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A stag­ger­ing £100,000 re­pair bill brought a tragic start to the new year for a pop­u­lar Pais­ley so­cial club.

The highly-or­na­mented build­ing, for­merly known as the Half-time School – which had been the home for the past seven years to mem­bers of the Ciba-Geigy Club – closed be­cause of a dan­ger­ous roof, we re­ported in Jan­uary 1985.

Mr Jim Hamil­ton, club pres­i­dent, re­vealed:“We have al­most 400 mem­bers here and it’s a real blow to us.

“We all love meet­ing at this beau­ti­ful build­ing, which is al­most 100 years old...but there is no way we can raise the kind of cash needed to carry out the vi­tal re­pair work.”

The first signs of roof trou­ble were spot­ted early in 1984.

Since then fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties had been mounted by the mem­ber­ship.

And two grants had been promised – one around £30,000 from His­tor­i­cal Build­ings Coun­cil and an­other for £9,000 from Ren­frew Dis­trict Coun­cil.

“But we are nowhere near out £100,000 tar­get,” stressed Mr Hamil­ton.

“We have to get the re­pair job done in one and not in stages.

“Also, re­gard­ing the His­tor­i­cal Build­ings Coun­cil grant, there are things at­tached.

“The prob­lem is se­ri­ous dry rot to the in­side sec­tion of the roof.

“It’s in a dan­ger­ous state and that’s why the build­ing has been closed.

“Mean­while, we are home­less but are search­ing for new premises on a let ba­sis.”

His­toric The for­mer Half-time School was un­der threat

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