Comrie Development Trust, set up in 2006, is a charitable organisation owned and managed by local people living within the boundary of Comrie & district area – Strathearn. Our Board consists of up to 12 voluntary positions elected by the membership with up to three co-opted positions to attract particular skills. Our members are the lifeblood of our Trust and support us in all sorts of ways – we have over 700. Through the support of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund in 2009, we opened a ‘main street’ office in the village which is now located on Drummond Street.
Comrie is also lucky enough to be just minutes from the famous WWII PoW Camp, Cultybraggan. When the Trust was first created, there was overwhelming support for the Trust to buy the camp on behalf of the community and, subsequently, in September 2007 the CDT took ownership of the 90 acre site.
Currently the Trust employs 3 full time equivalent members of staff, who cover various roles such as finance, office management, estate management, project development and marketing. The office is an established place for the community with a friendly open-door policy to provide information, guidance and promote the many facets of the Trust.
To enable and assist individuals and groups in Comrie to make their dreams come true in Sports and Entertainment, Rural Arts and Crafts, Business Marketing and Manufacture and to allow the purchased land resources of the village available, accessible and useable to this end.
Our principles are to:
Work closely with local people, groups and businesses
Capture and build community passion, enthusiasm, ideas and skills
Promote quality in everything that we do
Keep our £ local
Ensure every aspect of our work is financially and environmentally sustainable
Keep our eye on the future whilst learning from the past
Several community groups have grown through the CDT and currently these are; The Comrie Heritage Group, Comrie Orchard Group, Renewables & Resources Group, Events & Recreation Group and Comrie Woodland Group.
The Trust is always looking for volunteers to become members by attending AGM meetings and spreading the word about what we do. Alternatively you can volunteer in other ways. Would you like to lend a hand? Help the Comrie Heritage Group at events, open days or with heritage tours. Visit the Orchard Group at one of their working days to help with pruning, planting or weeding! Maybe you have an interest in events management? Help to organise sporting activities at the camp or painting white lines for sporting pitches is always needed. Could you lend a hand with hut maintenance, generating revenue or some marketing & communications? If any of the above interests you, please contact the office firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Comrie Development Trust welcomes anybody to visit the office to talk with us about the community, about what we do, or just to say hello.
Office opening hours: 8.30am – 12.30pm (Tues-Fri)
Telephone: 01764 670769
Comrie’s Famous Flambeaux Event
Whilst the origins of this ancient custom are lost in the mists of time, the tradition is maintained by local voluntary effort. Each Hogmanay as midnight is announced by the bells of Big Ben the Flambeaux are lit. The torches, consisting of long thick birch poles with tarred rags tightly bound to the tops, are paraded around the village preceeded by the pipe band and followed by a fancy dress parade.
Once the procession returns to Melville Square prizes are presented to the best Fancy Dress competitors and then the torches are cast over the Dalginross Bridge into the waters of the River Earn. This is supposed to signify the casting out of evil spirits.
Many of the villagers follow this on with the custom of ‘First Footing’ which usually involves a dfferent type of spirit entirely!
6.30 Children’s Fancy Dress Parade at the White Church
7.15’ish Fireworks at the Boulevard
Midnight Flambeaux Parade
The Flambeaux event this year will be more or less as it was last year ie children’s fancy dress parade in the White Church at 6.30. There will be a fireworks display again at the Boulevard just after the children’s parade which will be about 7.15pm
Thereafter the main parade will commence with the lighting of the Flambeaux at midnight and setting off from Melville Square on the usual route round the village.
We encourage folks to dress up to join the parade with topical Fancy Dress and small scale floats or carrying items to show off their fancy dress.
This event has changed little for as long as anyone can remember. There have been small changes due policing and health and safety issues and also the fireworks are relatively new, but we do try to keep it as traditional as possible.
The Flambeaux Committee hope this is of help to you and that you will be joining with us in the Hogmanay celebrations.
The Flambelles are a group of vibrant women who meet every Thursday evening from 8pm-10pm at the White Church for an evening of fun and chatter.
A volleyball net is put up where everyone has fun playing at the net, and at the break enjoy time to chat with a cuppa.
The Flambelles have featured in the parade on the last day of the Comrie Fortnight for many years, and are proud of this achievement.
New members always welcome
For further information please contact: Heather Hooker on 01764-670970
The Comrie Fortnight is an annual festival held in the village annually on the last week in July and the first week in August. The Comrie Fortnight was originally started by Jack Elliot and Mrs Palmer, in the late 1960’s, to coincide with the traditional Glasgow Trades Fortnight. Scotland has local holidays at various times of the year, (eg September) and also trade fairs fortnight. Edinburgh’s is the first two weeks in July, Glasgow’s is the 3rd and 4th weeks in July.
The traditional has evolved over the years and the festival now runs a whole range of activities from competitions to outings, from dances to the parade ensure that there is something to suit everybody.
The final day of the Fortnight consists of a float parade through the village to the Laggan Park where an afternoon of fun events takes place.
The booking office opens in the White Church on Saturday, June 23.
Saturday 23rd July: 2pm-4pm.
Sunday 24th July to Thursday 4th August: 10am-noon & 2pm-4pm
For all the latest news please visit the Comrie Fortnight Facebook page
This working group, formed in 2012, invites anyone with an interest in the unique heritage of Comrie, and its surrounding area, to propose, discuss and implement ways of managing and promoting our historical resources.
Current members represent a range of interests, from community archaeology and art to the history of Scottish railways and military. We are lucky enough to count prominent members of local groups and societies as members and a wide range of regional heritage groups as supporters. Hut 1, (The heritage centre) was the first step in creating Cultybraggan Camp as a Heritage Destination, opened on Saturday 29th March, 2014.
The group also have engaged with the village through heritage events such as the Tea Dance & VE DAY and they additionally conduct guided heritage tours of Cultybraggan Camp.
Dates for the 2017 tours are: 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September and 1 October
We are always looking for volunteers for our heritage work so if you have any interest at all, please contact us
Many congratulations to Comrie in Colour – Congratulation on another fantastic win and acknowledgement for all your hard work! Comrie is so proud of your achievements !
Here is a wee report from Muriel Gregory of Comrie in Colour:
Last week was the awards ceremony at the Beach Ballroom Aberdeen and we were there to receive our awards. This year we came away with GOLD in the Large Village Category and were even more surprised to pick up the category for Community Involvement Award.
So to everybody who helped ,’Thank you ‘ for helping Comrie win these awards.
Wednesday 11th September sees us at the Take a Pride in Perthshire awards.
The Judges said the following …
‘The first thing to catch your eye in Comrie are the stunning hanging baskets filled with begonia which are saved and stored for the next season. Throughout the village there are containers and beds brimming over with colour. There is variety of planting in the many beds and containers. The four themed beds at Mid Square have a well-chosen range of shrubs, perennials, annuals,herbs and vegetable. Cultybraggan,the group’s base, housed the polytunnel to grow the summer planting, vegetable and herbs assisted by young adults with additional needs. The allotments and fruit tree area are well maintained and productive. Comrie Primary School has a variety of growing areas and is a role model for other schools.’
Now we just have to wait till Wednesday for the Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards.
If anyone has some spare time and would like to come along and help us on a Monday or Thursday afternoon contact Muriel Gregory 01764 670 493 – no experience necessary.
Comrie Library contact information
Tel: (01764) 670273
Our opening hours are:
Thursday 14:00-16:30 and 18:00-20:00
Comrie Library has been adapted to enable access from the main street outside the front door. There is an internal automated platform for access to the main library floor level and also a unisex disabled toilet. Comrie has an induction loop and visual alarm.
The library carries a range of LARGE PRINT BOOKS and audio-visual material.
Comrie Millennium Footpath Association
Path relaunch. After improvements works
Tuesday 1st November 1.30pm at grassy area at entrance to Lednock Millennium path.
Nursery and P7 children coming along
There will be a Nature Quiz to the Weir area.
Everyone is welcome including wheelchair users and parents with parks and toddlers.
Joyce Carnegie, Chairperson, Comrie Millennium Footpath Association 01764 670635
The CMFA was set up by a group of volunteers from the community in response to issues raised at a Comrie Community Council meeting.
The path is suitable for all walkers and is already being used by walkers in wheelchairs and people with small chidren in buggies.
More information about the Path
The Lednock Millennium Footpath is a woodland walk connected to the village by a lane 500m long by the side an open meadow and away from traffic. This lane, part of the “Safer Routes to Schools”, starts at the School Car Park, connects with lanes from the village and gives clear access to the start of the LMF and Laggan Wood Car Park. This lane has already been upgraded by the CMFA.
The Lednock Millennium Footpath is part of the Glen Lednock Circular Walk and acts as the main access to the Comrie northern footpath network. It forms part of the Core Path Network.
Access from the village end of the path was unsuitable for construction equipment. In conjunction with the Forestry Commission a link track has been built from the Milton Road to connect with the northern end of the Lednock Millennium Footpath . This was used for construction of the LMF. It links with the Northern Path Network and is suitable for assisted wheelchair users.
The Lednock Millennium Footpath has been designed to meet “BT Countryside for All Standards”. Finished with a hard surface and using careful gradient management the path and suitable for all abilities including unassisted wheelchair users.
A wetland and a wild flower meadow has been created with the help of the local Cub Scout group. This area was an old chicken farm and many loads of rubbish were removed Planting of wild flowers, shrubs, trees and bulbs has taken place and will be continued along the route of the path. This will create nature trails, sensory and study areas. The wetland has evolved naturally from an existing wet area. It is now home to newts, frogs, toads, red demoiselles and a variety of aquatic life. Frequent rest areas have been created with good clear signage and interpretation panels depicting the industrial and natural heritage to be found within the wood.
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Comrie Pipe Band was formed in the 1920’s. One of the prime movers behind the band was Mr. Alexander McGregor who headed a Committee which raised funds to provide uniforms for those who could not buy their own and also to pay for the equipment.
The band plays at many functions throughout Perthshire.
Anyone interested in joining please follow the link to the Comrie Pipe Band website or check out our Facebook page.