Centre set for official opening of phase 1

A wide range of unseen photographs will be on display at the centre's official phase 1 opening on March 5.
A wide range of unseen photographs will be on display at the centre's official phase 1 opening on March 5.

Buchanhaven Heritage Society is busy preparing for its official opening of Phase 1 of the refurbishment of Buchanhaven Heritage Centre after work was undertaken by local contractors.

The work got underway following a successful application to the SITA Trust which secured in excess of £40,000.

The grant meant that the building could be made wind and watertight with the installation of new period windows and doors, external pointing of the walls and roof repairs along with a new disabled toilet installed within.

Although there is still significant work to be carried out to the toilets, kitchen and main hall, the team is delighted with the work to-date and is currently exploring various funding paths to have the Phase 2 work carried out as soon as practical.

To celebrate the completion of Phase 1 the team is busy behind the scenes preparing for the official opening on the March 5 between 10am and 4pm.

This will see the team go back to its roots by opening with a great heritage exhibition that will see a wide range of unseen photographs and artefacts on display, after the first public performance of the area’s new pipe tune ‘Ugie Braes’ composed by former local piper James ‘Curly’ Allan.

The tune will be performed for the first time in public at 10am just before the ribbon is cut and the fun begins.

To help raise funds for the ongoing work at the centre a hamper has been donated by Morrisons which will be raffled and of course the obligatory tea/coffee and homebakes will be served.

The event will be followed on March 6 by a thanksgiving service between 2pm and 3pm at the centre led by the band of the Salvation Army. All are welcome.

Society chair, Alex Geddes, said: “We are delighted to open our doors again. All contractors have pulled out the stops to help us and we are very grateful for their dedication and support.”