Spring Community NewsLetter for Download

With 500 copies distributed to the community and local businesses, we’ve now generated a downloadable version.

Cover page | Back page

Included in this issue is news from the community council, the development trust, the church, our wildswimmers and the ColGlen chorus, to name but a few.

We are looking to update the map for the Summer issue, including more businesses and useful information, as well as adverts. We have 5 takers for the ad spaces so far and only another 4 are available – get yours by contacting the newsletter group through cgdt@cgdt.org

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Community Newsletter Now Out!

IMG_2214News, Information, Map and Walks for community and visitors has been published this week. Designed to inform locals, market the community and provide essential information this quarterly publication is already looking for ideas for articles for the next (Summer) issue.

This quarter’s issue includes news from the community council, development trust, ColGlen growers, the Heritage Centre, ColGlen Chorus and much more!

If you haven’t received a copy, or have an idea for an article, please let us know!


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AGM Minutes & Chair’s Report

The AGM minutes has been approved by the board for publication as draft on the website here. and below is the transcript from the minute of the Chair’s report for the year ending 2018.


If I were to characterise this year for the trust I would say we have undergone a massive change, albeit one which has snuck under the radar somewhat. 

In 2010 we conceived a plan to create a sustainable income for the trust and the community through the generation of renewable energy in the glen. At every turn this ambition has been thwarted – either by existing installations in the case of microhydro generation, or by the refusal of planning applications, in the case of wind. 

Now, while I think we have a moral and ethical duty to do everything we can to mitigate climate change, we understand as the board we are an organisation which has been set a specific community-oriented task – to improve the lot of as many people as we can in the community through the projects we run.

We have had sterling success in this. The Warmer and Greener ColGlen projects are still, if you will pardon the pun, bearing fruit. This year we will run our third Peoples and Communities Fund Training programme in the forest, training young and unemployed folks and making them ready for work.

However, the projects we have struggle to earn income, and therefore do not contribute to our core requirement as an organisation, which is to be sustainable. With the failure of our renewables business plan, we have been working to reconfigure our approach so that we can continue to develop projects.

That’s the local context. Nationally, Brexit and the UK’s departure from the EU has made the funding landscape very difficult, and means that over the next two years we will find it very difficult to access substantial funds.

The question we have been asking is What can the trust do? And in that context What Next for the community.

Cathleen through her role as chair of the Community Council and with the support of her fellow community councillors has been pushing for a reconfigured agenda for the whole of the community, and the board of the trust completely buys into this initiative and wants to help deliver the outcomes the What Next? session identified.

Our role is to enable this. At present we employ a freelance General Manager, Amber, and we have now taken on two further freelance development officers, Sara MacLean and Nikki Brown. Amber will continue with the day-to-day, week-to-week admin, and Sara and Nikki will be tasked with bringing forward projects. 

Shortly after Christmas through our development officers we will help a steering group move forward with a community newsletter, we will develop some work around the idea of trails within ColGlen and move forward with the clachan hub.

Which brings me to report on existing projects. The hub has stalled. Capacity and the reconfigurations that are going on at the moment around grant-funding have meant we need to re-examine this project and work out how to move forward. I have asked Sara to investigate how we might best spend the remaining development money to move forward.

The forest will need to be brought back into activity, both in terms of ensuring the path network is functional, but also how we are to use the asset now that we have wrapped up the CARES loan and issues around renewables. Nikki will be looking at this.

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, as I am sure Jim will report, has been building on the success of previous years and as we come to the end of the coastal community funding, is continuing to work towards the goal of sustainability. There is an ongoing crowdfunding campaign which will help with this. I urge you to contribute if you haven’t. Why? Well, as an example I will quote one of the outcomes of What Next? That we should market ColGlen more. The Cowal Way does this, was always designed to do this. It raises the profile of our area, but more importantly brings in customers for our accommodation providers and our visitor attractions – it is increasingly supporting our local economy. Numbers are up and that will only continue if we can continue to manage the Way proactively.

As I am sure you are aware Kyles Community Broadband closed the procurement for a community-owned network for this area without awarding a contract. This decision was the culmination of negotiations between KCB, HIE and the government and will result in our community receiving a higher priority part of the new R100 project. But more of that later.

I shall close this report with thanks to our hard-working members of staff, Stewart, Charlie and Amber, who put heart and soul into their roles. we are most thankful for their efforts. As for the board: Jm your continued energy with the Way is extraordinary and we are very grateful for it. Cathleen, many thanks for your input this year – its been invigorating for the board and has led to some really good stuff. Colin, many thanks for your input as treasurer – its been much appreciated. John, without you and Graham Curran, the community would not have the prospect of R100 so many thanks for your dogged determination. Alex your sage advice has as always been very much appreciated.

2019 looks like being a very interesting year – I just hope, for the community, it is one of successes and progress, not confusion and division as it has been south of the border these last months, thank you.

Charles Dixon-Spain, Chair

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CGDT AGM, 2pm, 16th December 2018 at Colintraive Village Hall

The board of the Trust are please to announce the Annual General Meeting of CGDT as follows:

2 p.m. on Sunday, 16th December 2018
at Colintraive Village Hall

Agenda, draft Company Accounts &
Director nomination forms are available in Minutes & Other Essentials.
[trust membership + renewal available on the door]

With presentations afterwards from:

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
Progress Update & Future Plans

Kyles Community Broadband
Update on Broadband Provision for the Kyles Area

As ever, all are welcome.

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CGDT AGM Postponed

The Development Trust has had to postpone the forthcoming AGM until December due to some delays with the publication of our draft accounts. We anticipate the draft accounts to be available very shortly and hope to announce the revised date very shortly.

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Kyles Community Broadband is looking for a temporary Community Liaison Officer

For more information on this exciting post please visit KCB’s website, here.

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We’re Recruiting a General Manager & Development Officer!

General Manager & Development Officer

Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust are seeking a General Manager & Development Officer for 4 days a week to work with the trust on projects as varied as the Cowal Way, Stronafian Forest and Community Broadband. This is a self-employed contract for self-starting, highly motivated individual with an interest in Community Development and our community.

Terms: £16 p/hr, 4 days p/w, 6 month contract to March 2018. Contract share available.

Application Form | Job Description

More details from cgdt@cgdt.org Closes 28th September

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CGDT AGM 1st October 2017, Glendaruel Village Hall

The Annual General Meeting of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust will take place at the Glendaruel Village Hall on Sunday 1st October 2017 at 2.00pm. We will be sending out further paperwork shortly. Members welcome!

There will be a community meeting afterwards, from 3pm, with presentations on the various projects the Development Trust has been working on this year. All welcome.

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Clachan Hub Consultation: Draft Design

screenshot-2016-10-07-at-13-01-00On Wednesday 5th October, CGDT convened our 8th community consultation meeting to discuss the Clachan Hub. While we reported on progress towards the funding application, the main business of the meeting was to consider the draft plans from our architects INCH. To that end, and to continue the dialogue regarding the building, and also, because of technical difficulties in presenting the full treatment at the meeting, CGDT are publishing INCH’s presentation here now.

The document begins with the general design treatment, how it sits in the landscape, and its appearance. It then moves onto exemplars of various kinds around materials, shape and construction. Finally, the presentation discusses the internal layout.


While CGDT is very happy with the general concept, because it embodies all the feedback we have had from the community from our previous 7 meetings, the details are still very much in discussion, particularly the location of the bar / servery area in Building 01 and the access to the changing rooms in Building 02. We would welcome any comment, positive or negative, as well as thoughts on layout and structure. And of course if you have questions, please don’t hesitate!

Here’s the PDF of the entire document, please click to download –> 122-cgdt-hub-initial-proposals-b4

All feedback to cgdt@cgdt.org

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CGDT is Recruiting for a Part-time General Manager to start at the end of the month

Colintraive & Glendaruel Development Trust are recruiting a General Manager for a 1 year part-time post (14 hours)

An exciting opportunity to join a highly successful and ambitious community organization at the heart of Cowal.

The general manager will have responsibilities in the key areas of governance, human resources (HR), public relations and initial project development.

Application forms can be requested by ringing 01700 841 358, emailing cgdt@cgdt.org or downloaded from www.cgdt.org/form

Applications can be emailed to cgdt@cgdt.org or delivered to CGDT, Colintraive Village Hall, Colintraive, PA22 3AS

Funded by Highlands & Islands and the Cruach Mhor Windfarm Trust

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