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Newbyres Hall,Priority Project Awarded Grant

Newbyres Hall, the Gorebridge CARS Priority Project was awarded a grant by the Gorebridge Project Team at their meeting on April 29th 2015.

The grant of £124,151.00 is towards the cost of repairing and restoring the historic fabric of the building and for reinstating lost features . The new owners have planning permission to restore and convert the building into a nursery which secures the feature of this important historic building in the conservation area and assists with Gorebridge's regeneration by providing a much  needed local facility.

The scheme involves repairing and restoring the orginal stonework,roofs and windows, demolishing the awful 20th century modern additions on the front and rear of the building , reinstating the single storey stone porch on the front , as evidenced by old photographs and reinstating the stone front boundary walls and cast iron railings.

An additional grant from Historic Scotland was approved to enable the scheme to go ahead as the cost of the work was higher than orginally envisaged.

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At the same meeting the Gorebridge CARS Project team also approved a small grant for the repair of the gable at 58 Main street .

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Architecture students present their project for Gorebridge

Architecture students from edinburgh University have completed the first part of their project for Gorebridge conservation area . This is a great piece of work that will help to inform how the area is regenerated and enhanced as part of the CARS scheme .

Please click here to look at the study .

Photos of students giving their presentation :

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Latest Newsletter and Training Plan programme of free courses

The latest newsletter has been publisihed (newsletter no 3 , click here to down load) which highlights the success of the vistorian shop over Christmas, latest grant approvals, update on communuity projects and the  training plan.

The next phase of the training plan ( click here to download the programme) has now been agreed and a booklet hasd been published to advertise the free courses .

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See training plan section of the website for more information on the training plan. 


New grants awarded

The Grorebridge CARS Project Team have recently awarded two new grants for the repair and restoration of 20-26 Main Street and 45 Main Street :

20 -26 Main Street is a double fronted stone and slate building dating from 1880. The Gorebridge Historical Society have a full record on the history of the building  including the orginal architects drawings . The building was built in 1880 for James Whitie, merchant of Gorebridge . The basement was his workshop , with shop and office on the ground floor and living accommodation above .

The grant work inolves repairs to the roof, chimneys , dormers and other windows, including new timber sash and case windows to match the orginal  and  repairs and replacement of stonework where necessary to match the orginal.

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No 45 Main Street :

This is an interesting two storey stone and slate building dating from the late 1880's/early 1900's and was the orginal dairy in Gorebridge .The grant work involves the repair of the front porch , stone and roof repair as well as stone repairs elsewhere on the front elevation and a new front door.

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Coalfield Regeneration Trust open day at Gorebridge Parish Church,10th January 2015.

As part of the community consultation taking place in Gorebridge to put together an action plan and to benefit from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust Funding an open day was held in Gorebridge Parish Church on 10th January 2015.All local community groups in Gorebridge were invited to attend and to have a table with information and exhibition material available.Groups who attended included the local brass band, the Gorebridge Gala day group ,local guides and scout groups , the Gorebridge Community Development Trust , Gorebridge CARS scheme, the Gorebridge Environmental group and others.

The event was well attended despite the gales and the snow!!!!., over 100 people turned out .The aim of the event was to ask the general public to record , by the way of red dotts on sheets what issues were most important to them in Gorebridge.The issues ranged from education to health, traffic and transport to sport and liesure facilities, to environnmental improvememts , heritage and history , housing , countryside access and others.

The results of the exercise will help to finalise the Community Action plan which will be endorsed by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and will help to decide how £20,000.00 worth of grant aid will be spent in the local community.

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Photographs from the Community Open Day organised by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust in Gorebridge.


School Children visit the Victorian Shop

Pupils from Stob Hill Primary School  in Gorebridge visited the victorian shop created in the old shop that the Gorebridge Community Development Trust now occupies at 58 Main Street Gorebridge on the 4th December. A great time was had by all, both the Trust Members and volunteers and the pupils who came along.

One of the Trust volunteers dressed up as a victorian shop keeper and the children were able to hear about some of the things that a typical victorian shop would sell.They then split  up into groups and were each able to make a christmas cracker, christmas card and orange table decoration.

There is an exhibition about historic shops in Gorebridge that the children were able to look at. There were once many different shops in the Main Street selling local produce, now many have gone , the victorian shop at no 58 Main Street gives a flavour of what some of then might have looked like inside all those years ago.

The victorian shop will be open over the christmas period and local crafters have brought along interesting articles for sale , all the proceeds will go to a local charity.

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Pupils from Stob Hill Primary school in Gorebridge visit the victorian shop at 58 Main Street Gorebridge .

Supported By:

Gorebridge Community Development TrustHistoric ScotlandMidlothian Council