ABOUT THE TRUST
Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC047874), formed in October 2017 in response to the closure of Kilmaronock Old Kirk, a grade-B listed classical building with a long history of community use. The Trust was formed to save and enhance the historic environment of the old kirk building and surrounding area and to benefit the communities of Gartocharn and Croftamie, which lie within and form the parish of Kilmaronock, as well as visitors to this part of the National Park.
The organisation currently has membership of 58. It is led by a board of 8 trustees with a broad range of professional and practical skills and experience, who meet regularly to monitor progress, manage membership and communications, review finances and plan activities.
The Trust has taken on the ownership of the Old KIrk on behalf of the community, and will oversee activity within the building. Most activities will be delivered by the many active community groups within Gartocharn and Croftamie, with the Trust through its board of trustees acting to promote and facilitate use of the building, as well as organising periodic fundraiser events.
The Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust is responsible for strategic management of the Old Kirk. It possesses an active and highly committed core of 9 elected trustees with a broad range of professional and practical skills in fields such as civil/structural engineering, management roles in the public and private sector, land management, the building trade and administration of burial grounds. Trustees have strong connections to a range of local groups such as the SWRI, the B-Flats Choir, the Bowling Club, church congregations, community council and environmental charities, through which they have gained community development experience.
Willie is a chartered consulting civil and structural engineer and project manager, involved in numerous projects in the UK and overseas over the last 45 years.
Qualifications: BSc, MBA, CEng, MICE, MIStructE)
Other relevant experience: Past Chair of Kilmaronock Community Council for 13 years.
STAFFING AND VOLUNTEERS
Initially, we hope to appoint a part-time project coordinator after renovation and new works completion. This staff member will be responsible for tasks such as managing the development and implementation of an online booking system, training volunteers, assisting the board to develop policies, putting in place procedures for monitoring and evaluation and helping to implement our marketing strategy.
Within 3 years, we aim to have a sufficiently skilled and committed base of volunteers to cover administrative duties, and to have developed procedures that allow us to make full use of the hall. They would liaise with current and potential users, update social and local media, and visitor information platforms and help with fundraising and events management. It is likely that trustees will carry this out initially but other volunteers will be recruited to share skills and knowledge particularly on such home based flexible commitment activities. All involved will benefit from enhanced knowledge and skills related to conservation and the historic environment.
If you have skills you can offer and would like to get involved then contact us here
Renovating and restoring the Kilmaronock Old Kirk for community use is a multi-year project which will cost approximately £569,150 to complete. The Trust is extremely grateful to its members, those who have made generous individual donations and the various funders who continue to support the project.