After being told by funders to prove it’s a well used facility, a group of Duns residents have lined up a number of events to pull in crowds at Duns
‘A Heart for Duns’ was set up with the aim of safeguarding the building’s future and preventing it from the threat of becoming endangered due to below par facilities or a lack of use.
As part of a six month pilot scheme on the part of the group, brochures have been put through doors throughout Duns advertising a season of events taking place in the hall.
Heart for Duns members were left disappointed earlier this year when an application to the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund was successful and suspect one of the main reasons behind the disappointing decision was the lack of evidence that a modernised hall was wanted by the community.
Group chair, Andrew Lester commented: “The Volunteer Hall exists for the community of Duns and we want to make sure we don’t lose it.
“People in Duns and the surrounding area are fantastic in their support for local causes and everyone involved in A Heart for Duns are certain they will support this initiative.”
The new diary of Volunteer Hall events is headed up by the return of a weekly food and craft market which will begin on Wednesday, October 30, and then continue on the last Monday of every month.
This will revive the ancient tradition of a Wednesday market granted to the town by James IV through the Charter of the Burgh of Duns in 1489.
And with Remembrance Day just a few days after the hall will play host to a wartime weekend on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, with screenings of two films on the Friday and an evening of entertainment entitled ’Roll out the Barrel’.
The night will include a performance of ‘Dads Army’ from Duns Players, music from the Borders Big Band and ration book style cuisine.
Duns Operatic Scoety bring ‘Snow White & the Magic Mirror’ to the hall on December 4 and the diary for next year is already filling up
Scocha are back in town in February and a Heart for Duns are hosting their own ceilidh in March.
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