South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has praised the tireless work of the Shambellie House Trust, as they take on ownership of the House.

On Monday the Government handed over the keys to Shambellie House to Shambellie House Trust to enable it to begin a new life as a centre showcasing the rural creative arts community. The Government is also providing funds to carry out repairs to the house and lodge. 

Colin Smyth said: “I’m delighted that the hard work of the Shambellie House Trust has paid off and that ownership has been transferred.

“The Trust has worked tirelessly to ensure Shambellie House’s future, and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves.

“It was a terrible blow to the area when the museum closed but now it can look forward to a new lease of life as a centre for showcasing rural creative arts.

“Properties such as this are so important to bring visitors to our area, and this is even more important in the wake of the Covid pandemic.”

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