A community project in St Combs has secured funding from LEADER.
The project, called ‘St Combs hall - A New Start’, is aiming to replace the community hall that was destroyed by fire over three years ago. Thanks to a grant of £124,500 from LEADER the group’s aspirations have come one step closer to becoming a reality.
Managed by St Combs Playing Fields & Community Hall Association, it is hoped the rebuild will create a modern and sustainable facility that will meet the current and future needs of the village and nearby communities.
The committee see the “New Start” project as an opportunity to not only rebuild the facility, but to incorporate features which will meet the demand of current and future user groups.
The rebuilt hall will incorporate: a function suite, community meeting rooms, office, storage facilities, a functional kitchen and sports unit containing showering and changing rooms. There will also be facilities for disabled users.
Shirley Duthie, who is a member of the St Combs Hall project, commented: “The St Combs Community Hall Committee are absolutely delighted to have secured a sizeable grant from LEADER.
“This level of funding will not only allow acceleration of our project but will improve the quality of the replacement community hall, allow us to provide better amenities and breathe life back into a community which were left devastated by the loss of the original hall.
“We are grateful to LEADER for their support and for recognising the importance of our project and what it will mean to the village and surrounding areas. We are now in the process of pulling together the other forms of funding which we have secured and awaiting the building warrant which, we are hopeful, will allow the project to commence within the next few weeks.”