Heritage Centre makes double breakthrough

GLENROTHES;'Heritage Centre; LINDA BALLINGALL'photo; WALTER NEILSON
GLENROTHES;'Heritage Centre; LINDA BALLINGALL'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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Plans for opening the first-ever visitor attraction of its kind have taken “two giant steps forward”, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre has been awarded official charitable status from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

And trustees have also viewed the potential new premises that could house the centre for the first time.

Linda Ballingall, founder and chairwoman, said, “We are delighted with the progress made this year.

“Since April, a photographic exhibition has been on-going, courtesy of Rothes Halls, and the public support continues to be superb.

“Our on-the-spot volunteer, Jim Mitchell, who has manned the exhibition daily, answers literally hundreds of questions, the main one being ‘when is the Heritage Centre opening permanently?’

“The public response in 2010 when 11,464 people visited the month-long pilot Heritage Centre was simply overwhelming and we hope to continue to build on the goodwill created within the public, business and educational sectors.

“Our major funding drive commenced in May when we were delighted to receive a donation of £5000 from Glenrothes & Arts Endowment Trust.

“Also, in May, talks commenced with Clan Leslie Charitable Trust for permission to display the Rothes collection.

“This will be the first time, anywhere, where Rothes family artefacts, paintings and historic documents will be able to be viewed by the general public.”

Sufficient funding is key to the permanent creation of this first visitor attraction centre in Glenrothes.

The membership campaign is now underway and anyone who would like to support our efforts can complete a membership form at the GAHC stand in Rothes Halls, or visit the new web-site where the £1 membership can be paid online.

The new website is at: www,glenrothesheritage.co.uk