Portlethen’s Jubilee Hall is to receive a £60,000 funding boost to help with its refurbishment, it was announced this week.
The hall, which hosts fitness and dance classes, school gym lessons, and a community café is to receive £60,000 in Scottish Government regeneration funding. The move was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond when his cabinet met in the town on Monday.
The Hall was built by the community in 1890 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, is the subject of a local fundraising drive to restore it to its former glory, with work required to bring it up to standard for the 21st century.
Mr Salmond made the announcement before carrying out the second in a series of public discussion events designed to allow communities across Scotland to quiz ministers on Scotland’s Future.
The First Minister said the range of activities for people of all ages carried out every day in the historic building showed the Jubilee Hall was “a vital focal point” of the Portlethen community and a valuable local resource.
First Minister Alex Salmond: “The Jubilee Hall is a fantastic and well used resource for the local community, run by an incredibly dedicated team of volunteers for the benefit of people of all ages in Portlethen.
“The range of classes and events that take place in the hall is impressive, from line dancing to Zumba; mother and baby groups to primary school gym lessons and a community café, every day is busy at the Jubilee Hall. It truly is a vital focal point in the Portlethen community, just as it was when it was first opened in 1890. I hope that the new funding will enable the ambitious plans I know the trustees of this fabulous place have to come to fruition and allow the hall to serve the people of Portlethen for many more generations to come.”