The Coalburn Miners' Charitable
Society has been at the heart of the local community for many years,
with many of the town's population registered as members. We aim to
improve the facilities and services available to this former mining
community by working in partnership with others to achieve common goals.
Given that the voluntary sector in this area generally lacks resources
and the support infrastructure due to funding constraints, the
Charitable Society has an important role to play in providing resources
and leadership to the community and voluntary sector locally.
The Objectives of the Coalburn Miners' Charitable Society is to
provide facilities for such forms of recreation and other leisure time
occupation as are conducive to the improvement of the conditions of
living of the inhabitants of Coalburn and neighbourhood thereof within
the Society's sphere of operations as defined from time to time and in
particular (but not exclusively) such of the inhabitants as are members
of the Mining Community provided that nothing herein contained shall
authorise the application of the property to purposes which are not in
law charitable. The Society will not be identified with any party or
MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO
THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society
received funding from Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust to refurbish the main
hall upstairs. This was to decorate the hall, replace stage curtains,
and do some electrical work and renew cupboards at the front of the
stage. The work was completed at the end of January 2011 and has made a
We were also notified in January that we had been awarded funding of
£20,000 after approval from Land Trust to upgrade the car park at the
front of the One Stop Shop. This award is funded by Patterson Quarries
and we are hopeful work will commence mid/end March 2011. This will make
a huge difference to user groups and organisations using the premises
and will make access easier.
The Rural Communities Trust Fund meeting
to discuss funding applications was held on Wednesday 25th August.
George had submitted a funding application for £6,174 which was 25% of
the cost required for new air conditioning/heating units and loft
insulation for the Bowling Club. We were successful in obtaining the
amount required. We are still waiting to hear from Community Energy
Scotland if we have been successful for the remaining 75%. George has
been in touch with Iona McDonald to let her know of our success to Rural
Communities Trust Fund.
Funding for Coalburn Miners' Welfare
Thanks to the SCISWF bowls and bowling
shoes were purchased to allow school children from the local primary to
take tuition from a qualified teacher. The first session took place on
Wednesday 26th May with representatives from the Bowling Club, Coalburn
Miners Welfare Social Club and the School in attendance and a
photographer from the local newspaper to capture the event. This has
proved very popular with the children and two classes will take part
every Wednesday during the bowling season.
Below are two photos marking the event.
New Porch with Disabled Access
Work on the new porch started in October and it was hoped that this
would be competed by the end of December 2009 but due to the adverse
weather conditions this was delayed and not completed till the end of
January 2010. This was meant to be included in the original grant in
2003 but due to lack of funding this project was delayed. This was made
possible by Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society receiving
funding from Rural Priorities, Forward Scotland, Hagshaw Hill Windfarm
Trust and Rural Communities Trust.
'Awards For All'
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received a grant from Big
Lottery 'Awards for All' for ££9,290.
This is to enable us to deliver the following activities within the One
Active Kids Classes
Ready Steady Cook
If anyone is interested in any of the above please contact the One Stop
Shop on 01555 820060 or e-mail:
New Funding Award
Coalburn Miners' Welfare has been awarded a grant from Community Energy
Scotland for £18,995.25 towards the cost of installing Solar Panels, PV
Panels, Loft Insulation in Coalburn Miners' Welfare and Cavity Wall
Insulation in Coalburn Miners' Bowling Club. This is 75% of the total
cost of the project. We have been awarded the balance £6331.75 from
Rural Communities Trust. The project also includes an Educational
Monitor that will be positioned in the foyer of the One Stop Shop. This
will be a great learning opportunity for the local schools etc as this
will be the first project of this kind in our area.
This service has now been moved from a Friday morning to a Monday
afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm.
Funding for Solar Power
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society has secured 75% of funding
required to install Solar Panels on roof to heat water, PV Panels for
electricity, roof insulation for the Miners Welfare and cavity wall
insulation for the Miners' Welfare Bowling Club.. An educational monitor
will be installed in the foyer area of Coalburn Miners' Welfare One stop
Shop and will be used for educational purposes. We hope this will
attract some interest from the local schools and schools in the
surrounding area. We will be the first in this area to install the solar
panels and PV panels and the total cost will be just over £25,000. We
are hopeful of securing the remaining 25% required. This work should
begin sometime in the New Year.
Rural Communities Trust
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable
Society has been awarded £11,745 from Rural Communities Trust. This is
the final amount required for the new porch and now this has been
awarded we hope that work will start within the next month once we have
received the go ahead from building control.
Community shop to re-open
A partnership between UKSE, the South
Lanarkshire LEADER Programme and South Lanarkshire Council provided a
£5,000 grant for the project and the Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable
Society was able to carry out the essential refurbishment work. Now,
with the project nearing completion the centre’s manager, George
that the shop’s turnover has already increased.
Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society was awarded £10,000 towards
the cost of the new porch from Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust. This gives
us a total amount awarded of £75,627. There is still a shortfall of
approximately £11,000 but we are in the process of applying for this
amount to the Rural Communities Trust Fund. We will know by August if
this has been successful. We hope to start work on the porch in
Forward Scotland - Porch
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society were awarded £30,000 from
Forward Scotland. This is match funding to build a new porch and ramp
for disabled access. We have already been successful from Rural
Priorities and received funding for £38,727. We are still awaiting word
from Hagshaw Windfarm Trust for match funding for £10,000 and should
hear by the middle of June.
Work should commence either July or August.
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society
received funding from the Developing Local Communities Fund. This was
for £4,945 to refurbish the community shop with new shelving, rails and
to supply a cash register and till. Work has started and we hope that
everything will be competed by the end of May 2009. The Developing Local
Communities Fund is financed by:
South Lanarkshire Council
The renewable Energy Fund
South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership LEADER Programme
UK Steel Enterprise Ltd
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society were successful in an
application for funding to Rural Priorities to build a new disabled
porch and ramp access. We were awarded £38,727 which is approximately
50% of the total cost. This was due mainly to the hard work of Mr
William Steel who was acting as agent on our behalf. We have applied to
Forward Scotland for £30,000 and will hear if we have been successful by
21st May 2009. We have also applied to Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for
£10,000. If we receive the match funding this will enable us to progress
with the Porch and Ramp.