Serving the Community
The Gillespie Centre was opened in 1982 as “The Church Serving the Community” and this strapline is in use to the present day.
The cornerstone of the Centre was and is the Coffee Shop, where volunteers serve locals and visitors alike and also halls and meeting facilities available for rent by local organizations.
Open 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday join us for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Gillespie Centre.
Biggar Community Action Group began in March 2020 and was set up to respond to the Coronavirus crisis in our community.
Members of Biggar Community Council, WomanKind Clydesdale, Biggar Church, Biggar Medical Practice, local businesses and other organisations came together initially to quickly find a way to provide assistance to isolated and vulnerable people in our community.
The core group has 5 members, but we have over 90 volunteers delivering our services.
Clydesdale Food Bank was established in March 2013 by the Church of Scotland in Carluke to serve all of Clydesdale.
The Food Bank is run by volunteers who give many hours to collecting, sorting, packing and delivering food, as well as taking part in various fund raising activities.
As well as the main hub in Carluke, there are satellite distribution sites in Lanark, Biggar, Douglas and Kirkmuirhill, each with their own co-ordinator and team of drivers and deliverers.