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August Closing Date for Next Round of Strathard Community Grants

Strathard receives community benefit funds from the Bruach Caorainn Hydro Scheme. The funds are administered by Strathard Community Trust, and the closing date for the next round of applications is August 31st 2019. Following the award of grants totalling £4,600 in March this year, up to a further £4,000 will…...

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Strathard Community Hydro Fund – First Grants Awarded March 2019

Strathard receives £6,600 community benefit funds from the Bruach Caorainn Hydro Scheme. The funds are administered by Strathard Community Trust, and the first four small grants, awarded in March 2019 have been announced. The projects will: Design and publish 500 copies a guide to up to twelve walks, tailored for…...

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New grant scheme for community organisations

Strathard Community Trust is very pleased to launch a new small grant scheme for the benefit of community organisations in the area. We have funds up to a total value of £6,000 each year, with a maximum of £1,500 for each individual project. The next closing date for applications is…...

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Community Action Plan – revised list of priorities

A filtered list of CAP priorities 2017 -2022....

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Strathard Business Hub

Aberfoyle's new co-working space: fast internet, meeting rooms and great networking....

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Tourism & Business

We are running a 2-year LEADER-funded project to boost the economic and tourism potential of Strathard....

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Community Action Plan

The Trust is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the current Community Action Plan for Strathard for 2017-2022....

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Heritage Network

A network of volunteers across Strathard who work to promote the unique heritage of the area....

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Strathard Hydro Fund

Proposals for use of community benefit income....

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Annual Report 2017-18

Strathard Community Trust held its 10th AGM on 26th September 2018 in Aberfoyle Memorial Hall. The minutes of the meeting will be made available shortly. The attending members heard a summary of the Trust’s activities since the 2017 AGM, as reported on in the Annual Report, and the financial statements…...

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Consultation to review and update the National Park Authority’s Core Paths Plan

Strathard Community Trust has been invited to submit comments in advance of the consultation, to help shape the review. We will be collating responses by 18 July, in time for the deadline on 20 July. Below is the information we have received from the LLTNPA: “Dear Key Partner, Later this…...

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Strathard Strategic Partnership: Draft Notes of Meeting held on Monday, 18 June 2018

Draft Notes of Meeting held on Monday, 18 June 2018. Notes awaiting approval at next meeting, to be held on Monday, 29 October 2018. Click to download  ...

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Strathard Strategic Partnership: Notes of Inception Meeting, Mon 26 March 2018

Notes of the Inception Meeting held on Monday, 26 March 2018 Notes approved on 18 June 2018 Click to download...

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Strathard Strategic Partnership: Purpose and Role

Role: The Strathard Strategic Partnership’s (SSP) primary role is communication and coordination – so that those responsible for service delivery can work together to ensure effective and efficient development that meets the needs of the local population and the environment. To support the purpose and ethos of the SSP partners…...

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We are looking for a Business Development Officer

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced Business Development Officer to join us on a self-employed basis for two years....

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Privacy Notice

In line with changing data protection regulations we have today published a Privacy Notice which describes what information we collect and what we do with it....

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Classic Movie Season 2018

During January, February and March 2018 we held a mini Classic Movie Season. We hand-picked three absolute classics which were shown using a proper 16mm projector on a large screen for a genuine, nostalgic experience! All three events were free and very well attended, and picture-goers donated generously. All donations will be…...

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Update on Beinn Bhan LMP community engagement – 4th and 5th meetings

The Community group involved in the Beinn Bhan Land Management Plan Community Engagement work met on 1st November 2017 (4th meeting) to review the draft felling and restock maps followed by a site visit to the LMP area. Topics discussed at several stops included: Overview of LMP area and various issues affecting…...

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Co-op Local Community funding for Aberfoyle Village People

Did you know that you can now support Aberfoyle Village People by shopping at the Co-op? Strathard Community Trust and Aberfoyle Village People joined forces earlier this year to put AVP forward for the Co-op Local Community Fund, and we are very excited to announce that our application was successful! For…...

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Update on Beinn Bhan LMP community engagement – 3rd meeting

Forest Enterprise Scotland representatives John Hair and Stephen Murphy met with community representatives again on Mon 16th October to progress the Beinn Bhan Land Management Plan. The group will meet again on Friday 24th November, 12.00 – 16.00 in Kinlochard Village Hall....

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Community Organisation of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that Strathard Community Trust and Strathard Heritage Network have jointly been awarded ‘Community Organisation of the Year’ 2017! The award was presented on 4 November 2017 during the annual Community Partnership Gathering and was received on behalf of the community by James Kennedy and Katinka…...

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Update on Beinn Bhan LMP community engagement – 2nd meeting

Community representatives met again on 18 September 2017 with representatives of Forest Enterprise Scotland to progress the Beinn Bhan LMP community engagement. The group reviewed priorities from the Community Action Plan that relate to the Beinn Bhan LMP, as well as other comments captured during community engagement exercises. Minutes of the…...

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Update on changes at the Aberfoyle Play Park

As part of the implementation of the Community Action Plan we are going to look at what improvements can be made to the existing play facilities at Aberfoyle Play Park. To this end we have formed a small working group consisting of Alison Boa (Aberfoyle Village People), Allison Graham (Strathard…...

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Update on Beinn Bhan LMP community engagement – 1st meeting

Members of the community met with representatives of Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES – the operations arm of Forestry Commission Scotland that is responsible for managing Scotland’s National Forest Estate) on 6th September 2017. This was the first of several meetings aimed at promoting community involvement in the preparation of land…...

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Monday Lunch Club is back!

The Monday Lunch Club for senior residents is back! As previously, the Club meets at Gartmore House at 11 AM on a Monday where tea, coffee, entertainment and a 2-course lunch is laid on, and if required, also transport to and from the venue. This year’s programme started on 11th…...

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Community involvement in Beinn Bhan land management plan

Strathard Community Trust has been approached by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES – the operations arm of Forestry Commission Scotland that is responsible for managing Scotland’s National Forest Estate) to help with community participation. FES is about to start work on a land management plan for an area referred to as…...

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Annual General Meeting, 10 August 2017

The Trust held an AGM on Thursday 10th August 2017 in Aberfoyle. A huge thank you to the members who attended! It was also a great opportunity to meet some of the many new members who have joined recently – we are delighted to have you on board. The minutes…...

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Craigmore asset proceeds

Following agreement by Strathard Community Council with Stirling Council, the sale of the former Craigmore Centre next to the school generated £20,000 of funds which Strathard Community Trust agreed to receive. The Trust will be administering these funds on behalf of the community primarily to create an outside classroom and…...

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A Heritage Network for Strathard

As a local development trust, Strathard Community Trust has a central role to play in the delivery of some of the many priorities identified by our residents during the Community Action Plan process and outlined in the newly launched plan for Strathard (2017-2022). Some of these priorities centre on heritage…...

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Community Hydro Scheme

During 2013 investigations were undertaken into the feasibility of developing or entering into partnership to develop a community hydro scheme on Forestry Commission Scotland land. This was a joint project with Strathard Community Council and subject to an extended timescale dependent on third parties. The focus during 2015 was on…...

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Community Action Plan 2008-2011

The Trust was a key partner in the delivery of the Community Action Plan for Strathard for the period 2008-2011. During this period the Plan continued to provide direction to many of the Trust’s activities. During 2011 the Trust progressed a further element of this plan by carrying out preliminary…...

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Play Park safety

During 2013 members of the Trust became increasingly concerned about the danger to children using the Aberfoyle Play Park, considering the proximity of the main road. At the time, the Play Park had only an insubstantial wooden fence between it and the road. The Trust contacted Stirling Council about the…...

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Monday Lunch Club – a lunch club for our elderly residents

Working with Gartmore House, the ‘Monday Lunch Club’ was established in 2015 with the support of Foundation Scotland’s Stirling-wide Fund, and ran successfully from September 2015 to May 2016. The Trust is currently looking into funding opportunities to continue the Monday Club, or a similar offer....

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Strathard in pictures

In 2014 we scanned and published a collection of over one hundred postcard images of historic Strathard. The postcards were kindly made available to us by two Aberfoyle residents. We have created a separate website where you can browse all of the images. http://strathardpostcards.weebly.com...

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A MUGA for the Aberfoyle Play Park

The Aberfoyle Playpark Phase 1 was substantially complete and officially opened in 2008, and during 2010 plans for a Phase 2 Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) were progressed. This continued into 2012 when a consultation with the local community about potential sites was organised. This was held on the afternoon…...

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Paths and Trails – The Old Military Road

This successful sub-group of the Trust worked for a number of years liaising for our area with relevant bodies including LLTTNP, and also monitoring the work being carried out to construct the ‘Old Military Road’ to Stronachlachar and Inversnaid. The ‘Old Military Road’ project successfully concluded in 2013....

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Screening of vintage short films

Strathard Community Trust has held two screenings of vintage short films, most recently on 22nd January 2011, which included footage of Aberfoyle, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine, Inversnaid, Port of Menteith, Duke’s Pass, Callander, Loch Ard, Comer, Glen Finglas dam and more....

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‘Scottsland, slates and steamtrains’

This event, held on Sunday 19th September 2010, was organised by Strathard Community Trust to celebrate Strathard’s heritage. The event included talks, displays, slide shows, a guided mini-bus trip, a guided walk and more.  ...

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Launch of the Aberfoyle Play Park [press release]

“The sun shone for the Aberfoyle Playpark opening on 29th May 2008. With Stirling Provost Fergus Wood and Councillor Paul Owens holding the ribbon, the Playpark was actually opened by the children of Aberfoyle, Gartmore, Port of Menteith and Inversnaid Primary schools. A competition was held amongst the local primary…...

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