HOPEMAN’S new community sports pavilion is completed.
An open invitation has gone out to villagers to come along on Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 4pm to see the finished facility.
At 2pm, there will be an official handover from local builder John Tulloch to the pavilion committee. Refreshments will be available on the day.
A football match will take place between Hopeman FC and Elgin Marbles to mark the occasion.
Eric McGillivray, chairman, said: “The pavilion will provide a much needed facility in Hopeman providing changing and storage facilities for all the users such as the 100 plus youngsters who play organised football and rugby on a regular basis, the two adult football teams in the village and the Hopeman Primary school sports programme.”
It will also be available to all the organisations in the village such as Hopeman Scouts and Guides and be major asset to the village gala. It can also be booked for private functions.
Support for the project came from a number of groups and Mr McGillivray thanked them. These included European Leader funding (£120,000); Moray Landfill tax (£20,000); The Robertson Trust (£30,000), the local football team (£5,000) and the local community itself (£5,000).
Added Mr McGillivray: “The pavilion will provide a focal point for the village encouraging community spirit and community capacity building.
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