Lottery grant helps bring Newcastleton into the hub

A lottery grant of more the £125,000 has paved the way for work to start on a revitalised digital hub in the village.

By Kevin Janiak
Thursday, 9th July 2020, 4:45 pm
Buccleuch House in Newcastleton.
Buccleuch House in Newcastleton.

Buccleuch House, a former resource centre in the heart of the village, will be transformed into a digital learning hub and bunkhouse for walkers and cyclists, which will help sustain the hub for the future.. 

The award of £129,812, part of a package of grants announced by The National Lottery Community Fund means that the Newcastleton District and Community Trust (NDCT) can begin to create the new hub which will be a focal point for learning opportunities and will also be a pilot for Borders College Hub and Spoke outreach programme.

Barbara Elborn, secretary of the NDCT, said: “This award allows us to press the ‘go’ button on the development works.

The new digital community hub and bunkhouse for walkers and cyclists will transform Buccleuch House in Newcastleton.

“We cannot wait to get started transforming a neglected but beloved old building into much-needed facilities and services; state of the art outreach learning facility, retail and office space, sustained by a 14-bed bunkhouse capitalising on the growing walking and cycling market. 

“This is a project of significant size locally, making a massive difference to the community and local businesses who will all benefit from this investment.” 

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland director Neil Ritch, said: “I am delighted that some of this funding will be used to transform an existing building into a vibrant community hub that will carry on the strong community spirit that has been so evident in recent times. “

The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding on those projects that support organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19.