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Coldingham Society

17 September 2015

Coldingham Society exists primarily to promote interest in the history and culture of the village of Coldingham. Established in 1997, the organisation has grown to act as a local umbrella organisation, providing support and charitable status for a wide range of community projects.  These include the community bookshop, a social enterprise that generates income from book sales and uses this to make donations to other community groups and clubs in the area.

It also supports The Garden Party, a group of lady volunteers who have established and care for the flower beds and plantings around the village to a high standard. They won the Floral Gateway award in 2014.

The village is en-route to the scenic St Abbs Head (a National Nature Reserve) and has four caravan parks receiving around 1,800 visitors each year. With the local walks being a major attraction for visitors and it is estimated 300 residents and visitors use them annually.

The society helps to maintain the network of walks and they produces free booklets on the walks around Coldingham including information on the various aspects of the walk as well as directions, which can be obtained from the bookshop

One popular walk is, The Writers Walk, which was supported by a grant of £568 by the Drone Hill Community Fund in 2013.  This walk celebrates the literary heritage of the Coldingham and the authors of the late 18th and 19th Centuries who lived there. 

 In July 2014, the Coldingham Society was awarded a grant of £2,237 to replace six benches located along these walking routes. The previous benches were made of wood and had become rotten and were unsafe.  The grant allowed them to be replaced by benches made from durable recycled plastic. Local volunteers worked to assemble and install the new benches along the trails.

 The project not only served to provide places for rest and enjoyment of the views and local scenery; but has helped to raise the profile of the Society within the community.

 Michael Fenty, Convener of the Coldingham Society, said “Coldingham Society appreciates the donations from Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund, which have enabled us to raise the profile of this historic village and to encourage local people as well as visitors to experience the attractions of the place and its surrounding countryside. One of our long term aims is to promote the village as a centre for walking and rambling groups to the benefit of all as a means of stimulating the local economy as well as preserving the fabric of the village.”

 

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