A Bright Future For Ballantrae

The Ballantrae Trust are celebrating a double award from Carrick Futures.

The Trust, which was formed in 2017 and has more than 100 members from across the community, has become the focus of development in the village and is leading the way on several projects, inlcuding the development of a Multi Use Games Area as well as existing community events and activities.

£10,000 has been awarded to the group for the return of the much-loved Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink in 2019.

The Food Festival, which was cancelled in 2018 due to a funding shortage, will take place over two days on the 8th and 9th June in Ballantrae Harbour. The community will enjoy stalls from around 50 local, regional and national producers featuring local food and drink, cookery demonstrations, workshops, wild food foraging, and activities for children and young people, all of which will be included the ticket price. Within the Festival there will also be a mini gin festival, which will coincide with World Gin Day on Saturday 8th June. With the improved offering and longer festival, Ballantrae Trust anticipates attracting 4,500 people to the event with a ticket price of just £3 and free attendance for under 10s.

Earlier in 2018, the Trust secured funding of £20,000 towards the construction of the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which is the first stage of a planned redevelopment of Ballantrae Playpark.

The redevelopment aims to benefit people of all ages within the village through encouraging physical activity  and is well-supported, with the local community raising £8,000 to contribute to the likely total project cost of around £73,000.

The MUGA will be situated next to the school and children and young people will be able to access it both during and after school hours. The MUGA has recently been granted planning permission by South Ayrshire Council and it is hoped work can begin in 2019.