The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society became the very first "Community Benefit Society" in Scotland to achieve both FCA registration and full Charitable status with the Scottish charity regulator OSCR in July 2015 and go on to raise Community shares.
This was achieved with the fantastic support and guidance provided by Community share Scotland, Cooperatives UK, Social investment Scotland and Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway and subsequently gave the community of Portpatrick the oportunity to save the harbour from a parlous situation.
The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society's main aims are to secure the integrity and appearance of the historic harbour of Portpatrick for the benefit of the Community and all who love and visit it.
The harbour lies at the heart of the village and is as important to Portpatrick as the village green is to many other communities throughout Britain.
The Portpatrick harbour Community Benefit Society in combination with Community share Scotland raised a community share offer in September 2015 which provided all who love the village of Portpatrick with the opportunity to purchase community shares in the harbour thus supporting and securing the future of this unspoiled idyllic asset for many years to come.
The share offer saw huge interest and subsequently sold out within only three weeks of opening, giving the Society an active membership of over 550 members/shareholders.
The Society now actively strives to further achieve it's objectives, securing and enhancing the harbour for the benefit of all.
Click here to discover a little of the history of Portpatrick Harbour.
Our Committee Members
The elected Committee is made up of eight members living local to the village. Three have varied professional Management credentials and diverse experience, along with four members who hold professional marine qualifications to a high standard and have diverse experience. Four of the Committee have close links witht the RNLI having served as crewmen on the Portpatrick Lifeboat for many years.
Mr Calum Currie (Chairman) Self-employed heating engineer/ oilfield technician
Mr Robert Erskine MBE (Vice Chairman) (Portpatrick Lifeboat coxwain 30 years retired) Hotelier
Mr Keith Benton, (Treasurer) Retail Commodities Manager (retired)
Mr Andrew Begg, Safety Management Consultant
Ms Catherine Buchanan (Secretary) Events Management/Recruitment (retired)
Mr Donald Muir, Electrical engineer (retired)
Mr Mark Panter, Retail business owner
Mr Keith Stebbens, Brewer
Mrs Lynne Marie Stebbens, Book keeper