Kilmadock Development Trust and Information Centre
Kilmadock Development Trust Ltd
61 – 63 Balkerach Street, Doune, FK16 6DF
Phone: 01786 841250
Opening hours: 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday & Saturday 10am to 4pm – Sunday’s variable
To find us, go to The Cross in the Centre of Doune, we are situated on the north side The Information and Heritage Centre now encompasses the Post Office at 61 – 63 Balkerach Street. This is run by the Kilmadock Development Trust which is a company Ltd by guarantee with charity status. It is the community trust for the Parish of Kilmadock from where it gets its name- known as KDT for short.
In the centre you will find:-
- Tourist & local history information and books, including old maps, the census, valuation rolls and much much more
- Local guides & walks leaflets
- Maps for walking, cycling & touring
- An extensive range of new books on Scotland, on local information & history, also a large selection of children’s books and a really good range of second hand books. (Donations welcome)
- A good range of stationery, cards and wrapping paper
- Postcards & handmade cards
- A range of interesting locally crafted gifts, we are currently supporting more than 10 local artists
- Colour & black & white photocopying up to A3 & laminating
- Internet Access
- The Post Office, which is now run by the KDT with 3 paid part time staff and 6 of our Directors
- Booking details for The Rural Hall, which the Trust owns and runs
The Kilmadock Development Trust was inaugurated as a company in August 2000, but had set up as a group under the “futures initiatives” in 1997. As one of the early Community Trusts we were at the forefront of this development in Scotland and the model has been rolled out throughout both the National Parks and in communities across Scotland.
With a changing and rotating Board of Directors comprising 15 local people, we have taken forward a range of community projects and brought in over £600,000 to the community, and we now own the Rural Hall and 61 – 63 Balkerach Street as tangible assets.
We are lucky to have very generous financial support from the local Windfarm Trust, the community magazine, The Bridge, and a range of community groups who always give what they can to support us in kind, or in other ways.
The Trust acts as a conduit and post box for many of the local groups within the community, and since its inception has gained the support of more than 100 active local volunteers. It is a membership organization, with over 160 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, or has an interest in the Kilmadock area, and costs just £1. Application forms are available from the Information Centre. Our AGM is usually at the end of November each year.
By supporting the centre and shop you are also helping to keep the local post office open as it could not operate without support from the centre revenue.
The Trust is registered in Scotland, company number 210142. Scottish Charity number SC030459.
Information & Heritage Centre
Originally this was set up in what was formerly Macalpine’s Bakery in the Main Street, initially as an Information Centre as well as an administration base and meeting place for the Kilmadock Development Trust. The bakery was refurbished with funding of £9,000 from grants. The Trust obtained a grant of £5,000 from the John Jamieson Munro Trust to re-publish Moray S Mackay’s Doune Historical Notes ( still available it is a must have for local people or visitors interested in the history of the area). Following successful fundraising for the Heritage Project, (£70,000), the Heritage Centre was also established within the premises and a professional historian employed. The project has helped to preserve, archive and celebrate the heritage of Kilmadock for both the local community and visitors. Our lease for the 52 Main Street premises was terminated in late 2015 and we re-located to the premises at the Woodside Hotel. Finally on 1st April 2018 we moved to our present location at the Cross in the centre of the village and at the same time we took over the village Post Office which was in danger of closing (open Mon to Friday 9.30 to 1 and 2.30 to 5 and Sat 10-12). The Centre is open seven days a week and is staffed by volunteers; since opening it has provided tourist and local information, to well over 100,000 visitors. It has become a key social centre, providing a meeting place and base within the community for a wide variety of local groups and organisations, including consultation meetings with Stirling Council and Police Scotland.
The Rural Hall
The Rural Hall is an on-going project. The transfer of ownership of the Hall to the community was completed in June 2010. The Hall has been extensively refurbished and has had, to date, over £90,000 spent on it. From a range of funders, including the Climate Challenge Fund for replacement windows and that along with grants from the Lottery, Community Pride and the Wind Farm Trust, the building is now in a good state of repair. In addition fund raising events are held throughout the year and over 12 community groups regularly use it i.e. Beavers, Brownies, Scouts and the Top Ten Club, plus Keep Fit classes and Puppy Training! It is used extensively by local groups and organisations for meetings, presentations and social occasions, plus it is also a popular location for children’s’ (& grown-ups) parties, including a wedding reception.
To book the Hall contact the Information & Heritage Centre – see details at the top of this page.
Kilmadock Heritage Society
This group was originally formed in 2000 alongside the KDT to specifically promote the rich Heritage of the area and is run independently now but uses the centre to display and store Heritage material. So both organisations work hand in hand to promote our Heritage with the Society more specifically organising talks. More recently an organisation known as ROOK (Rescuers of Old Kilmadock), was formed as a sub group of the KDT, but working with the Society to ensure the preservation and upkeep of Old Kilmadock cemetery. This is an ancient important site that may even go back beyond 700AD. See Rooks facebook page.
Doune and Deanston Youth Project (DDYP)
The Trust also provided an initial base and staff support to kick start the DDYP by raising £4,000. An independent project group was then established with its own charitable status and a further £20,000 of funding obtained for a new base in the Moray Park. DDYP has continued to attract large amounts of funding and support and now has its own web site and is a charity in its own right. It runs an after school club alongside the drop in centre and other visits and projects including a film project, arts project, music project and much more. Over the coming years it hopes to attract funding for a new building to replace the portacabin.
Community Action for Deanston Group (CAfD)
A number of organizations started up under the wing of the Trust and later became independent. One of these was CAfD; The Trust originally obtained £60,000 funding for development to support its creation. CAfD has a Facebook page which is regularly updated: https://www.facebook.com/communityactionfordeanston/
The KDT provided the initial support to the Kilmadock Community Allotments Group which is now a community organisation in its own right with its own structure.
The Trust works closely with other village organisations. First among these is the KILMADOCK COMMUNITY COUNCIL with whom the Trust has worked on a number of important issues, including creating the 2nd Community Action Plan (CAP -2013), upgrading of the two tennis courts in Moray Park into a multi-sports facility (costing £60,000) and more recently using the planning gain from the Station Wynd development to upgrade the play park. We assisted in raising £11,000 to restore the Mercat Cross. The Trust and the KCC were the key players in the creation of the Wind farm Trust, which distributes the community benefit from the Braes of Doune Wind farm in the form of grants to local organisations. It is the Trust’s charitable status which makes this possible, and the Trust is responsible for reporting to OSCAR, the charity regulator.
The KDT supports a number of Community Events including the Annual Plant Sale, the Christmas Street Fair, and the Harvey Fun run. It also helps organise and obtain funding for the hanging baskets in Doune.
If you are interested in being part of this organisation either as a member or volunteer or both please call in and have a chat. Volunteering in the Centre can be fun, you learn lots and meet lots of interesting people locals and visitors alike. All training is provided and it is all about knowing where to signpost people not necessarily remembering everything.