Buchanhaven Heritage Society gearing up for a bumper year

Buchanhaven Heritage Society will be hosting a range of nostalgic exhibitions this year
Buchanhaven Heritage Society will be hosting a range of nostalgic exhibitions this year

Buchanhaven Heritage Society is gearing up for a bumper 2014 with a new list of events and exhibitions to suit all tastes and needs.

The year will kick off at the centre on Saturday, February 22 from 12noon till 4pm with its latest general exhibition which is always a crowd pleaser.

It will feature new unseen local photographs, memories of shops long gone and artefacts never seen in public before gifted by generous local people. During the event you will be able to enjoy a tea/coffee and ‘fine peece’ while enjoying the company of friends old and new.

On the Saturday, March 22 there will be the return of the popular Vintage Tea which will include a general exhibition and during this event tickets will be on sale for a Scottish Evening on April 26 which will include stovies and sweet and the evenings entertainment will be provided by a line up of local talent to set the mood for the event. Tickets will be £5 per person with all profits going back into the centre.

Other events and exhibitions will be released nearer the time, however two for your diary will include an event in memory of those lost in WWI that will take place on August 2-3. This event will form part of the national commemoration of this conflict, but look at the local impact it had on the community.

The second event will be to celebrate the Year of the Homecoming with full details to follow. The date has still to be confirmed, but the organisers hope this will bring the whole village alive and roll out the welcome mat for those from near and far.

There has already been interest shown in this event from across the globe, so this will certainly be a day to remember.

In addition to the events and exhibitions the team also host a range of classes ranging from crochet and knitting to photograph and now an art class, all of which have seen growing numbers and friendships develop.

Old skills are also often demonstrated such as creel making and repair to coppering and this has received very positive feedback from visitors across the whole age spectrum.

The events and exhibitions are totally community-driven and delivered and receive no public money to support this work. The team have also supported work of local young people in relation to their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and raising funds for the World Challenge in addition to following through on their community action plan where new flower tubs have been evident on the prom and village during the summer months and the installation of the new railings along the prom.

It has been reported that the only work still to be carried out to complete the plan is the installation of the new lighting along the final stretch of the prom and the team have received confirmation from Aberdeenshire Council this will be carried out by the end of the financial year and await work starting soon.

Society chair Alex Geddes said: “ I am delighted to release our list of events and exhibitions for 2014 and with the 100 years commemoration of WWI and the Year of the Homecoming it looks set to be a very special year for the area.

“I am very proud of the team who put in significant work in their own time for the good of the community and have delivered significant events over the past 18 months.

“I am also encouraged at the global reach our work has now taken on with supporters from as far afield as the U.S.A. to Australia and Russia to Oman, with many planning to return to the home of the forefathers in July.

“The success of the centre has been purely down to the public and the interest shown has been fantastic to watch and be part of.

“I am so grateful to all the team and our supporters and look forward to seeing our visitor numbers swell over the years ahead.”