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Glentrool & Bargrennan Community Trust

Area of Operation:

Glentrool and Bargrennan
South West (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway)


How We Started

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When the primary school in Glentrool Village closed, we would have been left with no community facility or meeting place in the community.  We decided to re-organise our existing Residents' Association (which was an unincorporated body) as a Company Limited by Guarantee.  Glentrool & Bargrennan Community Trust was formed and achieved charitable status in 2010.

Our main aim is to take over ownership of the school building from Dumfries & Galloway Council and find ways of giving it a viable future as a muti-use centre, so that it remains available as a community resource supported by income from a variety of other uses and activiities.

What We Do

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We are on the point of starting to negotiate asset transfer of the school building from the local authority to our Trust.

Part of the building now houses an arts and crafts gallery, open five days a week and displaying the work of around thirty local makers, several of whom live in, or close to, the village.

Our village is close to the heart of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and we are designated as a Biosphere Community.  We organise talks and activities relating to the natural resources of the Biosphere, Galloway Forest Park and the Dark Skies Park.  We encourage groups, particularly youth groups, to use our centre as a base for outdoor activities and have plans to renovate  the building to make it more suitable for this purpose and to increase our income.

We organise events such as craft fairs, workshops, concerts and social functions.

We have established a community orchard of native fruit trees.

Our Future Plans

The section on'What We Do' gives an outline of our future plans.  We also aspire to create a one and a half mile footpath from Glentrool Village to form a link with the local caravan park and small hotel.  The Forestry Commission have worked with us to develop this path, which will form a safe corridor leading to the Southern Upland Way long distance footpath and a number of forest walks.  We have planning permission and are now looking for funding to carry out the work.

We have plans to enhance the village green that surrounds the school building. 

Contact Details

Meta Maltman

01671 840266
m [dot] maltman [at] btopenworld [dot] com

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Last Updated: Sun, 10/07/2016 - 19:07