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.


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.


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