A new hub of the com­mu­nity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Preview Time - Will Hen­shaw

Some lucky lo­cals were given a sneak peak of a brand new com­mu­nity hub that is due to open in Ruther­glen.

Guests in­clud­ing elected mem­bers and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives were in­vited to a preview view­ing of Num­ber 18, lo­cated on Farmeloan Road, on Thurs­day, July 30.

The build­ing, which is owned by Ruther­glen char­ity Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust, will not open of­fi­cially to the public un­til Oc­to­ber 9.

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Healthy ‘n’ Happy Jane Churchill said: “The idea of this event was to give some mem­bers of the com­mu­nity a sneak preview of how much po­ten­tial the build­ing has.

“The build­ing process is not com­pletely fin­ished; there are still a few rough edges to smooth out be­fore we let peo­ple en­joy what will be a fan­tas­tic new as­set for all the res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen.”

The event kicked off with a welcome from Healthy ‘n’ Happy chair­per­son May Cald­well. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bren­dan Rooney then took the floor to ex­plain the im­mense scope for op­por­tu­ni­ties the new com­mu­nity hub will bring the lo­cal area’s res­i­dents.

He also re­marked on the ironic link that the build­ing was first built for £450 and the cur­rent costs reach­ing £450,000.

Col­lec­tive Ar­chi­tec­ture rounded off the first half of the preview event with a pre­sen­ta­tion on the build­ing’s re­fur­bish­ment and be­spoke de­sign as well as pro­vid­ing guests with a brief timeline of the build­ing’s history and its im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity dat­ing back to 1904.

Guests were then in­vited to tour the build­ing. They were able to ex­plore all three floors which con­tain the re­cep­tion and sev­eral meet­ing rooms on the ground floor, a large multi-pur­pose main hall on the first floor and the new stu­dios of the com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion, Cam­Glen Ra­dio 107.9FM on the sec­ond.

The build­ing is also equipped with a lift to all three floors for dis­abled ac­cess.

Jane added: “We are very pleased to be able to of­fer this great space out to the com­mu­ni­ties of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen and we look for­ward to work­ing with many com­mu­nity groups in the area.”

New fa­cil­ity This build­ing on Farmeloan Road will be a new com­mu­nity hub

Tour Jane Churchill with Tommy Rooney, Ali­son Black, John Bachtler, and Ali­son Kennedy

Well at­tended There was a good turn out for the preview of Num­ber 18

Talk A pre­sen­ta­tion was made at the event

Talk Guests hear about the history of the build­ing

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