October 2017


Welcome to the second edition of the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative newsletter (don't worry, we'll stop putting the edition number in after a few more).

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Bank of Scotland Now CLOSED

27th September saw the Bank of Scotland close the doors on its branch in Wigtown.  The signed came down the next day and the Cash Machine has been emptied and boarded over.  Not a very pretty site half way through the National Book Festival!

We are pushing ahead with plans for a community buy out, and things have become more pressing given the Banks desire to put it on the market at the end of this month.

We met with the Scottish Land Fund last month to go through the application process and to advise on options to take the community interest in the property forward.  We are urging the Bank of Scotland to consider holding back the date that the property goes to market in order to enable sufficient time for us to complete our application.

Rural Housing Fund Grant Approved

Some great news received this month.  The Scottish Government has approved our grant application of up to £9,000 to undertake a feasibility study looking at the long term needs for housing in Wigtown and Bladnoch.

This funding will enable us to consult with the wider community and relevant organisations to consider the need for affordable and accessible housing.


Credit Union

At the last Board meeting we had a very informative presentation and Q&A session with the Chair, Treasurer and Regional Development Officer from the Stranraer Credit Union.  The Union operates across Wigtownshire with offices in Stranraer and around 400 members across the region.

Whilst not a replacement for the banking services now offered via the mobile bank, the Credit Union provides the opportunity for local savings and small loans to members at low rates of interest.

We are currently considering whether the establishment of a collection and distribution point for the Union in Wigtown would be of benefit to residents both in Wigtown and the wider Machars.


Meet the Board

To help put names to faces we have decided to include a little section introducing each of the Board members for the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative.

Our first volunteer is Willeke van rijn who we managed to co-op onto the board very early on.

We asked Willeke why she wanted to be a part of W&BCI and she said: "To help Wigtown flourish".


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