The Story behind the Stow Community Trust (SCT)
Stow Community Trust (SCT) exists to join in local community ventures to develop social, cultural and economic opportunities for the common good. The Trust is established as a company limited by guarantee not having share capital, comprising a board of volunteer directors and a large body of members. More information can be found on the Companies House website and you can also download our Articles of Association.
The Trust was established in September 2009 with the intention of developing the former primary school into a business centre with workspaces. This was an initiative that was first promoted by the Stow and Fountainhall Community Council and as the project developed, it was deemed more appropriate that a separate body be created to take the project forward.
A feasibility study and business plan was prepared for the The Old School project which augured well for its viability but land tenure requirements resulted in the project moving into private hands.
In 2013, the construction of the Borders Railway began in earnest and the SCT realised that the former station building and station master’s house would not be included as part of the modern station and knew that the community would have to act if the Victorian building was not to be demolished. The Station House has proved to be a daunting project for the SCT but with community support the Trust is determined to see the building regenerated to become a positive asset for the community at large.
Our Mission Statement
To promote Stow as a great place to live in and destination
What we will do:
- Create a sustainable asset for the community
- Establish a successful village pub/kitchen and cycling business
- Refurbish the building as part of celebrating our heritage
- Provide a multi-purpose room for community and wider use
- Create and supporting local jobs and training opportunities
- Contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of the village and beyond.
Representative of Parish of Stow Community Council
Cllr Andy Anderson
Representative of Scottish Borders Council