I open this statement with grateful thanks from A Heart for Duns to Andrew Lester, who has relinquished his position as Chairman of the AHFD Committee. Andrew has led the effort to galvanise the people of Duns and surrounding territories behind the campaign to return the Volunteer Hall to the centre of local community life. Through Andrew’s skill, hard work and commitment, significant progress has been made toward ensuring that the Volunteer Hall will endure long into the future. Thankfully, Andrew will remain on the AHFD Committee in the role of Vice-Chairman.Our campaign has gathered momentum and achieved much in recent months. The number of events held at the hall has increased by 12% over the past 12 months. Over the same period, the number of people attending events has increased from 4,400 to 7,000 — a 59% increase!
Four monthly Food and Craft Markets have attracted on average almost 30 stallholders and over 240 visitors. The showing of Gravity in February drew 80 people, whose responses indicate that the Film Night will become a regular feature of our events calendar. This edition of Volunteer Hall Events reflects our full and varied programme.
The Committee is relentless in its effort to ensure that we meet the social need of providing a sustainable facility for use by the community. We have engaged other stakeholders, canvassing their moral and financial support: Scottish Borders Council management team, Mid Berwickshire Councillors Renton, Moffat and Greenwell, and the landlords, The Ministry of Defence. All parties are working in close liaison to achieve our common aim that the Volunteer Hall endures as a fully funded and fully utilised facility for use by the community of Duns and surrounding areas.
May I thank the public of Duns and the commercial community for the immense support you give to the AHFD Committee and to this campaign.
Please visit us at www.aheartforduns.org
Jim Cook, Chairman, A Heart for Duns