SOME of East Renfrewshire’s most fascinating buildings will throw their doors open to the public this weekend, writes David Carnduff.

Residents will be able to satisfy their curiosity by having a peek inside a diverse range of properties as part of the Doors Open Day initiative.

Trail explorations, organ recitals, guided tours, children’s activities and exhibitions will also be on offer.

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Fire stations, churches, gardens, Masonic temples and even a cemetery have been included in the programme, which runs over Saturday and Sunday.

Some locations are open only on the Saturday, while others are opening on both days or on the Sunday only.

Saturday-only openings include Barrhead Men’s Shed, where visitors will see the range of hobbies carried out by members, and Clarkston Community Fire Station.

The Men’s Shed will be open from 10am to 3pm, with the fire station open from 10am to 4pm.

On both days, inquisitive members of the public can marvel at the flowers and plants at Greenbank House and Garden, in Clarkston.

Two Masonic temples – Lodge Thistle and Crown No. 1167, which is one of the oldest buildings in Neilston, and Lodge Union and Crown No. 307, described as an icon of Barrhead history – will also be open on both days, from 10am to 5pm.

Meanwhile, people who are keen to see alternative energy at work should head along to Whitelee Visitor Centre and Windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor, which is open on both days, from 10am to 5pm.

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If history is your thing, join Roger Guthrie, of the Alexander Thomson Society, for a guided walk around the late-Victorian Cathcart Cemetery, which contains the graves of several prominent Glasgow architects. There will be walks on both days, from 3pm to 5pm.

On Sunday, Neilston Parish Church, which occupies a site that has been central to the community for hundreds of years, will be open to visitors from 10am until 5pm.

Barrhead Community Fire Station has a Sunday-only opening, from 10am to 4pm, when visitors can see the appliance room, offices, kitchen, gymnasium and drill tower in the rear yard.

This year, Doors Open Day is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Scotland.

Entry to all sites is free.