SATURDAY 23 &
A few of over 100 Penicuik Open House weekly displays
Penicuik Trust’s fortnightly CINEMA programme
ALEXANDER COWAN’S INSTITUTE
illustrated by his great-great-great grandson Robin Macfarlan
The Cowan Institute -with library, halls and recreation rooms- was given to the people of Penicuik by the will of Alexander Cowan, papermaker. Operated for most of its life by the Cowan Trust, it was passed in 1960 to local management under the care of the Burgh of Penicuik.
On local government reorganisation in the mid 1970s the Burgh’s assets became vested in Midlothian Council, including the Cowan Institute and the endowments for social facilities the earlier Trust had provided. Penicuik Community Development Trust was formed by public concern for the fate of the building after reports of its possible sale in 2005.
The Trust is a registered
charity (SC037990) run
and entirely supported by the efforts of Penicuik people, and hires space in
the Institute to operate an Open House with displays every Saturday throughout
the year, and a fortnightly Cinema on Sunday evenings. It also works with
the locally-run charitable bodies operating Penicuik’s Leisure Centre at Ladywood and the Penicuik Community Arts Centre in
NUMBER 200+ of the 200