Kilmadock Development Trust (KDT)
Making Doune and Deanston better places in which to live, work and visit.
The Kilmadock Development Trust (KDT) is the local community trust covering the parish of Kilmadock. The KDT is also a registered Scottish Charity. It was incorporated on the 20th August 2000 but had been previously part of a Scottish Government initiative (the Community Futures), to enable communities to be better equipped to access funding and organise themselves to represent the local communities from the front line.
The KDT is based at Doune Information and Heritage Centre which incorporates and runs the village Post Office (see right). Info Centre
Since then much has happened and our achievements are highlighted below. Today we own and run the rural village hall and the Information and Heritage centre and the local Post Office. We own these properties outright and have no loans or mortgages. Over the years some 800,000k has been raised for community projects.The windfarm trust (WFT) is administered by the KDT, but the decisions and funding applications are dealt with by an independent voluntary group.
The KDT Since August 2000
1. Formed the Kilmadock Development Trust as a community trust Ltd by guarantee and a local registered charity.
2. The Information and Heritage centre opened in December 2000 and has run continually for almost 20 years since. It has been providing information to locals and visitors alike over a range of topics.
3. Purchased the Old Bakery premises for development which despite years of work did not materialise due to planning restraints. Sold and ploughed into the new site at 61-63 to run the current centre and Post Office.
4. Ran an 80K Heritage project which resulted in school/community engagement in a range of projects including Oral History, Diary Day, expanding Heritage memorabilia, 3 Interpretation Boards, collections and memories of WWii, Information Sheets and displays.
5. Employed two Development officers, Information centre manager and now 3 PO staff bringing local employment opportunities to the area.
6. Obtained funding for the Public Information Boards now situated at the Cross used by all community organisations and individuals.
7. Supported the Walking Festival over 3 years.
8. Managed the agreement between the Windfarm Developers and the Community to create the local Windfarm Trust (which actually is independent and makes decisions without reference to the KDT). Managed the fund for over 11 years which has given over 500k to community projects.
9. Started the process of forming the DDYP which is now an independent organisation and an independent charity. Successful in its own right it has obtained over 100k of funding to run for the last 10 years.
10. Produced three community and business directories over a 10 year period.
11. Took over the Rural Hall from the Bowser Trust and obtained almost 100k to restore and fit-out as a viable village hall. Catering for over 20 local community groups, organisations and businesses over the years and used for community and other consultations. Obtained and spent almost 100k bringing it up to usable standards.
12. Assisted/ supported various groups to become established- Allotment group/ Rooks (Old Kilmadock restoration)/ Bridge/ Pipe Band/ Grosset Fair/ Woodland group DCWG. Also assisted the Kilmadock Society with the republication of Moray McKays book on Kilmadock and also the funding for the restoration of the Mercat Cross.
13. Provides a community hub for local groups and people to store/ archive and meet and acts as a letterbox for many community organisations.
14. Assisted with two Community Plans.
15. Supported the hanging basket and community plant tubs project.
16. Tried to take over the East Kilmadock Church – unsuccessful because of being outbid by a commercial company which the Church preferred.
17. Took over the Post Office to prevent its closure.
18. Ran the Information centre for over 20 years, supporting local artists and craft makers and provided administrative facilities/books and maps, and now a shop selling stationery cards and gifts as well.
19. Ongoing support for a range of sub-projects and obtaining funding for other groups using our charity status to access funding. Assisting with village signs/parking. Local IT project and building a new website for the community.