Project Funding

Applications are encouraged for funding from the Assel Valley Community Fund. The deadline for the next round of applications is 7 May 2018. The next deadline after that is 1 August. For details of who can apply and how, follow this link.

Barr Assel Valley Poster 2018

Recruiting Panel members

Would you like to be a part of the decision-making process to award grants for community projects in Barr?

The Assel Valley Community Fund is looking for new members of its panel.  If you would like to participate in deciding grant awards from this fund, please email  No experience is necessary, and there are just four meetings a year.  You must be resident in Barr parish.

Barr Panel recruitment flier 2018

Accolade for the village shop

The Plunkett Foundation has shortlisted Barr Shop and Cafe for the 2017 Community Cooperative of the Year in Scotland Award.  This a UK-wide award and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 6 December 2017.

Latest:  Barr Shop was runner up!  Well done all.

The Plunkett Foundation’s aim is to improve rural lives together and combat rural isolation, and has recognised the value of the exceptional part played by the village shop.

Awards Finalist 2017

Hadyard Hill windfarm extension abandoned

SSE has announced that it is dropping its plan to extend Hadyard Hill windfarm. South Ayrshire Planning Committee had recommended refusal for the 22 proposed 126.5 metre turbines between the Stinchar and Girvan valleys, and SSE has decided not to proceed to Public Local Inquiry. SSE are still confident that they would have got the green light at the Inquiry. They maintain that their decision has been made on purely economic grounds, and that the objections made to their plan were not of any significance.

Read SSE’s statement here.

Sunday 17th September saw the final event in Barr Teas calendar hosting a well attended Ladies Lunch. It was again sponsored by local general builder Derek McWilliam whose continued support was much appreciated. After a buffet lunch the ladies were entertained by an informative talk on different cheeses ably given by Miss Sophie Wilson.
The day was rounded off with the usual raffle and a special draw for a prize donated by Glenapp Castle Hotel.
A busy year enabled Barr Teas to donate £250 to Barr Parish Church, £250 to Barr Primary School Parent Council, £250 to C. A. N Girvan and £750 to Motor Neurone Disease.
Barr Teas would like to thank the ladies who attended the lunch, all those who gave donations, Miss Sophie Wilson, our two main sponsors Derek McWilliam and Glenapp Castle Hotel and everyone who helped on the day. 
Barr Teas thanks also go to those who have lent their support at other Barr events throughout the year.

Photos from this event can be seen here – Barr Trails Day


Barr village now has an automated external defibrillator (AED) for use in the event of a heart attack.  Please read this as lives may depend on it.

It is located on the outside wall of the village hall at the back between the fire door and the bowling club.

It is essential that residents and children understand that the defibrillator is not to be interfered with except in an emergency.

You do not need training to use a defibrillator.  They are designed to be used by people with no experience and are fully automated. The machine tells you what to do.  St John’s Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation both confirm that they are designed to be used by anybody, and that no training is needed.

You cannot be held legally liable for using a defibrillator wrongly, and you cannot harm somebody by using it when not needed.

The defibrillator has been funded by the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, to whom thanks.

Assel Valley Community Fund

The Assel Valley Community Fund is now in operation and is inviting funding applications. It is administered by Foundation Scotland. To find out who can apply and how to do so follow this link and please read the Fund Factsheet.

The Stinchar Valley Quilters, based in Barr, held an excellent exhibition weekend the last weekend in July, highlighting the talent of local ladies.

Click here for photo album

Beautiful quilts and craft items displaying local quilting handiwork and the well stocked trade stalls drew a lot of delight & attention with very positive comments looking forwards to future Barr quilting events. It is hoped to exhibit bi-annually in the Hall.


 Afforestation proposal
There is a proposal to plant a 40 hectare extension to Changue Forest above Knockeen, 3 kilometres east of Barr.  The proposal and a better map can be viewed on the indoor noticeboard at the village hall. Comments to:

Mark Hamilton

post: 8 Kirkton Avenue
West Lothian  EH48 1EN

Proposal click here

Plantation map click here
Boundary of plantation (“Blackberry Knowe”) is marked in red.

Windfarm News
The developers of Millenderdale windfarm, between Pinmore and Lendalfoot, have resubmitted plans with two turbines removed.

More information is available here.
Technical documents, impact assessments and visual montages are available to download here.

Green Power International, the developers, can be contacted on 01259 272158 or by email at

Barr has a new footpath for you to try.

Barr Parish Development Company was formed in July 2013 by Barr Community Council.

Carrick Heritage Trail

Baaarr mosaic

Baaarr mosaic

The new Community Heritage Trail shows visitors a little of the individual character of Carrick’s different communities. Barr Community Council formed a project group with the Heritage Trail’s Project leaders, David Bett Associates & local artists Merlin Currie & Anett Forsyth to create Barr’s contribution to the Carrick Trail. A Barr Village human sundial was designed and is now positioned opposite the Village Hall. A flat embedded mosaic central panel  incorporates the infamous Laird of Changue’s footsteps where one can stand and cast a shadow to tell the time. Barr residents of all ages have been involved in the project; measuring up for the mathematical accuracy of true north & the markers’ positions, donating crockery and tiles, design input from creative individuals and primary school children,  volunteering  time and expertise for the installation.

Geo-caching is incorporated into each Carrick community contribution, although without a signal, Barr visitors have to download a wee app to allow the mapping to take place as soon as signal is reached. It is hoped that this will form the first phase in forming more creative connections and interest with our local Trails and points of interest around Barr, i.e. each point of the timepiece will relate to one of the Trails e.g. Kirsty’s Cairn, the Devil’s Trail, Fairy Knowe, Dinmurchie and more.

For further information contact ‘’
Mosaic sun dial

Straiton under siege – our neighbouring conservation village is under threat from an overwhelming number of Windfarm proposals!

They will in effect be surrounded, with no regard for heritage, environment, wildlife, habitats, scenic, geological or archaeological interest, sustainable wood management, local business or the social effects on the community. In Barr we have experienced the effects of a small (by comparison) imposed development. Please register your views at


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