ROSS High Rugby Club is officially reopening its refurbished hall this weekend, named it after its much-missed former president.

The hall, located in the clubhouse on Blawearie Road, has been totally revamped, with a new carpet laid, the bar refitted, and new tables and chairs purchased.

The £50,000 project was completed entirely by club members – several who are tradesmen – and took about four months to complete.

Most of the work was carried out last year but, due to coronavirus restrictions, plans for an official opening were put on hold.

The new hall has been named the Scott Glynn MBE Suite, after the club’s former president of 10 years, who also founded local charity the Walk With Scott Foundation.

Sadly, Scott passed away on New Year’s Day last year.

Scott and three other late club presidents are also being recognised with tables bearing their name and the years they served as president.

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The suite has a bar and is available for functions as well as for use by club members and the public.

Ross High Rugby Club president John Tinlin said that lockdown and the forced closure of the clubhouse allowed all the refurbishment work to be carried out, adding that it was something the club had been planning to do for a few years.

Club members and East Lothian residents sponsored the work, raising £23,000.

John said: “The response we got was unbelievable. I initially hoped for £4,000 to £5,000.

“Without the members and all of the people who have sponsored the work, it would not have gone ahead.

“Everyone who sponsored has their name on a board in the suite and I want to thank everyone who helped. It is also, of course, a great way to pay tribute to Scott. I spoke to his family beforehand to let them know what our intentions were and they were on board with it.”

Scott’s son Gareth said on social media: “[I’m] absolutely over the moon that John Tinlin and Ross High RFC have named their new suite after my dad.

“I hope everyone can make it along and see all the hard work that’s been put in by the team.”

Two opening events for the new suite are taking place: one today (Friday) for sponsors and special guests, including Scott’s family, and another tomorrow (Saturday) for the wider community, with live entertainment from The Lost Boys. Both start at 7pm.

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The new suite is not the only part of Ross High Rugby Club to have had a refit. The players’ fitness gym, changing rooms, kitchen, referee facilities, lounge and ladies’ toilets have all also been upgraded, via sponsorship, club funds, a council grant and an SRU grant. It is hoped the men’s toilets will be next.

Ross High Rugby Club play their first game of the new season at home to Haddington next Saturday (September 4).