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Go Golspie's church hall acquisition plan gets funding boost

By Caroline McMorran

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A group's hopes of purchasing a church hall in Golspie on behalf of the community have been given a boost.

Development group Go Golspie has been awarded some £9800 Stage I funding from the Scottish Land Fund to look into the potential purchase of Fountain Road Church Hall from the Church of Scotland.

Go Golspie are keen to purchase Fountain Road Church Hall.
Go Golspie are keen to purchase Fountain Road Church Hall.

Group representative Richard Gale, Highland councillor for East Sutherland and Edderton, said the money would pay for a feasibility study as well as a business plan and architectural survey. Community consultation will also be undertaken.

"We're delighted – it is a step in the right direction," he said. "There is a lot of community interest in the hall. Go Golspie has set up a sub-committee to progress the project. We are really quite excited about it."

"We have lots of ideas about using it for all sorts of events including weddings.It has a commercial kitchen and we are keen to offer it to aspiring chefs to showcase what they can do."

He added that it was intended to apply for Stage II funding to purchase the property and Go Golspie was mindful that the Scottish Land Fund was closing down in March 2021.

The 114-year-old Fountain Road Church Hall, which has been renovated in recent years following grant awards, was put on the market in February with an asking price of £200,000. At the time the church said it was selling because of the cost of maintaining the building.

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