When the Eskdalemuir Primary School closed a group of local people came together to try and make something positive come about as a result of this loss by ensuring that the school remained a public asset . In a village with no pub, shop, post office etc. the opportunities for people to meet spontaneously or join in events and to take part in social, educational, artistic and other community activities was pretty limited. So a community owned company UEDG was formed to develop the premises as a Community Hub. Plans are in place and approved to rebuild the dilapidated rear part of the building and create a flexible ‘green’ building which will serve lots of different purposes including café, shop, meeting and consulting rooms and spaces for local enterprises and caring services to grow and prosper. Meanwhile whilst the funds are being raised for this rebuild, the building is open for business with lots of events and activities taking place. Anyone is welcome to join in and help get things going. All this is aimed a making Eskdalemuir and the surrounding area an even better place to live.