Three rural community councils have launched a scheme offering insurance cover to village halls.
The Village Halls Plus Group - which consists of three rural community councils - will offer village halls across the UK a range of
packages, including cover for special events, loss of revenue and material damage.
The councils involved are:
Suffolk Acre, Community Lincs and Community First.
Prosen community is small and widespread. Many years ago Glenprosen village, in the fork of the Inchmill Burn at Prosen Water, was a sizeable hamlet, with the Kirk, a water powered corn and sawmill at Inchmill, school, pub, Blacksmith, and Post Office. Today only the Kirk still operates, though Ian Nelson has a large pottery kiln working in the old forge.
Glen Prosen Primary school was closed in 1990 and the building sold to Mr. and Mrs. MacLean, of Balnaboth Estate in 2006, and has recently been converted into Hostel accommodation. T
The Hostel is in Prosen village, and has been refurbished with sound ecological principles in mind. Insulated with sheep’s wool, the living room has a wood burning stove and a raised lounge area for admiring the view (and the red squirrels outside) through the former school’s huge windows. Disabled Access, Internet connection laundry facilities and a drying room add to the amenities.
Coincidentally 2006 had seen major works done to footpaths in the area under the ECAP scheme. These included a much needed car park in Prosen village and a smart new footbridge over the Prosen nearby, onto a brand new section of riverside footpath.
Mr. and Mrs. MacLean, in partnership with Angus Council, extended the popular Ministers’ path, from Glen Prosen to Glen Clova linking it to the Cateran trail over the hill in Glenisla. It is now possible to walk from Glenesk to Perthshire across some of Scotland’s most beautiful glens, with under 1k along (a very quiet) section of tarmac road. The path is on the edge of the Highlands, wild but not especially dangerous, and full of contrasts from riverside walks to open hill.
Around Balnaboth House, further up the glen, are clustered another half dozen cottages and Balnaboth Home Farm. It was the development by the Ogilvys, of Balnaboth in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, as the principal residence for their Clova and Glenprosen Estates that centred much activity here.
Further up the glen are Cormuir and Cramie farms, and the Victorian Built shooting Lodge at Craig Lodge, with the Kennels nearby and the further occupied house, Runtaleave. Beyond that, the Old Craig, once a farmhouse, is now used as a shooting lodge.
Further down the glen, the farm of Spott has produced pedigree Blackface sheep, and cattle for 4 generations (as indeed has Cormuir)