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By Fiona Reid

A former village pub in Creetown is to become an enterprising community hub thanks to a Lottery grant.

Creetown Initiative has received £730,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to refurbish and develop the former Barholm Arms, which has been closed for four years. The building will be converted into a retail space for a co-operative of local arts and crafts producers, low rental workspaces for new and existing businesses, a laundrette, and a bunkhouse.

The new facility will create local job opportunities, boost tourism and provide an income stream for local community groups.

The initiative’s Tim Stephenson said: “This project presents a wonderful opportunity for Creetown to reposition and re-establish itself. After years of job losses, shop and business closures, this project will present employment and educational opportunities for people of all ages, especially young people. It will attract new visitors, encourage people to stay and spend money in the village, which in-turn will benefit existing businesses.”This represents a great opportunity to put Creetown on the map and we are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund.




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