Update on the Community Buyout Project
As of November 14th 2017, Bannockburn House is now owned fully by the public. This is a fantastic achievement for all involved, especially our volunteers who have worked so hard to make this happen.
The community has been granted funds to purchase the property through a Scottish Government agency called the Scottish Land Fund.
To purchase such an asset you must have a formally constituted community group. This is why we have set up the Bannockburn House Trust. Bannockburn House Trust is a two level SCIO and is registered with OSCR: Charity Number: SC047081
Bannockburn House Trust currently has over 200 members. These members are made up of our volunteers who have organised the various events and other interested members of the public from Bannockburn and beyond. Please contact us if you wish to become a member of Bannockburn House Trust.
The following trustees have been appointed to the board to move the project forward:
- Chair/Treasurer: Alan Marshall
- Vice Chair: Willie McEwan
- Secretary: Anne Smith
- Assistant Treasurer: Linda Masterson
- Board Member: Iain McMenemy
- Board Member: Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
- Board Member: Councillor Margaret Brisley
- Board Member: Tommy Cattigan
- Board Member: Penny Ellis
The board meets every month with a number of professional advisers who are guiding us along the road to renovating the house to bring it back to its former glory.
Bannockburn House Trust meetings takes place regularly at Bannockburn Community Centre. We have a record of all minutes, please contact us if you want a copy.
If you feel you have the expertise to help us please contact us.
The Community’s Ambition
During the initial open weekend in 2016, we asked visitors to fill out questionnaires with the community’s ambitions and ideas of what they would like to see happen at Bannockburn House, should the community be successful in acquiring the property and surrounding land. The visitors filled out nearly 200 questionnaires and dozens of comments/suggestions were added to a visitors book. We took all suggestions on board and it helped shape our business plan.
Now that the community buyout has been successful, there are 26 acres and two stunning properties to create endless opportunities for many activities.
Here are some of the suggestions which were included in the business plan:
- Training centre for local apprentices
- Community garden
- Children’s activity centre
- Health and wellbeing lunch club/meeting place
- Community woodland walk
- Monthly community festivals
- Wedding venue
- Film set
- Bunk house/bothy accommodation
- Concert venue
- Ghosty/haunted venue
- Tartan visitor centre to reflect the Wilson connection
- Small business space
- Conference space for high security events
- Log cabin accommodation
- Overnight parking for mobile homes
- Whisky tasting events
- Multi sports centre