In 1994 Ashton Wylie purchased the deconsecrated St James Congregational Church and renovated this unique, stunning architectural building with the greatest love and care. Ashton’s vision was to create a miniature town of hope and positivity, a "life centre" for the future. At his death the Hopetoun Alpha building was bestowed to the Trust. The Hopetoun Alpha symbol is made of three distinct elements:
Literally translated "Hopetoun" means "Town of Hope" but what was trying to be created on this site was a centre, a miniature town of hope and positivity, a "Life Centre" for the future, with its beginnings - this historic church.
Alpha being the Greek work for beginning together with Hopetoun fitted well with the objectives - new beginnings with hope and positivity.
Ashton Wylie The Symbol
The circle represents the earth, universality - the globe - our home,
The cross symbolises a blend of the feminine and masculine
The arrow is our forward and upward direction as we all move into a brave new future as one.