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Chalmers & Co’s Architect Appointed to the Board of Trustees of Venture Scotland

Venture Scotland logo. Supported by Chalmers & Co Architects.

Chalmers & Co’s Chartered Architect, David Brackenridge, has been appointed to the Board Of Trustees of Scottish charity, Venture Scotland. David has been volunteering with the charity for over a year as an ‘venture volunteer’ helping them to deliver their outdoor programme of hillwalking, climbing, canoeing and weekend bothy trips.

Venture Scotland is a registered charity offering an outdoor-based personal development programme for young people aged 16-30, who face complex and difficult problems. Through they’re intensive work, they build the confidence and skills of young people and aim to empower each individual we work with to make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

The young people embark on a 6 month ‘journey’ where they are supported by staff and volunteers to explore their boundaries, abilities and skills while working in a supportive group situation. The charity is funded by Scottish Government, commercial and individual donations.

Their team of personal development staff work in partnership with over 150 volunteers to lead the programme. Their volunteers motivate, inspire and mentor young people. They encourage young people to volunteer as they progress through our programme, enabling them to make the leap from being supported to making a contribution to others. Whilst volunteering, young people are supported to access education, training and employment.

The charity operate from two bases, one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow and have their own bothy located in the remote highland in Glen Etive.

David Brackenridge commented, “I’m delighted and honoured to be asked to be a trustee of this important charity. The work they undertake is truly life changing for the vulnerable young people who embark voluntarily on ‘the journey’ and they get so much out of it.

“Working as a volunteer for the past year has been quite inspirational and the change in the young people I’ve had the pleasure to work with has been dramatic helping these young people turn their lives around and make a positive contribution to the communities they live in.

“I am committed to helping them to further expand what they can offer and to ensure this important and inspirational work continues.”

What do you want from your countryside?

Chalmers & Co at the Haddington Show.

Please visit Chalmers & Co’s tent at the Haddington Show this Saturday 29th at East Fortune to give us your views on what developments and businesses you want to see in our countryside. We will be delighted to share drinks and strawberries with you.  For the most stimulating response, we shall be offering 50% off a mid-week break in one of our clients’ self-catering properties marketed through our new enterprise – Chalmers Cottages.

“We are here on earth to do good unto others.  What others are here for, I have no idea.” WH Auden.

As a firm of chartered surveyors, architects and estate agents, we work to the former question, but to ensure that we are in tune; we think you want the following:

Jobs: Our towns and countryside need appropriate development to sustain and create new jobs.  This was the focus of the Rural Voice Campaign, which will contribute to the new Local Development Plan.

Diversity: In our countryside as well as our towns.

Access: Sharing resources in the country for recreation and business. –

Investment: Critical for jobs; necessary to show off East Lothian at its best.

Care for Environment: Farmers and land managers should be best placed for this.

Energy Security: Biomass district heating,  wind and solar systems can generate good returns as well as being sustainable.

Trust: When this breaks down, it is replaced by regulation which stifles entrepreneurship.

Engagement: Community engagement is important and necessary to regain trust.

Our partner at our main ringside tent, Scottish Land and Estates, shares the same vision and principles.  We will also be joined by Core Health, whose Life Style Medicine Centre now occupies the converted steading at Prora Farm, Drem and for whom we undertook the architectural work.

We hope that we may see you at the show.

Wilma Flockhart retires from Chalmers & Co after 31 years service

Wilma Retires
Wilma Retires

Mrs Wilma Flockhart has just retired from Chalmers & Co, chartered surveyors & architects, after being with the firm for 31 years under the guise of John Sale then Chalmers & Co. Amongst her roles, she has managed the lettings and estate agency departments.

“Wilma has played a key role in making Chalmers & Co East Lothian and Midlothian’s leading residential letting and management business,” says Francis Ogilvy, owner of the firm.

“Having been to school at Knox Academy and being Haddington born and bred, she is well known by our many local clients. We will all miss her experience and sound property management advice, and wish her an enjoyable and relaxing retirement.”

Chalmers & Co’s Estate Agency Manager is Scott Jack, who has been in the post for three years. He will shortly be joined by a new Deputy Manager, who will be involved in lettings, sales and Chalmers Cottages, the firm’s new locally-based holiday letting venture.