Belford’s Erskine United Reformed Church welcomed friends to a thank-you evening last Friday to view the new church hall kitchen made possible by their fund-raising efforts.
Over the years, the Ferguson Hall, adjacent to the church, has become a focal point for the community.
It has hosted pilgrims visiting Holy Island, a variety of parties, a community cinema and hugely-popular performances by the Belford Players. It is also where Belford’s Dissenting History project is on view.
Completed in 2014 with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it tells the story of how local people fought for the freedom to worship in their own way.
Church secretary Audrey Thompson said: “Despite being a great resource, the hall was in great need of a new kitchen, but after estimates were sought, it was obvious the local URC couldn’t meet the cost.
“However, due to the generosity of many friends and village £3,000, we were able to successfully apply for a grant from Northern Synod who took our own fund-raising into account and supplied the additional funds of £8,710 to replace the kitchen.”
Work was undertaken by local suppliers including the project’s main contractor, RDESIGN (Ross Thomson Joinery), from Seahouses; plumber Barry Guthrie, from Wooler; electrician Alan MacFarlane, from Seahouses; with flooring from Martin Scott.
It is now hoped that many of the above groups as well as those who have not used the hall before will benefit from the new facilities.
Open daily, the Ferguson Hall can seat 70 and also has a multimedia projector. Bookings can be made through Audrey Thompson on 01668 213520.