April 2018


Welcome to the April Newsletter
Some of the keenest of you will have noticed that this is not the March newsletter and in fact we are now in May.  The previous two months have been a very busy time for us with lots going on with the community purchase of the old Bank of Scotland building.  Unfortunately that meant we took our eye of the ball with the newsletter, but we are back on the case now.

Updates at a Glance
Old Bank of Scotland building: Stage 1 funding approved by the Scottish Land fund
Housing Needs Survey: 58 responses so far, more needed
Membership: If you are not already a member or know someone who might like to join us, we need more members.
General Data Protection Regulations: Time to update your details ahead of the end of May deadline.

Old Bank of Scotland building

The Scottish Government's Scottish Land Fund has awarded Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative stage one funding from the Scottish Land Fund.  The money is for developing detailed proposals for the community to buy the former Bank of Scotland building in Wigtown. It adds to a grant from the Rural Housing Fund to look into needs for housing in Wigtown and Bladnoch, and to consider how the former bank could provide affordable housing options.

The building is now for sale, and we have a registered community interest which gives us until December to complete plans and put funding in place.  Local architect, Hazel Smith, and two consultancy companies - Community Enterprise, and Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities’ Housing Trust - have been brought in to provide design expertise, and support with community engagement and business planning.

We will be arranging meetings in the new few weeks to hear what local organisations, groups and residents think, what people would like to see, and what they are worried about.

All residents within the area of Wigtown and Bladnoch will have the opportunity to vote to determine whether the former Bank becomes a community owned asset in July and we will be encouraging everyone to have their say.  Posters, flyers and other information will be displayed and posted around Wigtown and Bladnoch over the coming few weeks.

Wigtown area Housing Needs Survey

The Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust (DGSCHT) have advised us that 58 responses have been received so far in response to the online and paper survey.  More responses would be welcome, so please encourage your friends and neighbours to pop online via our website at or paper copies of the survey are available from Machars Action, where they should be returned after completion.

Over the next few weeks DGSCHT will be working with us to talk to local organisations and groups to get feedback from them on housing needs, and will also be running drop in sessions for anyone to attend to ask questions and have an opportunity to provide feedback.

Details will be provided in the local press and on posters and flyers distributed around Wigtown and Bladnoch.


Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative is a membership company limited by guarantee.  Membership is free.


Ordinary Membership is open to individuals aged 16 and over who:

  1. are resident in the Community; and
  2. are entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it; and
  3. who support the Purposes;

Anyone who wants to become a member just needs to complete an application form and will be accepted as a member as long as they meet the membership criteria.


is open to those individuals and organisations who:

  1. are not ordinarily resident in the Community
  2. are not entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it
  3. and support the Purposes.

Associate Members are not eligible to stand for election to the Board or to vote at any General Meeting.

Membership forms are available from Machars Action.

The following postcodes are included in the Community as eligible for Full Membership:  DG8 9AA, DG8 9AB, DG8 9BT, DG8 9DH, DG8 9DL, DG8 9DQ, DG8 9TA, DG8 9TB, DG8 9TD, DG8 9TE, DG8 9TF, DG8 9TJ

General Data Protection Regulations

At the end of May new regulations come into force regarding the storage of personal data and the use of personal data to send information etc.

To comply with the new regulations we need you to update your preferences.  When you signed up to receive our newsletter you provided us with you name and email address.  We now have to ask you to specifically opt in to receive information from us and to tell us how you would like us to contact you with information and updates.

Could you therefore please spare a few minutes to update your options.  If you do not update your options before 25th May 2018 we will no longer be able to send you our newsletter.

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Meet our Director

This month we would like to introduce Kevin Witt.  Kevin has been part of the team since the start and as well as working hard to get us to where we are today, he is also a design guru who created our logo and all of our posters and flyers.  Kevin also keeps our social Media presence active.


Thank you for supporting the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative.

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