The Grinneabhat development in Bragar on the West Side of Lewis is moving on at great pace with the major works set for completion in late May.

Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (UCBA) have also begun the process of recruitment for Grinneabhat, the former Bragar School, while a deadline of Saturday 14 March has been set for anyone wishing to buy a tile in support of the restoration.  

Commemorative tiles can be purchased for £100 and will provide an artistic and historical feature at the main entrance to the new building.

A maximum of 100 tiles are being produced with many of those purchased already by people wishing to recognise family ties with the area along with others who are keen to support the development.

UCBA is now advertising the key post of Hospitality Supervisor with the main responsibilities of the post-holder including the setting up and running of the cèilidh-cafè in Grinneabhat. The successful applicant will take up the post in May and will work closely with the volunteer Board of Trustees and other staff who will be appointed in due course.

O’ Mac Construction Limited are the main contractors on the Grinneabhat development which also has Tighean Innse Gall as Project Managers.

Funding for the Grinneabhat refurbishment has come from a  wide range of local and national organisations including the National Lottery Community Assets fund, the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (with support from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), the Climate Challenge Fund, HIE, The Robertson Trust, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Communities Landfill Fund, Western Isles Development Trust, and also the Aspiring Communities Fund supported by the Scottish Government and European Social Fund as well as from the local community.

When complete Grinneabhat will provide a 30-seat cèilidh-càfe, 4 en-suite hostel rooms sleeping a total of 12 people, a launderette, spaces for community events and exhibition facilities for local people and visitors and the promotion of local and visiting artists.