Community Alliance Trust – takes over the White House

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“It is a proud day for the community” said a spokesperson for the Community Alliance Trust “we are delighted to invite them back into the building and to begin this new phase as a resource to bring people together creating employment and opportunities for local people.”

“We are creating jobs – five so far with scope for more as we develop the programme. Initially we will be providing a quality healthy eating café and function space for everything from small conferences to funerals. It has taken a couple of years to bring the vision to reality and there were a few moments when we weren’t sure it would happen”

The B-listed building originally designed by William Innes Thomson was opened as a road house in 1936 – a cross between a pub and a hotel where people went to play billiards, take tea or have a drink. The building had fallen into decline until it was bought by PARC (the local regeneration company) in 2007. Funds from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund and Historic Scotland enabled a £2m restoration of the building.

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White House Consultation

The Community Alliance Trust in Craigmillar wishes to take over the White House building and run it as a community facility with a good quality cafe and meeting space/events space. We are keen to hear the views of people who live and work in the area on this development and whether they will use it. Please can we ask you to take a few minutes to click on the link below and tell us your views and hopefully we will be able to make them come to fruition in the spring time!

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Community Alliance Trust – Update

It is now over a year since the Community Alliance Trust (CAT) was set up and began developing its programme of activities in Craigmillar. The Trust has been working away at developing its board and membership and has secured significant funding from the Climate Challenge Fund to set up the Green House Project which is providing energy advice and fuel saving ideas for local people.

CAT is delighted that PARC has recognised us as the preferred bidder for the White House and has asked us to prepare a full business plan for running it as a community hub. Plans are now being developed and will be presented to the PARC board at the end of the year.

CAT is now working with the community to develop the membership of the Trust – membership is open to people living in the Greater Craigmillar area (Craigmillar Community Council area). This enables people to get  involved in  supporting the work of the trust and to take part in the further regeneration of Craigmillar.

To join CAT or for more information please contact or call 0131 657 0500. You can download a CAT membership form here or they are available from the Green House advice shop, the Neighbourhood Alliance Office (at Hays Community Business Centre, 4 Hay Avenue) or through your local Neighbourhood Association.

CAT Membership Form (Word document, 100 KB).



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Get Kitchen Canny – from 15th August

Did you know that the average family in Scotland wastes £430 worth of food every year? To help you reduce food waste and save money we’re running a 4-week Kitchen Canny course at the Green House advice shop.

There will be a coffee morning every week from Monday Aug 15th, 10.30am til noon, where you can get hints, tips and recipe ideas for reducing food waste, as well as share your own ideas over a coffee and some delicious cake.

The coffee mornings are free and informal, but we do encourage people to come along to all four of them if possible to get the best from the course, which includes

  • measuring your current waste and looking at why we should reduce food waste
  • meal planning
  • measuring
  • recipes with left-overs
  • store cupboard essentials

You’ll feel inspired about new ways with food – wasting a lot less and saving money through using all of the food you buy.

We’re really looking forward to this and hope you can join us! You’re welcome to drop in, but you can call us to make sure of a space – 0131 656 9163.

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Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group open day at the White House – Friday 29th July

The Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group are hosting an open day on Friday 29th July 11am til 7pm. If you haven’t had a chance to see inside the newly refurbished White House yet why not come along and see how good its looking?

Would you like to know more about what the Community Alliance Trust and the Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group are about? Do you want to have a say in what they are doing? Pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

Take this opportunity to speak to local people from the Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group and Community Alliance Trust about the plans they have for the White House. Everyone is invited and and light refreshments will be served.

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