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The Big Spring Scavenger Hunt

The Big Spring Scavenger Hunt

The Big Spring Scavenger Hunt ...
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Long Walk Routes - All are about five miles and take about two hours.

Long Walk Routes – All are about five miles and take about two hours.

Routes of our long guided walks By request, we will post the routes of all the longer guided walks that ...
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Get your bike checked and security marked for free

Get your bike checked and security marked for free

Bike safety check and security marking for free. Call now to book your space. BikeRegister Bike Marking Event Poster ...
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Successful 'Communities fund' Grant

Successful ‘Communities fund’ Grant

Successful 'Communities Fund' Grant Read about our successful application for grant funding to allow us to continue our efforts to ...
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New milestone. The opening of the Quarry Room October 2021

New milestone. The opening of the Quarry Room October 2021

New milestone - The opening of the Quarry Room October 2021 The project continues… Those of you who have been ...
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One year of progress at our new building

One year of progress at our new building

A report of the progress that has been made to get our new building up and running over the last ...
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Improving access to everyone at our new building

Improving access to everyone at our new building

Progress on upgrading our new building and the much-awaited re-opening of Cafe 48. After a huge effort to get up ...
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New UCTC Premises

New UCTC Premises

As many of you will know the Udny Community Trust recently bought the vacant Hotel in Pitmedden. Unfortunately, the day ...
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Our main project since March 2020 has been the ongoing refurbishment of our new building at 14 Oldmeldrum Rd in Pitmedden. The building which was previously in use as a small hotel, restaurant and bar, had been empty for a year before we took it on. It's interior décor was dated and shabby and the grounds and garden just looked uncared for. Work began to bring it up-to-date in August 2020 and is now well underway. The project is ongoing, but it started very well and a huge amount of progress has been made. Regular updates are posted on both our Facebook Page and Website as well as being published in the local newsletter for the area, Pitmedden News.


Volunteers are at the centre of everything we do. From the long-term commitment of the Directors, to the home bakes provided by supportive local bakers. Every little helps and is very much appreciated!

Jobs that have been done by volunteers in the last year include the following.

Working in Cafe48 and it's kitchen
Udny Health Walk leader
IT support
DIY, handyman
Mini digger operator
Cherry picker operator
Project Evaluation Group (PEG) member
First aid trainer
Chain saw operator

Volunteering opportunities are many and varied so if you have a few hours to spare we will do our best to find a task to suit your skills and interests. Telephone 01651 843776 or email development@udnycommunitytrust.org.uk

As well as distributing grant funding to local organisations and good causes, UCTC have been working within the community to bring forward a range of projects since 2011. During that time, UCTC have worked with volunteers, community groups and partner organisations, to help turn good ideas into reality.

Some stand out projects that UCTC think have made a real difference to the community are as follows.

Community Defibrillators

UCTC worked with local community councils, grant funders, property owners and volunteers to have five defibrillators installed at locations throughout Formartine.

Christmas Lights Switch-on Events

Events have taken place each year since 2011, except for 2020 when Covid19 restrictions meant that it could not safely take place.

Imagine Udny

UCTC commissioned a community consultation event and the report Imagine Udny was produced which has since been used to help demonstrate the wishes of the community to key decision makers.

To view / download the Imagine Udny report please click below.

Imagine Udny Action Plan

Imagine Udny Spatial Report

Paths Improvements and Map

Working with Udny Paths Group and enthusiastic landowners, UCTC have helped to improve walking access throughout the area. The Paths Map which was produced in early 2020, has been very well received and was particularly welcome during the Covid19 lockdown which came later in that year. Udny Paths Group continues to work tirelessly to improve access for walkers in the area.

Fit for Friday

UCTC funded and arranged for a weekly chair-based exercise class to be held in Pitmedden Public Hall. The class has been very popular and is now running independently.

Udny Health Walks

UCTC work with Paths for All, who co-ordinate Health Walks throughout Scotland. With the help of several very enthusiastic local volunteers, UCTC run a weekly walk around Pitmedden. Covid19 restrictions meant that Udny Health Walks had to be stopped for a while but we are very pleased to have resumed them.

Education and Training

Over the years, UCTC have organised first aid, food hygiene, path maintenance and drystone dyke building courses which have all been very well attended by the local community and which have helped groups to increase their capacity to complete their own projects.

Community Cafe

The opening of Cafe48 was a huge milestone in the development of our new building. As well as allowing us to offer good quality food at a reasonable price to customers, it has allowed us to offer education and training opportunities to the wider community.

We were very pleased to be able to take part in the Scottish Government Kickstart scheme with the aim of getting younger people back into work. The scheme has enabled us to create two new posts, one in the Cafe and one in the kitchen. The candidates will gain valuable work experience and support to improve their general employability. Update - the scheme has now finished but we are pleased to report that we have kept on one of the candidates who has settled well into the kitchen team.

Part-time posts have also been created which allow local youngsters to gain work experience and confidence in a busy working environment.

What are we working on today?

Our main project is the continued development of our new community building at 14 Oldmeldrum Road in Pitmedden.

Since receiving the keys for our new building in March 2020, we have overcome all obstacles to get our Cafe48 up and running.

Several rooms upstairs have also been refurbished and are available for hire. See "Hire a Room" section.

Work is continuing to raise the standard of the rest of the building, to meet 21st century expectations. We are looking forward to seeing how the building develops.

Alongside this, we continue to work with local partners to maintain and expand on the more established projects. You can find out what’s new by following us here, or via the UCTC facebook page.


Contact details

Udny Community Trust
14 Oldmeldrum Road
Ellon, AB41 7AG
Tel: 01651 843776 / Mob: 07436 811759


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