An update - December 2019 - "Fix the Hall"
The Watson Institute is a beautiful – and old – building. 121 years to be precise. It serves as our invaluable village hall – and much more besides. It’s a unique landmark in the area and its ‘Castle’ design is synonymous with Castle Carrock. It's used by almost everyone in our community at some time or other – for weekly classes to village events to private parties to Christmas festivities to elections to parish council meetings to concerts, plays and talks.
But it has some structural issues we need to tackle on behalf of our community. We need to invest in some specific stabilization work so that it can carry on being enjoyed by our community now and for generations to come.
Following ongoing surveys and exploratory analysis, we are planning to begin work in the Spring of 2020, which will give us time to apply for grants and undertake a number of fundraising activities.
We think the final cost of the project will be well in excess of £70,000. We have now (December 2019) paused community fundraising because we have smashed our target of £10,000.
You can read an article in The Cumberland News about the project here
We have raised an amazing £12,490 in 2019 - thank you to everyone.