£30,000 needed to save Valleyfield social club
Published 6 Apr 2012 06:00 1 Comment
VALLEYFIELD residents have turned out in force to help save their much-loved local club - but still need £30,000 to bring the building "up to scratch".
The Valleyfield Social and Recreation Club was damaged by a fire two weeks ago, when flames shot through the roof and wrecked the main hall.
The club committee sent out an SOS for villagers to "muck in" and restore the smoke-blackened building, and refurbish it by donating furniture and other materials.
And in a strong show of community spirit, everyone from residents to local tradesmen and businesses has heeded the call - and the club could be up and running by Friday.
Club chairman Johnstone Little told the Press, "I could have greeted when I saw the flames shooting out the roof but I feel as if we're getting there now.
"Quite a lot of folk have put in donations and a lot of them have been down there clearing out stuff, cleaning, painting and repapering.
"We had to get the roof sorted so it wouldn't be a danger to anyone but some people have been there almost every day since the fire from 8.30am to 6pm.
"Bennett Carpets in Oakley and Warner Harress in Dunfermline have donated carpets to us, which was really good of them, and all we're waiting on now is the upholstery."
"We're starting to get it into ship-shape again but hopefully we'll be up and running by Friday, as the main bit for us is making revenue. We have to thank the fire service for their quick action putting the fire out."
Mr Little reckons £30,000 is still required for building materials, most of which would go towards a new roof, electrics and plumbing, which were damaged in the fire.
The club committee has now set up a fund-raising sub-committee to look at where they could apply for funding.
He underlined the importance of getting the main hall "bright and new" again so it could generate income for the club. He said, "The main objective is to get it up and running again because that's where most of our money comes from.
"The club is the mainstay of the village. If it wasn't there, the village would be dead.
"We've got weddings, funerals, parties there and the old folks use it too.
"We're really dependent on parties to keep the place going, and if anybody would like to chip in we would be very happy, as it's going to be a struggle even now to keep the place going."
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