Thirlestane Castle was the venue last week for the launch of an exciting new scheme piloted by the Berwickshire Civic Society.
From this summer members of the Civic Society will gain free entrance to those historic buildings participating in the scheme, when accompanied by an entrance fee paying guest.
Captain the Hon Maitland-Carew of Thirlestane Castle was the first to join a group of properties that BCS members can visit free, and generously agreed to host a reception to mark the day. The society was given a tour by experienced Thirlestane guide Trudi Davison, which included a glimpse of some of the unrestored parts of the castle.
On presentation of their membership card BCS members will also be admitted free to Manderston, Paxton House and Gunsgreen House, but of course not forgetting to bring along that entrance fee paying guest! Approaches are being made to include other notable attractions in the area.
“We hope the scheme will offer benefits for both the BCS and the historic building owners who take part” said Matthew Gibb, society chairman. It should encourage our members to visit and re-visit the glories of Berwickshire in the company of friends and family and help keep visitor numbers up”.
The Berwickshire Civic Society campaigns on a number of issues to protect and enhance both the built and natural environment of the county.
Membership details can be found at www.berwickshirecivicsociety.com