Watson Institute work and community fundraising
An update - April 2020 - "Fix the Hall"
The Watson Institute is a beautiful – and old – building. 123 years to be precise. It serves as our invaluable village hall – and much more besides. It’s a unique landmark in the area and its ‘Castle’ design is synonymous with Castle Carrock. It's used by almost everyone in our community at some time or other – for weekly classes to village events to private parties to Christmas festivities to elections to parish council meetings to concerts, plays and talks.
But it has some structural issues we need to tackle on behalf of our community. We need to invest in some specific stabilization and refurbishment work so that it can carry on being enjoyed by our community now and for generations to come.
Following ongoing surveys and exploratory analysis, we began the work in March 2020. We have already taken up the old flloor, and we have stabilised the building using a system of underpinning by a firm called Geobear - https://www.geobear.co.uk/public-buildings/ - you can see how they did it by watching this promo film here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkV64mZ2V0w&feature=youtu.be
We aim to continue with the project work once we can - following the lifting of the lockdown.
You can read an article in The Cumberland News about fundraising for the project here - the local community has already raised an amazing £12,490 to help pay for the work.