Dear supporter of the Pentlands Community Space,

It has been a couple of months since you received an update on progress of the PCS project. Please read on and help us with the next stage of this project.

It has been a time of consolidation. A planning application has been lodged for green energy at the site and we await a decision from the CEC Planning Department. In addition, the PCS architect has submitted a building warrant so as soon as that paperwork has been completed the team are ready to move into stage 2: take off the roof, demolish the front wall, extend the side walls, create a new frontage with a ramp to comply with DDA regulations, fit out a kitchen, install a disabled toilet and establish an affordable one bedroom flat. The trustees of PCS hope that this building will enhance the corner of the village high street and help sustain footfall for our local business communities of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.

The trustees were delighted at their recent meeting to hear of regular donations from members of this community and that anonymous donations in excess of £8,000 have been promised over the next 12 months.

Some of the team have been busy applying for the shortfall between what we have collected to date and the estimated cost of materials to construct the new building. Further bids are being made over the next couple of months in the hope that this building can be ready to serve the community next year.

One way readers of this email can help is to secure some free funding. £1,000 is on offer and could make a difference. That’s why we’d be really grateful if you could nominate PCS in the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good awards.

In total, 500 charities stand to gain £1,000 each and we’d love to be one of them. £1000 would bring us one step closer to being able to start the build, and create a safe space for our community to enjoy.

It’s quick and easy to nominate PCS. Just visit https://movementforgood.com/index.php?cn=SC049766&ct=community and scroll down to enter your details. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 13 June 2021. The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please please spread the word to your friends and family.

In the meantime PCS has had to revise its costs due to rising material prices so PCS has the new target of £420k at which to aim. However, PCS is pleased to report that with your support, the trust donations received and the pro bono offers obtained PCS is some 70% towards that target.

Thank you in advance for your time and support.

Cliff Beevers, Chairperson of PCS