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The Ravenspoint centre in Kershader can look forward to a wind and watertight future following a major project to replace the roof on this former school building.

Owned by the community through Co-Chomunn na Pairc, the building acts as a hub for the people of Pairc, providing vital services including the local shop and Post Office, 24-hour motor fuel, a tea-room, the Pairc Historical Society museum and a hostel for summer visitors to the area.

For the Board of Trustees, the increasingly urgent need to replace the roof and prevent further damage to the fabric of the building, presented a major practical and funding challenge. The support received in preparing the plans and funding the project has been key to its success, they say.

Local fund-raising efforts alongside support from the Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust and the Crown Estates, made it possible for project managers Malcolm Crate and Iain M Morrison and contractors Lewis Builders to complete the work by early summer.

Co-Chomunn na Pairc Chairman Iain Nicolson said: “ We are conscious that this vital project has only been achieved on-time and on budget by teamwork between ourselves, the funders, our community and the contractors. We are very grateful to Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust for their significant contribution which alongside the funding from Crown Estates and local fundraising efforts, made it possible to proceed without delay. Maintaining services in the current economic environment is and will be challenging, but knowing that our main asset, the building, is in good condition is a great encouragement.”

Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust Chairman Iain MacIver on a recent visit to the building to hand over the cheque said: “We were impressed by the well-grounded business case presented to us by a highly motivated team of volunteers, making it an easy application to fund. I believe the satisfaction of now seeing an important community asset back in good shape justifies our faith in the Co-Chomunn’s ability to overcome the challenges they bravely addressed.”

PHOTO: From left, Donnie Morrison, Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust; Iain Nicolson Co-Chomunn na Pairc; David Skene RTL Ltd, and Iain Maciver, MCWFT