National Lottery funding helps create new digital hub in Newcastleton

Buccleuch House, a former resource centre in the heart of the village will be transformed into a vibrant digital learning hub and bunkhouse as part of a package of grants announced today by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The award of £129,812 means that the Newcastleton District and Community Trust (NDCT) have been given the green light on the work to create the new hub which will be a focal point for learning opportunities and will also be a pilot for Borders College Hub and Spoke outreach programme.

Barbara Elborn, Secretary, NDCT, said:

“This award allows us to press the ‘go’ button on the development works. We cannot wait to get started transforming a neglected but beloved old building into much needed facilities and services; state of the art outreach learning facility, retail and office space, sustained by a 14-bed bunkhouse capitalising on the growing walking and cycling market.

This is a project of significant size locally making a massive difference to the community and local businesses who will all benefit from this investment.”

Announcing today’s funding of a number of projects in Scotland, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director, Neil Ritch, said:

“These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the incredible work happening across Scotland to create stronger, more connected communities.

I am delighted that some of this funding will be used to transform existing buildings into vibrant community hubs that will carry on the strong community spirit that has been so evident in recent times.

National Lottery players can be proud to know that money they raise by buying tickets is continuing to make such a difference.”

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes in the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding on those projects that supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19.