Fundraising to buy the older part of Leverhulme Memorial School has passed the halfway point, with over £5,000 raised from donations and events.
The plan to turn the old school, built in 1924/5 by Lord Leverhulme, into a bustling community hub is undergoing constant development, with ideas for a laundrette, gym and café among the plans to bring the community together.
£6,500 is needed to buy the building from the Comhairle, but Leverhulme Memorial School steering group secretary Alan Ross said: “We are raising more funds than we immediately need because it’s an expensive process. We need to instruct a surveyor and renew all the quotes we already had for the work.
The committee is awaiting a timetable from Comhairle officers as to when the building will be available to buy. A Big Lottery Fund bid is in the plans, together with a bid to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to help support some of the early project development costs.
Mr Ross continued: “The building itself is actually in better condition than the ‘new’ school which was built after Lord Leverhulme died (currently under renovation by the Comhairle). We are still working out what we need to do, but one decision we have recently reached is to change our plan on insulation and to use the external insulation panels which the Comhairle has used on the new school, so that the buildings match.”
The steering group’s next fundraiser is on Friday August 24th, when a quiz night is to be held in Leverburgh Village Hall.
You can also donate via the Steering Group’s GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/levcomhub.