Of­fi­cial open­ing of new Sleat cen­tre

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW £1.8m com­mu­nity hub was of­fi­cially opened in the south of Skye on Satur­day with an af­ter­noon of cer­e­mony and cel­e­bra­tion.

An Crùbh in Sleat, which is owned and run by Ca­muscross and Duis­dale Ini­tia­tive (CDI), was de­clared open by pupils of Bun­sgoil Sh­lèite.

The af­ter­noon be­gan with a pro­ces­sion led by piper Derek For­rest. In­side vis­i­tors en­joyed drinks be­fore the fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties be­gan. The af­ter­noon was spent tasting food pre­pared by An Crùbh’s chef Lawrence Mil­lot as well as fayre stocked in the shop. Games and crafts kept the chil­dren happy, while in­for­ma­tion dis­plays and a chat en­ter­tained adults.

In the evening, a cèilidh and bar­be­cue rounded off the day with mu­sic from the Malin Lewis Band.

CDI chair­man Mark Wringe said: ‘ We are very pleased with how the af­ter­noon went and the evening cèilidh was well-at­tended, with fab­u­lous food pre­pared by our chef and as­sis­tant. The af­ter­noon food and drink tast­ings were pro­vided by sup­pli­ers to the shop.’

The hub boasts a li­censed shop and café, post of­fice, com­mu­nity hall, meet­ing room, ex­hi­bi­tion space, toi­lets and show­ers and spec­tac­u­lar views over the Sound of Sleat.

Sit­u­ated just above the A851 near Duis­dale and Ca­muscross, the build­ing was com­pleted on De­cem­ber 23 2016 and run by the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Fund­ing from the Na­tional Lot­tery was se­cured for the build while the com­mu­nity’s con­tin­u­ing fundrais­ing ef­forts are tak­ing the busi­ness side for­ward.

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