Volunteers transform interior of Brough Lodge
A large group of volunteers gave up the weekend of 19 and 20 March to begin the painstaking job of restoring Fetlar’s Brough Lodge. Before they began work, the interior of the old house was in a poor state, with collapsed ceilings and all manner of other accumulated debris covering many of the floors. A considerable amount of furniture remained in the house and one of the weekend tasks was to decide which items were worth saving for restoration.
With support from Shetland Amenity Trust staff members and the advice of Groves Raines Architects, the volunteers removed hundreds of bags with rubbish and secured the better pieces of furniture. One member of the local media who had turned up to report on the work was unable to resist the temptation to join in.
Pierre Cambillard, Chair of the Brough Lodge Trust, said:
‘This was obviously an auspicious day for the project. We had a fantastic turnout of extremely motivated volunteers who had come from Fetlar and many other parts of Shetland. We were lucky with the weather, too: the rain stayed away and there was just a moderate wind. There was excellent catering, which kept everyone going at full strength all day long. The Brough Lodge Trust wishes to thank everyone very warmly for their support.’
The next phase of the restoration project will see the old house made wind- and watertight, after which there will be renewed efforts to raise the funds needed for a complete restoration. The aim is to create high-quality visitor accommodation that will specialise in offering intensive courses in music, knitting, photography, archaeology and other disciplines to an international audience, bringing income and employment to the island.