Update on the Community Buyout Project
As of November 14th 2017, Bannockburn House is now owned fully by the public. This is due to the fantastic achievement for all involved, especially the volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. The community was granted funds to purchase the property through a Scottish Government agency called the Scottish Land Fund.
To purchase such an asset, a formally constituted community group must be set up. This is why the Bannockburn House Trust was set up. Bannockburn House Trust is a two level SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and is registered with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator): Charity Number: SC047081
Bannockburn House Trust currently has over 540 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: Penny Ellis
- Vice Chair: Willie McEwan
- Treasurer: Ally May
- Secretary: Anne Smith
- Board Members:
- Linda Masterson
- Iain McMenemy
- Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
- Councillor Margaret Brisley
- Tommy Cattigan
- Gerry Traynor
- Steven Tolson
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 take place regularly at Bannockburn House. 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.
We have been working with local businesses (Architects, Marketing, Business Planners, etc) who have put together some great ideas for discussion with the community.
The proposals are subject to further community consultation and due to the availability of funding, securing planning and finally gaining listed building consent. Click the document links below to find out more:
We are working with several professional advisers, many are kindly donating their time and efforts free of charge. We are very grateful to them.
Robin Patel and Catherine Gillies from Ergadia Museums and Heritage
Annie Tunnicliffe from Luing Consulting Ltd
Amanda Tervit from Auchenblae Design & Build
The Community’s Ambition
During the initial open weekend in 2016, we asked visitors to fill out questionnaires. For the reason to find out 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.
As a result of the questionnaires, 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