Andrew Park

Andrew Park passed away peacefully on Thursday, 29th of July at Avonhaugh nursing home at the age of 91. Andrew was a well known local businessman who was extremely active within the community of Strathaven.

Andrew, along with Bill Beveridge, was instrumental in pushing the local council to build a swimming pool in Strathaven having raised donations of £300k with the help of various organisations and individuals in the town. He was the Chairman of the organising committee that resurrected Strathaven Gala Day which is still enjoyed by all in Strathaven today. 

Our condolences from all at Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust go out to Lesley, Abigail and Victor at this time. 

The family has asked that if you wish to make a donation in Andrew’s memory that it goes to Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. Please use the details below if you are able to make a donation.

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust

Account Number: 00602984

Sort Code: 83-27-34

New App for Strathaven helps you know Strathaven InsideOut

The Strathaven InsideOut continues to be developed and will be formally launched during May 2021.  The App was developed by the STAND Agency in conjunction with Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust and South Lanarkshire Council following a successful bid to the 2019 Town Centre Fund by Strathaven and Glassford Community Council.

The App, which is available on the Apple Store and Google Play, works on iPhones and Android devices.  It covers all of the local businesses that have registered on the App including offers and perks available.  It also features local heritage trails and will cover events, festivals, groups and organisation across our community.

The aim is to make the App and the Discover Strathaven website at the go to places for all information about Strathaven. Strathaven Business Association has accessed funding to install lamppost banners promoting Strathaven businesses, Discover Strathaven, Scotland Loves Local and the Strathaven InsideOut App.

The App will continue to be developed with plans for more heritage trails and other useful information to be added over the next year.

Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust encourages all businesses and local organisations to register for the App to make it as user friendly and comprehensive as possible. To register go to and follow the instructions.  Creating an account enables you to register details of your business or organisation and then to manage the content on an ongoing basis once it is loaded onto the App.

We also encourage residents and visitors to download the App to find out all that is available across our community. More and more businesses and organisations are being added to the App every month and as they update the information themselves you know it is accurate and up to date.

Download on the Apple Store at

Download from google Play for Android at

Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust Meeting

March 17th 2021 at 7.30pm

This is a reminder about the Member’s Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th March, 2021 which will be held on-line via Zoom.

Below is the Link to the Meeting:-
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 853 7087 1124 Passcode: 682659

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust

Scottish Charity 043189 Members Meeting

(online, by Zoom) 7.30pm

Wednesday 17th March 2021


1. Present 

2. Apologies 

3. Minutes of the Meeting of 17.2.21 

4. Matters Arising (where not on this evening’s Agenda) 

5. Financial Summary – Current Balance 

6. Premises Search 

• Funding Issues 

• Ballgreen Hall & Former Library Community Asset Transfer Project: Update 

• Premises Search Next Steps 

7. The Strathaven App: Update 

8. Covid-19: A Shared Experience 

9. Growing SJHMT Membership: Review 

10. AOCB 

11. Date of next Members & Friends Meeting

(Meeting closes at 9.00pm) 

Impact of COVID-19 Revises Trust’s Plans

THE STRATHAVEN John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) has been pursuing a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the Ballgreen Hall in its drive to set up a museum and community facilities for Strathaven.  It is therefore disappointed to report that, despite vigorous efforts by its funding team and its consultants since July 2020, and as a result of many funds being closed or diverted to respond to the Covid 19 Emergency, to date the Trust is unable to identify sufficient available funding streams.  

Its aim was to purchase, make safe, renovate and adapt the Ballgreen Hall and ex-Library Facility so being  unable to engage with potential funding bodies to secure confirmation of when suitable funds will be available or the likely magnitude of Grant Funding means the plans for a community asset transfer cannot proceed at this time.

Continual constructive dialogue with South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) has taken place throughout the CAT Process with the process being mutually paused to allow the Trust further time, in the expectation of the re-opening of Grant Funding which would allow Funding for the full proposal to be identified. 

Regrettably, this has not occurred. Consequently, the SJHMT Board of Trustees met using “Zoom” on Monday 8 February and after much deliberation unanimously decided to withdraw their CAT Application for the Ballgreen Hall and ex-Library Facility.

The Trust’s Chairperson, Gordon McAllan, commented. “Whilst our Trustees are very disappointed to have felt it necessary to make this decision, this action enables the Trust to revisit its plan to secure a permanent Modern Volunteer-Run Community Museum and ensure that the facilities offered within both the Museum element and those for use by the Communities of Strathaven and Avondale, fully align with the needs of the Community as we emerge from the Covid-19 Emergency and enter the much-cited “New Norm”, whatever that may be. Our search and determination to find and secure a permanent home with Community Facilities continues undiminished. I wish to take this opportunity to extend my and the Board of Trustees.  Thanks also to all those who have assisted in our mission to date and particularly to SLC for their help and support”.

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.