Ruthrieston Community Centre has had a long history in the South Holburn Community. The building started its life as a school for local children in around 1875 under the Old Machar School Board and can be seen on old maps of the area. Later, we believe, it became a school for people with special learning needs around the beginning of the 20th century and remained as such until after WW2 when it was incorporated into Ruthrieston Secondary School. It was in this building that many a local lass honed her housewifery skills as the rooms were used for the teaching of domestic science. Boys on the other hand learned woodwork!! On the closure of Ruthrieston School in the 1970s, the building became Ruthrieston Community Education Centre under the former Grampian Regional council.
If you have any memories of Ruthrieston School annexe or any of its previous incarnations we would love to hear from you. If you have any other information regarding the history of life in South Holburn or old photos please get in touch.
In 2010 following a re-organisation of Aberdeen City Council services the Centre became self-governing under a management committee comprised of Centre users and local people who were determined to keep the facility going.
Since then we have increased the number and range of activities in the Centre and transformed the management into a registered charity. The Centre is entirely run by Volunteers and all income raised is ploughed back into the Centre to improve the facilities offered to our users and to keep the buildings in good repair.