Project Timeline


  • A need is identified by the Community Council and the hub project is initiated.

  • An independent feasibility study is funded by the Lottery ‘Grants for All’ programme and an Angus Council Community Grant.

  • This indicates a definite need for the project.


  • Various additional proposed project, studies and appraisals take place that result in the formation of Friockheim Community Hub Ltd.

  • The Project formally separates of from the Community Council.

  • A FriockHub office is opened in rented accommodation in Eastgate School.


  • £60,000 of development funding is secured from Big Lottery Scotland, ‘Growing Community Assets’ fund.

  • A Community Asset Transfer application is made to Angus Council.


  • Scottish Natural Heritage delay planning permission in order to establish that Eastgate School is not a bat roost (protected species). Eventually no roost is located.

  • A full grant application is made to Big Lottery Scotland ‘Growing Community Assets’ fund and is successful in gaining a grant of £1,077,000 to redevelop the building.


  • Angus LEADER agree a further £137,900 grant for project facilities.

  • Additional funding is agreed by various local sources.

  • Angus Council building work commences on the field adjacent to the proposed hub site of Eastgate School.

  • The Asset Transfer is agreed by the Angus Council.

  • Legal transfer of the building is completed in December.

  • The various delays result in revised construction costs showing an increase of £400K on 2015 projections.


  • Increased funding of £95,000 agreed with Big Lottery Scotland.

  • Further funding obtained from various local trusts (£45K) and The Robertson Trust (£53K).

  • Friockheim Community Hub Ltd register with HMRC as an ‘Intending Trader’ reducing a £200K VAT liability.

  • Contractor, Andrew Shepherd Construction, appointed.

  • Redevelopment of Eastgate School commences in May.

  • Temporary Hub Office established in an adjacent portacabin.

  • Community Engagement and Marketing Consultants appointed in September.

  • Received additional funding £8000 from NHS Community Innovation Fund (CIF) towards the Changing Places Facility.


  • Building redevelopment ongoing, anticipated opening Autumn 2018

  • Board accepts the Community Engagement and Marketing report incorporating revised aims and objectives.

  • Community Enterprise Scotland present their revision of the Business Plan. This is adopted by the Board and replaces the original 2015 Business Plan.

  • Funding received from the Energy Saving Trust for 4 electric car charging points in the Hub car park

  • Race Night at the Railway Inn raised over £1,000 towards the Hub Changing Places facility held in March.

  • Community Transport Event held in March to engage with local community and examine the need for facility at the Hub.

  • Participated in NHS Community Innovation Fund (CIF)Celebration Event in May. The Hub had a large presentation stand, complete with information about the Hub and connected with local organisations keen to find out more about the facilities.

  • Recruitment for Centre Manager in July, Barry Thomson appointed and started working at the Hub in September

  • Building handover delayed by the Contractor to December

  • Youth Project Open Meeting held in October following discussions with local residents highlighting need for facility in the village.

  • FriockHub joins Angus Federation of Village Halls

  • FriockHub approved by Visit Scotland as bona-fide Visitor Attraction

  • Ongoing recruitment for additional staff

  • 21st December - keys handed over and we move into the building.

2019 - January

  • The redevelopment works completed, all initial staff appointed, The Hub opened on 14th January 2019 and fully operating.

  • Membership of the Hub Club opens aged over 16.

  • Members of the Hub Club who reside in the designated area are automatically registered as voting members of FCH Ltd.

2019 - Targets

  • Applications for revenue and grant funding ongoing

  • Formal opening to be announced

  • Youth Project based in the Hub providing a range of facilities

  • Other Community support facility opportunities explored

  • Grant funding obtained to allow a Community Transport vehicle to be purchased

2022 - Targets

  • Full evaluation of Hub progress towards its stated aims and objectives, including input from the Community and independent external agencies.