Hall’s ‘marvellous’ makeover

HSCA treasurer George Brown (centre) shakes hands with Age Scotland's Morag Halliday to mark the reopening of the Evergreen Hall. Also pictured are the association committee and fellow funders
HSCA treasurer George Brown (centre) shakes hands with Age Scotland's Morag Halliday to mark the reopening of the Evergreen Hall. Also pictured are the association committee and fellow funders

THE £80,000 transformation of the Evergreen Hall has created a brand-new facility for the people of Hawick.

That was the lasting impression of those who attended Saturday’s grand reopening of the ageing Dovecote Street facility – which, following a major refurbishment throughout the summer, has been described as being like “a completely different hall”.

Officially opened by Provost Ron Smith, the revamped hall was the focus of Saturday’s open day, during which Hawick Senior Citizens’ Association welcomed townsfolk to the venue before showing them the results of £50,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund which was secured by Teries’ votes.

Treasurer George Brown told the Hawick News: “The open day went really well and we had a steady flow of visitors right up until 4pm. People were certainly impressed by what they saw, as the hall really is looking marvellous.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, but we are thrilled with the end result. It is like a different hall, and we hope now that younger people will start using it as well.”

The project was also funded by £5,000 from the Common Good Fund, £5,000 from the Community Grant Scheme, £8,000 from Age Scotland and local fund-raising.

And as a result the hall now boasts new central heating, a new kitchen and committee room, damp proofing, a new floor and roof, a lowered ceiling, redecoration, and new chairs and curtains.

Mary Beck, association committee member, commented: “We are so grateful to all the funders who made the refurbishment possible. The work has transformed a 1960s hall into a super, modern facility for the people of Hawick.

“It has a new feel to it, and we hope it will be used far more frequently.”

In his opening speech, Provost Smith said: “There are lunches and bingo every Thursday, special occasions such as the Cornet’s night, indoor bowling, country dancing, Young at Heart and coffee mornings. This has been a very active place.

“My best wishes go to all of the user groups, both existing and to come. May you enjoy your activities here even more than before, without a care in the world.

“On behalf of the whole town therefore I bring best wishes to the Evergreen Hall, and have immense pleasure in declaring the new facility open.”