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Area Coordinator

Rosaleen Toal
North Lanarkshire Council
Regeneration and Environmental Services
Fleming House, Tryst Road
Cumbernauld
G67 1JW
Tel: 01236 632630

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North Lanarkshire:  12 September 2015 – 13 September 2015

North and South Lanarkshire team up once again to bring you a programme full of interesting sites and fun events. Get behind the scenes of everyday buildings and important local landmarks for free on the 12th and 13th of September.

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Airdrie Observatory
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12.09.15 (10 am - 3 pm)
Airdrie Library, Wellwynd, Airdrie,  ML6 0AG
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Situated above Airdrie Library, this C(s) listed building is a unique part of Airdrie’s built heritage.  Being one of only four such municipal Public Observatories in the United Kingdom, Airdrie is the smallest of the Public Observatories and it dates back to 1896. 

The Observatory is located above Airdrie Public Library and is a facility owned by North Lanarkshire Council and run in partnership with Airdrie Astronomical Association. The original telescope was donated to Airdrie Library by local astronomer Doctor Reid.  It is also Scotland's smallest public observatory.

In 2009 the telescope was dismantled and removed from site to allow an overhaul and extensive refurbishment to be undertaken.  Additional works including installing a new Observatory dome and Library Roof were also undertaken at this time.

Visit the county's smallest public observatory and marvel at our unique and historic science equipment. 

Please Note the Observatory is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.  

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Albert Bartlett - Booking Essential
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12.09.15 (tours from 11am ) - 13.09.15 (tours from 11am)
251 Stirling Road, Airdrie,  ML6 7SP
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Albert Bartlett will open its doors for a 1 hour tour of the Factory to visitors who have booked in advance. Unfortunately visitors who have not booked a tour place in advance will not be admitted to the factory. The Tour includes a Presentation, the chance to see inside the factory (no wheelchair access in this area). A family business founded in 1948, Albert Bartlett invested £30 in an old water boiler and cast iron bath in order that he might set up a small beetroot boiling operation in Coatbridge.  Albert Bartlett is now the UK's leading grower and packer of potatoes.  In November 2003 they moved from their Watt Street home to a new state-of-the-art facility on Stirling Road.  The site packs over 4,000 tonnes of potatoes a week and has been accredited with various environmental awards. 


Building Date: 2003

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - booking lines will open early August.

As this is a working factory all visitors must book a tour place for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015 in advance only.

A maximum of 4 tour places can be booked per person and group bookings cannot be accepted for any tours.

The tour times available on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015 are:

11.00 (1 group of 15)

12.00 (1 group of 15)

13.00 (1 group of 15)

Visitors who have not booked a tour place in advance will not be admitted to the factory. 


As this is a working factory all visitors must book a tour place for Saturday 12th September and Sunday 13th September 2015 in advance only. Visitors who have not booked in advance will not be admitted to the factory.  The visit will include an overview of the company, a factory tour and of course a delicious potato sample at the end of the tour. 

Please note that the factory is suitable for children over the age of 9 and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  For Health and Safety reasons all jewellery should be removed prior to entering. No one wearing flip flops or high heels will be permitted access to the factory. You will be supplied with a high-visibility jacket, hair net & hat before entering the factory.

Restricted wheelchair access is available. Please note that due to health & safety there will be:

  • limited wheelchair access to the factory
  • regrettably, no wheelchair access to the factory gantry
  • regrettably, no wheelchair access to the lower gantry.
  • however there is unrestricted wheelchair access to the Presentation situated in the Reception Area.
Access for visitors with sight, hearing and other mobility difficulties is available.  However, such visitors must be accompanied by a helper due to Health & Safety.  Unfortunately there are no facilities to accommodate guide dogs.
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Barrs Irn-Bru Factory - Booking Essential - lines now open
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12.09.15
Barrs Soft Drinks - Westfield House, 4 Mollins Road, Cumbernauld,  G68 9HD
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Barr Soft Drinks in Cumbernauld will open its doors on Saturday 12th September 2015 to those members of the public who have booked a tour place in advance. Regrettably the site will be unable to accommodate entry on the door.  

'There will be a maximum of 312 tour places available for the event. There are 26 tour times available which will run in 15 minute intervals through the day.  Each tour will last approximately one hour and will include the Barr History Exhibition, the Factory Gantry * and the High Bay Warehouse*.  (*regrettably there is no wheelchair access in these areas)

Barr Soft Drinks has been making, moving, marketing and selling some of the UK’s best-loved soft drinks brands for over 140 years.

The first Barr family soft drinks business was established in Falkirk in 1875 and was soon followed by a second family business in Glasgow in 1887. 

In 1901 both Barr soft drinks businesses, Robert Barr Falkirk and A.G. Barr and Co. Glasgow, jointly launched their original recipe IRON BREW.

The phonetic spelling IRN-BRU was introduced in 1947 following concern over proposed changes to food labelling regulations and IRN-BRU has since gone on to become the much loved and popular brand that it is today. Still made to its original secret recipe, IRN-BRU sits alongside our wide range of popular soft drinks brands, including Tizer, Barr’s Originals, Strathmore spring water and Rubicon. With over £50m invested across the site over the last 10 years, our Cumbernauld facility incorporates our head office, a state of the art manufacturing facility as well as a modern automated high-bay warehouse and logistics operation.  We look forward to opening our doors to our local community and sharing some insights into our heritage and our business as it operates today”. 

 

 


BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. THE BARR ADVANCED BOOKING LINE IS NOW OPEN

Please note that due to demand we will be unable to accept group bookings and we can only offer a maximum of 4 tickets per booking.
The factory is only suitable for children aged 10 years and over and all children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. 

BARR ADVANCED BOOKING LINE NUMBER:  01236 852701

(calls to this number will only be charged at a standard call rate)

As this is a working factory all visitors must book a tour place in advance for Saturday 12th September 2015 only.  

Visitors who have not booked a tour place in advance will not be admitted to the factory.  

Restricted wheelchair access is available. Please note that due to health & safety there will be:

  • limited wheelchair access to the factory
  • regrettably, no wheelchair access to the factory gantry or the highbay warehouse area
  • however there is unrestricted wheelchair access to the Barr History Exhibition situated in the reception area.

Access for visitors with sight, hearing and other mobility difficulties is available, however these visitors must be accompanied by a helper due to health & safety. Unfortunately there are no facilities to accommodate guide dogs.


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Bellshill Community Fire Station
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12.09.15 (12 noon - 4 pm)
Old Edinburgh Road, Bellshill,  ML4 3JG
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A rare chance to sit in a fire engine and take a tour of the station.  Community safety advice will be provided.

Tours of Fire Engines, Meet the Firemen and Fire Safety Talk. 

Please note fire engines may be unavailable at times as this is a working station.

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BioCity Scotland
New This Year
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12.09.15 (11 am - 4 pm)
Bo'ness Road, Newhouse, Motherwell,  ML1 5UH
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Originally Organon which was founded by Dr. Saal van Zwanenberg in Oss, the Netherlands, in 1923 as Zwanenberg-Organon. Its first product was insulin in 1923.In the thirties it manufactured estrogens. In 1948, Organon acquired the Newhouse research site in Scotland, United Kingdom. The production of cortisone was initiated in 1953. The now named Koninklijke Zwanenberg-Organon (KZO) fused with the fibre producer AKU in 1969 to become AKZO, later Akzo Nobel.

 

 

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Canal Cruiser 'Voyager'
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12.09.15 (11 am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm)
Auchinstarry Marina, B802, Kilsyth,  G56 9SG
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Voyager, the biggest of the society boats, was launched into the Forth and Clyde Canal at the Hillhead Basin, Kirkintilloch in June 2005. Being larger both internally and externally, Voyager can comfortably carry 45 passengers for trips and celebrations.

Guided Heritage Cruises to Criagmarloch and Twechar from the Canal Bridge.  Sail along this scenic stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal, hear about its history and observe the wildlife in, on and beside the water.
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Church of the Holy Name Scottish Episcopal Church
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12.09.15 (12 noon - 4 pm)
15 Fleming Road, Seafar, Cumbernauld,  G67 1LJ
Church of the Holy Name Scottish Episcopal Church - Image 1The Foundation Stone for the Church was laid in 1961 and the church was completed in 1962.   It was the first new church to be built in the new town of Cumbernauld. As the church was to serve the whole town a site on top of the hill near to the Town centre was chosen. The design of the building was influenced by what became known as the New Liturgical Movement.  Instead of the usual arrangement the nave is wider than it is long.  This means the congregation are much closer to the altar. Above the altar is a beautiful wooden carving of Christ the King in the shape of a cross and we have a peaceful Lady Chapel which will be open for quiet prayer and meditation all day.   

 


Building Date: 1962

Take a tour of the Church and see the Church Vestments and floral arrangements in their Liturgical Colours which represents the seasons of the church year.  The Lady Chapel will also be open for quiet prayer and meditation with music.

There will be information available from the various groups who use the church hall as well as a taster session for Baby Sensory and a display of dancing from the Natalina Covi Dance Academy.   Craft sessions for the young and young at heart will be held in the Vestry. Refreshments will also be available all afternoon.

Information leaflets about the church, it's history and involvement in the Community will also be available.

Services at Holy Name: Sundays 10.15am Family Eucharist with crèche area in church. We also hold an Afternoon Service on the first Sunday of each month, March to June and August to October at 4.30pm.   Thursday mornings at 10.00am we have a Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel. All welcome.


 


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Coatbridge Community Fire Station
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12.09.15 (12 noon - 4 pm)
Main Street, Coatbridge,  ML5 3RS
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A rare change to sit in a fire engine and take a tour of the station.  Community safety advice will also be provided.

Tours of Fire Engines, Meet the Firemen and Fire Safety Talk. 

Please note: fire engines may be unavailable at times as this is a working station.


 

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Colzium Estate Walled Garden Tours
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13.09.15 (Tours at 11 am - 12 noon and 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm)
Colzium-Lennox Estate , Stirling Road, Kilsyth,  G65 0PY
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This beautiful, south-facing, award winning garden is situated just above Colzium House at around 500ft above sea level and is home to many rare plants and has something to offer throughout the year.  The garden brings together a unique collection of plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world.

 

Tours of walled garden. 11 am and 1.30 pm

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Colzium Museum and Colzium Lennox Estate
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13.09.15 (11 am - 4 pm)
Colzium-Lennox Estate, Stirling Road, Kilsyth,  G65 0PY
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Colzium House is a category B listed building which was built in 1783, and later enlarged in 1861.  Much of the original building was pulled down in the late 1940s, due to dry rot, but the Victorian frontage and wings survive to form the house seen today.  Colzium House forms part of the Colzium Estate which is open throughout the year.  Other attractions include Colzium House Museum, a restored Scottish ice-house (c.1680) and the Colzium Walled garden.


Building Date: 1783, 1861 additions.

Free guided tours of Colzium Lennox Estate and access to Colzium House and Museum.

Regrettably there is no wheelchair access to the museum. 

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