Strathyre Village Hall
Strathyre Village Hall has finally reopened after being closed for nearly a year for essential works. We now have a new roof, new kitchen, new electrics, and new heating and lights. To find out more and how to hire the hall click on this link.
A massive thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get us here.
The Broch Field
Hooray! The Broch Field has finally been settled and now officially belongs to the community.
To find out more about the Broch Field, what's going on and what our plans are please follow this link.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped us get to this point. We can now move onto the developments we really want to see.
Community Place Plan
We are really pleased to announce the launch of the BLS Community Place Plan, which outlines how our villages view their development over the next ten years.
To view the Place Plan and find out more please click on this link.
A big thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the past few years, and a special thank you to all our residents you participated in the consultations.
BLS Community Trust's AGM
Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on March 3rd, 2022. Please keep an eye out for the AGM Minutes, which will be uploaded to the website soon.
Please have a read of our Newsletter by clicking this link to find out what we have been working on over the past 12 months.
Exciting Job Opportunity! This job has now closed
Strathyre Spring Festival needs an Events Project Manager. A great opportunity to work in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You will be working with the BLS Community Trust to plan and deliver a great Spring Festival celebrating local food, drink, music, and arts and crafts. If you're interested click on this link to take you to the job description and application.
The Broch Field Community Buy-out: We have been lucky enough to secure funding from the Scottish Land Fund to purchase the Broch Field for the community; funding through the National Park's Green Recovery Fund to complete most of Phase 1; and funding from LEADER's Community Led Visitor Management Fund to complete Phase 1. To find out more follow this link.
Strathyre Spring Festival: We have secured funding from LEADER to employ an events manager to take forward the Strathyre Spring Festival in 2022. This will replace the Strathyre Music Festival, which is sadly coming to a close. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the Music Festival over the years and worked so hard, especially Mike and Chris. It was a great event and will be sorely missed by the community.
The Strathyre Spring Festival is in its very early days and will be delivered by the Trust with support from the Balvaig Group. It will not be exclusively a music festival, and will also allow us to celebrate local food, drink, arts and crafts. Keep an eye on the website for its page once it's up and running.
BLS Community Trust becomes a SCIO
We are happy to announce that OSCR (the Scottish Charities Regulator) have approved the BLS Community Trust's application to convert to a SCIO. This is great news for the Trust as it brings us in line with current charity governance practice, updates our Constitution to make us more relevant to the modern world, and streamlines our accounts and admin. We would like to thank our Membership for their support, and Jane Booth, who spent a lot of time and effort getting us to this point.
Merry Christmas from BLS Community Trust
2020 has been a very difficult year, with everyone being affected by the pandemic in many different ways. We can only hope that 2021 will be a better year, when we can all meet up again and retrieve a sense of normality. Therefore, BLS Community Trust would like to wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New.
BLS Community Trust AGM
We would like to extend a big 'thank you' to everyone who managed to attend our 2020 AGM on December 16th via Zoom. It has been interesting using online technology, and bar a couple of glitches it went fairly smoothly.
We discussed and voted on converting the BLS Community Trust to a SCIO and adopting the proposed Constitution. Both Resolutions passed with 100% of the vote.
We would like to welcome three new directors to the Board, Mike Lee and Morven Sutherland from Balquhidder, and Sara Hesp from Strathyre. However, we also have to say a sad 'goodbye' to Andrew Poulter, who has decided to stand down. We would like to thank him for his five years of service to the Community Trust; we will miss him.
You will find the draft minutes of the 2020 AGM here under 'Who we are'.
BLS Community Trust AGM
Monday, December 14th, 7pm Online
It's the BLS Community Trust's Annual General Meeting on Monday, December 14th 2020 from 7pm. Due to the pandemic, this year we are hosting the meeting online over Zoom. If you would like to join us then please email Kelly at email@example.com.
It is an important year and AGM for the Trust, including converting to a SCIO - of which we need our Members to approve; major renovations of Strathyre Village Hall; the purchase of the Broch Field; and the Community Place Plan. To find out about these projects and much more, please come along.