Carr-Bridge Ahead (CBA) was formed in 2004 as the charitable body able to bring together the various village groups, assist them to operate and to progress the wishes of the community.
The major priorities were set within the 2001 village development consultation. The plan has been revised since then, most recently in 2016 and the need for this to be updated is recognised.
More recently, CBA has taken on the role of utilising and distributing the funds generated by village events for the benefit of the village and its residents. CBA is also now the designated recipient of the annual Community Benefit payment from the Tom Nan Clach Windfarm.
CBA operates as a membership organisation, which is open to all permanent residents over the age of 16 living in the PH23 3.. postcode. There is no fee for membership.
Application 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.
There are currently 12 Directors who work closely with the Community Council. Their principle task is to oversee the work of the company and to agree the direction and strategy for it. Directors report annually to residents of the village about their work and the allocation of resources at their Annual General Meeting. The company has no employees (other than an honorarium for book-keeping), therefore all aspects of running the company fall to the Directors. 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 months although this was much curtailed by the pandemic restrictions during 2020, however the Board is now meeting regularly online.
The Board has three working groups each of whom have delegated powers-
- The Organising and Delivery team for Carve Carrbridge® Organising Team for the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition®,
- The Golden Spurtle® World Porridge Making Championships Organising Team and
- The Bursary/Children and Young People’s Recovery Fund Panel.Individual directors lead on other specific developments such as policies and procedures and the application for funding process. Directors also participate on project groups such as the Carrbridge Bike Park and Carrbridge Playpark Group.
The funds raised from the Events and Community Benefit income from the Tom Nan Clach windfarm are disbursed by the Directors after consideration of application from groups in the village.
The Application Pack for funding can be downloaded here: Community Benefit Fund Application Form .
The Carrbridge Bursary/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 Carr-Bridge Ahead Bursary page.
Contact with Carr-Bridge Ahead can be made through the directors listed below or by email to [email protected].
Current Directors of CBA are;-
- Alice Buttress
- Lara Campbell
- Gavin Gerrard
- Issie Inglis
- Douglas Jeffrey
- Andrew Kirk
- Charlie Miller
- Robert McInnes
- Stuart Macdonald
- Ranald McWilliam
- Martyn O’Reilly
- Carol Ritchie