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Welcome to the Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative

The Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative is a company registered in Scotland, established in 2016 to further the achievement of sustainable development in Wigtown.

The company’s purposes are:

  • to provide or advance the accessibility of recreational, facilities, and/or organising recreational activities, which will be available to members of the Community and public at large with the object of improving the conditions of life of the Community.
  • advancement of citizenship or Community development, including rural or urban regeneration.
  • to advance the provisions for educational opportunities in the Community relating to environment, culture, heritage and/or history
  • to advance environmental protection or improvement including preservation, sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment, the maintenance, improvement or provision of environmental amenities for the Community and/or the preservation of buildings or sites of architectural, historic or other importance to the Community;

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Current Projects

The Plough

To create a central focal point for town life which will act as a catalyst to re‐ignite the economy and sense of community in Wigtown. Besides re‐opening the pub as a traditional local pub serving real ale and reasonably priced wholesome food, we will bring a hotel back to the town, have a base for community activities, bring in new trade through business network events and develop job and training opportunities in partnership with employment, college and training partnerships. 

The Plough Inn has been a thriving pub in the past. However, over the last two decades it has had mixed success and has currently been closed for nearly 2 years. The building has had significant structural and interior upgrades in the last two years and therefore requires little further capital investment with regards to the fabric of the building.

Bringing The Plough Inn into community ownership will ensure the success and sustainability of the business by enabling the community to develop the facilities to meet their needs. Community ownership will also ensure the business works alongside existing town businesses rather than competing directly with them.  

Project Documentation:

December 2023 - Public Meeting Notes

Church Hall

As part of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland's Radical Action Plan, it has been decided by Presbytery that Wigtown Church Hall has to be sold/disposed by the end of Dec 2023.

Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative along with individual members of the Church congregation are keen to see the building retained for the benefit of the community of Wigtown and to develop its place as a central resource for residents and visitors alike. There have been several ideas already put forward for how the building could be used, and this project aims to acquire the building for the community and develop it into a sustainable community asset.

The Church Hall comprises a one storey purpose built church hall premises of brick and blockwork construction situated on the northside of Lochancroft Lane, near to the town centre. Internally, the premises comprises a traditional church hall and accommodates a large main hall, kitchen, private offices/rooms, storage areas and a series of toilet facilities. The flooring throughout is solid and overlaid in a combination of carpet, vinyl and wooden flooring dependent upon the location within the premises.


The initiative own and manage the former Bank of Scotland building in Wigtown.

After public meetings, and work with a range of groups and organisations in the area, run by W&BCI with expertise from Community Enterprise, the building was successfully converted into:

Affordable flats - upstairs into a family size affordable flat; and the back part of the ground floor into a fully accessible one bedroom affordable flat.  These tenancies are for people with local connection;

Bunkhouse - convert the main "retail" area of the bank that opens off the square into a bunkhouse for visitors with an internet hub.  Similar to the bunkhouse idea at the Barholm Arms in Creetown, affordable holiday accommodation for pilgrimage, walkers, cyclists and so on is lacking in Wigtown. And at busy times, there is just not enough holiday accommodation in the area.  Offering maybe 6 bunkhouse beds means that more people can stay in the town, and shop and eat and drink at local businesses as they appreciate our wonderful town and the surrounding Machars countryside.