Craft Town Scotland

West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd

West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd (W.K.C.I.L) is a community business established in 1998. A registered charity, it is managed by a volunteer board of Directors.

Aims & Objectives

  • Cultural Development
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Enhancement of the Built Environment

The W.K. Initiative Centre displays a range of local craft and quality giftware in addition to providing information on activities on offer locally and throughout Ayrshire.

W.K. Initiative Centre
86 Main Street
West Kilbride
KA23 9AP
01294 822266

[email protected]

In addition to the Craft Town Scotland, W.K.C.I.L. is also the parent organisation for other community projects.
West Kilbride Public Hall is one of the most widely used in North Ayrshire acting as a venue for a wide range of activities. Musical/Dramatic performances, dance classes, youth group activities and private functions are among the events that regularly take place. A committee of dedicated volunteers from the local community manages the Public Hall.

The Green Centre was established in a disused quarry purchased by the community and is managed by the Environmental Group. Boasting an award winning wormery, the centre also has a large greenhouse and composting area. Bedding plants are brought-on here before planting out in the various gardens, troughs and hanging baskets that festoon the town in the spring and summer months; West Kilbride has been a finalist in the ‘Scotland in Bloom” competition on six occasions. Working closely with the local primary school staff and children on environmental projects, the members of the committee were delighted when the children were presented with an award specially commissioned by the competition judges in 2005.

Originally devised as a one-off event, The Scarecrow Festival proved so successful that it is now an annual event. Community groups are involved in the creation of an army of scarecrows that take over the town at the end of July. The festival culminates in a Scarecrow Parade through West Kilbride, a treat for children – of all ages!