The CatStrand began life as Kells Primary School in 1743 and served the surrounding communities for over two centuries until the school moved to its present site at Braehead in 1964. The building then underwent a variety of incarnations including short periods as a knitting factory, a Masonic hall, a youth club and even a stint as a hairdressers! The old school became vacant in the 1990s and soon fell into a state of disrepair.
The Glenkens Community & Arts Trust was formed in 2001 with the aim of transforming the building, which was, by now an eyesore, into a centre for community cultural activities. Within 2 months the local community had contributed enough funds to purchase the building and The CatStrand was on its way. Six years, and a £1 million fundraising campaign later and the building is now celebrating its opening festival! Named The CatStrand after the small stream which ran under the building, the centre will provide a wide range of arts, community and training activities for all the residents of the Glenkens.
Photos of the development can be seen below:
We have 2 exciting opportunities based at the CatStrand in New Galloway:
Part-time Catering Assistant
Part-time Youth Arts Officer
For more information and details of how to apply visit our jobs page.
Closing date: Wednesday 26th June 5.00pm 2013
Interviews week commencing Monday 1st July 2013
|Glenkens Transport Initiative needs you!|
The Glenkens Transport Initiative urgently requires drivers to help them continue their fantastic range of trips .
All driving at times suitable to you (no fixed hours etc) mainly voluntary but also some opportunities for paid work.
They are also offering FREE TRAINING.
For further details please contact Keith Cooper, GTI Administrator at The Catstrand – TN 420374
|Gold Award in Green Scheme|
The Catstrand has been awarded Gold level (the highest status available) in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The report noted that:
|The Glenkens Shortlisted for Creative Place Award|
We are proud to announce that The Glenkens have been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award 2013.
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