COVID-19 Community Support

Although the Strathaven and Glassford Community Council is currently unable to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are continuing to operate as a Community Council through emails and other discussions.

We are delighted to be involved in the ongoing community support across Avondale. We are managing a fund which includes generous donations from Falck Renewables and Banks Renewables and which is being used by the many groups across our community offering support. It is great to se that they are mostly all working together on a coordinated approach as this, we feel, is the only way any effective community support can be provided.

So far the fund has helped support

  1. Strathaven’s Foodbank, operated by Strathaven Evangelical Church.
  2. A free meal delivery service on Sundays, operated by Outreach Community Church.
  3. Glassford Community Group’s support for frontline workers.
  4. Printing and distribution of a leaflet promoting the work of local community groups and encouraging people in need to get in touch.
  5. The local production of 250 visors for distribution across our community to groups, individuals and businesses.

The visors were produced in Strathaven as part of a collaboration between Gary Tompsett and the University of Glasgow (which donated the brow frames). There being modelled below by Arthur and Emma from Roasted.

Sainsbury’s has set up a trolley for donations to Strathaven’s Foodbank and we would encourage shoppers to donate in this way whilst doing their shopping.

The leaflet below is being distributed across the community to advise of help available.

The groups have established links with the local health centre, VASLan, Home Energy Scotland amongst others. The image below is on the reverse of the leaflet being distributed.

Strathaven Castle

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council held a further meeting with South Lanarkshire Council on the next steps for Strathaven Castle.

The meeting was very positive, with confirmation that further meetings with Historic Environment Scotland had resulted in agreement on the style of fencing to be installed to allow planned remedial work to proceed.

There are three options for fencing, with site visits to take place to finalise plans.  A planning application will then be submitted to SLC as required and work likely to start over the summer of 2020.

Further updates on the proposed dates are likely to be available in around 6 weeks.


Strathaven and Glassford Community Council launches two new funds

With the Kype Muir Windfarm now operational and the Kype Muir Community Fund due to be launched from June 26th, we recently held an open day to officially launch the Community Consultation Summary Document and Action Plan.  Click here to download a copy.

The Community Council Micro Grant Scheme is also now live and groups or individuals can apply for up to £500 to support eligible projects or activities.  Click here to download the application form, or here for the Micro Grant Guidelines.

Post Office

After a difficult few weeks it’s looking like the Post Office will reopen in the week beginning March 5th 2018.

A Post Office is a critical service for a rural community, especially with the imminent closure of the RBS branch in the Common GReen, and as a Community Council we are delighted to see progress being made.