Innerleithen Community Trust
The Innerleithen Community Trust was set up in October 2004 to obtain funding for and/or manage any project that will enhance the economy, environment and community facilities within the Innerleithen, Traquair and Glen area.
Membership is open to any resident from the Innerleithen, Traquair and Glen Area and there is no membership fee.
There is a Committee of Trustees that manages the Trust, now a charitable company limited by guarantee, and apply the funds of the Trust including all donations, contributions and bequests to further the objects of the Trust.
Since it was set up the Trust has employed a community development worker, progressed charitable status, produced a popular 'Whats On' leaflet, granted money to St Ronans Primary School pupils to publish a town trail booklet, conducted historic town walks, produced a commissioned history of Innerleithen for use in visitor information boards and leaflets, and developed a photographic archive for the community. Recent projects include the purchase of Pirn Wood on behalf of the people of Innerleithen and providing funds and overseeing maintenance on the popular woodland walkways along Leithenside from Horsbrugh Terrace to Cuddy Brig and Pirn Hill. New wooden benches have been placed in this area to benefit those in the community who use the area for recreation. Also a memorial bench donated by the Russell family, relatives of John A Anderson, has been placed at Jenny's Well to the benefit of all. Currently members of the Trust are working to put together 'Past Innerleithen', a web site containing information on all aspects of Innerleithen's past. The project is designed to be an educational resource and will include input from local school children. Also to help anyone who wants to research the history of the community or get help with family history information.
More recently the Trust has funded and brought to pass some of the priorites in the Future Innerleithen Community Action plan. The Theme Teams have drawn in a number of volunteers from within the community with specific skills and interests to progress the priorities.
Trust members have been active in organising and funding a number of small scale projects. Also in bringing together community groups to arrange events around the very successful visit of the Olympic Torch. The Trust funded the Olympic Torch badges given as a memento of the historic event to all the children at St Ronans Primary School. We are currently working on a business directory that will provide an easy reference to all businesses in Innerleithen
The Trust will work with any community group or organisation to help fund projects that bring benefit to the whole community.
Anyone interested in the work of the Trust or in becoming a member, requires information on donating by bequest or gift, has material suitable for the Community Archive or has a project that the Trust could undertake should make contact via the Trust secure email address on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Chairman Ross McGinn (01896 830853).
The trust have also established a web site to allow access to our Town's vast historic heritage. http://www.pastinnerleithen.com/