On a cold morning in November 2016 while dropping off our children at school we had an idea - the Old School in Thornhill, wouldn’t that be a great place for. . .something.
From this initial idea our small collective set about to find a pragmatic way to transform our ‘Old School’ into a innovative, design-led, community asset - a space that would foster creative collaboration and benefit our village and the surrounding communities.
We had an enthusiastic response and it’s been exciting to see that initial idea grow and develop into a strong business model through our public engagement and consultation.
To date we’ve raised over £165,000.
Our vision is to build a strong, collaborative community in Thornhill and the surrounding area that combats rural isolation and nurtures rural entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
We will harness the skills and experience of people living locally to redevelop the Old School into an innovative, entrepreneurial space supporting community groups, charities, small businesses, freelancers, artists and creatives based in Thornhill and the surrounding villages.
The Thornhill Collective.
Our collective is made up of 7 members of the local community. We are mainly parents of young families who have made a commitment to this area over the long term by moving here or returning to where we grew up - 3 of the collective attended OST as primary pupils.
“In 2017 we came together with an idea to buy and transform our ‘Old School’ into an innovative, design-led, community asset - a space that would foster creative collaboration and benefit our village and the surrounding communities. We had an enthusiastic response and it’s been exciting to see that initial idea grow and develop into a strong business model through our consultation.”
- The Thornhill Collective
Things get real. The Thornhill Collective, a group of creatives, producers, musicians, and an experienced charity worker become a constituted group.
Our inaugural meeting is held at The Farmer’s Arms.
We draw up our initial constitution and open a bank account.
We publicly launch our cause to buy and develop OST at the Thornhill Gala - speech bubbles were designed to enable the community to record their ideas for the building’s use.
The Gala was attended by over 500 local residents and we had over 100 visitors to our stand with participants ranging in age from 3 to 79 years of age.
55 speech bubble were completed which detailed a variety of uses for the OST.
We apply to the Scottish Land Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund to support consultation and engagement work to complete our Business Plan, Feasibility Study, Building Condition Survey and initial Architectural Drawings.
The Scottish Land Fund award The Thornhill Collective £20,000.
Additional funding was also awarded by the Architectural Heritage Fund (£5,000) and Thornhill Community Council (£2,000)
Briefs written and approved - sent to interested parties and Creative Scotland.
Over 20 national practices apply to help us make OST a reality.
January 2018 - August 2018
Alison Fullerton and David Cook appointed to complete Business Plan.
Dress for the Weather appointed to complete Feasibility Study and Public Engagement.
John Murray Architect appointed to complete initial architectural drawings.
All work carried out by appointed consultants.
We apply to the Scottish Land Fund to fund the purchase of the OST.
Over £144,000 awarded by The Scottish Land Fund (Big Lottery) to buy OST and fund our initial revenue costs.
OST becomes a Scottish Charity
Appoint a Board of Trustees.
Buy building and complete urgent remedial works.
Fundraise for Capital Works.
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