Gatehouse Community Centre
Welcome to Gatehouse Community Centre
THE COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AGAIN
The Management Committee are very pleased to announce that the electrical issues at the Community Centre are being addressed and that the Centre will be able take new bookings from February. We acknowledge very gratefully the financial help given by Dumfries and Galloway Council under their Stewartry Area Discretionary Budget that has enabled us to do this.
Those activities that are permitted under Covid regulations will be able to resume and group organisers will be in touch with their users to arrange these. Bookings for permitted events can be made via the Secretary in the usual way. It will of course still be necessary to follow both the national regulations and our Special Conditions of hire that apply to all users. Dumfries and Galloway is currently in Level 1 and full details of permitted activities can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Planning for the future
All our users will probably be aware that over recent years the Centre has been used by fewer and fewer groups. Although we still welcome long term residence by the Community Church and the Snooker Club, our general business model, predicated on hourly hire by local groups and organisations, is becoming unsustainable. As you will know from our AGMs, the Centre could previously rely on a small surplus each year but now, due to declining usage, this is no longer the case.
In addition to our remaining a home for local activities, our early thinking is to work with the local community and other partners to develop a hub to support physical and mental well-being, healthy living and sustainability. As part of this process, we shall naturally consult widely and are planning ways of doing so in the present Covid situation.
Unfortunately, it remains the case that the present building itself requires extensive repairs. These include continued renovation of the external render, replacement of many rainwater goods and major reconditioning of the roof In addition, the interior is tired, dated and does not present the image that we would wish to project. The cost of this work is very substantial and it may well prove uneconomic to carry out on a building that is nearly one hundred years old. It is also wasteful and very expensive to heat and is far from the carbon-neutral structure that must become the norm in the future. Retrofitting an old building to modern standards is an expensive process and, for this reason, our steering group are examining the option of replacing the existing Centre with a new, modern building if funding can be found for such a major project.
Your Community Centre needs you! We are in the final stages of becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and anyone resident in Gatehouse of Fleet can become a Member – you don’t have to belong to a user group. We very much hope that all the people of Gatehouse will see the Community Centre as a valuable asset to our town and will want to play a part in its future.
This is your Centre and its success now and in the future depends on your support so please look out for more information on how to become involved and come and join us. If you would like to know more please get in touch with Susan Miller 07768 143111 or Lynne Walker 07 955 222 060