Community centre is now open for business

Kids enjoyed the opening fun day.
Kids enjoyed the opening fun day.

A special open day was held last week to celebrate the official opening of a much-anticipated new £2.7million communty centre.

Hillhead Community Centre, in Kirkintilloch, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday (September 24) at a special community open day.

The development was built as part of the council’s wider regeneration of the area in partnership with development partner hub West Scotland.

It replaces the former community centre, which had stood on the Meiklehill Road site for over 80 years before being demolished last year.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie and community campaigner Margaret Smith from Hillhead Community Forum cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Councillor Geekie said: “It gave me great pleasure to officially open the new Hillhead Community Centre, which is a modern, functional and vibrant building that will provide opportunities for a broad range of community activity.

“We listened to local people when they told us they what they wanted from their community centre.

“The new centre has been designed by Macmon Architects, with input from representatives from existing user groups and the Hillhead Forum, to ensure that it meets the needs of the people and groups across the community.

“It was great to have so many members of the local community join us for the celebrations as the community centre will be an important social centre and we want people of all ages to use the excellent facilities that will be on offer.”

Debbie McNamara, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “We knew from the outset that this project should be guided by the community, for the community. hWS and EDC worked well together to ensure that we not only delivered the custom-made building, but that we brought as many community benefits to the project as possible including school events, apprenticeships and work placements.”

The open day involved the whole Hillhead community, from the local schools, community groups and community members, through to the services that will be using the facility.

Activities took place throughout the day with pupils from Hillhead, Oxgang and St Flannan’s primary schools taking part in fun events organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust Library Services.

A family fun day at Hillhead Community Centre has also been organised for Saturday, October 4, between 11am-4pm with all welcome to attend.

A special invitation is extended to all those Hillhead residents who volunteered at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.