Isle of Whithorn community celebrates £1m windfall
A small community in Galloway is celebrating after securing almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
The 'Isle Futures' community charity has been awarded £940,000 to develop St. Ninian's Hall, which is owned by local residents.
Development plans include the construction of an annex to the hall, which will provide a cafe facility, a new retail outlet and new public toilets.
"This decision by the Big Lottery to award Capital Funding for the new build and Revenue Funding of £940,000, over the next 5 years for the St Ninian's Hall development project is tremendous.
"It recognises that the development will benefit the whole community, particularly older and younger people who are at risk of social isolation.
"The development of the new facilities will create much needed employment opportunities and will provide services for visitors, supporting the tourist industry - one of the most important businesses in the local area and wider region."
– Ian Duncanson, Chair, Isle Futures
Planning for the new annex has already been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council and details can be viewed here.
Construction is due to begin in the Summer with the opening scheduled for Spring next year.
A community in Copeland is set to benefit from a programme run by the Big Lottery Fund designed to help residents improve their local area.
The one million pound funding boost will be provided over the next ten years and will be spent as residents decide.
"This is an excellent Christmas bonus for the people of Distington, who I am sure will come up with some impressive and impactful ideas for how best to invest this money in the community.
Distington is a unique and welcoming village, with a strong community spirit.
This investment will help ensure that work that is already taking place and be expanded on and developed and will bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals and groups who want to make a positive and lasting difference to Distington."