New Handmade Shop @ the Hub

The Hub now hosts a small shop with local peoples crafts and products for sale.

Handmade@theHub is placed in the library snug space and plays hosts to local peoples products.

There are a selection of face masks from Clooties, candles and wax melts from Rys waxes and much much more.

Why not pick up a handmade blanket for someone you love to keep them cosy this winter. Or grab a sweet treat on the go with homemade tablet.

Cafe@45 Reopens

The easing of Lockdown in Scotland has allowed Cafe@45 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 Cafe@45 Closure

Due to the current government guidelines, Ochiltree Hub and Cafe@45 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


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!

Cafe@45 is looking for a Cafe Supervisor to join us in early 2020.

The Community Hub is an award winning facility with Cafe@45 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.