Newmilns Regeneration Association is run by a group of volunteers who all have one goal at the heart of everything we do - regenerate the community.
Founded in 2013, the Association was created to drive improvements throughout the town of Newmilns and engage the Community along the way.
Various projects started by our group:
Community Heritage and Tourism Hub - We bought the old Post Office on Brown Street and renovated it and turned it into Newmilns CHaT Hub.
Newmilns Festival Weekend - In 2016 we hosted the very first Newmilns Food Festival, which was a resounding success. From there we have built this into the Newmilns Festival Weekend, adding on the Newmilns Arts & Crafts Festival in 2018.
Placemaking Plan - We were the first Community group in Scotland to have their placemaking plan listened to and approved by the Scottish Government. This set out the plan for various regeneration projects in Newmilns, boosting the ability to get funds.
Notably, in 2018, we were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers, for the work we do around Newmilns.
Past and Present Trustees and Volunteers
Chair - Marie Johnson
Vice-Chair - Graham Vincent
Secretary - Rachel Jaconelli
Treasurer - Audrey Keirs
Anne Dickie, Reg Donald, Lorna Graham, Una Hunter, Eileen Kelly, Stephen Lawrence, Beth Lowe, Laura Sasse, John Sharp, Frances Sloan, Shirley Wallace
Council Liaison - Louise Hughes, East Ayrshire Council Vibrant Communities