Our Journey

The process which led to the redevelopment of St. Bride’s has been an incredibly valuable experience and increasingly we’re being invited to share our story with others hoping to deliver their own projects.

St. Bride’s was originally constructed as a school back in 1876. Until 16 years ago, it served as the local Church Hall and enjoyed the same stereotypical characteristics of many halls up and down the country such as a leaking roof, inadequate heating system and as many types of rot and damp that you might be able to think of.

That was until a team of enthusiastic volunteers (a bit like us today) got together and decided to transform the rather bleak facility into a bright, welcoming community centre. They successfully managed to deliver that vision and the centre opened for business following a major refurbishment in May 1998. That refurbishment served the village well for the best part of twelve years. However, the scope and quality of the works carried out back then failed to address some of the key issues that the building faced such as water ingress and rot and as a result the fabric of the building again deteriorated to an extent where serious action was required.

Over the past five years, Douglas St. Bride’s Community Group has worked tirelessly to develop a robust proposal for a major reconfiguration and redevelopment of St. Bride’s. Following detailed consultation and engagement with stakeholders and the wider community and a lengthy period of architectural study, business planning and construction, we’re now proud to present a St. Bride’s Centre fit for the 21st century.

In addition to delivering St. Bride’s Centre, we concurrently developed what we think is a Scottish first in the form of Douglas Community Ecoheat. Find out more about this exciting project here.

For more information about the process we’ve come through, and Douglas Community Ecoheat, you can download the ‘Our Journey’ pdf.

  • Latest News & Events

    April 2017

    Easter Opening Hours: We are open as usual on Saturday and Sunday but will be closed on the public holidays

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  • December 2016

    Job Vacancy: Douglas St Brides Community Group wishes to recruit a part-time weekend Hall Keeper.

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  • November 2016

    Stained Glass Workshop Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 2016 10.00am – 4.30pm

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