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an Aberdeenshire community’s facilities are to receive a boost following a £31,000 contribution to help renovate the village hall.

North-east firm Kirkwood Homes will support the major refurbishment of the building at Monymusk, which is expected to cost around £200,000, and get under way soon.

The renovation is designed to improve access, enhance facilities as well as add multimedia facilities and is linked to Kirkwood’s current development of 30 luxury homes on the edge of the historic village.

The village hall refurbishment has been supported by several sources, including the Scottish Government and European Community Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme, which will provide £97,500, as well as Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure capital grant scheme which is donating £21,000.

It also received smaller amounts from a further five sources and the hall committee’s own local fundraising, which has contributed £45,000 to the project.

Alan Sibbald, chairman of the Monymusk Village Hall Committee, said: “It is fantastic to see our plans coming to fruition, providing significant improvements for current and future users of the hall.

“The plans have been developed over a number of years and we are extremely grateful to Kirkwood Homes, LEADER and Aberdeenshire Council, alongside an extensive fundraising effort by the Monymusk community, since we are now in a position to commence the work in the very near future.”

Allan Rae, land director of Kirkwood Homes said, “Kirkwood are delighted to contribute to the Monymusk village hall development project, as the village hall is a clear focal point for those within the community.

“Monymusk is a fantastic location to build a development, not only is it a beautiful historic village but is well located just nine miles from Inverurie, 12 miles from Westhill and 19 miles from Aberdeen City Centre.”

The £31,000 contribution from Kirkwood Homes will go towards various works.

They will include replacement of the main hall floor, complete refurbishment of toilets as well as the installation of a disabled toilet, relining of halls to include insulation as well as secondary glazing and new radiators improving thermal efficiency.

A wheelchair lift to provide access to the top hall, and installation of energy efficient lighting are also in the programme.

The improved facilities are aimed at creating a more comfortable and safe environment for current and future users of the hall.