New phase in the campaign to revive the Volunteer Hall

Our campaign to reinvent Duns Volunteer Hall as a modern, vibrant community venue has shifted gear and has entered a critical and exciting phase. The Ministry of Defence, which owns the hall, has pledged significant funds for an initial refurbishment. This will help considerably, but the hall requires very high levels of investment that can only be secured through grant funding. Our Grants and Applications committee, working with Scottish Borders Council grant aid professionals, is making good progress through the complex and demanding application process. The journey might take three years, but we hope to access grant funding at levels that align with our ambitions for the hall.

In the meantime, it is vital that the Volunteer Hall be used fully, so that revenue from events can offset its significant operating costs. For this we need the support of the community of Duns and outlying areas. You can help by attending the events at the hall and by volunteering: please see our call for help later in this programme.

A Heart for Duns events are varied and popular. In May over 220 people visited the Food and Craft Market and over 100 came to see Philomena. Our June programme included the first annual Duns Community Challenge Quiz, sponsored by Aitchison’s Garage, and The Lego Movie.

We hope you will find much to interest you in this programme, including American Hustle (July), The Butler (August) and an evening Food Market (September). Other events, updates and photos are posted on our website: www.aheartforduns.org

To help us deliver an outstanding community facility in Duns, please be part of our campaign and continue to attend and enjoy events in the Volunteer Hall.

Jim Cook, Chairman, A Heart for Duns

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