About us

The Carbeth Hutters Community Company was set up in 2008 when the members of Carbeth Hutters Association voted to become a Community Company. The Company was formed to benefit persons entitled to occupy any property within the Carbeth Estate Conservation Area. The Company is run by its directors who are voted in by the company's ordinary members to carry out work on behalf of its members.

 

Management

 

CHRIS BALLANCE Chairperson

Chris has had a varied career, including as a playwright, a Scottish Green Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, and manager of a social enterprise creating jobs in the green sector for unemployed folk.

Chris came to Carbeth 27 years ago, organised the first meeting which led to the rent strike and buy-out, and played a leading part in the campaign. To quote Chris; "Our Company was born in radical struggle, which formed a crucial part of the arguments towards Land Reform in Scotland, and against landlordism, as did the community buy-out. It’s important we remember this."

 

KIM PATERSON Vice Chairperson.

Kim studied embroidered and woven textiles at GSA and worked as a community and commercial artist for over 20 years. She is a trained as a Steiner teacher. She is also a puppeteer, artist and educator. Creativity and child development are her main areas of expertise.

Kim has been a passionate Hutter for 27 years and is looking forward to being a part of the continuing and exciting new development of Carbeth.

 

 

ALAN GRAHAM. Treasurer

Alan has worked in a banking for 25 years then worked as an advocate for 17 years for adults with learning disabilities.

Alan’s parents built their first hut in Carbeth in 1955. He spent his childhood years here and bought his own hut when he was 19. He met his wife here and brought his own children here when they were young. He is now enjoying bringing up another generation of young Hutters.

 

 

SAM CAIRNS Secretary
 

Sam is experienced in financial and human resources management as well as raising funds for community and charitable organisations. He provides advocacy to some of our most marginalised citizens including adults with learning disabilities and people subject to interventions under the Mental Health Act.

Sam has been a Hutter for 4 years building and designing his hut with cutting edge sustainable technology.

 

 

TOM McKENDRICK Web, Design and PR

 

Tom, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, is an award winning artist with works in prestigious collections worldwide. He is best know for his work related to Clydeside and it’s industrial and social history.

Tom spent his formative years as member of the Carbeth community and can trace his family history back to Carbeth’s beginnings. His wider family have had a continuing unbroken presence which he is determined will continue.

 

 

PAUL BLAIR   Gala Co-ordinator

 

Paul’s first trip to Carbeth was around 1968 when his Father ran a coach out to Carbeth for the Glasgow Fair Holiday. An uncle had a hut on the West Highland Way where his brothers and sisters would visit on Sundays.

Paul purchased a hut 6 years ago. Hutting values are dear to Paul. "Carbeth to me is a haven away from the noise and businesses of the city" He has befriended many at Carbeth and formed a band with two other Hutters. He looks forward to many years of hutting for himself and his family.

 

 

SCOTT DONOHOE   Community Liaison

 

Scott has been health and safety officer for Glasgow City UNISON for 14 years. Scott is passionate about health and safety, an interest that has seen him play a leading role in his union’s work as well participating in the Hazards movement in Scotland and the United Kingdom. He recently received the prestigious Frank McGuire award for his work. Scott is also Chair of Scottish Hazards Campaign and Chair of UNISON Scotland Health & Safety Committee.
Scott's family began camping by the Allander Burn at Carbeth in the early 70's. Willie Donohoe, Scotts father purchased their first hut in 1982 and Scott has been here ever since.  Scot says, "I simply love Carbeth & want to see the place flourish and  continue to be a great community"

 

 

COLIN MYLES   Carbeth Ecology   

Colin works for an environmental charity on the South side of Glasgow. He is a gardener working with the community, schools and groups with additional support needs. He is also a passionate horticulturalist and dedicated bee keeper.
Colin first "discovered" Carbeth on venturing up from the "Jenny Linn" and became fascinated by the mythology and history of the place. A close friend had a hut in the 80s and Colin had been around Carbeth for 15 years. Determined to own a hut, when opportunity arose he did not hesitate, taking an enthusiastic and active part in our community.

 

 

ALI FERGUSON    Community Liaison   
CV to be added at a later date.

 

 

GEORGE CORKHILL   Community Liaison  
CV to be added at a later date.

 

 

 

 

History Timeline

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1920

Following an initiative by William Ferris and a Mr McMilan, 3 huts are erected on Carbeth Guthrie Estate. Ferris is a significant figure, becoming a vice-president of the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland, vice-chairman of the Scottish Council of Physical Recreation, Chairman of the Scottish Rights of Way Society, Scottish Ramblers Federation and members of the Scottish Tourist Board. A few people are allowed to camp in tents on certain other parts of Carbeth Guthrie Estate. Ferris assists Allan Barns-Graham with huts at Carbeth from 1920-43.

 

1927

5 huts are erected on the estate. At any one time in the 1920's, there are believed to be around a dozen campsites.

 

1929

Carbeth Swimming Pond or 'Lido" is developed.

 

1940

There are 106 huts on the Estate.

 

1947-48

Ground rental for 191 huts is recorded at: Lochwood (8 huts), Cuilts Road (58 huts), Drymen Road (18 huts), Clachan (11 huts), Carbeth Lower Hill (40 huts), Mid Hill (26 huts), Upper Hill (18 huts), South Boundary (6 huts) and Lochside (6 huts).

 

1972

Carbeth Swimming Pond is closed.

 

1980

The West Highland Way, the first long distance footpath in Scotland, is opened. Starting at Milngavie and finishing at Fort William, it passes Carbeth Estate on route.

 

1997

Carbeth Hutters Association is formed.

 

2008

Carbeth Hutters Community Company is formed.