Stanley Development Trust is now on Facebook

New Information on SDT Website:

Happy New Year!

Make 2019 the year you join Stanley Time Bank. See our page for more information. Stanley Time Bank

The Stanley Diaspora Tapestry is on display in Stanley Store. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the beautiful tapestry up close and read about its story. Did you know that local people were involved in its design and helped to stitch it too?

The Stanley Development Trust AGM took place  on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Thank you to all who participated or attended and especially to Fiona Davidson for her wonderful presentation on the Stanley Diaspora Tapestry Panel Project.  Here is our annual report Financial Accounts 2017-18

Update on West Stormont Woodland Group, see link below.

Football pitch renovations

Thanks to a grant from the SUEZ Communities Trust secured by Stanley Development Trust working in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council renovations to the football pitch in Stanley were carried out during the October 2018 school holiday fortnight.

The renovations are designed to improve the drainage and quality of the pitch and thus provide a playable pitch for use by Stanley football team and Stanley Primary School. The local football group intends to re-establish teams in Stanley in time for the start of the 2019/20 football season.  

Stanley and District Men’s Shed

Stanley Men’s Shed have a new website  They are looking forward to opening their new shed on Saturday 6th October 2018, more details on their website.

Stanley Swift Project – Newsletter

Help run your local village hall:

Volunteering opportunities with Stanley Village Hall.  For more information click this link:  Stanley Village Hall wants your help 


Red and Grey squirrels have been seen around Stanley recently, please report your squirrel sightings to help save Scotland’s red squirrels.

Fewer than 120,000 red squirrels remain in Scotland, 75% of the total UK population. Without urgent action they could disappear from our shores within a generation.

Seen a red or grey squirrel recently? Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels needs your help. Please report your squirrel sighting using their dedicated online sightings page. This will help them get a clear picture of red and grey squirrel distribution across Scotland.

Time Bank Drop-in and Knit and Natter Group on Wednesdays 2.30pm – 4.00pm in Stanley Bowling Club. All welcome.

Stanley Directory 2016/17

Latest edition of the Stanley Directory of local community groups and services, includes useful contacts and ‘what’s on’.  Stanley Directory 2016-17 ( update May 2017)

Healthy Living in Stanley – updated leaflet

The ‘Healthy Living in Stanley’ leaflet gives a short description of some of the non-medical activities and sources of support available in the village that can benefit health and well-being. Healthy Living in Stanley leaflet – May 2017

Stanley Lunch Club dates
Oil Collective – New scheme to save you money on your domestic oil requirement, please visit the Oil Collective Page

Perth & Kinross Community Watch – what it is and how to join  P&K Community Watch

Our recent achievments 2014-2017 include:

  • Setting up and running the successful Care and Wellbeing Project.

    • Continuing the befriending and mentoring project

    • Initiating a Lunch club for the Village

    • Continuing the successful Time Bank scheme in Stanley.

    • Running Winter Watch; an annual campaign which helps vulnerable people in spells of wintry weather.

  • Continuing Stride for Life walks in the village and developing dementia friendly walking in the village.

  • Establishing Medal Walking Routes and publishing a “Paths and Places Around Stanley” Route Map.

  • Carrying out a feasibility study for a Stanley – Luncarty Cycle Path

  • Organising volunteers and equipment for maintaining local paths.

  • Assisting with the feasibility study into a Community Hub with sports facilities for Stanley

  • Maintaining a website and Facebook page to share information on local activities and events

  • Launching the Stanley Directory and keeping it updated.

  • Organising, along with local organisations, a Showcase Stanley event and a Stanley Community day.

  • Initiating an intergenerational group where young people can help older members of the community use their digital devices.

  • Supporting the new Men’s Shed.

  • Engaging with housing developers in shaping the Masterplan for Stanley.

In 2018 we plan to:

  • Continue to assist with developing a Community Hub for Stanley

  • Help bring football back to Stanley and revamp the Stanley playing field.

  • Further develop local cycle paths and walking routes including a Luncarty- Stanley cycle path and Shiel Hill viewpoint.

  • Organise, along with other local organisations, a Stanley Community day.
  • Continue to develop the Care and Wellbeing Project

    • Continue to develop the time banking scheme

    • Continue to develop the lunch club

    • Continue the befriending and mentoring project

    • Work with local authorities to provide social prescribing.

  • Engage with housing developers in shaping the Masterplan for Stanley.

  • Providing Stanley Information packs to welcome new residents.


We hope you will become involved in helping us achieve these plans.

Why not join the Trust.  We need your help.   Membership is free.

Stanley Development Trust was formed in 2008 to improve the quality of life and environment of the village of Stanley and its surrounding area.

The Strategic Aim of the Trust is:

‘To Develop a Vibrant and Sustainable Community’

The themes supporting this Aim are:

‘Improve Activities and Facilities, Especially for Young People’

‘Conserve and Enhance the Environment and Heritage’

Stanley is a village on the right bank of the River Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. The section of River Tay nearby is a popular location for canoeing and fishing.

Inverbervie Castle became a mansion by the 1600s and was renamed Stanley House in 1659 to mark the wedding of John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl, to Lady Amelia Stanley, the only daughter of James Stanley, the 7th Earl of Derby.

130 years later John Murray, the 4th Duke of Atholl decided to make use of the vast power of the River Tay to operate a cotton mill he called Stanley Mill.

The village of Stanley was created to house the workers of the mill.

The mill mostly produced cotton but also cigarette ribbon. The Dempster & Co company was established in 1787 by seven men including Richard Arkwright (the inventor in Derbyshire of cotton-spinning machinery), George Dempster (the local MP) and William Sandeman to build the mill on land feued from the Duke of Atholl to provide employment to Highlanders affected by the clearances.