ROTHESAY PAVILION

Letter to a friend ‘doon the watter’.

I’d like to share a personal story about a very special building on the Isle of Bute: the Rothesay Pavilion.

Like many islanders, I saw the Pavilion as an empty shell, a relic of the past that had lain empty since I came Bute 7 years ago. However, a chance opportunity led to a deeper understanding around the ambitious plans to breathe new life into this cultural landmark, which has changed my views entirely.

As a copywriter, I was asked to help refine the Rothesay Pavilion business plan, a 200-page document outlining its potential impact and intended provision. This plan aims to secure the final funding to continue and complete the repair and revitalisation of the Pavilion, following a series of unforeseen issues, including the final blow of the pandemic – all of which have left the building in a state of limbo.

Behind this ambitious plan is a dedicated board that have continued to fight for its revival over the last 8 years, fronted by CEO Julie Tait. Through initial conversations with Julie, and board member, Nicola Jones, my interest as a writer was piqued; their enthusiasm for the Pavilion’s potential was genuinely infectious. With a deadline looming for the plan’s presentation, I immediately started work on the narrative.

From the outset, I was simultaneously caught and inspired by the scope of the project. The passion and vision driving it comes – not only from what it offers from a heritage perspective, but at its core, from what it intends to bring to the community.

Living on Bute, I know first-hand, the strength and resilience of the local community, and the sheer depth and breadth of creativity amongst Brandanes – particularly the children, with gifts and talents that desperately need sustainable channels for growth. This project – in its entirety – aims to provide the spaces, resources and opportunities that the island needs for its creative economy, its cultural heritage, its diverse community and the island’s visitors.

I realised quickly that this isn’t a mere restoration project; it is to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter for every member of, and visitor to, this beautiful tiny island, where young people can find opportunity, communities can gather, and where all can be part of creating a legacy for future generations.

Sounds like a tall order! …and it is; but it’s possible.

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My brief involvement has been a pleasure and a privilege, but it doesn’t end with the last page of an official document.

Whether you’re a lifelong “Brandane,” a child of the regular holiday ‘doon the watter’,  or simply someone with a close affinity to Scotland, I encourage you to learn more about the Rothesay Pavilion and lend your support.

The Rothesay Pavilion Charity board are waiting with bated breath on the decisions of funders, and a show of belief in the transformation of this cherished landmark into a vibrant hub for the entire Bute community, can help!

For those who live on the island, it’s a big ask, I know, after such a long wait, false starts and disappointments – but we can use our community spirit to get behind making “The Pav” the jewel in Bute’s crown that it was always intended to be. Fingers crossed that funders will also recognise and support the huge potential that this historical landmark will have for the Isle of Bute 🙂

And for those who would just love to see a small island succeed …please follow the Pavilion page (#) and support it with your voice, your comments and your goodwill.

The right words can bring a story to life – and your words can help make this dream become a reality:)

 

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