£4k grant to benefit schoolchildren

Currie Memorial Hall in Lilliesleaf was awarded a cash grant of more than �4,340 to improve safety for pupils who attend classes such as PE at the hall.
Currie Memorial Hall in Lilliesleaf was awarded a cash grant of more than �4,340 to improve safety for pupils who attend classes such as PE at the hall.

More than 70 primary schoolchildren in Lilliesleaf are to benefit from a cash grant which will be used to increase their safety in the village.

Currie Memorial Hall, on Main Street, has been awarded a cash grant of more than £4,340 to allow the pupils at Lilliesleaf Primary School a safer commute to PE and Keep Fit classes which are held at the venue.

Improving safety in the area has been a community project carried out by the village’s residents, including one who has also donated land so that the project can go ahead.

The money will now be used to build a pathway so that both pupils and residents will no longer have to walk along the potentially dangerous main road.

Colin Gilmour, chairman of Currie Memorial Hall, said: “This is great news for the community which will help improve safety in the village as well as enhance the setting of our wonderful hall.”

Carolyn Didcock, head teacher at Lilliesleaf Primary School, which has a total of 73 pupils in attendance, told The Wee Paper: “This has been a community project, organised by local residents.

“Whilst it will definitely benefit school children by allowing us safer access to and from the school playground to the neighbouring village hall, it will also benefit local residents in this way, too.

“Classes regularly use the village hall for physical education lessons and for annual concerts.”

The community fund, created by bosses at the 10-turbine Langhope Rig wind farm, near Ashkirk, reopened last October after being put on hold for over a year on ice.

It offers grants from an annual cash pot total of £40,000 for community groups in Ettrick, Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk, Midlem and Borthwick Water and Upper Teviot.

That previous hold-up, however, meant that double that total was available in this latest handout.

Other groups to recently benefit from the fund includes Borders Youth Theatre which received £6,800 to support projects linking pupils with older people in the community.

Midlem Village Hall Committee also received £3,500 to fund a playpark extension and installation of a basket swing and Ashkirk Village Hall was awarded £5,485 to purchase a noticeboard, dishwasher and cooker.

A grant of £1,466 will help Yarrowford Hall Association repair its car park.