Cash boost for Initiative’s costs from hall repair team

Jimmy Hayhow (Director GS Scaffolding), David Inglis (Vice Chair Newton Stewart Initiative) Laura Hunter (Secretary Newton Stewart Initiative) & Craig Wallace (William Waugh & Sons (Builders) Ltd)

Jimmy Hayhow (Director GS Scaffolding), David Inglis (Vice Chair Newton Stewart Initiative) Laura Hunter (Secretary Newton Stewart Initiative) & Craig Wallace (William Waugh & Sons (Builders) Ltd)

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The two main companies behind repair works to the McMillan Hall have donated cash towards the reinstatement of a community improvement group for Newton Stewart.

The Newton Stewart Initiative is rising from the ashes after being dormant for several years and now a cash injection will help the group’s set up costs as well as contribute towards reopening The Hut for the community and new play facilities at Douglas Park.

The Initiative, which has amassed around 60 members in the past few months, is also working closely with other community groups in the area and the Douglas Ewart High School with a view to mutually benefitting one another.

And this latest donation of £500 from Carlisle Scaffodling Ltd and £500 from William Waugh & Sons Builders in Dumfries means the group can take a leap forward.

Reopening The Hut, the portacabin behind Newton Stewart Library which once housed the town’s youth club, will help groups forced out of both the community centre and the McMillan Hall due to closure and refurbishment works imposed by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Initiative vice chairman David Inglis said this week: “W’d like to see The Hut back in action for the use of the community and these kind donations will really help us along with that and with other plans we have.”

The McMillan Hall is due to reopen early next year.

See a report from the Initiative’s latest meeting and details of how to join on page 13.