2019 was a busy year for Glassford Community Group. In January 2019 we had a defibrillator for the village installed at the Glassford Village Hall. In March we held the second Glassford Beer and Gin Festival, now firmly established on the beer festival circuit, attracting over 700 people to the village for a day of live music and beer sampling. After the Big Vern and the Shootahs gig last April, we helped organise a JJ Gilmour Night in the Steayban and supported an evening of American Music for the Strathaven Folk Festival in the village hall.
In October 2019 we submitted our application to become a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and as of January 2020 we are awaiting a decision. We also held a series of meetings with South Lanarkshire Council on an asset transfer of Glassford Village Hall, submitting a formal interest. South Lanarkshire Council is working on what it needs to do to support an application and we are working on the development of a Business Plan.
The Community Group applied to two locations funds successfully during 2019. It applied to the Community Council Micro Grant Scheme for funds to install a Covenanters Information Board at the Graveyard, which should be in place in early 2020. It also applied successfully to the Kype Muir Community Fund for funds to support the purchase of Xmas lights for the village and lights for the village tree. These formed part of a lighting up ceremony in early December followed by a kids movie evening in the village hall.
The Glassford Beer and Gin Festival 2020 will be bigger and better than ever with around 1000 people expected to attend. Other events are planned as is the completion of our Business Plan and a formal application for an asset transfer of the Village Hall. Much to look forward to.