Volunteers at Newtonhill’s Bettridge Centre are working round the clock in a bid to save the Centre, which is facing an uncertain future.
The Centre, which is a community run facility, was first opened in March 2003 and is run by volunteers from the community. The original Newtonhill Community Hall was built after public fundraising in 1986.
Christina Day, who is on the committee who run the Centre, said: “The Centre receives no financial help from the council and relies on the income of user groups to keep it afloat. However, as the running costs of the Centre are so high, it is becoming increasingly difficult. We want to highlight to the village and surrounding areas that this fabulous facility is in real danger of closure if it’s not used or if we can’t find some kind of financial assistance. We also want to know what people want from the Centre as it has put on many suggested events which have had very limited success. We do have regular user groups who rely on the Centre to function but we need more people to be aware of it and use it for what they need.”
The committee are arranging a ceilidh as a fundraiser for the Centre and to highlight that the Centre is not, at the moment, financially secure. The Ceilidh is to be held on the evening of February 15 in the main hall of the Bettridge Centre. Tickets are available from the Bettridge Centre priced at £15 which includes a plate of Stovies and entertainment by Spindrift. There will also be a raffle with some fabulous prizes!