Comrie Development Trust is owned and managed by local people living within the boundary defined by the area of responsibility of our Community Council. The Board consists of up to 12 positions elected by, and from, the membership with up to three co-opted positions to attract particular skills on to our board.
Our members are the lifeblood of our Trust and support us in all sorts of ways – we currently have over 700 members. Your support would be very much welcomed so please become a member – it’s free, by looking at our Become A Member page.
Comrie is a village of some 2,500 people in the heart of rural Perthshire – centrally located being 29 miles from Stirling and 24 miles from Perth. We are connected to Edinburgh and Glasgow by a regular rail service from Dunblane, 22 miles away.
At the start of the 21st century, we believe that every community needs to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. We need to look at how we become more self-sufficient; how we move about; provide energy,food and workspace; how we entertain ourselves and look after each other. In other words, how we build a resilient community for the 21st century.
To enable and assist individuals and groups in Comrie to make their dreams come true in Sports and Entertainment, Rural Arts and Crafts, Business Marketing and Manufacture and to make the purchased land resources of the village available, accessible and useable to this end.
Our principles are to:
Work closely with local people, groups and businesses
Capture and build community passion, enthusiasm, ideas and skills
Promote quality in everything that we do
Keep our £ local
Ensure every aspect of our work is financially and environmentally sustainable
Keep our eye on the future whilst learning from the past
Through the support of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund we opened a “main street” office in our village and appointed four full time staff. Two from 1st December 2008, initially on three-year contracts and another two staff from 1st February 2010, initially on 13 month contracts. The office was quickly established as a “drop-in” centre for the community with a friendly open-door policy to provide information, guidance and promote the many facets of the Trust.