BCT bought Finzean Old School
on behalf of the community in 2003 when Aberdeenshire Council
decided to sell it. They had managed it as an Outdoor Centre
for school groups since the current Finzean Primary School was
built in 1964.
There are two buildings on the
Old School site. The smaller one, known as the Soup Kitchen,
dates from the original 18th century school, while the larger
one was built in the 19th century to replace it. These 18th and
19th century former schools are in a row with the current 20th
century school and BCT shares the same access and parking area
with the School.
BCT has carried out very
extensive work to improve the Old School buildings and site.
Major renovations were needed to the inside of the larger
building. BCT initially then used the three classrooms as
BCT‘s office and office space let to local businesses.
With the expansion of BCT’s operations, BCT now uses the
rooms for BCT’s office, BCT’s file library and a
room for meetings and hosting visiting groups.
The Soup Kitchen building,
which required even more substantial work to it, has been
developed by BCT as the Birse Parish Archive with working space
and environmentally control storage for the Archive
BCT acknowledges the grant from
the Scottish Land Fund, a part of the Big Lottery Fund, towards
BCT’s purchase of the Old School in 2003.
Birse Community Trust 2015. All rights reserved.