The refurbished Cottage re-opens

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Ribbons were cut to signal the re-opening of The Cottage community centre, Edzell on Saturday following major refurbishment works (writes Shona Beaton).

The Cottage held a very successful open day on Saturday after having been closed for three months whilst the major refurbishment, the first in 40 years, took place.

As part of the upgrade the Cottage has benefited from the installation of a new combi boiler, a new kitchen and new disabled toilet facilities, bringing the centre up to the current health and safety regulations and allowing it to continue in its role of providing a venue that is suitable for a lunch club, small coffee mornings, meetings and other activities such as the knitting group.

Building refurbishment works were part-financed by The Scottish Government and the European Community Rural Tayside LEADER 2007-2013 Programme, who gave the Cottage £15,314.

They will also receive funding from the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme for £5,000.

On top of this The Cottage committee, with great support from the community, raised over £6,000 in the three months that The Cottage was closed.

The committee expressed their thanks to those who helped make the refurbishment possible: “We would like to thank LEADER and the Angus Council external funding department for the grants and to the staff for all their support during this demanding time.

“Thanks must also go to AAVO who also gave great support and encouraged us (the committee) to go ahead in the first place.”

The Open Day was supported by Dr and Mrs Cohen from Age Concern, Mai Hearne on behalf of LEADER and AAVO and Councillors Bob Myles and Mairi Evans from Angus Council.

However, the honour of cutting the ribbon went to Mrs Maisie Anderson who was a cook and committee member for many years, until ill health forced her to retire.

For many years she worked with Mrs Pucci the Founder of the Cottage in 1973 and has many happy memories of the place.

“This Project has been a true community effort with so many people contributing to it in what ever way they could,” continued the spokesperson for the committee.

“It has been more than just raising money and creating a building fit for modern times, it has demonstrated what a determined and caring community can achieve.”