Welcome to Udny Community Trust!
We exist to help the community of Udny to develop and are working hard to re-shape local facilities to best serve the needs and wishes of Udny.
Udny is a rural community in Aberdeenshire which includes the villages of Pitmedden, Udny Green and Hattoncrook.
We are mainly funded by our subsidiary organisation, Udny Community Wind Turbine Company, which manages the community owned wind turbine at Tillymaud (just outside of Pitmedden going towards Aberdeen). The funds produced from selling locally produced clean energy are ploughed back into the community.
We are based at The Medan Centre at 14 Oldmeldrum Road in Pitmedden along with our successful community cafe, Cafe48.
The Background of Udny Community Trust
Udny Community Wind Turbine Company began with an idea from within the community back in 2004. At the time, above everything, it was critical to make sure that a community owned turbine was supported by the community itself and that there were plans in place to spend the potential income once the turbine was producing and selling the electricity.
The community joined in with enthusiasm and a large majority welcomed the proposal.
The original site chosen was changed after a consultation process in order to reduce possible nuisance. Although there would be a slight reduction on the optimum output, that was considered a good trade-off as it kept local support high. Not everyone found turbines an attractive addition to the countryside back then.
As the construction of the turbine was completed, charity rules meant that a separate charitable body had to be formed to handle the revenue for charitable purposes. The separate charitable body had to be community controlled and led and be eligible for charitable status. Following an extended process, charitable status was finally achieved in 2014. This was easier said than done though and meant complying with both Scots law and English law to gain recognition but Udny Community Trust was born!
With the help of a grant from The Big Lottery the Trust purchased an office and meeting room at 3 Oldmeldrum Road in Pitmedden. Both rooms were refurbished and initially a Development Officer was employed then a Project Administrator role was created soon after that.
Benefits for our Community
As part of our commitment to help the community of Udny to develop, we manage a sizable grant fund and since it opened in 2011 we have distributed nearly £600,000 to local good causes and continue to welcome grant applications from groups and organisations who meet the agreed criteria.
In March 2020, with the help of a grant from the Scottish Land Fund, we purchased what was The Linsmohr Hotel on Oldmeldrum Road in Pitmedden and renamed it The Medan Centre. Our vision was to create a focal point for the community, a meeting place, "a place where things happen". The Medan Centre is home to all the Trust and it's activities and to Cafe48.
The Trust's work is wide and varying! Have a look at the rest of our website to find out more about what we have done and what we are doing.