Sunday 23 June at 2pm – visit to Bannockburn House
Bannockburn House is a 17th Century A-listed mansion house, which has survived largely unchanged, apart from an added Victorian extension. The original part of the house was completed around 1675 by Sir Hugh Paterson, although it is believed it may be built on an earlier building called Drummonds’ Hall.
Described by a specialist as a “rare survivor” of its time with many interesting architectural features. The main ones being the “Laigh Hall” and “Blue Room” ceilings reputed to be the work of Houlbert and Dunsterfield, two highly skilled craftsmen who had been commissioned by Charles II to produce ornate ceilings within Holyrood Palace.
Bannockburn House Trust was formed in 2017 to try and raise the funds to purchase the house for the Community. The Trust secured sole rights to buy the house in April 2017 and began fundraising to do so.
This was successful in November 2017 with help from public donations and grants through the Scottish Land Fund and Stirling Council. Bannockburn House is now fully in public hands. The purchase is the biggest community buy out of its kind in the UK. This was only made possible by all the hard work and support of a dedicated band of volunteers who have put their hearts and souls into the project.
We will be given a guided tour, lasting about an hour, of the House and Grounds by some volunteers. The Bannockburn Trust has asked that everyone attending could kindly make a £5 donation towards restoration work. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be available at £2 per head. This will be payable on the day.
They will be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 attendees. For the trip to go ahead, we need a minimum of 10 committed to going. Car parking will be available in the driveway to the house. We will try to organise car shares for those needing it.
Wednesday 18 September at 2pm – Walking Tour in Edinburgh: “Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town”
This walking tour is provided by Greenyonder Tours (a small, well-respected Edinburgh company specialising in walks in Edinburgh). The tour celebrates children's gardens created in the Old Town slums by two social movements, the Free Kindergarten Movement and supporters of Patrick Geddes.
The tour will last two hours, and covers one and a half miles of mainly pavement walking; some slopes, steps, wooden boardwalk and cobbled surfaces. The walk starts at the Scottish Parliament.
The walking tour will cost £6 per person, payable on the day. They can accommodate a maximum of 20 attendees. For the trip to go ahead, we will need a minimum of 10 committed to going.
Sunday 12 May 2019 – visit to Kilbryde Castle Gardens
The "lucky 7" who went on the visit enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the glorious Perthshire countryside. We spent 2 hours wandering around the magnificent 15 acres gardens, highlights of which were the many rhododendrons in flower, a carpet of bluebells in the woods and red squirrels at the bird feeder.
Saturday 27 April 2019 - visit to V&A Dundee
Our first visit of 2019 was to the award-winning V&A at Dundee. Our guide, Ruth, was a lecturer in architecture at the university in Dundee and also a member of the Dundee Civic Trust. She gave us an excellent tour explaining the concept behind and the construction of the Museum building. We then spent time looking at the collection in the Scottish Galleries. Well worth a visit if you haven't already been.
Tuesday 5 February 2019 - the LCT annual lecture by James Crawford
The Provost Lawrie Room in the Burgh Halls was packed to hear James give an excellent talk on his experiences of making “Scotland From the Sky”.
James Crawford is a writer and broadcaster, and the publisher at Historic Environment Scotland. Born in the Shetlands in 1978, he studied History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. James's first major work of non-fiction was the critically-acclaimed 'Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings' which was shortlisted for the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
The lecture was given in association with Far From the Madding Crowd. He has previously written a number of photographic books, including 'Above Scotland','Victorian Scotland', 'Scotland's Landscapes', and 'Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above'. In 2018 he scripted and presented 'Scotland From the Sky' a landmark, three-part BBC One documentary series. A second series will be aired on the BBC in Spring 2019.