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Now that restrictions are lifted somewhat, will those residents who required the alarms to be fitted please contact bcicbarrhill@yahoo.co.uk with a contact number and availability and time, and we will arrange for Liam to contact you to fix a date for fitting them.

We are pleased to advise that the hall will be open for events from August 25th 2021. We know it has been frustrating that it has not been possible to open until now, but hope that you understand that, with the ever-changing situation with Covid, caution was seen as the best policy. Bookings should be made by means of the form available at https://barrhilldevtrust.org/hall.php and your attention is drawn to the Hall's risk assessment that is also available on that page.

As you may be aware, by February 2022, Scottish Law requires every house to have a connected fire alarm systemand, where appropriate, a carbon monoxide detector. The Board of BCIC will be providing free of charge to allhomeowners (those renting houses should have had the necessary alarms installed by their landlord) in the villagewho require it, a set of alarms. The set comprises of three smoke alarms, one heat alarm and a carbon monoxidedetector, all wirelessly linked to each other. If you require a set then please let the Board know by emailing:bcicbarrhill@yahoo.co.uk by 1/1/2021 so that numbers for ordering can be established. If you feel you may havedifficulty fitting these please let us know at the same time and we will arrange for Liam to fit them. For those homeowners who have already installed a compliant alarm system then, on being provided with evidenceof the installation, we will pay the equivalent of the above set.

Unfortunately due to the current situation with corona virus and following government guide lines, Barrhill Memorial Hall has been closed with immediate effect. All booking are cancelled for the foreseeable future. We will be in contact when bookings can resume. Thank you for the understanding in this matter.

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Barrhill Development Trust has been given £135,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to buy the Trout Inn following the retirement of the current owner.

The purchase will allow this important village asset to remain open and to be developed for the local community and economy.

John Thomson, Chair, Barrhill Development Trust said: “I am delighted that Barrhill Development Trust has been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of our village pub, the Trout Inn. Although Barrhill is a small village, we have a very proactive community, who wish to see our local area flourish. We will refurbish The Trout Inn and provide an offering of good quality, locally-sourced food and drink, in addition to entertainment, music and social events; welcoming local people and visitors alike, to Barrhill.

“Our long-term plans will also see the delivery of catering and hospitality workshops and training opportunities for local people, using refurbished facilities in the pub. Funding from the Scottish Land Fund is instrumental in bringing our project to fruition and we are excited for this new project to begin.”

Barrhill Development Trust is one of ten community ownership projects which have shared in £2,819,430 from the Scottish Land fund.

Full press release here