Embo School


FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2016 - Embo awarded £999,999.00 by the Big Lottery!

First opened as a community centre in 1990, it's now been unused for a number of years.

As probably happens with all projects like this the more we find out the more we need to do.

At the August board meeting we decided we needed professional help to manage the project properly. We've now been granted awards from the Ward Discretionary Fund and The Beinn Tharsuinn Fund which allows us to appoint Blueprint Architecture and Design Ltd of Tain and progress to the structural surveys required.

With the  results from the questionnaire, we can now decide how best to renovate the building to allow the type of activities you want to see take place.

However, almost everyone put a cafe as their first choice with a youth club then keep fit activities, indoor games, a play group, education and leisure classes following not far behind.

Other ideas were heritage, genealogy, classes, bingo, whist, crib, chess, scripture union, cinema, library and luncheon club. 

We're grateful to everyone who has volunteered to help in the cafe or run activities. We'll get back to each individual once we're a bit further forward.


We've had structural surveys done by Fairhurst and John Morrison Timber Preservation Ltd.  Based on these we know the oldest part of the building needs gutting. The hall is in better shape since the solum was sealed and a new floor laid in the 1990's.

We're now at Rev E of the floor plan and have had Torrance give us cost estimates based on this.

An application was submitted to stage one of the Lottery programme 'Growing Community Assets' in July and in late November we were invited to apply for stage 2 funding. We've had one visit to view the property and talk with our architect and we're now waiting to hear from the assigned Funding Officer before we can proceed further.

We've been given contact names for people involved in the projects which have been funded at Muir of Ord and in Dumfries and who are willing to share their experience with us. In other words we won't need to re-invent the wheel!

We're very grateful for the funding received from the Ward discretionary Fund, the Beinn Tharsuinn Fund and The Co-operative Community Fund which has enabled us to get this far.

MAY 2015

We've just been awarded development funding to allow us to complete the detailed drawings and costings and to employ consultants to help with the final funding application.

Duncan Macdonald of Blueprint Architecture and Design is heading the design team and SKS Scotland will help with surveys etc needed to make the case for funding to complete the project. This will involve preparing a business plan to demonstrate the project will be sustainable i.e. self funding, once the redevelopment is complete.

We'll also be making applications for match funding as the Lottery cannot fund the whole project. One application is already off to the Prince's Countryside Fund. Now we'll have development help we can identify other funders.


An application for planning permission was sent to Drummuie in late August.

These artist impressions show what the refurbished hub could look like:





 October 2015

 Planning permission has been granted.


The challenge now is to make a professional business plan which will demonstrate how the 'hub' will generate sufficient income to employ some staff and maintain the fabric of the building.

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey.


November 2015

Thanks to all who attended the meetings and thanks to Grannie's for hosting them.


The final application to the Big Lottery was made in early May. In September the Big Lottery announced that we've been awarded £999,999.




We're now able to accept gift aid donations. This will allow us to reclaim standard rate tax paid by the donor which makes every £100 donated worth £125 to us. 

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