"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
We are a registered charity and our aim is to make a difference. We’d really like you to get involved. You could take part in a project, join an event or workshop, offer your skills to another member of the community, volunteer, or become a member as a group or an individual, a friend or a business supporter - or you can help us by sharing your ideas.
- Being heard - you can suggest projects for us to get involved in.
- Being kept up to date – you’ll be first to hear about our news and events.
- Being connected – to likeminded people with a commitment to enhancing our area and improving it for all: environment, health, wellbeing, and realising potential.
From the Gorebridge Circular Walk to Forest Familes and Woodland Wildlings, Newbyres Castle to Crafternoon, click here to view the projects we are currently involved with/delivering.
We are currently delivering three environmental projects: Grow Wild (funded by Kew Gardens) at Newbyres Community Garden, Greening Gorebridge (Climate Challenge Fund/Keep Scotland Beautiful), and the Edible Garden (CGNS) to promote green spaces. Click here for more information on current and past projects.
Gorebridge Community Development Trust is in the process of developing a multi-purpose community hub. The hub will replace the old Brown Building providing a much needed fit for purpose community building. As well as the Beacon, GCDT have supported the CARS Project for the past five years, we are just about to support Gorebridge Connected, click here for more details.
Who Are We?
We are an independent, community owned and charitable organisation working in Gorebridge - we began in 2004 as a response to local residents seeking positive change in the community, and from a growing realisation that worthwhile development can only take place if the people themselves participate in the action, and by supporting in whatever ways possible the efforts of groups and individuals to bring about community improvement.
To date we have undertaken a range of long and short projects from improving here on the Trust website you will find information on past work, present work and the plans for the future and how you can get involved. Built from an industrial past, Gorebridge is a changing and expanding community, there is no time like the present to take part so that the area can be cared for and nurtured for this day so it can be a great place to live, work and play tomorrow. Read More About Us
What a glorious day we had of it! Despite the bitter cold over 20 volunteers and archaeologists turned up this week to spend a day clearing vegetation around the little-known ruin of Newbyres castle in Gorebridge town centre. Newbyres castle was ‘adopted’ by the Adopt-a-Monument Scheme run by Archaeology Scotland […] Read More
We now have a list of the names of 101 miners, men and boys, who died in the local coal mines. We are appealing to the community to help make sure that the list is accurate and representative of those who fell in the course of the work so rooted and integral to our hstory and […] Read More
Great news – Newbyres castle has been accepted into the Adopt-a-Monument scheme. This is a nation-wide community archaeology scheme that provides practical advice, training and help raising funds. It has earmarked mid-December for the first stage of vegetation clearance. This will be done by a group of volunteer Edinburgh University archaeology students and led by […] Read More
We are delighted to welcome Jane Burridge as Business Manager. Jane, who took over from Paul Renwick last month, is a professional architect with over 25 years project management experience in many diverse sectors from commercial office building design to community facilities. Past buildings she has been involved in include the BT Headquarters at Edinburgh Park and the Loch Lomond Gateway Centre while […] Read More
During November, GCDT at 58 Main Street is a collection point for Midlothian Foodbank. We are open between 9am and 1pm, and the details of most needed items are seen in the posters below. The foodbank is much in need of items all year, but Christmas is a time that has an added need, with money stretched […] Read More
On Saturday the 29th November, a day of #GreeningGorebridge occurred when Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival came to the town. It was a great celebration of the bicycle and all ages were there, with very small bikes, to very light carbon road bikes, mountain bikes and electric bikes. Some all day events took place in […] Read More