Carr-Bridge Ahead

Background
Carr-Bridge Ahead Ltd was formed in July 2004 with the purpose of developing the wishes of the community for the benefit of everyone.

CBA is both a Company Limited by Guarantee (No 270555) and a Registered Charity (No SCO35965) and is regulated by both Companies House and OSCR (Office of Scotland’s Charity Regulator).

The major priorities were initially set in 2001 village development consultation.
The plan has been revised since then, most recently in 2016 and Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey (VABS) will lead  the next consultation in the coming year.

Membership

CBA operates as a membership organisation, which is open to local groups and all permanent residents over the age of 16 living in the PH23 3.. postcode.
There is no fee for membership and liabilities are limited to £1 per member.

Applications for membership can be found here:
Individual Membership Application, Group Membership Application.

Printed copies of the membership form can also be obtained from the Carrbridge Artists Studio.

Directors
Members can become Directors and Trustees. The Board works closely with the Community Council and other member groups in the village. The principle task of the Board is to oversee the work of the company and to agree the direction, strategy and investment for developments proposed by members.

Directors report annually to members about their work and the allocation of resources at their Annual General Meeting.

The roles and legal responsibilities of a Director or Trustee of a charitable company are laid out in detailed guidance published by OSCR.

The Board of Directors normally meets every 2-3 months to discuss grant applications and matters relating to the running of the company. In June 2021 and EGM of members was held to update the Articles of Association to comply with legislation changes. The EGM also agreed to increase the number of places on the board to 15 Directors with the desire to include representation from as many groups in the village as possible to ensure we are inclusive in our work. Directors work on a voluntary basis.

Applications can be made here

Current Directors are

Alice ButtressLara CampbellDoug Jeffrey
Andrew KirkMartyn O’ReillyGavin Gerrard
Issie InglisCharlie MillerRan McWilliam

The Board currently has Sub Committees and Project Groups each of whom have delegated powers-

  • The Organising and Delivery team for Carve Carrbridge® aka the  Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition®,
  • The Golden Spurtle® aka World Porridge Making Championships Organising Team and
  • The Carrbridge Duck Race delivery team is led by CVCC
  • The Children and Young People’s Recovery Fund Panel.
  • Directors also participate on Project Groups such as the Carrbridge Bike Park and individual directors lead on other activities such as policies and procedures, Windfarm liaison,  strategic development and grants, as well as executive roles such as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • The company has no employees (other than an honorarium for book-keeping and minute secretary).

Finances

In recent years CBA has taken on the role of utilising and distributing the funds generated by village events such as Carve Carrbridge, Golden Spurtle and the Duck Race for the benefit of the village and its residents.  CBA is also now the designated recipient of the annual Community Benefit Fund payment from the Tom Nan Clach Windfarm.

The funds raised from the Events and the Community Benefit income from the Tom Nan Clach windfarm are disbursed by the Directors after consideration of  applications from groups in the village and the Children and Young Persons Recovery fund in 2021 can award up to £500 for groups or individuals between 8-18 yrs old.

There are 3 ways to access the funds

The qualifying criteria are detailed in the links for each and applications are assessed against a points based system and the amount of the award decided accordingly.

For grants under £500  – use the Carrbridge Small Grants online application form. Applications received by the end of each month will receive a decision in a few weeks.

For Grants Over £500 – The Application Pack for funding can be downloaded here: Community Benefit Fund Application Form .

The Carrbridge Bursary/Children and Young People’s Recovery Fund was established to support children and young people to access a range of social, cultural and sporting activities that give them opportunities to extend their skills and experiences. Details of the application process can be found on the Children and Young People’s Recovery Fund page.

Contact with Carr-Bridge Ahead can be made through the directors listed below or by email to [email protected].

Updated Nov 2021