Ochiltree Community Hub AGM Taking place on Thurs 22/09/22


Ochiltree Community Hub
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 22nd September 2022 at 7.00pm
Ochiltree Community Hub, 45 Main Street, Ochiltree, KA18 2PE

Registration, tea and coffee

Welcome and Introductions

Approval of minutes of Annual General Meeting held through Zoom on the 20th October 2021

Approval of Trustee Report

Approval of Statement of Accounts for the year to 31st May 2022

Resignation of Trustees

Re-Election of Trustees

Appointment of Auditors 2022/2023

On conclusion of AGM the Ochiltree Community Hub Trustees will appoint their Office Bearers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Minute Secretary

Ochiltree Hub Recruiting

Ochiltree Community is now recruiting for 2 posts.


The first Hub Manager to lead the Hub in its strategic and charitable ambitions managing the day to day running of the Community Hub and a second post to support the Hub manager and take a lead in customer service, bookings and other administration required.

Hub Manager is a full time role 35 hours per week.

Admin and Facilities manager a part time role 16 hours per week.

Check out our vacancies page for details or on the goodmoves website here


Deadline for applications 5pm on 25th of July.

Ochiltree Joins National Beacon Lighting to Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee

We are proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities on June 2, 2022


Ochiltree Community Hub has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of  Thursday, June 2, 2022.

The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.

The Beacon will be lit at Ochiltree War Memorial grounds next to Ochiltree Community Hub, and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.


Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “ Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth  They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“ For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglets and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”


Ochiltree and Skares Community Action Plan Chair said; “ We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee. The event is ticketed as there is limited space, please get your tickets from Ochiltree Community Hub.”

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities have been conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.


 Timeline for many Beacons lightings, although events might change at individual locations

  • At 2pmhundreds of town criers and 50 Pearly Kings and Queens will announce a specially-written Proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacons later that day.
  • At 9.35pmlocal time across the UK and Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipe bands will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion  by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.
  • At 9.40pmbuglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a  specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.
  • Then at 9.45pmexactly local time, and to coincide with the lighting of the beacons, community choirs across all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.



Details of the event and those taking part can be viewed by going to the Guide To Taking Part found at www.queensjubileebeacons.com


South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project Talk 19th May 7pm


The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project aims to reinforce the small, isolated and vulnerable population of Golden Eagles in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. Through a series of translocations over a period of 5 years, we will look to increase numbers and prevent the loss of this majestic bird from Southern Skies. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the iconic golden eagle whilst exploring the background to the project and an update on our progress.

The Project will be hosting a talk at Ochiltree Hub, free to all. Please come and support this fantastic project.

Ochiltree Hub Features in My Place Awards Case Study

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.

Following on from Winning the My Place Award 2021 the Hub now features on the myplace website with a full case study of the project.


Cafe@45 opens more for you!

Cafe@45 has extended its opening hours as of the 25th of  April.

Enjoy your favourites for after in the day or have an extra cuppa when your here!

Monthly Bingo Announced @ Ochiltree Hub

Ochiltree Hub Launches a monthly Bingo with Snowball prize.

The snowball starts at £60, if not won each month the pot grows!

Cash prize for winners as well as chance to win the pot.

Bingo takes place at Ochiltree Hub, BYOB. Check out dates below.

Festive Opening Hours for Cafe@45

Cafe@45 will be open over the festive period. See the details below. Takeaway available. Covid Guidance applies. Please Wear a mask, Sanitise your hands, Do a test before you come, Provide your details for Tracing. Keep our staff and volunteers safe and the Hub open


Celebration of community and design awarded to The Hub

Rural community centre and Scotland's first community-owned pub win national built environment awards


The winning and commended projects for the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2021 were announced at a ceremony at South Block, Glasgow on 29th October.

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. They are supported by the Scottish Government, and are unique in Scotland as a national celebration of good design and conservation nominated by local people.

The overall winner is Ochiltree Community Hub, East Ayrshire.

Ochiltree Community Hub SCIO was established in 2014 when East Ayrshire Council announced that they were closing the village’s community centre and library. The charity led the community effort to build a new facility that delivered critical health, wellbeing and education services.

Following community fundraising efforts and a year of construction, Ochiltree Community Hub opened in 2019 and now boasts a team of over 50 local volunteers. It is sustainably designed and fully accessible with a café, sports hall and meeting spaces. The hub has become a cornerstone of village life, hosting birthday parties, art classes, film screenings, yoga classes, football matches, ceilidhs, vaccination clinics, and more.

Chair of My Place Awards 2021 Judging Panel, Ian Leith, said: "Ochiltree Community Hub is an inspiring example of how communities can work together to design beautiful places that sustain a high quality of life. Communities are the lifeblood of Scotland’s civic movement and the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are about celebrating the best of Scotland’s places and spaces.”

For the first time this year, the Awards also honoured a special sustainability winner to tie into COP26 and highlight projects that excel at reducing their carbon footprint and planning for climate readiness.

The sustainability winner is The Swan, Banton, North Lanarkshire.

The Swan, a historic pub, has stood at the Banton village crossroads for over 170 years, geographically and metaphorically at the heart of the village. But by 2016, the building had become dilapidated and a demolition proposal was issued. The village rallied into action, and the People United for Banton (PUB) was born. An initial community consultation made it clear that residents not only wanted to save The Swan as a pub, but to broaden its remit to become a village hub.

After months of community effort, PUB secured funding to purchase the building, making it the first community-owned pub in Scotland. Completed in 2020, The Swan is a source of local pride and serves the community as a restaurant, bar, café, community kitchen and gathering space.

Chair of Scottish Civic Trust, Sue Evans, said: "Congratulations to The Swan for renovating and reinvigorating a local historic landmark. The continued use and adaptation of existing buildings is a key way that the heritage sector can address the Climate Crisis. The adaptive reuse of buildings safeguards our cultural and built heritage, provides local training and employment opportunities and develops community capacity and resilience to respond to our changing climate.”

The My Place Awards is part of Scottish Civic Trust’s work to involve more people in Scotland’s heritage and built environment. The My Place Awards run in tandem with the My Place Photography Competition, which is a Scotland-wide built environment photography competition for young people aged 4-18.

The My Place Awards are free to enter and open to buildings, public realm schemes and designed landscapes. To enter a community-led built environment project for the 2022 My Place Awards, submit an entry form at myplacescotland.org.uk.

An exhibition featuring all entries to the 2021 My Place Awards is on display through 22 November at Glasgow’s South Block.




Full details on the 2021 My Place Award entries, and short films about the winning projects can be found at myplacescotland.org.uk

For interviews and photos please contact [email protected]

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About Scottish Civic Trust

The Scottish Civic Trust’s mission is to celebrate Scotland’s built environment, take action for its improvement and empower its communities. The vision which drives this is thriving, beautiful and well cared for buildings and places, which help to support and sustain a high quality of life.

Founded in 1967, the Scottish Civic Trust exists to help people connect with their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development. In its infancy, it successfully campaigned for the restoration of Edinburgh’s New Town and was instrumental in saving New Lanark – both now part of Scotland’s network of six World Heritage Sites. More information can be found at www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk.

Ochiltree nominated for Most Improved Place in 2021 SURF Awards

Ochiltree has been shortlisted for the award for Most Improved Place at the 2021 awards.

Ochiltree Hub received the award  for Community Led Regeneration in 2019.

The village will receive judges in October and will find out the results in early December

More info  can be found