The refurbishment of St Boswells Village Hall started in 2012, when the Hall Committee raised money to update the boiler and heating system. With a more efficient system in place, thoughts turned to insulation, double glazing as well as better accessibility and upgraded toilets. In December 2013, St Boswells Village Hall closed for refurbishment after months of fundraising, seeking donations and applying for grants.
In partnership with local architects Camerons from Galashiels, and a host of other experts, a plan was drawn up to turn St Boswells Village Hall into a community building that the whole village could enjoy for years to come. A key part of that was making the Hall a building that stays warm in winter with minimum heating and is generally energy efficient. The Climate Challenge Fund came to the fore with a substantial grant covering:
● Roof and Main Hall wall insulation
● Double glazed windows
● Exterior doors
● Low energy lighting
With very generous donations from villagers and a number of external benefactors and grants, other necessary works could be completed:
● New toilets including disabled toilet facilities
● A new stairway to the Upper Hall
● Complete refurbishment of both the Upper and Lesser Halls
● Renewal of all electrics
● Repairs to the Bell Tower
Galashiels builders, Murray and Burrell Ltd, along with the many expert subcontractors, completed all the works in under five months. The commitment to energy saving will continue — in the Village Hall and in the wider community of St Boswells with household monitoring schemes and Climate Challenge awareness campaigns and talks.
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The main works are now complete, and through further fundraising we have carried out important additions such as curtains and blinds, sound and lighting for the main hall, floor improvements and other enhancements of great value to the community. However, we have learnt that the roof now needs to be fully weatherproofed to see us through the winter. If you can help, then please do so below.
If you would like to make a donation to help this vital work, either by using the details below or by using the Paypal button. If you are adding Gift Aid then please contact Jennifer White directly.
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Newtown St.Boswells Branch
Sort Code: 83-26-34
Account No. 00291043
Account Name: St.Boswells Public Hall No 2 Account
Cheques can be made payable to: St.Boswells Public Hall No 2 Account
Standing Orders and Gift Aid Forms can be obtained from:
Tel: 01835 822648
Thank you very much for your help.