Upgrade boost for Motherwell hall

Bishop Joseph Toal and the team of parishioners celebrate the new look at the St Bride's Centre.
Bishop Joseph Toal and the team of parishioners celebrate the new look at the St Bride's Centre.

Facilities at the St Bride’s Centre in Motherwell have been given a massive boost thanks to the award of a £50,000 upgrade grant.

The cash from the Biffa Award - a multi-million pound fund that helps community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund - was used to completely refurbish the lower hall at the centre in Coursington Road.

The project works have now been completed and include the provision of a brand new ceiling and lighting, a fan ventilation system, new flooring and a new carpet.

Finishing touches includes re-plaster and redecoration of the internal walls, new soft furnishings and replacement tables and chairs.

Due to a reduction in the bookings of the hall over the past few years, a new St Bride’s Hall team had recently taken over the management of this particular aspect of the centre, and had surveyed user groups to find out what their priorities were.

They found people had become disinclined to use the large facility for family events because of its dated and shabby appearance, and concerns regarding the safety of the floor.

The team have now successfully renovated the centre’s toilets, changing rooms and some work was done in the kitchen.

And it’s hoped that the hall’s beautiful new surroundings however with its new floor will make it a very attractive venue for anyone now wishing to organise family weddings, dances or fundraising events.

Motherwell Cathedral parish priest Monsignor Tom Millar said: “I am delighted that St Bride’s Centre has a new look.

“A few months ago it seemed old, tired and rundown, but now it has been turned into a modern, bright and beautiful centre, perfect for celebrations and events.

“Local people and parishioners have used the hall for many years. How their spirits will be lifted when they next visit.”

Centre committee member Eileen Burke added: “I can’t believe the change in our centre, thanks to Biffa Award.

“I have used the centre for as long as I can remember and I have never seen it looking so good.

“It will encourage everyone to use the church hall again and feel very proud.”