A bid from Duns has been shortlisted for the People’s Millions competition, which could secure funding to turn the Volunteer Hall into a vibrant community theatre for Berwickshire. The effort is being led by A Heart for Duns, with support from Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society and Duns Players.
The People’s Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public help decide which local community projects get up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding. For ITV Border viewers, the Duns project will be screened during the Border News on Wednesday 26 November. Viewers will be asked to vote for their preferred bid, in this case either Duns Community Theatre or a musical project in Peebles.
The Duns bid is for £43,000 to equip a professional quality space for theatrical performances. According to Peter Lerpiniere of Duns Players, “The Volunteer Hall facilities are fairly basic, so we are aiming for a new lighting rig, a projection and sound system, and blackout curtains. These upgrades would also bring benefits for concerts, film nights and other events at the Hall.”
For the Duns bid to succeed, it will need full support from the town and surrounding area. Emma Taylor from Duns Operatic Society said: “A first class community theatre in the centre of Berwickshire would attract people from far afield, whether simply attending a show or pursuing a career in the performing arts. We hope that everyone in the county will support our bid.”
Derek Janes, Convenor of A Heart for Duns, said: “We are very excited to get through to this stage. Having up-to-date equipment will allow us to run a full programme of activities at the Volunteer Hall, which will in turn allow it to become fully sustainable. Please galvanise your friends, relations and work colleagues, in person and through social media, to vote for Duns Community Theatre.”
To support the Duns bid now, please visit The People’s Millions website.
On 26 November, People’s Millions will release telephone numbers for voting and the lines will be open from 9am until midnight. Mobile and BT landline votes cost no more than 15p; other landlines may vary.