Bowman and Gladys Little used to own The Paper Shops in Langholm as well as the local newspaper, The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser, and Bowman was its editor.

Bowman died more than 30 years ago and when Gladys died in 2014 she set up a charity, The Bowman Little Trust Fund, in memory of her late husband. The Trustees have been instructed to invest the capital and distribute the income annually.

The Trust expects to distribute around £10,000 annually to eligible projects with the majority of awards being in the £250-£1,000 range.


Trust’s Objectives

to assist young persons under the age of 25 who are present or former pupils of Langholm Academy or who live within nine miles of Langholm Town Hall in connection with any charitable project or enterprise in any location (and which the Trustees consider to be meritorious)


to assist any other person or body in connection with any charitable project or enterprise which is of benefit to the Town, Townspeople and Environment of Langholm (and which the Trustees consider to be meritorious)


What is the Application process?

e-mail communication is preferred and eligible individuals or groups who wish to apply for a donation should contact the Trust Administrator, Ms Ann Warwick for an application form at   or by writing to:-

Ms Ann Warwick
Bowman Little Trust
Ashleybank House
DG13 0AN

The trustees will meet quarterly in January, April, July and October and the closing dates for applications are listed below.                                                                                                          

 Trustees Meeting Date                      Closing date for Applications

          January                   -                   15th  December

          April                        -                    15th  March

          July                         -                    15th  June

          October                  -                    30th  September



Which types of project are eligible for support?

The Trustees in conjunction with Langholm Rotary Club have consulted the senior pupils at Langholm Academy as well as a wide spectrum of community groups to decide the type of projects the Trust will support.

All applications must meet one of the objectives described earlier though the emphasis of the Trust will be on supporting projects which benefit or involve young people, examples of which are listed below.


Using Sport and the Arts to improve fitness, self confidence and life skills

Enabling talented young people in sport, arts or sciences to attend specialist courses or competitions to improve their performance

Enabling Sports and Arts clubs or groups to increase membership, raise standards or improve facilities

Developing a Community Multi-Sports Hub

Enabling volunteers to attend courses to become qualified coaches

Supporting Arts Development for young people – Workshops, Equipment, Training


Enabling young people to travel for educational, charitable or personal development purposes but not for holidays – e.g. Projects in Africa, Outward Bound courses

Enabling talented young people in any field – e.g. sport, arts, education – to attend specialist courses which will improve their performance

Enabling local groups – Scouts, Guides etc- to attend events outside Langholm


Improving the educational or career opportunities of young people

Providing career guidance, business and enterprise skills for young people

Encouraging business development by or for young people


Making more use of the Langholm area as a Centre for Outdoor and Adventure activities-MTAF, Hiking and Biking, Wildlife, Sport etc

Supporting projects being undertaken by local sports, arts or community groups which improve their facilities, improve coaching or increase their membership.

Supporting projects which relate to the heritage and history of the Langholm area

Creating a separate venue for young people to socialise.