We are delighted to say that a £5,000 just received along with £11,325 so far raised in shares means that we are almost two-thirds of the way towards our target of £25,000. The share issue deadline has therefore been extend to 23 November to allow us to raise the remaining £8,675 needed.
The new share issue is up and running and we are hopeful of reaching our £25,000 target by the end of November.
That will enable us to access the £300,000 award from the Scottish Land Fund, buy the building and together with other grants get the ground floor refurbishment complete and our Community Hub opened to the public by next summer.
Another way to help is to come along to our work day next Saturday Oct 20th when we do a Big Clear Up of the ground floor ready for building work to resume and planning out exactly what goes where. Join us from 10am onwards.
Announcement : Monday 17 September 2018
Penicuik Community Alliance is today celebrating an award of more than £300,000 from the Scottish Land Fund which will help complete the ground-breaking Storehouse project in Penicuik High Street.
The award will cover 95% of the cost of purchasing the currently leased property, as well as making a contribution towards completion of renovation work and the employment of a development officer.
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “This award to Penicuik Community Alliance recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment of local people who will now be able to take ownership over a building that matters most to them.
“The new Penicuik Storehouse has the potential to be a thriving business in the heart of Penicuik High Street that will bring extensive social, health and economic benefits to the local community. I wish everyone involved every success as they begin to reap the rewards of community ownership.”
The project to create a food-centred hub was started in 2015 by a group including PCA Chair Roger Kelly, who commented: “We’ve overcome challenges during the last year, and our pop-up food shop and community meal are now well established. We are delighted by this vote of confidence in our ability to take things forward now.”
To celebrate the award and launch a community share issue to raise the balance of funds needed to complete the purchase, PCA will be holding a meeting of members in Penicuik Town Hall on Monday 1 October at 7.30pm
There are lots of lovely local Apples available in the Storehouse for a donation. Come and help yourself!