Stanley Development Trust is now on Facebook

New Information on SDT Website:

Participatory Budgeting – Perth & Kinross Decides! PB enables residents to decide how public money should be spent in their communities. Strathtay Ward groups including the Men’s Shed and Exercise Group from Stanley will present their projects at Bankfoot Church Centre, Saturday 10th March 11am-1pm, if you cannot attend then please use your vote for your 3 favourite projects in Stanley Store by Friday 8th or online until Friday 9th at 12 noon.

Click here for the photos of Christmas Light Switch on

Stanley Master Plan  – SDT Reports

Read the Summary Report of the Community Consultation on the  Master Plan or the Full Report

Further to  our message concerning  the master plan application, the consultation period has now closed to the public.  The Community Council and Stanley Development Trust have sent a joint response which can also be viewed on the council planning website beside the comments from other organisations and individuals.

 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
Read the recent report on the successful lunch club.

New uses sought for historic Perthshire buildings at Stanley Mills – find out more here

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


Timebank Drop in on Wednesdays  2.30-4pm will be in Stanley Bowling Club.

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


Our achievements in 2016 included:

  • Continuing the befriending and mentoring project
  • Assisting with the feasibility into a community Sports Hub for Stanley
  • Maintaining a website and facebook page to share information on local activities and events
  • Continuing the successful Time Bank scheme in Stanley
  • Developing dementia friendly walking in the village.
  • Carrying out a feasibility study for a Stanley – Luncarty Cycle Path
  • Continuing to develop the popular lunch club
  • Organising, along with the local organisations, a Showcase Stanley event.
  • Updating and re-launching the Stanley Community Directory.
  • Supporting the new Men’s Shed.

In 2017 we plan to:

  • Continue to assist with developing a community Sports Hub for Stanley
  • Further develop local cycle paths and walking routes.
  • Continue to develop the time banking scheme
  • Continue to develop the lunch club
  • Continue the befriending and mentoring project
  • Continue to develop the Care and Wellbeing Project
  • Work with local authorities to provide social prescribing
  • Organise , along with the local organisations, a Stanley Community day.
  • Start an intergenerational group where young people can help older members of the community use their digital devices.
  • Engage with housing developers in shaping the Masterplan for Stanley.


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

Why not join the Trust.  We need your help.  All ages welcome.  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.