[email protected] Reopens

The easing of Lockdown in Scotland has allowed [email protected] to reopen its doors.

Although the Cafe has a slightly different look, you are still guaranteed the same delightful home baking, homemade soups and sandwiches and Lunch specials such as Mac and Cheese or Haddock and chips.

The cafe now utilises the space in the sports hall to allow 2 metres distance between each table. There are sanitising stations throughout and a one way system to keep everyone safer and at a distance.

Join us and support local!


Ochiltree Hub and [email protected] Closure

Due to the current government guidelines, Ochiltree Hub and [email protected] will be closed for normal business for the coming weeks. This decision has been made to help protect customers, volunteers and staff at this time.

The Hub is currently looking at establishing a takeaway service and will be working with the Mutual Aid group within the village to support the communities needs at this time.

If you would like to be part of the Mutual Aid group, please contact Ruth on 07940355822.


New School Campus update

With the opening of the new Barony Campus due to later this year some information has been issued to the local communities. The update comes direct from Peter Gilchrist
Head of Barony Campus. Details include the new leadership team for the campus and details for parents around access to the facility and opportunity to visit. To read the full update please click the below link.

Barony Campus Newsline


Ochiltree Hub Nominated in RICS awards

The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shortlisted 35 of the country’s most impactful construction projects for its prestigious Social Impact Awards in Scotland. The awards recognise the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society. Ochiltree Community  Hub are delighted to be shortlisted for the RICS Social impact Awards.

The projects will be judged and voted on by an expert panel of RICS members and other experts based on their role in transforming communities and the everyday lives of people.

The awards are divided into nine award categories to include the best examples of development in the commercial, education, healthcare, heritage, infrastructure, land & rural, leisure, residential and student accommodation sectors – with an overall winner also due to be announced.

The Hub looks forward to welcoming the judging panel to the village in the coming weeks. Ochiltree Hub Manager Kirsty Fowler commented " It is fantastic to be shortlisted in a category that recognises the commitment made by the community for the community.  Making a positive impact on the local community is what drives the staff and volunteers on a daily basis. The engagement from the local community has been fantastic to date and seeing the great impact the Hub has on a daily basis is brilliant."

The winners will be announced at the RICS Scotland ceremony on 23 April. For a full list of Shortlisted projects visit https://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/rics-awards/


7th Annual Scottish Property Awards Brings Silverware to Ochiltree

High quality work to improve Scotland’s urban environment has been recognised at the 7th annual Scottish Property Awards with winners revealed at a sold-out event held in Edinburgh last week.

Ochiltree Hub missed out on the nominated award of Regeneration Project of the year to Red Tree Magenta of Rutherglen however th Hub was deemed to be an inspirational project by the judging panel and was awarded the Judges Award for Excellence.

Trustees Alex Baird and Tom McAllister attended the evening on behalf of Ochiltree Community Hub. Alex commented "Although disappointed to not come away with the Regeneration project award we are exceptionally proud and humbled to have been awarded the Award for Excellence. A huge thanks must go to the staff and volunteers and to those in the community that believe in the project and continue to support us."

Fiona Morton, Chair of the Judging Panel, commented;

“On behalf of the judging panel, I congratulate all the finalists and winners in this, the 7th annual Scottish Property Awards.  Judging in the awards is a huge privilege for everyone involved and I would like to express thanks to the judging panel for their valuable contribution in assessing the entries and in selecting this year’s winners.  I hope that all our worthy winners take further time acknowledge their colleagues and to celebrate their achievements.”

Chris Peace, Managing Director, Peace Recruitment commented;

“The Scottish Property Awards is by far the biggest celebration on the real estate calendar in Scotland. We are proud to have supported many of the companies involved with everything from headhunting a Chief Executive to securing a labourer for a day and everything in between. We are thrilled to support the awards for the fifth consecutive year and extend our congratulations to all of the finalists and winners.”

New Job Opportunity!

A new job opportunity is available at the Hub.

Are you passionate about good service? Do you want to make a positive impact on people in the community?

Well look no further!

[email protected] is looking for a Cafe Supervisor to join us in early 2020.

The Community Hub is an award winning facility with [email protected] at the heart.

For more information, check out our vacancies page. Closing date is the 13th of January 2020.


The Hub Wins Award for Community Led Regeneration

Surf Scotland issued the below press release which confirms Ochiltree Community Hub as a winner in Community Led Regeneration Category.



The outcomes of the prestigious 2019 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced tonight (05/12/19) at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.


Representatives of the five category winning initiatives for 2019 were personally congratulated on their inspiring work by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, Aileen Campbell MSP.


The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.


SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Inverness and Drumnadrochit, before selecting the following category winners:


Community Led Regeneration: Ochiltree Community Hub (East Ayrshire). The community aimed to save the community centre by taking it into community ownership and expanding its service provision.


Creative Regeneration: WHALE Arts (Wester Hailes, Edinburgh). The community led arts charity and social enterprise create the conditions for the community of Wester Hailes to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become agents for change.


Housing and Regeneration: Glenurquhart Care Project (Drumnadrochit, Highlands). Led by the GCP, the ambitious project developed suitable housing and facilities in Drumnadrochit that enables elderly people to remain in the community and be cared for locally.


Supporting Youth Employability: Achieving the Right Transferable Skills for Todays Job Market! (Dumfries and Galloway). Led by Dumfries and Galloway Council, the programme helps young people bridge the gap between education and employment, with a particular award focussing on careers in farming.


Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Calton Barras (Glasgow). Over the last ten years, Glasgow City Council, in consultation with local residents, traders and other stakeholders, have worked to respond to challenges of deprivation and poor urban connectivity and environment through a series of strategies and action plans.


The five winning projects all demonstrate the value of a long-term approach to regeneration, with dedicated partners working strategically and inclusively to develop comprehensive plans and deliver real and sustainable benefits for all.


The SURF Awards Presentation Dinner was attended by 290 guests from a wide range of public, private, and third sector organisations. The evening concluded with an after dinner speech from renowned Actor and Director David Hayman, who spoke about his humanitarian organisation, Spirit Aid, which he founded to support children whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, disease or lack of education and opportunity.


Since 2003, the SURF Awards have been delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. SURF is also grateful for additional support provided by Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Skills Development Scotland towards the delivery of thematic categories.

Hub gains new activities, clubs and classes

The Hub and Cafe @45 have had some fantastic support from the village and local communities in the opening months.

This support has sparked some new interest in running clubs and classes for the public.

Also new at the hub is a new Lunch menu that has launched from the 11th of November. Get your classics like Mac and Cheese, Cottage pie, Steak Pie and haddock and chips. See the specials board for details each day.

To compliment the current portfolio of Pure Stretch, Indoor Carpet bowls and Community Cinema, there are new activities launched at the hub. Have a look below at whats going on and get involved.

Beginners Yoga Thursdays 10-11am

Table Tennis Club Fridays from 4pm

Ochiltree Whisky lovers society (monthly see calendar for dates)

Ochiltree Knit and Natter/Stitich and B*tch Wednesdays in the cafe from 11

Art Club Wednesdays at 7pm (weekly excluding school holidays)

Below are the planned events hosted by the Hub.


Monday the 25th of November: Tea Dance 2-4pm

Friday the 29th November Community Cinema Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday 30th November: Christmas Lights switch on 7pm led by the community action plan

Cash Bingo Thursday the 10th of December 7pm

Monday the 16th of December:  Christmas Tea Dance 2-4pm


Want to organise a club or group at the Hub?

Contact [email protected] to discuss.



Community Hub Officially Opened

On the 5th of October the Ochiltree Community Hub was officially opened by the East Ayrshire Council Chief Executive, Fiona Lees. The event was scheduled to celebrate the achievements of the local community and all involved in the 6 years of planning to the culmination of a community led facility opening. The event started with words from both the Chair of Ochiltree Community Hub, Alex Baird, and EAC Chief Executive Fiona Lees. The main themes thanking all those that have contributed to the Ochiltree Community Hub project. Alex praised his trustees in their drive and determination to deliver for the community. The Ochiltree Community Hub registered with OSCR in 2014 to raise funds to replace the previous East Ayrshire Council community facility that was closing. The group received grant funding from several local and national organisations reaching the grand total of £1.84 million. The opening was a chance to thank the designers, architects and building team for their vivid and imaginative designs to create a warm, welcoming facility that meets the needs of Ochiltree’s vast demographic.


Representatives of the Scottish government, elected councillors, funders and local community groups were invited to celebrate together. The event came to a climax with the Ochiltree Primary school children, speaking of the Hub and then showing their musical talents in celebration. The children then placed their Time Capsule within the grounds of the Hub for future generations to discover in years to come.

Ochiltree Community Hub has recently been nominated in the 2019 SURF awards in the category of Community Led Regeneration. The Hub continues to reach new heights for the community of Ochiltree.




Community Hub and [email protected] nominated in SURF Awards

Ochiltree Community Hub has been nominated for a SURF award for the Hub project.

The Hub has been nominated in the category of Community Led Regeneration. SURF awards are an annual award that is organised in partnership with the Scottish Government. The Hub will be visited by a panel of Judges later this month to view and review the project from the start and its current and future impact on the local community.

The awards are used to:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities

The Hub has been nominated alongside two other fantastic projects

  • Barholm Centre (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Strathard: People at the heart of regeneration (Aberfoyle)

For more details on SURF follow the link below