‘Buy a brick’ plea to public

MacKinnon Hall, Linlithgow Bridge is need of some TLC after 40 years usage.
MacKinnon Hall, Linlithgow Bridge is need of some TLC after 40 years usage.

A Linlithgow Scout group is bidding to raise a staggering £160,000 to refurbish its

ageing premises.

The 4th West Lothian Scout Group has been based at the MacKinnon Hall in Linlithgow Bridge for some 40 years but, with the premises starting to show its age, the group has 
embarked on a ambitious fund-raising drive.

Paul Charlton, group Scout leader, said: ‘‘Time is starting to take its toll on the fabric of the building with more and more repairs becoming 

‘‘Due to a lack of insulation, poorly fitting windows and antiquated heating system, the building isn’t very energy efficient and has a damp feel.

‘‘All this means that, at times, the hall is not a very pleasant place to be in and is subsequently under-utilised.’’

The cash, some £80,000 of which has already been raised, will now be augmented by an general appeal to Linlithgow businesses and the general public.

The Scouts have just set up a ‘‘buy a brick’’ appeal and an online donation page (www.justgiving.com/4thWLSG-BaB) is about to go live along with a new MacKinnon Hall Facebook page.

A team has been set up to steer the refurbishment project and to ensure that all of the work is eco-friendly and energy efficient.

The Scouts are working with Transition Linlithgow to ensure these aims are met and have linked up with local architects EKJN which is project managing the entire scheme.

Added Paul: ‘‘Due to its current condition we do not actively promote MacKinnon Hall but do have core user groups who meet on a regular basis as well as a number of one-off requests from individuals or groups to use the facility.

‘‘We have two groups wishing to make a block booking once the work is complete and have received an inquiry about the possibility of a playgroup 
opening up.’’