New heritage centre in Milngavie is a step closer

MILNGAVIE Heritage Group’s EGM last Wednesday successfully kicked off plans to create a heritage centre in the village.

About 30 people went along to the meeting in Milngavie’s former court room in the town hall to review the progress of the Heritage Centre Project since the popular Heritage Week last August.

The Treasurer of Milngavie Heritage Group, Andrew Summers, said: “It was a very successful meeting we were pleased with the response and the number of people who came along.

“We had a good discussion and it was agreed in principle to form a Friends of the Milngavie Heritage Centre group, which would be actively involved in projects, and in preparing and staffing exhibitions.

“The possibility of charitable status will be examined in due course, to improve our options for funding and grant application.

“We also agreed a wide range of publicity, including leaflets, display banners and further issues of the Heritage Centre newsletter.

“The group will also participate in a wide range of events across East Dunbartonshire this year.”

The centre will be located in the former court room for the immediate future - thanks to permission from East Dunbartonshire Culture and Leisure Trust, but alternative locations might eventually be considered.

Mr Summers added: “Our aim is to reach every household in Milngavie as we think it’s vital for the community at large to take ownership of the project and participate in the Friends organisation.

“We realise that there’s a huge reservoir of professional expertise in Milngavie waiting to be tapped, we agreed that it’s also vital to continue to involve local schools.”

The Heritage Centre Group is now working towards an exhibition on ‘Sport in Milngavie’ which would be staged at Milngavie Town Hall during Local History Week from March 3 to 10 and hopes to take part in an East Dunbartonshire Heritage Festival in September.