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The Design of the Hall

I remember the Tod Burn. Yes, I was the architect of the Gleniffer HQ. I was in my apprenticeship with Renfrew County Council housing architects. I got the job through my future brother in law, James Baxter. A building committee was duly formed . The chairman was Mr. Hugh Cochrane of Messrs Pollock and Cochrane . We met in his house in Rowan Street on many occasions. Mr. Bob Lees was in charge of the finance, Mr. Roy Mckean was the on site quantity surveyor, Mr. David Hamilton of 'Colditz', fame was there to add his valuable experience as a surveyor. He actually approved of my working drawings .

Hugh Cochrane as owner of the building site, gave his sanction for the scouts to use it with a grace and favour agreement. As architect, I submitted the plans for approval to Dean of Guild and Planning Office of Paisley Burgh, with no objections and no changes! The builder was a Mr McLean of Renfrew who had some connection with 33rd Gleniffer.
The outer cavity wall was built in Dockra Grey facing brick, locally made in Beith. The windows were steel Crittall Hope . The floor was hardwood strip.

Each patrol had its own room. Adam Blake (Squire) I remember, made and supplied the curtains. Many people contributed to the furniture and fittings of the new hall. The Tod Burn was slightly diverted and dammed by Bull Baxter.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Rev. Fortune MA. The new hall was full. All present were turned out in their finery. Presentations were to Roy McKean. He got a film editor machine. I got a large fibreglass suitcase, which Mary and I still use.