Count­down to open­ing of new Skye cen­tre

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A NEW com­mu­nity hub in Sleat, Skye, will be open in time for Easter.

An Crùbh has a shop and post of­fice, a café, a com­mu­nity hall, a meet­ing room, ex­hi­bi­tion space, toi­lets and show­ers.

Sit­u­ated just above the A851 where it passes through Duis­dale and Ca­muscross, the hub will serve lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, and is one of the first projects of its kind in Scot­land to be de­vel­oped, owned and run by a lo­cal com­mu­nity as a so­cial en­ter­prise.

Con­struc­tion fin­ished last De­cem­ber when the build­ing was handed over to its own­ers, Ca­muscross and Duis­dale Ini­tia­tive (CDI).

CDI chair­man Mark Wringe said: ‘ We are very proud of our new build­ing. Both the café and the hall have spec­tac­u­lar views above the Sound of Sleat. We want what we of­fer in the shop and café to be as impressive as the build­ing and we need am­bi­tious staff to achieve that.’

An­other CDI di­rec­tor, Su­san Walker, added: ‘It is fan­tas­tic to see our hard work and the con­fi­dence placed in us by fund­ing bod­ies be­come re­al­ity. In just one year, we’ve gone from lo­cal chil­dren sym­bol­i­cally cut­ting the first turf to hav­ing an amaz­ing fa­cil­ity.

‘It takes a lot to get an empty build­ing fit­ted out to do so many things and work­ing groups have been meet­ing reg­u­larly since the New Year to hone plans for equip­ping and fur­nish­ing its var­i­ous spa­ces, draw­ing on the ex­per­tise of lo­cal peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence of op­er­at­ing a shop, café or hall.’

CDI di­rec­tor Laura Stephen added: ‘A team of fundrais­ing vol­un­teers, mainly women from Ca­muscross, did a mag­nif­i­cent job of reach­ing the £6,000 we needed to raise to­wards the project through lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘ We’re now jug­gling a very tight bud­get to ac­quire ev­ery­thing, from tea­spoons to chill cab­i­nets. The team is go­ing the ex­tra mile to make it hap­pen. Its next fundraiser is a car boot and ta­ble-top sale at An Crùbh on Saturday Fe­bru­ary 25.’

For de­tails of the jobs on of­fer and photographs of An Crùbh visit www.ca­muscross. org and CDI’s Face­book page.

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