NCDT growing our Community.
Newlands Community Development Trust (NCDT) delivers Community support and services across the LNK CC (Lamancha, Newlands & Kirkurd Community Council) area along the A701 corridor from the Leadburn Junction to Blyth Bridge plus West Linton and surrounding areas in the Scottish Borders.
NCDT owns and operates Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall in Romanno Bridge on behalf or our Community.
NCDT supports and hosts Newlands Primary School and Newlands Kids ELC.
Resilient Community Hub
Supporting our community through the Covid-19 pandemic..
LNK Resilient Community Hub
During the Covid-19 pandemic NCDT and Newlands Volunteers are providing a volunteer led Resilient Community support Hub.
The Resilient Community support Hub is supported by LNK CC and fully integrated with the wider SBC community support services.
From March 2020 the LNK Resilient Community Hub provided weekly food boxes, daily shopping trips and on demand medicine collection and delivery plus provided a range of unique support services for families and individuals across our community.
August 2021 - Beyond Level Zero
The LNK Resilient Community Hub continues to offer support and coordination across Lamancha, Newlands, Kirkurd, Dolphinton, West Linton and Carlops.
Our 0800 number is active for anyone requiring any assistance with shopping, isolation, transport, finances, dog walking, your iPad, Laptop, Mobile phone or for a friendly chat.
Click on the link below for more details of the services on offer.
Freephone 0800 121 6212
Our Freephone number is active at all times – please contact us if you have any questions or requests for support.
How You Can Get Involved
Join the NCDT Board, register with Newlands Volunteers
or support one of key projects.
Are local volunteers with a diverse range of skills, interests, work and business backgrounds who steer and guide NCDT and oversee the management of Newlands Activity Centre, Newlands Memorial Hall and other projects the Trust supports and initiates.
For more information on the current Board members and how to join the Board please click below.
Newlands Volunteers deliver a range of Services and Support across all ages within our Community.
Join Newlands Volunteers via our SignUp Page to keep up-to-date with our Volunteering opportunities – click on the link below.
NCDT has been a registered charity since 2008 (SC039447) – you can see our details on the OSCR website. Click the Tab below (opens in a new tab).
What We Do
NCDT is an anchor organisation within our Community providing guidance, governance and financial advice to many groups and organisations.
The Trust is a member of the Development Trust Association Scotland network and contributes to and learns from a wide range of initiatives across Scotland.
The Trust are active participant in many community and third party forums across Tweeddale and the Scottish Borders including weekly Covid19 Community Hub briefings, monthly Tweeddale Learning Community Partnership (TLCP) meetings and quarterly Tweeddale Area Partnership (TAP) meetings.
The Trust is a member of the Community Transport Association and is working towards delivery a local Community Transport Initiative.
The Trust has representation on the LNK Community Council, Newlands Primary School Parent Council and the Sustainable West Linton action group.
NCDT was formed to initially save Newlands Primary School in Romanno Bridge from closure and has gone on to deliver Newlands Activity Centre, refurbish Newlands Memorial Hall and deliver many initiatives around both buildings.
You can read the full story by viewing our Commemorative Booklet (opens in a new TAB).
The NCDT Board supports and guides the following initiatives with assistance from our Community and Business Development officer plus a growing team of specialist volunteers and sponsors from within our community.
Some of our projects have a one off funding target others have ongoing targets to ensure we deliver a sustainable and lasting project developing services, jobs and training in our community.
Use the ‘Donate Now’ button below to visit our Givey page if you can offer some financial assistance to any of our key projects (link opens in a new tab).
A modern multi-space Community Centre which hosts Newlands Primary School and Newlands Kids Pre-school day care & After School Club.
The Centre and the Centre Management Team host and support many clubs, classes, events and activities.
Newlands Activity Centre is at the heart of our community.
The Centre is the Hub of our COVID-19 Community Support initiative.
Keep up-to-date with all Clubs, Classes and Events via the Centre website.
An initiative to redevelop a Community Asset and create full time and part time employment, education and training around the theme of refurbish and reuse.
Newlands Memorial Hall has been modernised to include an IT repair zone, mezzanine office and larger open plan workshop.
Solar panel have been installed and an EV charge point is being installed in late 2021.
A project to Refurbish and Rehome donated Laptops and Desktop Computers.
Once Refurbished the equipment is offered out at cost to Charities, Groups and individuals across Tweeddale and the Scottish Borders.
Newlands Renew is an accredited Microsoft Refurbisher.
The Newlands Renew Crew project has received Stage 2 funding from the Communities Recovery Fund to enable us to cover our core workshop costs through to April 2022.
The Newlands Renew Crew project is to team with ‘The Bridge‘ in Peebles, a Council for Voluntary Service and community development organisation, from December 2021 to deliver development and training workshops to enable Communities across the Scottish Borders to develop Renew Crew workshops.
Full details of the Renew Crew project are available on the Renew Crew website.
An initiative to deliver, plan and manage a sustainable Community Transport solution covering Lamancha, Newlands, Kirkurd, Blyth Bridge, West Linton and Carlops.
Thanks to Grant Funding from the Community Climate Asset Fund a fully Electric 13-seat mini bus will be delivered in 2021.
Volunteer drivers will be recruited with all drivers being offered Free MiDAS training and PVG registration.
We are planning a series of EV ‘MeetUps’ where EV owners and prospective owners can discuss information on owning and living with an EV vehicle.
An initiative to develop a Community wide sustainable growing and healthy eating project.
Initial funding has allowed us to install two large poyltunnels plus raised beds and irrigation system.
A Community Gardener has been employed who is working with Newlands Kids, Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Primary School to develop the growing and healthy eating programme.
Keep up-to-date with the latest GrowYourOwn News and activity via the projects Facebook page.
Newlands Kids ELC is a stand-alone charity who provide Pre-school Day Care, an After School Club and a Holiday Club from dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces at Newlands Activity Centre.
Newlands Kids has its own volunteer Committee and full-time Care Team who are supported by the NCDT Business and Development Officer plus the Centre Manager.
Keep up-to-date with Newlands Kids via their website and social media pages.
Become a Volunteer Today
Newlands Volunteers are always looking to develop new and exciting volunteering opportunities in our community - please contact us to find out how you can contribute.
We have Raised over £1,700,000
NCDT has raised over £1,700,00 since it set out to save Newlands Primary School and we aim to continue with our fund raising, project development and job creation opportunities.
Protecting our environment
NCDT is working to develop local sustainable energy solutions, promote green energy use, promote EV transport solutions, promote local food growing and avoid electronic waste through our ‘Renew Crew’ equipment refurbishing project.
Full details of the Renew Crew project are available at renewcrew.org.uk
Do you or your company share our vision? We are looking to form long term partnerships with sponsors and companies who share our community vision. Please contact us to discuss sponsorship and partnership opportunities we can provide.
Between February 28 and March 2 we ran four public meetings at Newlands Centre, Dolphinton Hall, the Graham Institute, and Lamancha Hub. Seb Rose gave a short presentation, supported by Debbie Davy of Glasgow University at Newlands and Dolphinton. After the presentation, the floor was opened to discussion.
In all, about 75 people attended over the four nights, despite the wet and windy weather. Forty of those attending registered their support for pursuing the idea of a community farm. Speaking to experts in community projects, this is apparently an extremely high level of support.
A number of suggestions were made by those attending:
Find a more appropriate name for the project.
Our response: we have subsequently renamed the project Newlands Community Farm
Be open to all possible locations for the project
Our response: we will continue to explore any suitable land or farms that may become available
Engage more widely with the community.
Our response: we had an information stall at West Linton market in March and will engage with local primary schools
Form a group of supporters to coordinate the project.
Our response: an invite will go out to all supporters shortly
There was opposition to the project. The main points were:
Experienced farmers are the best people to manage farmland
Our response: there are different ways to manage agricultural land effectively. It’s also highly likely that agricultural land will be purchased by commercial foresters and used for carbon credits
Moving from intensive livestock production would reduce our food security and negatively impact prices for consumers
Our response: local food security can be enhanced by growing vegetables and fruit. Local produce would reduce transportation costs and cut out the middle-men in the supply chain
It will be hard to find and keep volunteers engaged in running the project
Our response: we intend to produce a business plan that is fully funded without day-to-day dependence on volunteers - although help from time to time will always be welcome
There’s a world class agricultural training and research centre at the Bush, so there’s no need for research in Tweedale
Our response: there are many academic establishments all over the UK, and several have already indicated that additional sites in this area are particularly valuable from a research perspective
Schools don’t have the budget to take their pupils on educational outings
Our response: educational resources are scarce, but a community farm could have access to funding sources that would make visits more affordable
Pastures, hay, and silage all capture more carbon than forests or woodland
Our response: permanent pasture can capture carbon effectively, but most pasture in the Borders is not permanent. Hay and silage can capture lots of carbon, but since they are used as feed, that carbon is released back into the atmosphere very quickly
The Community Right To Buy scheme would result in the seller losing money
Our response: we have undertaken not to use Community Right To Buy
WEST LINTON MARKET
We ran an information stall at West Linton market on Saturday, March 4th. It was a cold but bright day, but Gilbert Cameron brought a marquee just in case of rain. Seb Rose, Debbie Davy, and Naomi Roberts were on hand to answer questions - and at times all three of us were busy talking to people.
Again, the response was overwhelmingly positive and we collected more supporters. Others took away our leaflet and promised to add their support online at https://bit.ly/ncdt-west-mains
If you'd like to register your support for the project, please fill in a short form (taking less than 2 minutes). You are making NO commitment at all by filling in the form.
News & Updates
Thank you for visiting the Newlands Community Development Trust website! Please check back own a regular basis as we will be updating the site and our social media feeds on a regular basis.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
If you have any ideas, questions or suggestions around any of the NCDT projects, would like to join the NCDT Board or contribute your time and expertise to one of our Projects please contact us via email or telephone.