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Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk


Our Journey


Refresh of Community Consultation

As part of our ongoing aim to meet the needs of our community we are seeking ideas on what should happen at the Hub. Please help us by completing this survey.




Funding Success

Through a collaborative bid with East Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk were delighted to be awarded major funding towards our Hub building from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. We are grateful for funding pledged to help construct the building from The Robertson Trust. Awards were received from Community Choices, Bessie Roxburgh Bequest and East Ayrshire Council, to support food and cooking workshops and from the Elizabeth Frankland Moore and Star Foundation to make a DVD of our edible bed project.

Our Darvel Hub

The outreach service found a new base in Darvel where we have office space and excellent kitchen facilities to support practical food activities as a precursor to what will be available from the Hub.


Building Review

The year ended with a further review of our building to get costs to match our current resources for building. Watch this space!!


Planning Approval

Gained planning approval for the Hub building.


Stakeholder Event

Following a keynote address from Willie Coffey MSP, we spent an afternoon giving a presentation on Hub progress to East Ayrshire Councillors, Officers, funders and Stakeholders at WG13 Kilmarnock. Sample food tasters from four local suppliers were enjoyed by all - Mossgiel milk, Brysons tomatoes, GC growers and Amayzing cakes.

Outreach Service Launched

A community food worker and vehicle were funded by Community led Big Lottery to start piloting community activities planned for the Crossroads Hub. We were delighted to have funding pledged to help construct the Hub building from the East Ayrshire Renewable Fund and from EB Scotland.


Icelandic Experience

In October, CCH were represented on an Erasmus visit to Iceland as part of an Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Initiative to support food, hospitality and tourism in Ayrshire. Read more.


Capacity building

New funding from Scottish Government Strengthening Communities Programme allowed us to employ a full-time coordinator and rent an office within CVO East Ayrshire at Belford Mill. We also became a Scottish Charity SC 045827 were awarded funding from Scottish Land Fund for purchase of Crossroads Site.


Community Open Day

A number of exciting discussions were held on site at Crossroads, including afternoon tea, a barbeque and lots of chat about the Hub plans.

Building Review

Following a cost saving review of our Hub design and size we managed to reduce costs by £500,000. Review of the building design to reduce costs.




Community Events

Held open evenings, focus groups and meetings with our architects and community consultants and attended community council meetings and councillors’ surgeries. Valuable ideas were collated from surveys, focus groups and community events and used to shape the building design and themes for activities.

Suppliers Event

Members of the Ayrshire Food Network met at Kilmarnock Cook School to enjoy a curry, hear our plans for Crossroads and take part in a lively discussion led by SAC Food and Drink specialists. Thanks to Craig Stevenson and the team at the Cook School.


Site Transfer

East Ayrshire Council agreed terms for the Crossroads site to transfer to Crossroads Community Hub.


Design Team Appointed!

Further funding from Big Lottery enabled us to work with Community Enterprise to successfully tender for architects and Anderson Bell Christie were commissioned to design a new community building for Crossroads. Our Education group were awarded a social enterprise grant and First Port social enterprise funding. Following rebranding to Crossroads Lifelong Learning Partnership the group became an organisation in their own right.


Going Public!

Preliminary designs from the architects went on show at Crossroads YFC 75th anniversary Fun Day

Our Plans

To develop a new building at Crossroads to meet the needs of local people, by creating a place for people to meet and to develop new knowledge, skills and capacity largely around food and food production in order to stimulate social and economic regeneration. The unique approach of “Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk” is that it will be run by the community with profits being allocated for the benefit of the community.




Our Market Research!

In April 2012 we were awarded our first grant from Big Lottery Awards for All Scotland to investigate putting our idea of “Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk” into practice. Community Enterprise were commissioned to do the study. Snippets from the surveys: 77% would like adult education classes. Top three topics - food and cooking, gardening and growing and fitness and wellbeing. “…wouldn't want to see commercial products or produce. It should be handmade, or home grown.” 81% would be attracted by home baking. 74% would like to see local produce used 69% would like good coffee.

Our Website!

Our Awards for All, grant funded the set up of our website, a valuable communication link with the community promoting “Ayrshire Food for Ayrshire Folk “activities, encouraging people to give us feedback on our building designs, respond to our surveys and generally spread the word to members and friends of Crossroads Hub.


Designing our Building!

Early drawings and inspiration from Korszanski Solutions followed by an advance prototype of the building from James Gilbert Architects set the ball rolling and Anderson Bell Christie, our commissioned architects worked with us and the regulatory bodies to gain planning permission.


In the Beginning!

Crossroads Primary School was closed and demolished. A harvest lunch was held to gauge interest in a community facility focused on local produce and a farm shop. A small committee formed and did a survey of local households which showed clear support for the project. Read more


Setting Ourselves Up

Crossroads Community Hub registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the catchment area agreed as the 6 rural parishes surrounding Crossroads. We joined Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) which led to excellent support and opportunities for networking with other trusts.