by The Edinburgh Reporter
(Copy of article appearing on 28 January 2016)
Corstorphine Public Hall raising funds for rebuilding
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When Corstorphine Public Hall was burned to the ground in 2013 it was a disaster for all the local groups who used it.
An appeal was formally launched earlier today to raise £1 million to rebuild the hall first erected in 1892 with even more room than before. It is also planned to make the building accessible.
Even though insurance monies will be claimed, the steering committee want to raise more funds so that they can make an even better building behind the red sandstone facade.
The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh The Rt Hon Donald Wilson launched the campaign at the Corstorphine Bowling Club.The Lord Provost said: “This was a devastating fire in 2013 and a great disaster for the local area as it was the hub of the whole community with around 25 groups meeting there.
It really caused absolute chaos at the time for the groups who had to relocate to other premises.”
The Lord Provost has suggested that the One City Trust which comes under his direction might be persuaded to make a contribution to the funds needed. He said: “This is the kind of thing that the One City Trust does. Of course they will have to put in an application form and it has to be agreed but this sits well with the objectives of the One City Trust.
Councillor Frank Ross is the local councillor and is also a member of the Public Hall committee. He said: “In terms of fundraising we have raised £40,000 over the last year in ‘unofficial’ fundraising. Now we are going for substantial expansion on that as we need more funds.”
There are a variety of ways to raise funds and you can get details of all the activities, including a Race Night at Maybury Casino on 6 February, on the Corstorphine Public Hall website.
At the Hub 191 St John’s Road you can buy a brick for £5 or complete one of their standing order forms to make a contribution.
Fox Covert Primary School choir provided some uplifting entertainment at the launch of the fundraising campaign, and a piper led the campaign group from the door of the empty building round to the Bowling Club for a much needed cup of tea.
Corstorphine Public Hall would like to thank The Edinburgh Reporter for publishing this article. All photos are ©2016 The Edinburgh Reporter
Listen to the Radio Forth News coverage of The Launch
Forth News interviewed members of the Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild Appeal Committee – it gives some valuable information – so have a wee listen – and see if you can help us in any way either by donating, setting up a standing order, offering to volunteer, supporting a fundraising event or organising an event several of which are happening in the community now.