Penicuik Community Development Trust is a very active self-supporting voluntary community organization.  It runs its own town centre retail and service businesses, a weekly cinema, a weekly open house and café, and is restoring the magnificent Lost Garden of Penicuik in a 50 year project.  The Trust was awarded Social Enterprise of the Year in 2013.


The Trust is responsible for the Lost Garden of Penicuik (Penicuik’s Food Project supported 2013-2015 by the Climate Challenge Fund), Penicuik Saturday Open House, Penicuik Cinema, the Bankmill Project (now dormant), Pen-y-coe Press and Old Post Office , Penicuik Museum and Papermaking Heritage Centre and Penicuik Vaults singers.  Working groups have brought forward proposals for a Penicuik Storehouse Bakery in Penicuik High Street and examining the options for High Esk Hydro generation using existing weirs.

Launched at a public meeting in March 2005, The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland with company number 380626 and OSCR charity number SCO37990.  The Trust is governed by a team elected annually from the Penicuik community. The current Directors and Trustees are Roger Kelly (convener/chair), Roger Hipkin (secretary 20A John St. Penicuik EH26 8A), Jane MacKintosh (treasurer), and Dave Stokes, Mose Hutchison and Penny Wooding in a managing committee with John Scott (viceconvener), Chris Sydes, Jane Kelly, Linda Sheridan, Lynda Smith, Lynn Niven, Marjorie Bisset, Paul Hayes, Peter Middleton, Sid Gardner, Ulla Hipkin. The Trust's last well-attended Annual General Meeting was on 6 June 2016.  Paid-up Membership of around 250; Patrons: author Ian Macdougall, actor Gerda Stevenson, Colonel Edward Cowan. Trust official website http://www.penicuikcdt.co.uk  The Trust is a Member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS); has partnered students and staff Glasgow School of Art Architecture 3rd year in a major town centre improvement exercise, has worked with Greenspace Scotland’s PlaceMaking initiative, takes part every year in Doors Open Day, and works with support from Penicuik Community Council, Midlothian Council, Midlothian Voluntary Action, the Midlothian Growing Ideas Partnership (including Midlothian Garden Services, Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust, and other garden and food projects in Midlothian associated with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Trellis), from Health In Mind, Tiphereth Edinburgh, New Caledonian Woodlands, Scottish Greenspace and other therapeutic and educational partners. The Trust actively partnered local business in Penicuik First Business Improvement District (BIDs) proposals for the town centre, leading to a successful ballot in May 2015. The Trust’s Lost Garden works in partnership with Penicuik High, Cornbank, Cuiken, Sacred Heart and Strathesk Primaries in their joint Food for Thought growing project.  Proposals are being prepared to run High Street premises co-operatively as a Penicuik Bakery, foodhall, café and indoor market; and to find ways through High Esk Hydro to restore hydropower plants at the old weirs along the North Esk: both projects are planned as separate community enterprises backed by local share issue  The Trust was instrumental in initiating the Mapa Scotland restoration of the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston; and supported the papermaking tercentenary led by Penicuik Historical Society.  The Trust acknowledges its host of dedicated local supporters, far-seeing help in its formative years from the late Fred Edwards, Barry Corlson, and Brennan Soane, its many International Helpers young and old over the years through the HelpX programme, and volunteer CO2 intern Abraham Sabido Marchena.  It continues the work of long-standing local enterprise the Penycoe Press, and is inspired by a pioneering predecessor Penicuik Co-operative Association.  It has personal and mutually supportive links with Penicuik Hunter & Lass Committee, Robert Smail’s Printing Works at Innerleithen, the Penicuik Community Sport & Leisure Foundation, Penicuik Community Arts Association, the Penicuik House Project, the Wojtek Memorial Trust, the Scottish Civic Trust, and the Saltire Society, with community groups and trusts in Aberfeldy, Broughty Ferry, Gorebridge and Moffat, with Penicuik’s twin town at L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Vaucluse, Provence, with Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and with the Papeterie St-Armand in Montreal. The Trust can be contacted through the trustee-directors and at its main day-to-day business premises at Penycoe Press, 7 Bridge Street, Penicuik EH26 8LL telephone 01968 673767 Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm.  The Trust’s solicitors are Kirsty Macpherson and Evalyn Lee formerly of Gillespie Macandrew LLP and now Brodies LLP and its insurance brokers are Keegan & Pennykid.


A copy of Penicuik Community Development Trust Ltd Articles of Association can be seen here


Roger Kelly         01968 677854   07726 862850