July 2, 2008
New lease of life beckons for The Antlers of Jura
In 2002 the community trust on the island raised the funds to purchase a building in the village of Craighouse. Originally a byre, it had been converted into a tearoom 30 years earlier although it had been closed for some years. Known locally as The Antlers, the renovated building will play an important role in Jura’s continuing revival
Isle of Jura Development Trust aims to increase community confidence and social cohesion. The Antlers project aims to bring back into use a much needed community facility. This new community resource will provide much needed fully accessible facilities will allow unrestricted access by all irrespective of age or disability.
It is proposed that an existing building will be renovated rather than replaced. The building has been fully surveyed and is structurally sound.
The renovated building will comprise an open plan tearoom, with further tables outside, an arts and crafts gallery area for local craft producers to showcase their work with an aim to increasing their business opportunities, and a local heritage interpretation facility reflecting the Jura way of life and our marine and natural environment which will be housed in the entrance area.
The Trust has recently received news that applications to both the Big Lottery and Leader have been successful which represents almost £200,000 in new investment to the island.