Tweedsmuir Crook Inn campaign half way there
Graham Ford • Published 25 Sep 2012 07:30
The Crook Inn.
CAMPAIGNERS looking to save the Crook Inn are almost half way towards achieving their aim.
Supporters gathered at Tweedsmuir Village Hall last Wednesday evening where they learned that the last few months have been a hive of activity in an attempt to safeguard the future of the historic Inn, £160,000 is required to buy the building.
It was reported that a packed fundraising campaign including the Tweedsmuir Music Festival, a Jubilee Cream Tea, medieval games, a stall at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, a hill race, a casino night and many more had helped raise over £77,000.
The fund had been complemented by a recent grant of £4666 from the Community Grant Scheme of Scottish Borders Council, donations from the public and £1000 from the Daily Mail as a runner up in their 'Spring Queen for the Queen' competition.
The Tweedsmuir Community Company has now prepared a business plan to provide a multipurpose community hub with a strong and viable business at its heart. The first stage is to purchase of the Crook by the end of 2012.
A community needs study and feasibility report by an external consultancy will take place soon to provide a firm base for future plans. The next stage, in 2013, will be detailed planning and additional fundraising, with restoration work taking place in 2014.
A new campaign video, highlighting the important role the Crook has played in the Upper Tweed Valley during the last 400 years, will spearhead the latest phase of the quest for further donations.
See www.vimeo.com/49689179_ . The TCC will invite supporters to invest in the future of the Upper Tweed Community, and donate to the campaign. Donors' names will be recognised within the restored building.
A list of up-coming events, more information on the campaign and donor forms are available at www.savethecrook.org.uk.
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 24 Sep 12
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