Grinneabhat Community Project is offering a chance to remember loved ones and to support the development.
Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (UCBA), the Bragar and Arnol Community Trust, on the West Side of Lewis has introduced a fundraising initiative which will also ensure a lasting memorial to people with a connection to the area.
The Trust was formed in 2012 and is redeveloping Grinneabhat, the former Bragar School, to provide enhanced community facilities along with a hostel, àite cèilidh café and a launderette.
O’ Mac Construction Limited are main contractors for the project with Tighean Innse Gall as Project Managers on behalf of UCBA. Work on the development is on track and completion is expected in early summer 2020.
As part of its fundraising for Grinneabhat, UCBA has invited supporters at home and abroad to sponsor 100 tiles - each supporter will supply a photograph of the person/people they wish to commemorate, and text detailing their sloinneadh/name, etc, which will then be fired on to a tile. The tiles will be a prominent, permanent, feature in Grinneabhat when the building reopens. Each tile will be handmade and unique, and cost £100.
Catriona Campbell, Chair of UCBA, said: “Like other community organisations, we need to be look at different ways of raising funds, particularly now with this major redevelopment ongoing. As well as being a fitting way to commemorate people from the community, the tiles will an eye-catching artwork in their own right. I will certainly be buying one with a picture of my late parents, who both went to Bragar School.”
Grinneabhat has received support from a wide range of local and national organisations including the National Lottery Community 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, the Aspiring Communities Fund supported by the Scottish Government and European Social Fund and also from local community fundraising efforts.
Bragar and Arnol Community Trust provides social, health and wellbeing, cultural and artistic activities for the benefit of the local community and visitors. The Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees and aims to preserve and enhance the cultural and environomental heritage of the area, and to retain the former Bragar School as a living, working building belonging to the community.