Updated: Jan 28
Bùth Bharraigh has been going from strength to strength since it's inception 10 years ago.
We grew from the Island Markets which were set up by Barra and Vatersay Producers Association in 2000 and we are now moving to purchase the building (the old co-op building in Castlebay) we have rented for the past 9 years after a successful Community Asset Transfer appeal.
Bùth Bharraigh has had another successful year in 2022. Producer sales were in excess of £58,000 and accommodation income resulting from booking made through the Buth generate another £50,000 for the local economy. Over and above this the Bùth spent £43,622 with Barra and Vatersay businesses and another £22,460 with other businesses in the Outer Hebrides. We currently have 4 full-time members of staff and 22 volunteers. Our community and visitor hub is firmly embedded into the community and in addition to our core functions we also undertake many community projects, supporting our island population all-year.
At our AGM last night (26th January) the next stages of our development was laid out. Plans for our building were drawn up in 2017. However, since this time, the Bùth has developed Barra and Vatersay Visitor Information and material costs have increased significantly. So the plans and pricing need to be revised.
The money to buy the building has been set aside but funding is required to help with architect, pricing and conveyancing fees. Last night we launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help with these costs. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/bb-building
If you wish to donate but do no wish to do it online then you can donate directly to the shop either in Cash, Cheque, Card or bank transfer - contact us for the details.
We are extremely appreciative of all the support we have received so far and and look forward to the journey ahead - we hope you can join us.