For the last several months, a small group has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare the application to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO).
And now, the Office of the Scottish Charitable Regulator is satisfied that the ice rink meets the charity test, and the legal requirements.
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the South of Scotland Ice Rink (SSIR) Club, members present voted unanimously on the proposal to go forward with the charitable status in the name of Lockerbie Ice Rink (charity no. SC051314) and dissolve the existing SSIR Club.
The trustees for the Lockerbie Ice Rink SCIO have been confirmed as Duncan Gracie, Rae Graham, David Morton and David Stewart.
A new structure has been established with a new management committee in place to oversee the day to day running of the ice rink activities.
A spokesman for the ice rink said: “This is great news not just for the ice rink but also for the local community.
“Hundreds of skaters and curlers use the ice rink every week, and this announcement will enable us to apply for funding from various organisations to help us improve our facilities and promote the sports of curling and skating.
“Following the recent success of GB curlers at the Beijing Winter Olympics, we hope this will encourage even more people to try winter sports.”