December 2018


Welcome to the December Newsletter

A Belated Happy Christmas, we hope you had a happy and healthy one.  2019 is nearly upon us and will be a monumental one for the initiative.  So before we go on with the updates, everyone here at the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative wish you all a very happy, healthy and enjoyable 2019.

2019 starts with a significant milestone.  The 31st of January 2019 is the agreed date for the completion of the purchase of the former Bank of Scotland building.  With further funding now secured we are redoubling efforts to raise the balance of the 5% required to complete the purchase.

In this edition of the newsletter:

  • Proposals for the Former Bank building
  • Architectural Heritage Fund approved
  • GoFundMe initiative to raise the balance of the purchase price

Completion Date and 5% Balance

Our solicitors have agreed a completion date of 31st January 2019 for the purchase of the former bank.  

We need to raise £6,000 to complete the balance of 5% of the purchase price.  Thanks to many generous donations both online via our GoFundMe account and directly to Machars Action we are already at £2,285.  But we still have some way to go.

What is proposed for the former bank building:

Affordable flats - Upstairs a family size affordable flat; ground floor at the back a fully accessible one bedroom affordable pensioner flat.

These tenancies would be for people with a local connection; our research has shown that there are lots of people struggling to find good affordable accommodation in the town, so this will help.

Bunkhouse - The main “retail” area of the bank that opens off North Main Street will become a tourist bunkhouse. We want to offer affordable holiday accommodation for walkers, cyclists, etc. Offering bunkhouse beds would mean that more people can stay in the town. They would shop, eat, and drink at local businesses, as they appreciate our wonderful town and the surrounding Machars countryside.

Gardens - We also plan to have community allotments in the garden space at the rear of the building.

Architectural Heritage Fund Grant Approved

Last month we announced funding from the SSE Sustainable Development Fund.  This month we can announce further £5,404 has been secured from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

These funds will help the project development phase once we have secured the purchase of the building.


GoFundMe to raise 5% of purchase price

We hoped that the Bank of Scotland might assist the community purchase by agreeing a discount on the purchase price but they have declined.  The Initiative therefore needs to raise about £8000 to complete the purchase (£6,000 to complete the purchase valuation price and £2,000 for legal and additional purchase costs).

WBCI has set up a GoFundMe web page to request donations to help raise this amount.  Without this final amount of money we cannot complete the purchase of the building.

Please donate to support us and pass on the link below via Social Media, email or whatever means you can think of to encourage others to do the same.


Thank you for supporting the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative.

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