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It's all thumbs up at Kingussie's new 'Hub'


By Tom Ramage

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Work is now under way at converting the former Bank of Scotland building on Kingussie High Street into a new community hub.

The project is an initiative of Badenoch's successful social enterprise Caberfeidh Horizons.

It's all go at the new Kingussie hub, say (from left) Highland councillor Bill Lobban, Carolyn Cornfield, Caberfeidh Horizons chair Patsy Rimell and the two staff members who will, through a brand new job share, serve as community hub managers: Sandy Maxwell and Helen Armour. (Photo: David Macleod)
It's all go at the new Kingussie hub, say (from left) Highland councillor Bill Lobban, Carolyn Cornfield, Caberfeidh Horizons chair Patsy Rimell and the two staff members who will, through a brand new job share, serve as community hub managers: Sandy Maxwell and Helen Armour. (Photo: David Macleod)

"This impressive building will provide community meeting spaces, training areas/facilities, retail space, preparation areas, kitchens and rest rooms," said project manager Carolyn Cornfield yesterday.

The building will also become the base for the Caberfeidh Horizons' training and activities project, offering training and work experience for adults and young people with a learning disability, mental health problem and long term unemployed.

"Everyone refers to the building as the 'old bank' so we decided to make it official," said Carolyn.

"We are working closely with architect Les Hutt from Inverness and Chris Robinson and his team from C R Construction, Newtonmore who are using local tradesmen to complete the work and meet project deadlines.

"We are attending regular site meetings and have been issued with site protection gear for safety – our lovely pink hard hats!"

You'll see more on this story in Thursday's Strathy.



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