Birkhill, Angus

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This article is about a village in Angus. For a station in Falkirk, see Birkhill railway station.
Birkhill
Birkhill is located in Angus
Birkhill
Birkhill
 Birkhill shown within Angus
Population est. 2,160[1] (2006)
OS grid reference NO351339
Council area Angus
Lieutenancy area Angus
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNDEE
Postcode district DD2
Dialling code 01382
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dundee West
Scottish Parliament Angus
North East Scotland
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°29′34″N 3°03′20″W / 56.492695°N 3.055644°W / 56.492695; -3.055644

Birkhill and neighbouring Muirhead are two small villages in Angus, just to the west of Dundee, Scotland.[2]

The main attractions[edit]

The main attractions of Muirhead and Birkhill include:

The school has about 300 pupils and around 17-18 teachers. Famous Scottish footballer Craig Brewster attended the older Muirhead Primary School which has now been converted into several houses.

Birkhill is located right next to Templeton Woods, home to one of the largest populations of Red Squirrels in the UK.

Muirhead[edit]

In Muirhead there is:

  • a convenience store called Adil's
  • a chemist
  • a doctor's surgery
  • a post office
  • a Scout Hall, home to the 46th Angus Scouts which is available for rent and is currently well utilised
  • a small police station.
  • a stables and riding school
  • two nursery schools, called Birkhill Nursery School and Tiddlywinks Nursery School.
  • a large area of woodland known as Backmuir Wood or 5 Mile Wood
  • a Motor Mechanics
  • a Church
  • The Muirhead and Birkhill Millennium Hall which has over 25 different groups using it. Their website can be found at www.muirheadbirkhillmilleniumhall.org.uk

Sports[edit]

Birkhill has many sports teams including the school's very successful football team. They are also developing a basketball team, and a karate club.

There is also the newly formed Birkhill FC, An Amateur Sunday League Football team that play in the Dundee Sunday Morning Amateur Football Association. They play their home games at Birkie Park and more information can be found on their official website, www.birkhillfc.co.uk

Birkhill Primary School[edit]

Each year, round about May or early June the school has its official sports day. The pupils from all classes are split up into houses, named Bruce, Duncan, Gray and Wallace. This year's 2008 winners were wallace.

When they graduate from Birkhill P.S most go to Monifieth High.

Scouts Group[edit]

One of the main attractions of Birkhill and Muirhead is the "46th Angus Scouts" group who meet every Wednesday night at The Scout Hall. The troup have had considerable success in competition camps over the years and also have Scouts who have achieved the highly acclaimed Queens Scout Award. During the summer of 2010 the Scouts attended a very successful week long camp in the Lake District meeting Scouts from across the world and later this year fund raising permitted they will spend a week in Paris. The Scouts also run each year a highly successful Burns Night with tickets being in huge demand.

The Scout Hall is available for rent and current utilisation of the hall is very good with a huge selection of groups regularly renting the hall for many different functions with the income being ploughed back into the maintenance and upgrading of the hall and its facilities

Street Names[edit]

Many street names in Birkhill have been inspired by the local environment, for instance, Post Box Road has a post box on it and Wood Road leads to a wooded area. There are also streets named after the late John Huband who was a very famous accordion player from the village and also wrote a huge amount of music in his day. The streets are John Huband Drive and Accordion Way and are located just off Dronley Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data
  2. ^ "Dundee and Montrose, Forfar and Arbroath", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (B2 ed.), 2007, ISBN 0319229807