Helping to make the Port a better place to live, work and visit.
We are an organisation made up of local residents, coming together to form the Port Bannatyne Development Trust.
Through ongoing projects and community-led activities, we work to restore amenities and help this much-loved neighbourhood flourish.
Our first project - the purchase and refurbishment of community owned Anchor Tavern & Hub is well underway, and the pub opened on 13 April 2022. This has led to the creation of 6 jobs in the village.
The Anchor tavern is open every day and is a friendly place that now offers a range of craft and cask ales and beers, wide selection of malts and local gins and plenty of non-alcoholic grown-up drinks.
We are currently unable to accept anyone under 18 into the bar area but we do accept well behaved dogs and provide water and treats and even a dog visitor book!
The community hub next door can be rented for meetings for free (£30 deposit required) for a maximum of 12 people. All ages are welcome in this area.
As winter approaches in 2022, we intend to refurbish the storerooms and toilets at the rear of the bar.
About the Trust
The Port Bannatyne Development Trust was created in December 2020 and the Steering Committee was formed on 16th January 2021.
A development trust is a community-owned and led organisation, working to combine community-led action with an enterprising approach to address and tackle local needs and issues. The aim of a development trust is to create social, economic and environmental renewal in a defined geographical area, creating wealth within that area and keeping it there.
The PBDT committee is made up of a cross section of the village with long term residents and newcomers all taking an active role and using their skills and knowledge to further the development of the Community Hub.
The PBDT Management Committee April 2022.
Left to right: Carissa Neill, Ann Bryan, Jenny O’Hagan, Sandra Hunter, Peter Niven, Garry Charnock, Jon Sear, Shaun Lyon
Scottish Land Fund Application
The Scottish Land Fund (Backed by the National Lottery Fund) has been extremely supportive and provided £150,000 to help us purchase and refurbish The Anchor Tavern & Hub, which opened in April 2022. We have also had tremendous support from The Plunket Foundation and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
We’re lucky as the Port is one of only six villages across Scotland which the Scottish Land Fund have supported in this way. We believe that we are the first community owned pub and a Scottish island.
We have also raised £105,000 through a community share offer and now have 270 paid up members. Community Shares Scotland and The Development Trusts Association Scotland supported this share offer process and we also had the backing of the Cooperative Society and Community Shares Scotland.
We also ran a crowdfunder that helped us to raise the extra cash needed for additional bar refurbishments. Argyll & Bute Council has also provided a grant to help us repaint the front of the pub & hub.
We are encouraging local people to take on roles in the Port Bannatyne Development Trust Management Committee and we will hold an AGM later this year which will enable members to vote on their preferred committee members for 2022/23.
There will be lots of different roles both practical and administrative, some requiring specific skills and others not. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping.
The results of our previous community survey are available below.