Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust to hold Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust will take place on Tuesday December 15th at 7.30pm. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions this will be an online meeting and we welcome members, friends and those interested in our Trust to enrol and join the meeting.

This is your opportunity to find out all that has been done in 2020 and to hear our exciting plans for 2020 and beyond. There will also be the election of office bearers.

Celebrating James “Purlie” Wilson.

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust will be commemorating James Wilson on the 22nd and the 29th August 2020 between 10am and 2pm in the Common Green next to the former Royal Bank. Please come and have a (socially distanced) chat and purchase a copy of the booklet for only £2 (cash only) explaining his importance in the history of Strathaven. He was executed on the 30th August 1820.

An update from Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust

Please note that the consultation is now closed

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust’s proposal to create a modern volunteer-run Community Museum, with space for Community Activities / Facilities and the ability to be self-funding at least for its day to day operation and activities, in the Ballgreen Hall and ex-Library Complex is moving forward.

The Community Consultation Process has been taking place.  There has been a terrific response from the Communities of Avondale, with the levels of input reported to be far in excess of that usually experienced in such processes.  This demonstrates the desire of our Community to participate and contribute to where we live and where many work.  This is great news for the health of our Community as we move forward.

The majority of survey respondents (92%) expressed support for the proposal.  However, very importantly, constructive comments have been received to allow refinement of the proposal.  The Trust is presently developing business plans and potential funding streams to allow completion of its Feasibility Study, so it’s busy but very interesting times for the Trust and its Members & Friends.

Thanks from SJHMT

The Trustees would like to thank those of you who joined us at our online meeting on Monday July 6th . It is encouraging to hear that our current proposal to acquire the Ballgreen Hall to house a community museum and provide community space is gathering pace.

It was great to be able to offer the opportunity to members of the community to pose questions and offer their opinions and suggestions all of which are very important to CEL who organised and co-ordinated the meeting, as this input will be used in the preparation of their final assessment of the feasibility of the project.

We still have a way to go however great progress is being made. If you haven’t already completed the online survey, please do so by clicking this link.

Many thanks again.

Online consultation meeting on SJHMT plans for Ballgreen Hall

Online consultation for Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust proposals

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust is continuing its consultation into exciting plans to bring its ‘Strathaven deserves its own museum’ initiative to fruition.

The Trust is currently working with South Lanarkshire Council to complete a community asset transfer of the former Ballgreen Hall, with plans to turn it into a modern museum and also to provide a community space for other groups to use. This is a complex process and as always the more community support it can demonstrate the better.

There are two ways you can become involved. The first is to follow the link in the flyer to the right at and express your views on the plans.
The second is to take part in a scheduled online consultation on Monday 6th July 2020 to see and hear what is proposed for our community.

Community Enterprises Ltd is working as consultants on the development of a business plan and has now organised a virtual online public meeting via Zoom on Monday 6th July. We would encourage as many within our community to apply to take part and to show your support. Attendees will be sent joining details once they have signed up. Go to

What a night!

Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Quiz night on Friday!

We had a great time – and raised a significant amount for our funds which will contribute towards our aim to establish a new, modern community museum for our area.


Here are a few images of the evening – and some of the prize winners!


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