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The vibrant community life of the Borve area is buzzing, and Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre is opening its doors on Friday (12 August) to give everyone a chance to see what’s going on.

The open day, between 4.30 and 7pm on Friday gives everyone an opportunity to see recent improvements in and around the building and to contribute their ideas for future activities. 

Centre volunteers will be joined by community groups keen to share information on what activities they offer. The centre also hopes to speak to anyone with ideas for new groups or clubs that will appeal to different people. 

All the facilities of the building will be available to view and the kitchen will be put to good use to prepare food and refreshments for everyone who calls in.

Since it was opened in 2009 the Clan MacQuarrie centre has become a community focal point, providing a home base for regular groups like the Airidhantuim Youth Club, Young at Heart, Pàrant is Pàist and various fitness groups. 

The main hall with its performance space and quality floor has become a favourite venue for events run by Taigh Dhonnchaidh, An Comann Gàidhealach, touring theatre groups and Clan MacQuarrie itself, which plans events like the annual Burns supper. 

The centre’s organising committee says it has been a particular pleasure for them to host many weddings, and they are delighted that the number of enquiries from couples planning their big day is picking up.

Friday’s open day gives them a chance to welcome visitors, hear ideas and share a light buffet and refreshments as normality returns to the island social calendar.