The trust was established as a Building Preservation Trust in 2002 with the primary objective of securing the refurbishment of Gracehill Old School for community use.
Upon establishment, there were eight Trustees. However, as time has moved on, there are now some vacancies which the Trust is anxious to fill at an early date.
The Trust’s primary objective has now been met in that The Old School has been refurbished with the help of a number of sponsors including, but not solely, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ballymena Borough Council.
All the accommodation earmarked for tenants has been let with Millside Restaurant, Beggs of Class, Gracehill After School Club and Ballymena Fire Extinguishers in occupation.
There is also a Visitor Centre and Historical Classroom which, at the moment, are only open to official tours pending the appointment of staff.
The Trust would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming a trustee and who has an interest in building conservation and environmental matters generally and whose experience or qualifications would be beneficial in helping to take forward the Trust’s objectives, the necessary administration, the oversight of The Old School and the development of other improvements in the village as are likely to be set out in the new plan being produced by the Council.
If you are interested or require any further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary, Christie Colhoun at The Readers Room, 21 Cennick Road. Gracehill, phone 2564 1187 or email [email protected]