Catrine Community Trust was formed in 2005 to take over the responsibilities of the Catrine Voes Trust when it ceased to function. We own and have responsibility for the weir, Voes, hydro-tunnel and surrounding land which, together with the 50’ diameter Fairbairn water-wheels (now demolished) used to form part of the water power system driving the five storey “old mill” of Catrine Cotton Works.
Our mission is wider than just the care of this scheduled ancient monument however, we are committed to improving village life and restoring other parts of Catrine’s Georgian heritage, much of which is in danger of being lost to the ravages of time and weather and also unfortunately to vandalism and neglect.
We have plans for an oral history audio-visual project and also for a renewable energy scheme to make use of the 1950s turbines still in place with the addition of a small wind turbine on the hill behind the village.
We also have a Lottery funding application in preparation to restore the weir and Voes and are hoping to be able to save some of the historic buildings in the village which are in danger of collapse.
The Trust is an all volunteer organisation at present, relying on membership funds and donations for its day to day operational expenses. If you have an interest in saving such industrial and historic heritage, please support us by clicking on the “join” button above and becoming a member or friend of Catrine. Each £1.00 donations means a great deal.