Churchgoers floored by new plans

Alistair McBride speaks to the community at the church.
Alistair McBride speaks to the community at the church.

EAGLESHAM is set for a brand new community hub thanks to a major revamp of the parish church.

A fundraising drive is underway to create a church-led and much-needed community centre. The exciting scheme, which will costing up to £700,000, will be open to all members of the village.

Alistair McBride, of the parish church’s fundraising committee, explained: “The principle aim of the Carswell project is to open our doors to the people of our parish.

“Once completed, the new Carswell Hall will form a tremendous new resource not only for the church but for the entire community.”

At a packed meeting in the village hall on Montgomery Street this week, plans were announced to put in a new floor above the existing hall — to double the space available in the building.

This will lead to a ground floor with meeting rooms, a multi-functional space, coffee area, new kitchen and church offices.

Upstairs, there will be a smaller meeting room, a large hall seating up to 100 people, with the original roof beams on show for the first time in generations, and another kitchen. There will be full disabled access to the first floor via a lift.

The fundraisers hope villagers in Eaglesham and Waterfoot can raise £100,000 in a year, while a number of funding bodies are also being approached for grants to meet the rest of the costs.

Among fundraising events already planned are an auction at the Eglinton Arms Hotel on March 21, a village fun day on June 7 and a sponsored walk and cycle at the windfarm on August 23.