Kilmadock Development Trust and Information Centre
Address: The Woodside, Stirling Road, Doune FK16 6AB
Opening hours: 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday & 10am to 3.30pm on Sundays.
Phone: 01786 841250
To find us, go to The Cross in the Main Street and then go down George Street, past St. Modoc’s Church, and The Woodside is on the right. The Centre is at the far end of the building.
There you will find
- Tourist & local history information
- Local guides & walks leaflets
- Maps for walking, cycling & touring
- An extensive range of new books on Scotland, on local information & history
- Postcards & handmade cards
- A range of interesting locally crafted gifts
- Colour & black & white photocopying up to A3 & laminating
- Internet Access
- Booking details for The Rural Hall
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 the rear of 52 Main Street outright as tangible assets.
We are lucky to have very generous financial support from 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 catalyst 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.
The Trust is registered in Scotland, company number 210142. Scottish Charity number SC030459.
The following projects are examples of what has been achieved and also what is on-going: One of the most prominent Trust projects is
Information & Heritage Centre
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. 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. The Centre is open seven days a week and is staffed by volunteers; since opening it has provided tourist and local information, to around 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.
A number of organizations started up under the wing of the Trust and later became independent. One of these was CAfD; The Trust 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 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.
The KDT provides support to the Kilmadock Community Allotments Group.
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, around £80,000 spent on it.
We were awarded £23,100 from the Climate Challenge Fund along with grants from the Lottery, Community Pride and the Wind Farm Trust. In addition fund raising events are held throughout the year, including the very popular Spring concert series.
The Hall is used regularly by the 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.
To book the Hall contact the Information & Heritage Centre – see details at the top of this page.
The Trust cooperates 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 Community Action Plan (CAP), upgrading of the two tennis courts in Moray Park into a multi-sports facility (costing £60,000) and obtaining £1,000 of funding for equipment, and 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 Senior Citizens’ Outing (Grosset Fair). It also helps organise and obtain funding for the hanging baskets in Doune.
Since the community had expanded significantly with the building of new houses in both Doune and Deanston, and it had been over ten years since we last consulted with local people, we created a Community Action Plan, CAP, in 2013 to collate the needs and vision of the whole community. This can be viewed at the Information Centre.