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New Rutherglen Kingdom Hall well under way

Sep 28 2011 by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer

THE building of Rutherglen’s new Kingdom Hall is well underway with the project’s groundwork already being laid.

The 1958 building was demolished in August to make way for a place of worship for the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The last six weeks have seen the site buzzing with activity as surveyors, tradesmen and Witnesses have worked together to make ready for the hall which is scheduled to be built in mid-October.

The ground works are now in place and the concrete slab has been poured.

The structure of the hall will take shape over two long weekends.

Tradesmen and women, all Witnesses, travel from all over Scotland to volunteer their services whenever there is a Kingdom Hall to be built or renovated.

The technique of building a hall over one or two weekends has been developed, not to draw attention to Jehovah's Witnesses by some sort of gimmick, but to suit the trades-persons who are all primarily ministers.

John Allum of Cambuslang, a local elder with trade skills, is heavily involved in the work on site. His father, formerly a supervisor in the Hoover factory in Cambuslang, was a volunteer worker when the original hall was built in 1957-58.

Mr Allum explained: “When the old hall was demolished in August, 80 per cent of it was recycled. The timber was removed by the contractor for processing and recycling, while the masonry - an estimated 600 tonnes - was crushed and moved on the site to provide hard core for building up the foundation for the car park. It's gratifying to see the good progress of the work so far, in spite of some very adverse weather.”

Mr Allum also paid tribute to the immediate neighbours in the Farme Cross area, who have shown a most cooperative attitude, even providing temporary storage space for materials, car parking and welfare facilities on their premises.

The disused Farmecross Hall just across the road has been opened up, cleaned throughout and leased from the council to serve as a canteen for feeding the workers.

Stewart Robertson, a retired Rutherglen taxi-driver with previous catering experience, has oversight of the arrangements for feeding the volunteer workers.

He said: “Cooked breakfasts, mid-day meals and regular cuppas are essential to keeping everyone in good spirits. Many of our women have volunteered to help, and their cheerful assistance has been invaluable!”

The new Kingdom Hall will incorporate some attractive features, including full facilities for the disabled and ancillary student classrooms. It will also cater for the deaf community, featuring state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment. Trained, experienced BSL translators, all Witnesses, will be on hand to enable the deaf to "hear" the programme at each meeting.

The congregation expects to hold its first meeting in the new hall early in November.

Article Source: Rutherglen Reformer


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