Who we are
The Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Community Trust is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation). It was originally established as a charitable company limited by guarantee on 23rd January 2007, and converted to a SCIO in February 2021.
Our main aims are to support community development by providing recreational facilities or activities that improve the lives of all local residents. We also seek to enhance the local environment for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are local residents who volunteer their time to oversee the business of the Trust. Anyone in the local community can apply to become a Member of the Trust and to support our activities. Membership is free and members are then entitled to a vote on significant matters at our annual AGM (usually June each year).
Joining the BLS Community Trust
If you wish to become a member of the BLS Community Trust, or simply join our emailing list, then please fill in the form below. You can become a Full Member if you are a permanent resident of the BLS area, or an Associate Member if you are not a permanent resident but support the BLS Community Trust's aims.
The Trust derives most of its funding from grants, donations and fundraising. In recent years we have successfully supported or delivered a number of positive community developments, including:
The Community Action Plan
The renovation of the Strathyre tennis court
Taking on the management of Strathyre Village Hall and upgrading facilities
Organising a community fireworks event
The Three Village Plan/Village Notice Boards & leaflet
The Balquhidder book exchange
We have also expanded our work to include the management of community assets. Currently this includes the Strathyre village hall and land known as the 'black and yellow' fields in Strathyre. We are also working on acquiring the 'Broch field' in Strathyre from Forestry and Land Scotland, under the Community Asset Transfer scheme.
In the coming months we will be focussing our attention on developing a 'Place Plan' for the community in line with new Scottish Government local planning legislation.
The Trust can apply for funding on behalf of any local group and is always open to new ideas.
Current BLS Trustees:
Emma Richard (Strathyre - Chair)
Mel Brydie (Strathyre)
Alison Ferguson (Lochearnhead)
David Johnston (Balquhidder)
David Richards (Strathyre)
Suzie Todd (Strathyre)
Mike Lee (Balquhidder)
Morven Sutherland-Pelly (Balquhidder)
Sara Hesp (Strathyre)
Minutes of Board Meetings
Due to our new SCIO Constitution we cannot publish Board Meeting Minutes publicly. However, Trust members can request Board Meeting Minutes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your can find notes from our pre-SCIO Board Meetings by clicking on this link: Board Meeting Minutes