Officer for the Centre for Grimsay says “We’re very grateful for the high level of support for this fundraising event. We’d particularly like to thank everyone who made generous donations of items and promises for sale and those who came out to place their bids. Through the support of the community, both donors and bidders, a total of £1,137 was raised, all of which will help to support the new Centre for Grimsay.”

Matthew also says “Grimsay Community Association is excited to announce that later in the year we will be holding another silent auction for the sale of fixtures and fittings, including the fitted kitchen, bathroom suite, doors and lighting pendants, prior to the renovation and refitting of the building.”