A huge amount of work has been undertaken by members of the Slains and Collieston Community in recent years to improve our community buildings. Going back as far as 1996, when there was mention of the local authority considering the closure of small rural centres, work began to secure our hall for future generations. Early plans were to submit an application to the National Lottery’s 21st Century Halls programme. Plans were drawn up by Aberdeenshire Council which were to incorporate the schoolhouse into the overall Community Centre to give more space for multi purpose use. However this was not achievable in the timescale due to a variety of issues.
After that a new group was established – Collieston and Slains Community Trust who put in an immense amount of work with innovative plans for a new hall and respite centre. The bid to the Big Lottery was unsuccessful, and it was back to the drawing board again.
The Community Council went back to the original idea of breaking through to the schoolhouse to open up the building and create more communal space and vital storage. Working in partnership with the local authority, successful applications were made to the Council’s “100 day pledge” fund, intended to encourage investment in local towns and villages, and also to the SITA Trust. Our commitment, from the Collieston and Slains community, agreed at last year’s AGM, is to contribute £10,000 – the total works being in the region of £120,000.
Funding agreements have been completed, tenders exchanged and the Council’s appointed contractors are to begin work shortly to carry out the building refurbishment works. When these are completed EVERYONE will be invited to the party!