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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:
- Grantown-on-Spey & Vicinity Community Council
- Dulnain Bridge Community Council
- Cromdale Community Council
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.
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.
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
Chair Mr Bob Telfer
Secretary Mr Frank Anderson
1st Grantown Brownies, youth organisation for girls aged 7 – 10 years, meet Grantown Primary School Mondays 6 pm to 7.30 pm term times.
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
Chair: Bill Steele firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01479 870154
15 Henrietta Street
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.
Grantown on Spey’s Baby & Toddlers Group
We are a parent organised group who meet at Inverallan Church Hall Fridays in term time at 9.30-11.30. Lots of toys for the wee ones to play with and tea and coffee for the grown ups. Join our public Facebook group https://m.facebook.com/groups/304184952185796/?ref=share We’re always looking for volunteers to help with the group so let us know if you are happy to help in anyway.
Inverallan Church Hall
Jacinta Simons Sarah Burden
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)
Facebook – Grantown Co-op Forum
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 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 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.
President: John Wilson
Past President: Seonaid McLaren
Treasurer: Liza O’Brien
Secretary: Silvia Woodier
Committee member: Margaret Lennon
Committee Member: Jimmy Dykes
Committee Member: Richard Landridge
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.
Treasurer: Ann Ralston
Secretary: Bill Steele
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
38 Strathspey Drive
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.
Chair – Ann Hadley
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.
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.
48 Strathspey Drive
Chair: George Conway
48 Strathspey Drive
Secretary: David Lyle
Sustainable Strathspey’s objective is to provide a space where people can share and discuss ideas, and act together. Click HERE for more information.
Membership form: https://forms.gle/oWkzPmbigdHXFuKHA
Katy Turton- Chair
Debbie Green – Treasurer
Pete Grant – Membership
Mike Barras – Website
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.
Chair: Bill Sadler
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.
Secretary – Suzi Wilson
Treasurer – John McCulloch
Chair – Sue Sykes
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.