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Strathblane Community Development Trust (SCDT) held our AGM on Monday 30th September. We said it was going to be exciting unlike many AGMs. It was.
We announced that the SCDT Board had just agreed a minute of agreement to accept a gift to the Community of half a million pounds towards building a new community-owned library, to replace our much-loved but rapidly-aging facility. The money will be invested in the short term and interest earned will help with SCDT running costs.
Angus Graham has gifted the money with the sole condition that the library is called the Thomas Graham Library. Thomas Graham FRS, FRSE 1805-1869 is Angus’ great, great uncle and a very famous chemist who lived at Ballewan. His statue is in George Square. He did pioneering work in dialysis and the diffusion of gases - Graham’s Laws. He was the last non-political Master of the Mint and has a building named after him at Strathclyde University.
This huge donation from Mr Graham supports SCDT’s decision to seek funding for a new library, following Stirling Council’s recent move to shift funds previously allocated for a new library away to its big Stirling City Region Deal project. Work starts now to raise funding for a feasibility and planning study into how we can make a new library a reality. This will include looking at suitable sites close to the school, and investigating whether other facilities such as a business hub and café could be incorporated into the final building. We will also be talking to Stirling Council about how a community-owned library can be operated and its running costs funded.
"We are so grateful to Mr Graham for this magnificent act of community support and philanthropy,” said SCDT chair Margaret Vass. "This changes everything: it gives us a huge step up on to a new platform of confidence and credibility from which to progress our vision of a new community-owned library and it is the best-possible start for this important project – but we still need to raise substantial further funding to make a new library a reality".
If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact any SCDT director here or through our email contact details here". SCDT is a membership organisation working to deliver better facilities for your community. Please join for a minimum annual payment of £5 here. We hope that you will sign up to pay more each year by standing order.
The AGM also agreed our priority activities in addition to the library project. Delivering a housing action plan for the community is up first. We have commissioned an independent housing needs survey from Rural Housing Scotland with funding from Stirling Council. You’ll find more details here.