Holyrood showcase for Isle Futures

Ken Matier, left, and Hugh Jaques
Ken Matier, left, and Hugh Jaques

Representatives of Isle Futures, the community-owned regeneration charity at the Isle of Whithorn, found themselves at Holyrood last Wednesday in response to a special invitation from the Big Lottery Fund to showcase the village’s Saint Ninian’s development.

Almost £1million funding had been received to enable a new Annexe to be added to the Village Hall, a project which was completed in October 2014.

Since opening, Saint Ninian’s has operated a Tearoom to which a community shop and Post Office were added in March this year.

The Big Lottery’s investment in the Isle of Whithorn has provided a modern, vibrant hub for village life and has helped create several jobs for local people.

Ken Matier and Hugh Jaques represented Isle Futures, and they were greatly encouraged with the response from the many MSPs and Parliamentary staff that came to the event, complimenting them particularly on the efforts of the community’s team of volunteers, and in an area which relies heavily on tourism for its income and sustainability.