The Treehouse and Gym

by Angela Nicholls in Newburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th November 2018 we successfully raised £630 with 26 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is to enable a social and active lifestyle inclusive of all ages and abilities.

by Angela Nicholls in Newburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


Angie and Graham Nicholls with our two boys who go to a local school. We settled in the area 2012 after Graham retired from the Air Force.



In beautiful rural Perthshire, between Abernethy and Newburgh is a fantastic centre called Jamesfield. It has an organic farm shop, restaurant, garden centre, hairdressers, beauticians and podiatrist.  



Within this centre is a vacant 1st floor just waiting to be spruced up and to blossom with life that will bring much needed community facilities to the area, bring jobs and support local businesses.  



Our ideas have been influenced by Angie’s passion as a fitness instructor, our experiences as parents, and by listening to what would benefit the local area – for example, we have no dedicated fitness facilities or indoor family play areas within a 10-mile radius!

Our aim is to enable a social and active lifestyle inclusive of all ages and abilities. To do this we will be converting the space to include a gym, café, indoor play area (with creche), multi-purpose studio, study hub and flexible social space. See below for more detail.

We are passionate about being an active member of the the community and commit to work with local groups and businesses. We will be a living wage provider, a supporter of work experience schemes and an integrated part of our towns and villages.



Early 2019, striving for the gym and café facilities to open in January and the indoor play scheduled for early March.  We need your help though, to prove support and secure funding…  



Our research shows that there is great support for this in the community.  We are all aware of the many issues such as obesity, mental well-being, social isolation and loneliness affecting people across the country. We hope to help alleviate these problems by providing an all-inclusive social facility where being fit and healthy is fun and accessible!

The final hurdle to making this project a reality is funding.  Before we add the fun stuff, we also need to build walls, put in sanitary facilities and add heating and lighting. Any funds raised in this campaign will specifically go to these costs and, ultimately, into a facility that we foresee being part of the community for many years to come.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and for your pledges.  Please remember to share and ‘like’ as much as possible. A little input from a lot of people can make a huge difference, inspire confidence amongst our lenders and greatly support our grant applications.

Healthy regards,

   Angie, Graham and Puk Puk!


Timetables to be developed from your suggested activities, potentially including:

Parent and baby classes

Snuggle movie time for parents and younger children


Messy play

Les Mills Born to Move classes for 2-12yr olds. (I adore these classes for the simple reason that they are non-competitive. Just movement for the sake of having fun).

Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness for kids and teens

Les Mills RPM indoor cycling classes

Les Mills Sh'bam dance classes

Traditional circuits


Zumba & Zumba Gold

HIIT training

Gentle circuits & family circuits

Classes for exercise referral: arthritis, osteoporosis, lower back pain, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes...

Classes for "mature movers"

  • Yoga and mindfulness
  • Ladies only gym sessions

Café and Flexible Social Space:

  • Host local toddler group and nursery sessions

Host breast feeding social groups

Balance bike and ride-on sessions

Roller discos

Carpet bowls

Giant family game sessions

Quiet play times

  • Ideas are limitless, and we'll be listening to your suggestions...

Study Pods and Hub.

These can be used individually, for example, by parents using the creche to concentrate on their personal development whether answering emails, studying, or planning to get back to work. They can also be linked together creating group study spaces that we can used for private, business or community group meetings, small group classes such as nutrition and weight loss or even set up as an after-school homework hub whilst siblings are in classes.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

WIN ANNUAL Gym Membership!

Your name will be entered into a draw and winner selected at random. 1 membership will be given away for ever £1000 raised - so, more funds, more chances.

£5 or more

Barista Coffee (or tea!) for Two

Come along and enjoy a couple of hot drinks. Perhaps our barista style coffee, a hot chocolate or a lovely cup of tea.

£9 or more

10,000 leagues under the Tree

£9 is exactly 1/10,000 of our build costs, so join the bricks and mortar club and, as a reward, you will receive a club water bottle to show off and bring to the gym!

£10 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Play-date for Four

Entry to our indoor play area for up to 4 kids.

£10 or more

3 of 40 claimed

Kids Invite to private launch event

**LIMITED SPACES** Be the first to use or indoor play facility, enjoy the party atmosphere and a slice of cake. Per Child, accompanying adult free. (Event currently estimated to be In March but this may change)

£15 or more

£15 Pledge and a Kids t-shirt

A warm fuzzy feeling for you and a lovely t-shirt for your kid. Available in sizes age 3-13 with the adorable Puk Puk on the front.

£20 or more

0 of 200 claimed

Entry to Launch Night Champagne Reception

Be the first to see our facilities and have a tour. Meet our instructors and learn about the classes we plan to schedule. Champagne and cake are a winning combination.

£30 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Months Gym Entry

**Limited availability** Enjoy unlimited use of our gym facility for one calendar month. Excluding classes.

£90 or more

Fellowship of the Keyring

£90 is 1/1000th of our build costs, so you will join an exclusive club that receives two months gym and class entry plus a club water-bottle and a club key-ring to show off as a thank you.

£100 or more

0 of 28 claimed

Business: Sponsor a Table

**Limited Availability** Have your business advertised at a cafe table. A5 size advert (one sided and supplied by you) for 2 months

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Kids Party for up to 20

Use of Indoor play area and private function room. Option for Les Mills Born to Move class included!!!! Basic snack provided. Further catering option can be discussed.

£900 or more

CLUB 100

£900 is 1/100th of our build costs and by pledging you will become a member of an elite club. With this pledge comes annual gym and class membership for 3 people with club water bottle and club key-ring each.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Peas in a Pod

***LIMITED AVAILABILITY*** Stand out from the crowd and have your business, or cause, advertised on our study pods. Bespoke A4 design with your logo and name that will stay on the pods for as long as they stay standing.

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