Midlotnian Matters – A community focal point for village

Glencorse Community Centre, Auchendinny.
Glencorse Community Centre, Auchendinny.

The Glencorse Community Centre, positioned at the top of “The Brae” in the village of Auchendinny, between Roslin and Penicuik, re-opened in 2014 to replace the previous Glencorse Hall that had closed in 2007 after falling into a state of disrepair.

The rebuilding of the centre, achieved after the award of a grant from the Scottish Rural Development Programme, was a significant landmark for the residents of Auchendinny, with the community having been adversely impacted over the last decade following the closure of the village paper mill, post office, and public house.

The centre, with its unique architectural design, offers a wide range of facilities for both community and commercial use. This includes a community cafe; games hall; meeting room; changing rooms; outdoor multi-use games area that includes five-a-side football; and a full-sized grass football pitch. There is also a community garden that grows produce that is used in the cafe, as well as two play parks outside for children. Regular activities held at the centre include parent and toddler groups, fitness classes, football matches, and chess clubs.

Run by an association committee of volunteers from the local community, the centre has one part-time coordinator supported by a devoted team of volunteers. The association is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and carries the mission statement to “provide social, recreational and educational facilities and opportunities for the people of the parish of Glencorse.” An example of this is the weekly lunch held for local senior citizens, where they enjoy a three-course meal and social occasion. Events are delivered throughout the year to mark occasions including Hallowe’en, Christmas and Burns Night.

For more information please contact Kate Williamson on 01968 670264/enquiries@glencorseassociation.org.uk

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