Centenary Hall Officially Opened at Linburn

Posted: 21/12/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded’s Centenary Hall was officially opened by the charity’s president, His Grace, The Duke of Buccleuch on Thursday 10 December 2015.

The Centenary Hall will provide members with an impressive, state-of-the-art gymnasium, physiotherapy space and a wonderful arena for sports and recreation for many years to come.

An all-weather bowling green has been constructed next to the hall where members will enjoy regular friendly and competitive matches throughout the summer months.

Members came together from across Central Scotland and were joined by invited guests for the event which included the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and centenary celebration.

The AGM was presided over by His Grace, The Duke of Buccleuch, who warmly welcomed everyone to the event.

Scottish War Blinded Chair Gwen McCreath described the wide range of events members have participated in 2015 through the Linburn Centre and Outreach service as well as a look forward to a new centre for members in the West of Scotland which will open in 2017.

Scottish War Blinded Vice Chair David Johnston delivered a speech which focused on Scottish War Blinded’s century of expanding the horizons of visually impaired veterans and the production of a special short historical book.

Scottish War Blinded members Ann McLean, Alan Reid, Ian Graham and Derek McDonald were invited to speak at the AGM about the Linburn Centre and Outreach service as well as the centenary bowling and battlefields tour.

Ann McClean said:

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at the event. At the Linburn Centre, you can feel a real sense of family where everyone is supported through rehabilitation and encouraged to participate in activities and engage with fellow members and staff.”

Scottish War Blinded member Ian Graham said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to describe the successes of the centenary bowling tour in terms of raising awareness of the charity and attracting fellow visually impaired veterans to sign up as members.”

Following the AGM, members and guests were treated to a wonderful buffet lunch and had the opportunity to tour the Centenary Hall and four new bungalows constructed adjacent to the hall for members.

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald said:

“The new hall is a fantastic step forward for Scottish War Blinded, now more active members will be able to develop their skills on site.  For myself, I look forward to improving my archery and bowling skills.”

Musical entertainment was provided by the members of the Scots Guards and Scottish War Blinded’s Centenary exhibition, artefacts and archive films provided an opportunity to gain further insight in the charity’s history and development.

The event culminated in an official plaque unveiling and spectacular fireworks display which was enjoyed by all and served as a fitting climax to a very special year for Scottish War Blinded.