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Three more grants awarded

The Gorebridge CARS Project Team have awarded three more grants for buildings that are in need of repair and restoration.

3-5 Main Street , two buildings that are prominently located at the top of the Main Street adjacent to Hunter Square. The work will be repairs to the stonework,roofs,chimney's,replacement timber sash and case windows and shopfront improvement.

8 Hunterfield Road.Prominemtly located opposite Newbyres Hall. The work will include repairs to stonework , chimneys and roofs.

60 Main Street.Located at the bottom of the Main Street near the railway bridge.Work includes repairs to roofs, chimney and stonework.

All this work will continue to improve and enhance the historic character of the street.

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3-5 Main Street                                                                8 Hunterfield Road                                                        60 Main Street 

Victorian Shop for Christmas

The Gorebridge CARS and the Community Development Trust are working with the local community and schools to develop the idea of creating a victorian shop at the Trust's office at 58 Main Street Gorebridge  over the Christmas period.This will involve fitting out the Trust's office to create a victorian shop with a timber serving counter , shelves and various artefacts on display.Local crafters will be invited to display their products and there will be projects and activities for local schools to participate.

Members of the Trust and local groups went to Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham for inspiration , looking at the victorian/edwardian town that has been created with traditional shops salvaged from parts of County Durham and rebuilt in the museum's setting . The interiors of the shops have been expertly fitted out with orginal artefacts and products that would have been for sale at the time .

The idea for Gorebridge is to create an atmosphere/feeling of what the orginal shops in the street might have looked like . Many of the shops have now gone but the building's remain , and traces of the previous uses can still be seen in some of the buildings , ie the old diary at no 45 Main Street , the old gas showroom at no 60 and the merchant's house and shop built for James Whitie at nos 20-26 Main Street to name but a few.Another project that is being considered is to produce a leaflet that shows what shops were in the street and where they were orginally located .

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Gorebridge Community representatives visit Beamish in County Durham .

For Gorebridge Christmas Events , please click here for the leaflet 


Local school and Edinburgh University architecture students get involved in the Gorebridge CARS

pupils visit trust's office

Stob Hill primary school pupils are working with the Gorebridge CARS and Community Development Trust on a project looking at the history and heritage of the Main Street . The pupils are interested in finding out about the shops that existed in the Main Street , how many there were and what kind of trades/shops were once in the Main Street . As part of the project they visited the street and looked at old photographs and then made some models of what the shops might have looked like .

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Two more building grants approved

41-43 Main Street The Gorebridge CARS Project Team at their meeting on the 3rd September 2014 approved two more building grants:

41-43 Main Street Gorebridge.

This is an important historic building in Main Street which is listed . The ground floor used to be the old post office in the village.

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Presentation Ceremony held at Midlothian Council Chamber for the Trainees and School Pupils who undertook the first phase of the Gorebridge CARS Training Plan.

P1030046 800x600A presentation ceremony was held at Midlothian Council Chamber on August 28th to celebrate the success of the trainees and school pupils who have completed the first phase of the Gorebridge CARS Training Plan.Cllr Jim Bryant , the Council Cabinet Member for the Economy, Regeneration , Planning and Tourism presided over the event  and Cllr Joe wallace , Midlothian's Provost  handed out the certificates.Gail Halvorsen the Chair of the gorebridge CARS Project Team spoke about the importance of training in traditional building skills to ensure that historic buildings are cared for and well repaired and maintained for the future.

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Gorebridge Community representatives visit West Kilbride

Community representatives together with the Gorebridge Community Development Trust organised an away day to West Kilbride on 30th May 2014 to look at the improvements the local community there had made to their town.

The visit is part of the process now under way in Gorebridge to bring local groups together to plan for the future "The Gorebridge Story, past, present and future" is an ambitious initiative to bring people together with a passion for Gorebridge to celebrate the history and heritage of the village and to plan for the future.

As part of the plan a number of different projects will be developed by the local community to improve and enhance the character of the village. One such project is related to the local history and archive and creating a heritage centre together with developing a heritage trail in the centre of Gorebridge with links to surrounding footpaths and trails.

The visit to West Kilbride, a town that has developed its crafts to such an extent that it is now known as Scotland's craft town was very productive. A discussion took place about the day and the group's findings and impressions and these will be developed into an action plan for the local community.

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Gorebridge Community Development TrustHistoric ScotlandMidlothian Council