Facelift for town’s most venerable building

Corbie Ha', Milngavie Pipe Band got grant from council to do up the Corbie ha' 'Gordon Strain- Neighbourhood Services Strategy Officer, Steven Maxwell-snare drummer, Hector Cruickshank-piper and Clrl Alan Moir 'Photo Emma Mitchell'15/7/13
Corbie Ha', Milngavie Pipe Band got grant from council to do up the Corbie ha' 'Gordon Strain- Neighbourhood Services Strategy Officer, Steven Maxwell-snare drummer, Hector Cruickshank-piper and Clrl Alan Moir 'Photo Emma Mitchell'15/7/13

Milngavie’s oldest building is looking sprightly again and fit for the 21st century after it was treated to a sparkling new facelift.

Funding from East Dunbartonshire Council has seen the Corbie Ha’ get a new lick of paint and other essential works.

The building, which is owned by Milngavie Pipe Band, received £4000 to refurbish the outside of the building, £2000 of the funding came from the council’s Civic Pride Action Fund, with £2000 matched by a similar award from Glasgow Airport’s Flight Path fund.

A further donation was received from the Royal Bank of Scotland raised by staff of the Milngavie Branch.

Before the refurbishment took place the building on Ashfield Road in the town was in need of an extensive exterior refurbishment, including fixing the drain pipes, gutter repairs and repainting the whole exterior.

Re-painting was carried out by band members.

The hall is used extensively by Milngavie Pipe Band members and friends and is a big part of their identity.

Hector Cruickshank, the honourary president of Milngavie Pipe Band, said: “The grant that was awarded to us by the Civic Pride Action Fund has totally transformed the exterior of the building.

“The porous surface drank up paint with almost 50 litres being used to cover the whole building but the place looks much smarter and has drawn favourable comment from the neighbours!”

Convenor of Development and Regeneration, Councillor Alan Moir, said: “I am delighted to see the fund being put to such good use.

“The Corbie Ha’ looks so much different after the work that has been done.”

Corbie Ha’ is believed to be the oldest house remaining in the village of Milngavie.

It was the farm house of Milngavie Farm and is believed to date back to around 1800 and originally had a thatched roof, which has been replaced by slate.

Milngavie Farm stretched from the Allander Water in a westerly direction and its northern boundard was Craigdhu Road.

In 1966 the last tenants, the Watt family, were re-housed and the building was due for demolition. Milngavie Pipe Band stepped in and, in 1972 the band purchased it and restored it.