East Kintyre
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Carradale Community Trust (CCT)

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) created in December 2016 as a result of the conversion of a charitable company known as Network Carradale Ltd, which was formed in January 1996.  Scottish Charities No: SC024417

Carradale Community Trust (CCT) has been formed to benefit the communities within the area defined by East Kintyre Community Council – that is an area bounded by Peninver, approximately 11 miles to the south of Carradale, and by Cour, approximately eight miles to the north of Carradale.

Our aim is to achieve sustainable development that meets the needs of present and future generations, as follows.

  1. To advance community development and rural regeneration through the establishment and operation of schemes of a charitable nature.

  2. To provide facilities for persons suffering from physical disability, illness or impairment through provision of recreational and other activities.

  3. To provide facilities for recreation and other leisure time activity available to the public at large with a view to improving their conditions of life.

  4. The advancements of the arts, heritage or culture.

  5. To provide relief for those in need by reason of age.

  6. The Trustees are all local residents and either represent one of the other community organisations or are individuals with a range of relevant skills and interests. Our logo, the Loch Fyne Skiff, pays homage to Carradale’s fishing heritage, to a time when these vessels filled the harbour and when the majority of the population were engaged in the fishing, farming or forestry in one capacity or another.

What does CCT do?

We undertake practical projects for the benefit of the community. CCT has been very successful in delivering projects and is currently working on towards producing a sustainable plan for the future of East Kintyre. Details of our current activities are noted below.

CCT Newsdesk

To find out the latest news read the Carradale Community Trust News page

Who can join CCT?

Anyone can join for a one-off £5 membership fee, however only those resident in the Carradale Community area have voting rights. To join and support the work of Carradale Community Trust (CCT) please complete the Membership Form.

Helps us develop a sustainable community

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Local Development Plan 

The CCT with EKCC have produced a 2020-2025 East Kintyre Local Development Plan .  Find out here about what we have done so far and how you can engage and  be part of the coming changes. 

Abbeyfield Trust Fund 

A long established Residential Care Home closed in November 2015, and funds from the sale of the premises are now available to our community to provide ‘relief for those in need by reason of age’.

Carradale Community Composting

Carradale Community Composting is part of the Seneval Project. CCT worked with EKCC to set up a green waste management scheme on part of Seneval Wood, which lies on the northern edge of the village. 

Community Shop & PO 

CCT opened the new Carradale Community Shop & Post Office in 2021 after a full refurbishment in. This was achieved by huge community effort and a team of volunteers.

Carradale Forest Group

The East Kintyre Community CouncilCarradale Community Trust and Forestry Land Scotland have formed a new Carradale Forest Group.   We are working together to improve access to the entire Deer Hill area.   

Carradale Harbour Enterprises Ltd 

CHEL operates as a subsidiary of CCT and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the four visitor moorings and slipway. CHEL organises a Harbour Day and The Great Carradale Canter.

Carradale Heritage Centre 

The initial project was to set up a local Heritage Centre.  Redundant Forestry buildings in Carradale were acquired and the Heritage Centre and Tearoom were established, together known locally as “The Network”.

East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group

EKREG was set up by CCT to explore ways to maximise renewable energy community funds for the benefit of future projects outlined in the Community Local Development Plan.

First Responders

 CCT promotes and facilitates Carradale First Responders.  A group of local volunteers trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service who are dispatched in response to certain 999 emergency calls to support patients prior to the arrival of an ambulance and paramedic. 

The Old School

A small stone building  at The Network was once a school for local children and represents another piece of local history. The building has been renovated thanks to the generosity of local tradespeople and to volunteers from our community. 

Network Cafe - Blackbird Tearoom 

The community are delighted to hear CCT have arranged the new tenancy of the Network tearoom which opened on Friday, 11 February as "Blackbird Tearoom".  We wish the new owners all the best in their new venture.

Network Centre Snake Pit

At the rear of the building is a snake pit believed to be where forestry workers once put snakes found during their work.

Carradale Community Trust Documentation