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A strong sense of community

The town and surrounding area are home to a number of active community groups who contribute in different ways to life, business and development in the area. They include the local community councils:

They also include our development and business development groups:

In addition, there are numerous other groups who work to improve life for everyone in the community. Our community is friendly and welcoming and many of the locals volunteer in these groups. Below is a list of our groups – who they are, what they do, how to get involved and much more.

Advie Hall

Community Hall for the people of Advie. To book the hall please contact Helen on 01807 510308 or 07701 078207 or message us via our FaceBook page.

Helen Barton

Advie Mains Farm
Advie
PH26 3LP

Committee Members

Helen Barton, Chair
Ashley Smith, Treasurer
Jeannie Burrell, Vice Chair
Douglas Barton, Secretary
Steven Balloch
Fiona Stronach
Sarah Burden
Badenoch & Strathspey Minibus Association

BASMA has two minibuses in the valley which can be used by local schools, local groups and associations who become members. Group drivers must have D1 on their driving licence and hold a Highland Council Minibus Drivers card. Mileage is charged at 90p for the first 100 miles and then 60p for all other miles.

Mr Frank Anderson
basmasec@btinternet.com
01479 821170

Committee Members

Chair Mr Bob Telfer
Secretary Mr Frank Anderson

Brownies

1st Grantown Brownies, youth organisation for girls aged 7 – 10 years, meet Grantown Primary School Mondays 6 pm to 7.30 pm term times.

Nicola Dingwall
07833 391135
grantown1stbrownies@outlook.com

01479 872177

Contact the Elderly

We are a charity dedicated to relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of people aged 75 and over who live alone without family, friends or other support networks nearby. We organise free, volunteer-led, monthly tea parties which take place in volunteers’ homes. These fun and friendly social events take place on Sundays, often the loneliest day of the week. Our volunteer drivers collect our guests from their homes and drive them to the tea party. Everyone stays to enjoy the tea.

Dr Bill Steele
15a Strathspey Drive
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3EY
wmsteele33@aol.com

Committee Members

Chair: Bill Steele wmsteele33@aol.com
Tel: 01479 870154

National

Charity Number: SCO39377
Twitter: @contactteas
info@contact-the-elderly.org.uk
www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

15 Henrietta Street
London
WC2E 8QG

Cromdale Community Council
Dulaig Park Renovation Project team

The project was set up by members of the community in 2019 to renovate and revitalise Dulaig Park, which lies in the heart of the town. The aim is to develop the space as a stimulating environment for all generations. 

The first phase will establish a new play area within the park, with all new equipment for under 12s. The committee aims to raise at least £60,000 towards play equipment. Among the funders who have already pledged significant sums towards the renovation include:  

  • Berry Burn Community Fund – £19,000 
  • National Lottery, Community Fund – £6075 
  • Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund – £5,240 
  • Scotland Loves Local – £5,000 
  • Highland Council’s Ward Discretionary Fund – £3,000  

The community has also raised thousands of pounds towards the target.  

Kompan has been selected as the play equipment provider and it is now hoped that work on the play area could start towards the end of 2021. 

The second phase will carry out improvements to the playing field area, including levelling and reseeding the grass, and installing new goals.  

If you would like to help the project, please visit our Facebook pages, Dulaig Park Fundraising and Dulaig Park Renovation.

Committee Members

Sheena Corcoran

Ingrid Artus

Jane Candlish

Grantown Co-op Local Forum

The Co-op Local Forum is a part of the Co-op Community programme. The Forum is a voluntary group open to all co-op members. It can provide opportunities for members’ voices to be heard by the Co-op Members’ Council. It is at the heart of the community and works hand in hand with the Co-op store in Grantown, bringing people together and supporting them to deliver the projects and activities that matter to them.

Bill Sadler (Member Pioneer)
Murree
Woodside Avenue
Grantown
PH263JN

grantownclf@gmail.com
Facebook – Grantown Co-op Forum
07709 270044

Grantown Community Cinema

We are a small and dedicated group of volunteers who are looking to re-invigorate our community and provide a fresh and inviting space to meet, chat and most importantly bond through our love of film. Our aim is to house a community cinema in one of the rooms available in the YMCA.

Ultimately we want the space to become not just a place where people come together to watch films, but also a multi-purpose space that can be used by residents of all ages and by community groups. A place where our youth groups can showcase their own creativity, our historic society can tell visitors about the history of this town and the beautiful surroundings. A place that people old and young can mingle and watch a film as a community without feeling ostracised because there isn’t a cinema close enough for those of us who have no transport.

The aim is for this to become not just self-sufficient, but to also create funds to help re-invest in the Grantown community, such as additional renovations to the YMCA community centre and other projects in the future.

Grantown Community Cinema
C/o The YMCA Community Centre
80 High Street
Grantown on Spey
PH26 3EL
grantowncinema@gmail.com
Website
Facebook Page

Committee Members

Isla Game
Spencer Game
Naomi Miles
Katie Fenton

Grantown Library

Pam Topping

The Court House
The Square
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3HF
grantown.library@highlifehighland.com

WEBSITE

tel: 01349 781630

Grantown YMCA Community Centre

The Grantown YMCA Community Centre is a facility where a great variety of groups meet for social occasions and activities.

With rooms of different sizes and styles, the Centre can accommodate all sorts of user groups including coffee mornings, baby groups, muay thai classes, Girl Guides and much more.

We also hold a Community Café every Friday from 10am to 2pm, and on the first Saturday of every month we hold a Pancake Brunch from 10.30 to 12.30.

Heather Fraser, Centre Co-ordinator

80 High Street
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3EL

01479 872262
grantowncommunitycentre@gmail.com

WEBSITE

Committee Members

Seonaid Green
Ann Hadley
Roger Mclean
Claire Thom
Pearl Bradshaw
Joe Bodman
Jim Beveridge
Naomi Miles

Grantown-on-Spey Bridge Club

A bridge club with games played on Mondays from late September to Easter with meetings held in the Wheatley Hall, Episcopal Church, High Street, Grantown. For more information on the club please see our website.

Silvia Woodier
brooklynn@woodier.com
WEBSITE
01479 873113

Brooklynn
Grant Road
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3LA

 

Committee Members

President: John Wilson
01479 872672
Past President: Seonaid McLaren
01479 873365
Treasurer: Liza O’Brien
01479 872969
Secretary: Silvia Woodier
01479 873113
Committee member: Margaret Lennon
01479 870002
Committee Member: Jimmy Dykes
01479 831185
Committee Member: Richard Landridge
01479 841633

Inverallan Parish Church

A Church of Scotland denomination serving the parish of Inverallan in which the main town is Grantown-on- Spey. Adjacent to Inverallan Parish are the parishes of Cromdale & Advie and Dulnain Bridge. These three parishes are now linked, which means that one Minister serves these three communities, although the organisation of church affairs within each parish remains within the remit of the individual Kirk Sessions. Our Minister is Rev. Gordon Strang; he has the responsibility of leading worship in each of the 3 parishes every Sunday morning, and has an assistant Rev. Mary Duncanson.

Committee Members

Treasurer: Ann Ralston
01479 841336

Secretary: Bill Steele
wmsteele33@aol.com
01479 870154

Ladies Badminton Club

We are an informal group of up to 10 local retired women who enjoy playing badminton and having a chat. We meet at Inverallan Church Hall every Monday from 11am to 12.30pm from October to March.

Mrs Lesley Calder
davecalder2@gmail.com
01479 872494

38 Strathspey Drive
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3EY

Committee Members

Chair Mrs Lesley Calder

Badenoch & Strathspey Ramblers

We are a local walking group, part of Ramblers Scotland. We cover the whole of the strath with members from Newtonmore to Grantown and most places in between. We walk once a fortnight, normally on Saturday. Walks vary from 5-mile low-level walks to the occasional strenuous hill walk. The majority of walks are in the strath but we often travel further afield to experience different areas. A link on our website takes you to our latest programme and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three walks without joining Ramblers.

Ann Hadley
bands.ramblers@live.co.uk
Visit our website
01479 873806

Committee Members

Chair – Ann Hadley

Speyside Paddlers

Speyside Paddlers works to promote and facilitate paddle sports within Badenoch & Strathspey; aiming to network paddlers and provide coaching opportunities or coach-led paddle trips for residents in Badenoch & Strathspey.

Piers Voysey
piers@voysey.plus.com
07842 115003

Soineann,
East Terrace,
Kingussie,
PH21 1JS

Committee Members

Chair – Piers Voysey

Strathspey Draughts Association

All residents of Strathspey are automatically Members of the Strathspey Draughts Association (SDA), which was established to promote the playing of draughts on the Outdoor Draughts Board (ODB) in The Square, Grantown-on- Spey.

The Draughts Season lasts from the week before Easter until the end of October each year. There is an annual SDA Draughts Championship, usually on the first Thursday of September, for the coveted SDA Trophy with the Runner-Up receiving £50. The present holder of the Trophy is George Conway of Grantown.

David Lyle
01479 873814
grantownenterprisesltd@live.co.uk

48 Strathspey Drive
Grantown-on- Spey
PH26 3EY

Committee Members

Chair: George Conway
48 Strathspey Drive
Grantown-on-Spey
PH26 3EY
ggclwconway@yahoo.co.uk

Vice Chair
Treasurer
Secretary: David Lyle
grantownenterprisesltd@live.co.uk

Sustainable Strathspey

Sustainable Strathspey’s objective is to provide a space where people can share and discuss ideas, and act together. Click HERE for more information.

Contact Details

Email: sustainablestrathspey@gmail.com

Membership form: https://forms.gle/oWkzPmbigdHXFuKHA

Committee Members

Katy Turton- Chair
Beccy Stanton – Treasurer
Pete Grant – Membership
Mike Barras – Website
Debbie Green
Laurence Phin

The Grantown Society

Founded in 1974 celebrating, recording and preserving the heritage of Grantown. Member of Scottish Civic Trust and Scottish Local History Forum. Lead organiser of Grantown 250 festivals 2015, 2016 and the Fiddler of Strathspey Festival in 2017.

Open meetings held in the Grant Arms Hotel during winter months September to November and January to March. Most recent publication (2016) “Birth of the Modern Highlands” – hugely informative and beautifully illustrated book giving information on the Highlands post-1745 and providing a background to the origins and development of Grantown.

Current membership fee £7.00 in order to receive details of events and to contribute to discussions.

Bill Sadler (chairman)
07709270044
info@thegrantownsociety.org
www.thegrantownsociety.org
Murree
Woodside Avenue
Grantown-on- Spey
PH26 3JN

Committee Members

Chair: Bill Sadler

Try Tri

Novice triathlon, currently awaiting opening of new pool at CMLC before embarking on reinstating the event, which is usually held early September in the Grantown area.

Rebecca Reid
info@try-tri.co.uk
Visit our website
07958 501962

Committee Members

Chair – Rebecca Reid

U3A

Retired lively minds need exercise. U3A meets fortnightly at the Grant Arms Hotel to talk, to listen, to think, to share ideas and to have fun. There are also opportunities for like-minded people to develop new interests and skills or to share existing enthusiasms among friends.

Sue Sykes
chairman@grantownu3a.co.uk

Visit our website

Secretary – Suzi Wilson
secretary@grantownu3a.co.uk

Treasurer – John McCulloch
treasurer@grantownu3a.co.uk

Committee Members

Chair – Sue Sykes
Anne Anderson
Mary-Ann Connolly
Kathie Gray
Liz Lynch

Voluntary Action in Badenoch & Strathspey

Voluntary Action in Badenoch & Strathspey (VABS) is a local organisation whose mission is to support third sector organisations (community & voluntary groups, social enterprises) throughout Badenoch and Strathspey. VABS is part of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) and has offices in Grantown-on-Spey.

It is a charitable company limited by guarantee, overseen by a Board of Directors who are drawn from various organisations operating in the local communities.

WEBSITE