Members of Friends of Bumblebee Square this week announced they were beginning discussions with owners Braemore Estates into the possible purchase of the Comrie landmark.
The news comes following a successful six-week campaign by the local charity, which has seen confirmed pledges and donations surpass the £100,000 target required to give Friends of Bumblebee Square some leverage to take the potential purchase bid forward.
A total of £114,000 has been reached and at a public meeting on Tuesday night, attended by about 70 people, the registered charity’s trustees were given a mandate to go ahead with negotiations.
Organisers of the summer ‘Show You Care About the Square’ fundraising campaign thanked the people of Comrie and beyond for showing their support for the appeal to purchase the much-loved community hub.
“We have doubled the value of pledges we had before the campaign began in July and have received additional cash donations,” said Libby Urquhart, chairperson of Friends of the Square.
She added: “The contributions come from across the community and represent the wishes of hundreds of people. We know that we will need a much larger sum of money to complete the purchase, but we feel optimistic that the community is solidly behind the effort.”
Discussions will now be entered into to determine if it is possible for the community to purchase the Square.
“It’s only through the generosity of Braemore Estates that Bumblebee Square was established in the first place,” said Ted Henderson, treasurer of Friends.
“We realise that they are considering other possible uses of the site, but we are delighted to have the opportunity to work together with Braemore to potentially secure this community resource for the benefit of generations to come.”
Volunteers are still needed to help drive forward fundraising. Contact The Friends of the Square by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling Ted on 07871942164 or Libby on 01764 671179 or 01764 670653.