Buzz at the Beehive over funding boost

The former Free Gardners Hall, now the Buckhaven Beehive
The former Free Gardners Hall, now the Buckhaven Beehive

BUCKHAVEN’S Beehive, the community arts centre on College Street, is buzzing with excitement after being awarded a pot-load of money recently.

From three separate awards it has been given funds totalling just over £35,000.

The bulk of it, £20,000, was awarded by Creative Scotland, whilst £9000 was given from Awards For All and £6480 was committed by the Levenmouth Area Committee.

The centre’s Blair Denwette told the Mail he was delighted with the funding awards.

“The money will allow us to get on with the work,” he said.

“We can now employ someone on a part-time basis and bring in tutors to deliver a programme of art in the centre, working with the children and the community to seek out what it is that people actually want to see going on.

“We will also be able to get materials such as display boards and lighting to put on exhibitions in the centre.

“The hall will now actually be getting used and the community will be able to see a difference.

“It will make a big difference to the local area.”

The Beehive is situated in the former Free Gardener’s Hall, which was recently transferred by Fife Council to the Free Gardener’s Hall Steering Group which set up the centre.

The group plans to reshape it into a cultural hub where people can get involved in all aspects of music, media and art.

It already has long term plans to significantly alter the fabric of the building, which, once complete, could see the centre house exhibitions, rehearsal space and meeting rooms, a cafe/display area, recording facilities, broadcast equipment and a large performance space.

Meanwhile one of its latest initiatives is to hold taster sessions on a regular basis. Its next is a free arts and crafts workshop on October 20.

There, those interested in taking up a new hobby, will be able to decorate a cotton shopping bag using materials that will be provided.

•For further information on the Beehive or to book a place at the arts and craft workshop call 01592 654017.