Buchanhaven Heritage Society was delighted that its application for the transfer of the former Buchanhaven primary school from Aberdeenshire Council into its hands has been successful.
This concludes three years of hard work by a team of dedicated local volunteers who have managed the centre and run a range of exhibitions and events during that time as well as supporting ever-growing evening classes that include knitting and crochet, a camera club, art class and dance sessions.
Now as owners of the centre this will mean the society can apply for community funding from a range of sources with successful bids allowing the full refurbishment of the premises and supporting extra opening hours and dynamic events.
Recently the team also launched the new web site ‘Visit Buchanhaven’ and are now listed in the Visit Scotland site under “things to do”.
The work with Visit Scotland will also see the benefits of the area being promoted world wide and this, coupled to the work of the society to bring visitors into the area, will support the economic growth they forecast within the business plan which was part of their application process.
Society vice-chair, Elizabeth Milne, said: “Our aim after a period of reflection and celebration will now be to start the funding applications as soon as the opportunity presents itself, while continuing to deliver our exhibitions and events we are now well known for”