Glassford Beer and Gin Festival 2022 Feedback

The feedback so far from the 2022 Glassford Beer and Gin Festival has all been very positive and supportive. We wanted to make it bigger and better and we think we did. However we want to develop the festival further for 2023 and need your feedback on what worked, what didn’t and how we can make it better for next year.

Aerial shot by Neil Arlot

To complete the survey, which will take a matter of minutes, go to and follow the instructions. Your feedback would be much appreciated and you will be helping develop our festival for 2023.

Aerial shot by Neil Arlot

Defibrillator Training

We are running a further training session on CPR and use of our defibrillator. This will take place on February 22nd in Glassford Village Hall. If you are interested in attending please email or send us a message to the Glassford Community Group Facebook page.

The defibrillator and CPR training will be taking place at 7pm on 22 February within the Glassford Village Hall. Can we ask that you be there about five minutes before just to ensure a prompt start for the Scottish Ambulance Service crew who will be there. Equally, if plans change and you can’t make it, can you please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you on the night.

Please note that you need to let us know in advance if you wish to attend due to the continuing need for Track and Trace and we need to know numbers in advance.

2022 Glassford Beer and Gin Festival

The 2019 Glassford Beer and Gin Festival


The Glassford Beer and Gin Festival is Back!
We are delighted to announce the return of the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival in 2022. And it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Ticket sales start on November 5th at 9am with the first set of tickets exclusively for all those who kindly let us know they were donating their tickets for the cancelled 2020 and 2021 events. An email or text message has gone out to all priority customers with a code to access the tickets on Eventbrite.

The link for tickets is

Tickets will be made available to Glassford residents from early w/b November 8th with the public sale starting on November 12th 2021.

How to buy your tickets:

  1. Go to Tickets £12.50 (subject to booking fee on Eventbrite purchases).
  2. Buy direct from the Glassford Community Group by contacting us via email ( or Private Message the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival Facebook page. Until November 12th you will need to be on the priority list to get a ticket or from November 8th-12th be a Glassford resident.

We are planning a great day. We will have a gin bar featuring local suppliers with a large selection of gins to try. We will have a large range of beers and lagers. The ever popular Select Drams bar will be back. Not only will we have local gins to sample but you will also be able to purchase bottles to take home. In a new innovation for 2022 we will also have a rew rum bar featuring local company Old Mother Hunt Rum.

There will be a great selection of food from Glassford’s very own Fortune Dragon, plus stone baked pizzas and gourmet burgers cooked to order.

Thank you for your continued support. Look out for further information on Glassford Community Group ( and the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival Facebook ( pages, and here on the community group website.


  Glassford Community Group

Minutes of meeting: October 13th 2021 at 8pm

The meeting was held online


Janet Crawford

Les Hoggan

Morag Walker

David Kilby

Sandra Kilby

James Newall

Lisa Webb

Stevie Urquhart

Mark Shields

Leanne Caldwell


Gary Miller

Clare Miller

Andy Gray

Lynne Urquhart

Community Asset Transfer

The community asset transfer application for Glassford Village Hall went in on schedule on July 21st 2021.  A community consultation ended on September 9th with no submissions.  An initial review of the business plan was carried out by South Lanarkshire Council with no major issues identified and the feedback was very positive.  Further meetings have taken place with SLC including one relating to funding.  An enquiry to the Renewable Energy Fund was submitted for £35,000 to fund the purchase of the hall and the first quarter’s ongoing costs.  This was approved and moved on to application status.  The group can also apply to REF for funding to support legal, architect and consultant costs.

The Assessment Panel is due to sit shortly and a decision should be made on the discount level and the net cost for purchase once that is in place.  The Hall was valued at a gross cost of £80,000. The Environmental and Community Resources Committee sits on December 8th to formalise any decision by the Assessment Panel.

The Jersey Notes

To date around 100 tickets have been sold which covers the cost of running the event.  Posters have been printed for distribution around the area and articles have appeared in Strathaven Echoes.   An application is in for an alcohol licence and the hall is booked.  Prior to the event a review of alcohol stock will take place to identify what is needed for the event.

Glassford Calendar

The calendar is now complete and ready to go for printing.  It will sell at £8 meaning that around £6 will go to the Group funds for every calendar sold.  It will be promoted on social media and on the website.  It will also be available to buy from the website for local distribution or for £10 to be posted.  Calendars can also be collected from the Creative Strathaven shop at 2 Barn Street Mews.

Xmas Plans

The Xmas lights will be going up towards the end of November 2021 and there will be a switch on ceremony at a date to be confirmed. Liz Cooper of The Common Greenery to be contacted about a Xmas Tree for the corner of Alston Street and Jackson Street. A decision has still to be made about who will switch the lights on.

Future Events

It was agreed to plan for an event in the Hall on the last Saturday of each month.  There will be a Freddie Mercury tribute act in January and a Quiz Night in February followed by the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival at the end of March.  Contact has also been made with Oasis and Fleetwood Mac tribute acts.

Beer and Gin Festival

Planning for issue of tickets was discussed.  People on the priority list will be contacted on November 5th and will have a week to confirm purchase.  Tickets will cost £12.50.  Glassford residents will have access to tickets w/c November 8th with a public sale taking place from November 13th.

Acrylic pens have been purchased to update the year on the 2019 souvenir glasses. This will mean they will not go to waste and reduce costs.

To enable more space for customers it is planned to extend the area used for marquees further up Jackson Street.  Glassford Church has confirmed that the car park can be used for catering vans. At this stage it is not known whether the container currently in the pub car park will be removed ahead of the event.  Discussions ongoing about where the stage will be located. John McNiven to be contacted about building platforms for the bars.

It is planned to have five brewers, 2 gin suppliers, Select Drams and Old Mother Hunt Rum at the event.  Brewers were confirmed for the 2019 event and will be contacted first to assess whether they are available for March 2022.

It is planned to apply for a road closure from 7pm on Friday until 10am on the Sunday to allow time for marquees to be put up and taken down.


Book hall for Beer and Gin Festival: LH

Apply for alcohol licence for Beer and Gin Festival: LH

Assess current sponsors list: MS

Check Brewer and Gin supplier availability and also Old Mother Hunt Rum. Contact Select Drams: LH

Contact with guy who took lights down last year: JN

Apply for road closure: LH

Contact Joe Bailey about marquees: JN

Date of Next Meeting

October 20th at 7.30pm.  Details below. Follow link or scan QR Code.

Glassford Community Group Meeting

Time: Oct 20, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 881 1096 7753

Passcode: 092055

Glassford Community Consultation 2021


You may recall we carried out an extensive community consultation a couple of years ago to identify the priorities of the community for what Glassford needs and also to gauge interest in the Group completing a Community Asset Transfer of the Village Hall.

We have been in discussions with South Lanarkshire Council for some time and made good progress, with plans to submit an application for a Community Asset Transfer of the Village Hall by July 21st 2021. This would allow a review of the application and a decision by the end of December 2021.

to support development of our business plan we really need to know what you think of the plans, how you would like to see the hall used and to assess your views on establishing it as a community hub with numerous facilities, services and activities.

We ask you to help us by completing the online survey at It won’t take long and you really would be helping not only the Glassford Community Group but the community of Glassford in supporting our aims to establish a community hub.

Glassford Community Group: Minutes of meeting on April 13th 2021

Minutes of meeting held online April 13th 2021 at 7pm


James Newall and Lisa Webb

Les Hoggan and Morag Walker

Mark Shields

Fiona Anderson

Nancy Luke

David and Sandra Kilby

Alan and Louise Mairs

Jinty Crawford

Stevie Urquhart

Paul and Lee Rogers

Elaine Richardson

Jennifer McEwan

Lyn Drummond


Martin McManus

Clare Miller

Lynne Urquhart

Aileen Anderson and Tom Hindsmarch

James as Chair opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their attendance, especially those attending a Glassford Community Group meeting for the first time.

Mark Shields gave an update on appointing a building surveyor to undertake a full and independent survey of the hall.  Following advice from Nigel Thomson Mark contacted Wisemans in East Kilbride and is awaiting a response.  If nothing is heard this week he will move on to other options.  The aim is to carry out a survey in the coming weeks to assess the condition of the hall and its feasibility for renovation as a community hub.

Les and James have both contacted architects, with James pointed out we need to assess the qualifications of all we talk to in order to ensure they are suitably qualified to enable access to funding organisations.  

There was a discussion on key dates.  Our community application transfer application has to be submitted by July 21st in order for it to follow all the necessary steps to an SLC committee meeting in December, when a decision on the transfer will be made, based on officer recommendations. It was pointed out that an application can be made conditional on funding being granted to support the business plan, taking account that many funders are likely to be focussing on COVID-19 funding for the remainder of 2021.  It is likely to be into 2022 before they revert to normal funding practices enabling us to access the necessary funds.

Sub-Groups: It was agreed to proceed with allocating volunteers to sub-groups, with chairs already in place for each of the five. The first step will be for each sub-group to meet with Martin, our consultant, to agree the scope and extent of work and to document a remit.  This will ensure no duplication of effort and also enable cross-discussions between the groups as they progress on their remits.

It was agreed that we should proceed with the local consultation as soon as possible, with the survey available for delivery to all households (one per person, not per household), to Glassford Primary School and to pupils at Strathaven Academy and Holy Cross in Hamilton.  The survey will also be available for completion online on the website and social media, and will be published in Strathaven Echoes.  It was also agreed that surveys will be collected from households and schools within one week to ensure households are focussed on it and to enable its findings to be documented for the business plan.

Each of the new attendees then told the meeting their areas of expertise and specialisms and all agreed to take part in the sub-groups, as have some who could not make the meeting.

James then summarised other ongoing projects, including plans for a garden of contemplation at a site identified near the graveyard.  This came from an idea suggested by Jinty and it was agreed that after three quotes for the work were obtained funding applications would be made to Kype Muir Community Fund and the Renewable Energy Fund to cover the costs. A request has been made to Registers of Scotland to try to identify any owner.

James also summarised progress made with the new bench for the top of the Borlands and it was suggested that the existing bench be resited at a bend on Muirburn Road with good views across the valley.  Jinty also confirmed that she has arranged for two new dog waste bins to be installed round the Borlands.  These will be installed by South Lanarkshire Council and will also be added to its collection cycle.

Date of next meeting: May 18th 2021 at 7pm, online.

Meeting details

Topic: Glassford Community Group May Meeting

Time: May 18, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 837 6938 8766

Passcode: 322753

People Of Glassford

The main objective of the Glassford Community Group for 2021 (Scottish Charity Number SC050214) is to complete an asset transfer of the village hall from South Lanarkshire Council to create a true community hub.  We need your help and expertise in in our quest.

We know that while some people like attending meetings and working as a group, others prefer to influence from afar. It doesn’t matter which of these you are, if you have the skills then you can help.  By skills we mean everything from your background, your qualifications and also your local knowledge.

If you would like to help shape and influence the community where you live there are lots of ways you can get involved. Take a look below and see if you could be a member of a one of the groups from the comfort of your own living room.  We are not asking for a lot of your time and you really can make a difference if you get involved.  The more community support and involvement we can demonstrate the better our chance of a successful outcome on the asset transfer.

Our sub-groups

We are working with a consultant on the development of a Business Plan.  This is a key document as it tells SLC how we will fund the hall and how we will be able to sustain its operation over the first five years.


We need to be able to fund the purchase, design, development and ongoing running costs of the hall.  Our success in identifying funding sources will determine what we would be able to do with the full project over coming years.


We plan to undertake a survey on the condition of the hall at the moment, and we also need to assess what are the options on the site, which will include surrounding land.  The design will involve coordinating with how the community sees its use in the future and also how we rebuild to take account of climate change challenges.

Community Engagement 

A key element of our business plan is understanding what you, the community, wants from a community hub in our village hall.  Help us understand and act on the needs or issues of the community, helping to achieve positive change.


We need to develop a plan for how the hall will be used, how it will be accessed and how it will be managed.   


As a community group we need to be seen to be working together with other groups and organisation, both within Glassford and across Avondale.  We have to bring individuals, agencies, organizations and community members themselves together in an atmosphere of support to systematically solve existing and emerging problems that could not easily be solved by one group alone.  As a community hub there may be organisations across Avondale that can bring services to the community hub for the benefit of Glassford and its residents.

What is an asset transfer?

Asset transfer is a process to allow a community organisation to take over publicly owned land or buildings, in a way that recognises the public benefits that the community use will bring

Annual General Meeting 2021

Glassford Community Group held its annual general meeting (AGM) on March 2nd 2021. It was its first AGM since it was granted charitable status in June 2020 and was held as an online meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The minutes are published below and if you would like to download a copy please click this link

Minutes of Annual General Meeting Tuesday March 2nd at 7pm

The meeting was held online using Zoom


Clare Miller (CM)

Morag Walker

Les Hoggan (LH)

Lisa Webb (LW)

James Newall (JN)

Sandra Kilby

David Kilby

Stevie Urquhart

Mark Shields

Jinty Crawford (JC)

Martin McManus


James Newall as Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.  He also thanked everyone for their support over the last year in delivering leaflets, collecting prescriptions, delivering meals and steak pies at Xmas, etc.

Minutes from previous AGM

The minutes from the previous AGM in 2019 were approved.

Summary of Last Year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible to hold any events or fundraisers in the village.  Over the course of the year the Community Group joined up with ‘Working together for Avondale’ (WTA) to provide coordinated community support, helping with shopping, prescription collection, free weekend Steayban vouchers, eyesight checks, etc.  The work was funded through WTA.  In early 2020 the Community Group funded additional Xmas lights for the village and in February it installed an information board on Covenanters at the graveyard.  It received funding from Kype Muir Community Fund for the Xmas lights and from the Micro Grant Scheme for the information board.  In early 2021 it was confirmed that the Community Group has been awarded funding from the Micro Grant Scheme as a contribution towards a new bench at the to of the Borlands.

Charitable Status

LH went through the process of achieving charitable status and confirmed this had been awarded in July 2020.  This enables the group to pursue funding that would otherwise not be available and also provided benefits in the event of a community asset transfer for the Village Hall.  The annual return including audited accounts is due annually in July. At present the trustees are James Newall, Les Hoggan and Lisa Webb. Other members of the Glassford Community Group can be added as trustees at any point.

Treasurers Report

LW took the meeting through the treasurers report.  The starting balance was £11200.06 and to date around £1000 in refunds for the Beer and Gin Festival have been paid out.  We will put another post on Facebook and put up posters around Glassford and Strathaven to remind people that the event is cancelled and asking for donations/refunds.  A cut-off date is to be agreed.  It was also agreed to put posters up around the village highlighting the cancellation for those not on social media and also on the notice board in Strathaven.

Income from 2021 calendars was £373.  The first raffle in December 2020 raised £930 and the second raffle raised £965.  There was a donation of £475 from McLeans Gin for sales of ‘The Glesart’ and a local resident donated £250.  The accounts are due to be audited at the end of March 2021.

Beer and Gin Festival

With the beer and gin festival for 2021 officially cancelled, planning starts for the 2022 Festival which is intended to be bigger and better. The Community Group will start to assess options and begin to pull together outline plans over the course of 2021.

Community Asset Transfer

LH outlined the current status of plans to complete and asset transfer of the Village Hall.  Discussions have continued with South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) and a formal note of interest was registered.  It was highlighted that Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust had withdrawn its application for an asset transfer of the Ballgreen Hall, mainly due to its inability to raise funds because funders have diverted all resources to COVID-19 support.  Martin McManus (McM) confirmed this and advised that it was likely to be 2022 before funders reverted to normal practices in supporting community asset transfers.

Concerns were raised (JC and CM) about the potential for SLC to close the hall permanently and put it on the open market.  This was discussed and it was agreed to arrange an online meeting with Joanne Forbes and John McCafferty to discuss next steps and Community Group concerns about the viability of the hall for community use.  In the interim it was also agreed to assess options for an independent surveyor to evaluate the condition of the village hall and to request access for the community group.  It was also agreed to chase up the asbestos survey to inform future planning.  LH agreed to email SLC after the meeting and advise the Community Group of any response.

In addition, SLC has set aside £250,000 to support community groups interested in community asset transfers.  LH agreed to contact SLC to request details of how it could access this fund.  Glassford Community Group is in the final stages of an application to the Renewable Energy Fund for £4000 to support development of a business plan for the asset transfer. McM has provided the final supporting document which LH will forward to SLC and upload with the latest bank statement to complete the application.

Plans for the Year Ahead

In addition to planning for the 2022 Beer and Gin Festival it was agreed to look at options for an event later in the year ahead of Xmas. Glassford Community Group was also awarded a Micro Grant by Strathaven and Glassford Community Council as a contribution to replacing the bench at the top of the Borlands. There are also proposals to restore and reinstate the Conservation Area sign which is currently in storage.



Date of next meeting

Tuesday April 13th at 7pm.

Rupert Black

Over the last few years the Glassford Community Group has welcomed many musicians and performers onto the stage in our Village Hall, but only one can claim to have performed in the village as well as on stage in Philadelphia as part of Live Aid in 1985.

Rupert Black joined Big Vern and the Shootahs in 2003 to fill a vacancy as keyboard player. Previously he had been the keyboard player with The Pretenders, Talk Talk, The Alarm before joining Big Vern after recording a charity single with Big Vern guitarist Dave Ramsay. Rupert also performed with the Kevin McDermot Orchestra when they played at Wembley Stadium, supporting Rod Stewart, Status Quo and Joe Cocker in 1991.

Rupert played with The Pretenders in Philadelphia at Live Aid to millions of people worldwide that day and still found time to play the Glassford Hall to help us raise money for the local community.

The thoughts of all in Glassford Community Group are with Rupert’s family and the other members of Big Vern and the Shootahs.

Below are a few images of Rupert performing in Glassford Village Hall with Big Vern and the Shootahs in 2019.

Latest news from the Glassford Community Group

COVID-19 Support

The Glassford Community Group has been working as part of a wider community support effort under the banner of ‘Working together for Avondale’ and has been delighted to do its bit during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The group consists of a number of organisations across Avondale including Strathaven Business Association, Strathaven Evangelical Church (SEC), Avondale Young Farmers, Outreach Community Church (OCC), Avondale LEAP and Strathaven & Glassford Community Council. The group has had great support from VASLan and Home Energy Scotland.

Through being part of the group we have been able to access funds held by Strathaven and Glassford Community Council with donations from Falck Renewables, Banks Renewables, the Renewable Energy Fund and Sandford and Upper Avondale Community Council.

These funds have enabled us to support our community through prescription collection, emergency eye care, free meal delivery from OCC, 15 Steayban vouchers for frontline workers (1/3 was paid from the fund). There are also plans for Glassford Primary School to benefit prior to reopening in August and with Karen Gibb of Glassford business Mind Marvels providing mindfulness support sessions Glassford has certainly benefitted from the wider community support offered by ‘Working together for Avondale’

The Community Group was therefore delighted to be get a mention in an Early Day Motion presented to the Westminster Parliament by Dr Lisa Cameron MP in early June 2020. The community effort has been fantastic and the fact all of those groups were willing to coordinate and collaborate has meant it has worked so much better than if they had worked individually.

Early Day Motion for Avondale Community Support presented recently to the Westminster Parliament

McLeans Gin and Jaro Design support the Glassford Community Group

Colin McLean of of Avondale’s McLeans Gin produced the gin liqueur ‘The Glesart’ for the 2020 Glassford Beer and Gin Festival, which unfortunately had to be postponed (To October 3rd 2020) due to COVID-19. This didn’t stop Colin though, who has always been a supporter of the Glassford Community Group.

Colin has been working with Janet and Lynzi of Jaro Design to sell his stock of ‘The Glesart’ and associated miniatures and they have been doing online gin tasting as well as selling the gin liqueur through Jaro Design in the Common Green in Strathaven. It is now almost gone (still a few left if you are quick).

In a gesture the Glassford Community Group is extremely grateful for, Colin donated £475 from the sale of ‘The Glesart’ to the Glassford Community Group and on top of that Janet and Lynzi donated £100 from sales in their shop to the group as well.

These types of generous donations go a long way to helping the Group achieve its objectives. Along with having been granted charity status we are that bit further on the road to our key objective of securing the Glassford Village Hall as a community facility.