The Trust's aims are: 1. To promote community activities and community regeneration in Penicuik; 2. To make the Cowan Institute a sustainable focus for community development, seeking to keep it open and active all day, and to restore local responsibility for its management; 3. To use the Cowan Institute to build confidence in the people of Penicuik to participate in the community and value its assets, making Penicuik a better place to live in for young and old, and a more attractive place to visit and invest in; 4. To develop activities that generate income for the community but that do not restrict the use of the Cowan Institute for community use; 5. To work in partnership with Midlothian Council, Penicuik & District Community Council and other local organisations to achieve these aims. In pursuit of these aims the Trust has: - Open house at the Town Hall every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, with café, displays and exhibitions, and plant and book sales. - Holds film screenings on Sunday evenings at the Town Hall - Received a grant to carry out an oral history project. In addition in June 2006 the Council announced that they were going to refurbish the Town Hall and use it for office space once more. Two halls and the marriage room will remain available for public use.