In 2015, the Trust decided to integrate with the new Newcastleton and District Community Trust (NDCT), which was formed to advance wider community development through the “maintenance or improvement of the physical, social and economic infrastructure”.
After successfully reinstating the community fuel pumps, the NDCT turned its attention to the ailing Buccleuch House.
100 years in the making
In March 2020, after exactly 100 years of community ownership, Newcastleton & District Community Trust was awarded the last tranche of funding needed to commence the upgrade, from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grants Fund. Additional funding came from Border Caring Services, BCCF Environmental Scottish Communities Landfill Fund,
Big Lottery Community Assets Fund, Muirhall Energy and Newcastleton & District Community Trust.
In January 2022, the newly refurbished Buccleuch House opens its doors once again, regenerated and upgraded to deliver those original aims of ‘educations and recreation’ within the Enterprise, Learning and Outreach Centre.
The new Bunkhouse on the first floor, commercial laundry to the rear, and use of renewable energy sources, ensure the building will provide a sustainable asset, fit for the next 100 years…