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Community Trust

Catrine Community Trust was formed in 2005 to take over the responsibilities of the Catrine Voes Trust when it ceased to function. The trust owns and have responsibility for the weir, Voes, hydro-tunnel and surrounding land which, together with the 50’ diameter Fairbairn water-wheels (now demolished) once formed part of an ingenious and complex water power system driving the five storey “old mill” of the Catrine Cotton Works.

The mission of the Trust is much wider than just the care of this scheduled ancient monument however, they strive to improve village life and restore other parts of Catrine’s Georgian heritage, much of which is in danger of being lost to the ravages of time and weather and also unfortunately to neglect.

Having successfully concluded an oral history/audio-visual project the Trust then also bought the Catholic Priest’s House in the village and converted it, and the Catholic Church building for village community use. They are also in the process of launching a renewable energy scheme to make use of the 1950s turbines still in place on the River Ayr which runs through the village.

For more information see the Trust website at www.catrine.org.uk