We are a registered charity and have been since 1999. Under new Scottish legislation, in 2014 we converted to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) which gives our board of trustees greater protection from liability, we are able to do more for our community in terms of our remit and aims and objectives and we can attract a greater range of external grants.
Our trust works to a constitution approved by the charity regulator OSCR, is governed by a health and safety policy and risk assessments, comprehensive insurance and proper procedures for all its activities. The board meets monthly (last Wednesday at 7pm), our financial year-end is the 31st August and we have an independent examiner who certifies our accounts.
We are a member of the Development Trust Association of Scotland, which has over 200 members like us.
So what do we actually do?
Three things: we own, maintain and run activities in the Community Centre. Secondly we have a Development Committee that initiates all sorts of projects within the community to try to improve all aspects of the environment and heritage. Thirdly we run the Hudson Hirsel Fund for Hudson Hirsel LLP. Grants are awarded twice yearly to local voluntary bodies, in May and November.
John Banks (Chairman), Susan Burnett, John Dixon, Ian Howard, Anne Newbury (Secretary), Frances Richardson, Kay Slater, Susan Tait, Gordon Thompson, Beth Tweddle.
To find out more and to get involved, either download one of our Membership application forms or contact the Centre.
We employ three people and they are the face of the Centre, both Anu and Adrian are around on a daily basis to meet users and deal with any day to day issues.
Anu Pitman, Trust Administrator
Adrian Price, Community Centre Caretaker
Susan Wilson, Cleaner
When we mention projects in the community, what’s going on?
Here is a brief list: –
1) Community Energy Switch – for houses, as part of a group of UK local authorities and trusts, three times a year putting pressure on energy suppliers. The average savings per year have been £234 and since 2015 energy savings for households approaches around £40k per annum. Timescales: on-going. Please visit the ‘Energy Switch’ page for full information.
2) Coldstream Study and Community Action Plan (CAP) – a joint steering group with the community council working with consultants to produce a CAP to help improve Coldstream and attract investment. The CAP is now ‘live’ and being progressed, We could do with 3 more committee volunteers and anyone interested should contact the community centre on 01890 883332.
3) Jacob’s Well Woodland Management – under an agreement, the trust is the site ‘eyes and ears’ for the Woodland Trust, Scotland. Trees have been thinned to allow better viewing and the pathway much improved.
4) Affordable Housing – discussions are underway with BHA Homes about extra housing for Coldstream. Most families apply for housing in Coldstream but the success is very slim with statistics suggesting an average 11 persons apply for a house but fail miserably. There has been one example when 33 families applied for a house but 32 failed.
5) Annual Beer Festival – in June each year. We have had 4 festivals to date attracting around 100 people each year. There is never any poor behaviour.
6) Environmental tidying – on-going litter collections, cleaning Blue Bell steps, keeping Nuns’ Walk tidy, pruning bushes, clearing James Marjoribanks monument floor of moss, cutting grass and hedges behind the war memorial etc.
7) Built Heritage – compiling a book on the town’s Scheduled and Ancient Monuments (3) and Listed Buildings (80).
8) Business Efficiency – encouraging local businesses to use this website (energy switch) to find cheaper energy and insurance costs.
9) ‘First True Border Toun’ and a cross-border hub, with the objective of attracting more visitors to the town.