THE BANK: a ‘living room’ for the village
In 2006, NDT acquired the former Clydesdale Bank branch in Main Street under Community Right to Buy provisions. It was fully run by volunteers until, with major refurbishment and funding complete, it reopened in December 2011. There were two community spaces on the ground floor; first floor housed the Trust’s offices, and two rented spaces, including the HQ for Neilston First Responders. Back and front, the garden is lovingly tended by our gardening volunteers, and the Bike Hub is out back, carefully disguised in a collection of sheds and containers, with NDT Cycling’s colourful electric van plugged in – a busy spot!
Now, in the year 2020, we are currently undergoing an even bigger refurbishment to the building. Unfortunately, prior to national lockdown due to Covid-19, we suffered from an electrical fire, resulting in the building being closed. Repairs have now been completed and the refurbishment is about to commence. There will be lots of exciting things happening and we will keep you up to date, all of the way, with what’s to come!
The Bank Café has been a joyful addition to village life for many years. The café space is shared by groups and meetings and needs some refurbishment so just at present we are looking at how the Bank spaces are used, in the very best way. We’ll keep you posted of proposals and welcome your ideas for uses of the space that best meet local need and demand. However, we all miss the café (and that coffee!) and everything goes off better when there’s food around. With nutrition and health never far from the news (and grub never far from our thoughts!) we’re looking at creative ways to bring food back into the Bank programme and helping to make Scotland a Good Food Nation. Watch for Bank programme info on WHAT’S ON!